from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A paint composed of a water-soluble pigment.
  • n. A work that is executed through the use of this paint.
  • n. The art of using watercolors.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A painting technique using paint made of colorants suspended or dissolved in water.
  • n. Any artwork produced by this method.
  • n. Any paint used in this method.
  • adj. Pertaining to the methods or products of watercolor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a water-base paint (with water-soluble pigments); used by artists
  • n. a painting produced with watercolors
  • n. the art or technique of painting with watercolors
  • n. water-soluble pigment
  • v. paint with watercolors


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