Art term. When describing a color, it is the 'ish' color. The color that almost seems to visually describe another color. Example "Greenish-Blue". The green is the tint, while the blue is the actual color.

Also a technigue in any kind of painting, as one can use a wash over another color in order to tint it or add to it's depth.

In art, a tint is the result of adding white to a color.

For example, pink is a tint of red.

A shade is the opposite of a tint.

Tint (?), n. [For older tinct, fr. L. tinctus, p.p. of tingere to dye: cf. F. teinte, teint, It. tinta, tinto. See Tinge, and cf. Taint to stain, a stain, Tent a kind of wine, Tinto.]

A slight coloring.

Specifically: --


A pale or faint tinge of any color.

Or blend in beauteous tints the colored mass. Pope.

Their vigor sickens, and their tints decline. Harte.


A color considered with reference to other very similar colors; as, red and blue are different colors, but two shades of scarlet are different tints.

(c) Engraving

A shaded effect produced by the juxtaposition of many fine parallel lines.

Tint tool Eng., a species of graver used for cutting the parallel lines which produce tints in engraving.


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Tint, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tinted; p. pr. & vb. n. Tinting.]

To give a slight coloring to; to tinge.


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