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Painting (cf. Paint) 1) the art or practice of a painter: Tim. I, 1, 156. “this is the very p. of your fear,” Mcb. III, 4, 61. “a piece of p.” Lucr. 1367. Tim. I, 1, 155.
2) a picture: Lucr. 1499. Ado III, 3, 143. LLL III, 21. Tim. I, 1, 90. Tim. I, 1, 90 Hml. IV, 7, 109.
3) colour laid on: “you'll stain your lips with oily p.” Wint. V, 3, 83. “this p. wherein you see me smeared,” Cor. I, 6, 68.
4) the practice of laying colours on the face: “their very labour was to them as a p.” H8 I, 1, 26. “I have heard of your -- s,” Hml. III, 1, 148 (Ff prattlings). “whose mother was her p.” Cymb. III, 4, 52.
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