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Word of the Day: Picture

Aug 9, 2019 | The Dictionary Project: Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Picture

by Aug 9, 2019The Dictionary Project: Word of the Day

pic-ture / ˈpik(t)SHər
1.      a visual representation of something or someone, like a painting, photograph, etc.
A picture can hide as much as it reveals.
Alexandra Petri, 1988-
2.      a vivid description that triggers a mental image
It is too easy to say ‘what if’ and paint a picture of a perfect world.
Darren Shan, 1972-
3.      a copy or example
Justice is a rare illness in a world that is otherwise a picture of health.
from ‘The Angel’s Game’ by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, 1964-
4.      plural, movies
You oughta be in pictures,
You’re wonderful to see,
You oughta be in pictures,
Oh what a hit you would be!
from the song ‘You Oughta Be in Pictures’, lyrics by Edward Heyman, 1907-1981
5.      a situation
To be a champion, I think you have to see the big picture.
Summer Sanders, 1972-
1.      to imagine or form a mental image
The image of them gently swaying to the music is how I picture love in my mind even after all these years.
from ‘The Name of the Wind’ by Patrick Rothfuss, 1973-
2.      to describe vividly
The universe can best be pictured as consisting of pure thought, the thought of what for want of a better word we must describe as a mathematical thinker.
James Jeans, 1877-1946
3.      to represent in an image
General de Gaulle is again pictured in our newspapers, looking as usual like an embattled codfish.
Sylvia Townsend Warner, 1893-1978
4.      to portray
[There] is a lot of evil in the world, and while maybe the devil isn’t exactly the way he’s pictured in old books and B-grade movies, he is active and fighting on the side of evil.
from ‘American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith and Renewal’ by Taya Kyle, 1974-

Thank you for including the Dictionary Project in the good work you do in your club.  In my club, we have provided Dictionaries for third-grade students for enough years that now we are having former students help us to present dictionaries each year.  They are often returning to the same classrooms that they were third-grade students.  Teachers plead every year for us to NEVER quit this valuable project.  They tell us that students NEED paper books to learn to read, to learn to do research and to do independent study.  Please send me pictures of your presentations and tell me about your visits to the schools to give dictionaries to the students. To be included in our newsletter you can send me your stories at

By PDG Scott McLaughlin

District Governor 2019-2020
PDG Scott is currently serving as an Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator for Zone 29 (Region 36). Scott is a member of the Paul Harris Society and Major Donor.Scott is a Rotarian in the Kearney Dawn Rotary Club of Kearney, NE

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