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word picture


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n word picture a graphic or vivid verbal description "too often the narrative was interrupted by long word pictures","the author gives a depressing picture of life in Poland","the pamphlet contained brief characterizations of famous Vermonters"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "pure" appears on the scroll held by the Quaker pictured on the packages of Quaker Oats cereal.
    • Word picture an accurate and vivid description, which presents an object clearly to the mind, as if in a picture.
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  • Horace
    “A picture is a poem without words.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Good words are worth a thousand pictures.”


A picture is worth a thousand words - A picture can often get a message across much better than the best verbal description.


In literature:

Arrived there, I witnessed a scene that words cannot picture.
"Among the Pines" by James R. Gilmore
My own careless words had created a picture which charmed, which intrigued.
"The Lady of the Basement Flat" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
In a word, they picture "the savages" of La Bruyere.
"The Conquest of Bread" by Peter Kropotkin
The words which head this form a picture.
"Broken Bread from an Evangelist's Wallet" by Thomas Champness
It was the second word in a column on a picture page.
"Emmy Lou" by George Madden Martin
And that recalled harsh words Frederik had spoken to the woman in the picture.
"The Return of Peter Grimm" by David Belasco
He was dealing with a simple people who required vivid word-pictures to convince them.
"Bones" by Edgar Wallace
Of course the picture is gone; there is no other: Cobden's word for its quality must be taken.
"Harbor Tales Down North" by Norman Duncan
Still further, the words before us add another touch to this picture.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
Before I could say a word Rose had walked away to another wall of pictures, and when we joined again we did not speak of it.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
His word-pictures are therefore more lurid, more diversified, more romantic.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol. 3 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
We have a word to say with respect to Sir Joshua's pictures of children.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 54, No. 334, August 1843" by Various
What a picture these words call up of Arethusa welcoming Nelson's jolly tars!
"Castellinaria and Other Sicilian Diversions" by Henry Festing Jones
The words picture this young man as sitting on a hill, near the village where he lived and achieved so many conquests.
"Indian Story and Song" by Alice C. Fletcher
But these words would describe in general terms a picture also.
"Line and Form (1900)" by Walter Crane
Either of these words brought up pictures of intimate association, inner relationship.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
I can read pictures but not hard words.
"Jerry's Charge Account" by Hazel Hutchins Wilson
And we want pictures painted in words as well as on canvas.
"The Heart of Nature" by Francis Younghusband
A statue or a picture never brought about a revolution; a book, a pamphlet, nay, a few fiery words, have overturned a dynasty.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
"Little Folks (Septemeber 1884)" by Various

In poetry:

Thanks, dear painter; that is all.
If thy picture one day should
Need some words to make it good,
I am ready to thy call.
"Brother Artist" by George MacDonald
Picture two lovers side by side
who sleep and dream and wake to hold
the real and imagined world
body by body, word by word
in the wild halo of their thought.
""Thought is Surrounded" by Gwen Harwood
Eternal disorder in the ring's gold,
Tender word's whispers in semi-sleep,
On the wall in a cozy child's room, the dreaming
Peaceful pictures of birds and sheep.
"Little World" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
The world is a great book that he hath written,
He turneth the leaves for me slowly;
They are inscribed with images and letters,
He poureth light on the pictures and the words.
"Good Teacher" by Henry Van Dyke
In a word, to sum up all his talents together,
His heart is of lead, and his brain is of feather:
Yet, if he has sense but to balance a straw,
He will sure take a hint from the picture I draw.
""From the man whom I love, though my heart I disguise,"" by Tobias Smollett

In news:

This Picture Is Worth 20 Words: Bachmann and the Tattoo Edition.
A picture is worth a 1,000 words.
William Faulkner 's estate is suing Sony Pictures for its use of a 10-word quote from Faulkner in the 2011 Woody Allen film, 'Midnight in Paris.
A Picture's Worth 1000 Words.
Not the picture, mind you, but the wording.
Or pictures of Barack Obama saying something in one of those cartoon balloons they put the words in.
This Picture Is Worth Twenty Words: Flying Danny Espinosa Edition.
Cody Kessler didn't offer just a handshake and picture and words of encouragement, although he did all of those things.
And those are just handy additional applications beyond their real raison d'être, which is to pair pictures and words in a package that does justice to both.
A picture used to be worth a thousand words.
For novelist Don DeLillo, sometimes a single picture is worth more than a thousand words.
When most people hear the word "Cardio", their mind automatically pictures jogging, or threadmills, or stationnary bikes.
It's said that a picture is worth a thousand words.
Well, here are a thousand words about taking pictures.
This Picture Is Worth Twenty Words: Chinese Segway Edition.

In science:

If one picture is worth a thousand words, recent advances in X-ray crystallography are providing the equivalent of a dictionary.
Phase Behavior of a Simple Model for Membrane Proteins
As the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, and it was the spectacular direct images obtained with the WFPC1 on HST that first made it clear just how rich this cluster really was.
The Formation of Star Clusters
In other words, in the Schr¨odinger picture the incident and the emerging modes are the same and the optical instrument operates like a black box on the quantum state of light.
Quantum Physics of Simple Optical Instruments
This picture gives us some justi fication in considering profinite Heegaard diagrams F g ← Sg → F g which are limits of diagrams of actual 3-manifolds; in other words, they are obtained by gluing two copies of the standard map Sg → F g by an element of M g .
Finite covers of random 3-manifolds
Before proving Theorem 5.3, let us further contrast the picture it gives with that of random words in p1 (H ).
Finite covers of random 3-manifolds
More precisely, given a positive integer N, there exists a concept, a sentence consisting of N words and a picture such that the picture describes the concept better than the sentence.
The Half-Perimeter Generating Function of Gated and Wicketed Ferrers diagrams
In other words, in the framework of the STR geometry, time does not reveal itself as an evolution parameter which it had been, in fact, even in the antecedent Newton’s picture of the World.
Algbrodynamics over complex space and phase extension of the Minkowski geometry
Introducing the nucleon into the picture, in the words of firs t paper attempting it, “complicates life a lot." First of all, the nucleon is heavy, and its mass seems to pop out in the places it shouldn’t, violating some power-counting arguments; we will see one example in a moment.
Baryon chiral perturbation theory: an update
In other words, the gap size, which appears to be a natural “order parameter” for the phase transition in the character expansion language is related to ζ —an order parameter in the hydrodynamic picture.
The Two-Dimensional O(2) Model on a Random Planar Lattice at Strong Coupling
In other words, we follow the left-most possible path that is not allowed to cross open edges as shown in the picture below (for convenience, we draw the line that stays at ‘distance’ 1/4 from C− ).
Critical exponents, conformal invariance and planar Brownian motion
Turning to QCD, the classic “picture worth a thousand words” is Figure 3.
Future Summary
In other words, in order to get C om′ (f ), we have to rotate the function h “counter-clockwise on 120◦ ”, see Picture 11.
Arrays and the octahedron recurrence
In other words, the invariant ˆQ in the Heisenberg picture is precisely the linear combination of the initial canonical angular momentum ˆL(0) and the initial azimuthal angle ˆθ(0) with an arbitrary constant c0 .
Exact approaches to charged particle motion in a time-dependent flux-driven ring
In the twentieth century, life was similarly transformed by the application of Maxwell’s equations, through electricity and communicating words and pictures at the speed of light through electromagnetic waves.
Why Quantum Information Processing
In other words, E(z ) is analytic for z ∈ C \ ΣE where ΣE is the contour pictured in Figure 13.
Uniform Asymptotics for Polynomials Orthogonal With Respect to a General Class of Discrete Weights and Universality Results for Associated Ensembles