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im•pas•to  (im pastō, -pästō),USA pronunciation n. [Painting.]
  1. Fine Artthe laying on of paint thickly.
  2. Fine Artthe paint so laid on.
  3. Ceramicsenamel or slip applied to a ceramic object to form a decoration in low relief.
  • Italian, noun, nominal derivative of impastare to impaste
  • 1775–85


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impasto /ɪmˈpæstəʊ/ n
  1. paint applied thickly, so that brush and palette knife marks are evident
  2. the technique of applying paint in this way
Etymology: 18th Century: from Italian, from impastare; see impaste



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