noun Painting.

  1. the laying on of paint thickly.
  2. the paint so laid on.
  3. enamel or slip applied to a ceramic object to form a decoration in low relief.


  1. paint applied thickly, so that brush and palette knife marks are evident
  2. the technique of applying paint in this way

laying on of colors thickly,” 1784, from Italian impasto, noun of action from impastare “to raise paste; to put in paste,” from assimilated form of in- “into, in” (see in- (2)) + pasta “paste” (see pasta).

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