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black and white

n.
1. Writing or print: saw their words in black and white.
2. A color palette, as in photography or printmaking, employing only black and white or black, white, and values of gray: a film shot in black and white; a painting reproduced in black and white.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.black and white - communication by means of written symbols (either printed or handwritten)black and white - communication by means of written symbols (either printed or handwritten)
communication - something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups
folio, leaf - a sheet of any written or printed material (especially in a manuscript or book)
transcription, written text - something written, especially copied from one medium to another, as a typewritten version of dictation
writing - letters or symbols that are written or imprinted on a surface to represent the sounds or words of a language; "he turned the paper over so the writing wouldn't show"; "the doctor's writing was illegible"
piece of writing, written material, writing - the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect); "the writing in her novels is excellent"; "that editorial was a fine piece of writing"
writing - (usually plural) the collected work of an author; "the idea occurs with increasing frequency in Hemingway's writings"
prescription - written instructions from a physician or dentist to a druggist concerning the form and dosage of a drug to be issued to a given patient
prescription - written instructions for an optician on the lenses for a given person
reading material, reading - written material intended to be read; "the teacher assigned new readings"; "he bought some reading material at the airport"
correspondence - communication by the exchange of letters
code, codification - a set of rules or principles or laws (especially written ones)
print - the text appearing in a book, newspaper, or other printed publication; "I want to see it in print"
2.black and white - a black-and-white photograph or slideblack and white - a black-and-white photograph or slide
photo, photograph, pic, exposure, picture - a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide; recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material
Adj.1.black and white - not having or not capable of producing colorsblack and white - not having or not capable of producing colors; "black-and-white film"; "a black-and-white TV"; "the movie was in black and white"
photography, picture taking - the act of taking and printing photographs
color, colour - having or capable of producing colors; "color film"; "he rented a color television"; "marvelous color illustrations"

black and white

adjective monochrome, grey-scale old black and white film footage
in black and white
1. in absolute terms, unconditionally, naively, unambiguously, uncompromisingly, simplistically, in oversimplified terms She saw things in black and white.
2. in print, documented, on paper, written down, on record He'd seen the proof in black and white.
Translations
noir et blanc

black and white

adj (photograph, film, TV) → in bianco e nero
there it is in black and white (fig) → eccolo nero su bianco
he sees things in black and white terms → per lui non ci sono vie di mezzo
References in classic literature ?
The floor was of big stone flags laid in black and white squares, rather battered by age and use, and needing repair.
It was very near, but not yet in sight; when, in addition to the tramp, tramp, I heard a rush under the hedge, and close down by the hazel stems glided a great dog, whose black and white colour made him a distinct object against the trees.
I had the whole transaction down in black and white immediately.
The sea was one empty wilderness of black and white hills.
I was soon at the entrance of the pensionnat, in a moment I had pulled the bell; in another moment the door was opened, and within appeared a passage paved alternately with black and white marble; the walls were painted in imitation of marble also; and at the far end opened a glass door, through which I saw shrubs and a grass-plat, looking pleasant in the sunshine of the mild spring evening-for it was now the middle of April.
They were evidently a war party, being armed with bows and arrows, battle clubs and carbines, and round bucklers of buffalo hide, and their naked bodies were painted with black and white stripes.
Their houses are large, clean, airy, handsomely paved with black and white squares of marble, and in the centre of many of them is a square court, which has in it a luxuriant flower-garden and a sparkling fountain; the doors of all the rooms open on this.
You could wander along the canal till you came to broad green fields, with windmills here and there, in which cattle, black and white, grazed lazily.
The letter you've got in your hand is just a personal one, and what my friend has to say to you is written out there in black and white.
Sixty feet in the clear, the dim fire occasionally lighted, through shadowy cross-beams, the ridge-pole that was covered with sennit of coconut that was braided in barbaric designs of black and white and that was stained by the smoke of years almost to a monochrome of dirty brown.
The black will never understand the white, nor the white the black, as long as black is black and white is white.
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