A liquid mixture, usually of a solid pigment in a liquid vehicle, used as a decorative or protective coating. The thin dry film formed by such a mixture when applied to a surface. The solid pigment before it is mixed with a vehicle. A cosmetic, such as rouge, that is used to give color to the face; makeup. See pinto. To make (a picture) with paints. To represent in a picture with paints. To depict vividly in words. To coat or decorate with paint: paint a house. To apply cosmetics to. To apply medicine to; swab: paint a wound. To shine a laser beam on, especially in order to designate a target for laser-guided munitions. To practice the art of painting pictures. To cover something with paint. To apply cosmetics to oneself: "Let her paint an inch thick, to this favor she must come\u201d ( Shakespeare). To serve as a surface to be coated with paint: These nonporous surfaces paint badly with a brush. paint the town red Slang To go on a spree.