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color

col·or

 (kŭl′ər)
n.
1. That aspect of things that is caused by differing qualities of the light reflected or emitted by them, definable in terms of the observer or of the light, as:
a. The appearance of objects or light sources described in terms of the individual's perception of them, involving hue, lightness, and saturation for objects, and hue, brightness, and saturation for light sources.
b. The characteristics of light by which the individual is made aware of objects or light sources through the receptors of the eye, described in terms of dominant wavelength, luminance, and purity.
c. A gradation or variation of this aspect, especially when other than black, white, or gray; a hue: fireworks that exploded in brilliant colors.
2. A substance, such as a dye, pigment, or paint, that imparts a hue.
3.
a. The use of different colors in visual representation.
b. The different colors used in visual representation: one of the earliest movies in color.
4.
a. The general appearance of the skin, especially as an indication of good health: regained her color after a few days' rest.
b. A reddening of the face, as a blush or sign of anger.
5. Skin pigmentation considered as a racial characteristic or a marker of racial identity, especially when other than white: "My father told me if I go west, there's integration; you don't worry about color" (Itabari Njeri). See Usage Note at person of color.
6. colors
a. A colored item, such as a badge, ribbon, or piece of clothing, serving as an identifying mark: wore the colors of their college.
b. A flag or banner, as of a country or military unit: a ship flying the colors of Brazil.
c. The salute made during the ceremony of raising or lowering a flag.
7. colors One's opinion or position: Stick to your colors.
8. often colors Character or nature: revealed their true colors.
9.
a. An outward and often deceptive appearance: a tale with the merest color of truth.
b. Appearance of authenticity: testimony that lends color to an otherwise absurd notion.
c. Law The appearance of a legal claim, as to a right or office.
10.
a. Vividness or variety in expression: a story told with a lot of color.
b. Commentary distinguished by vivid details or background information, as during a sports broadcast: A former coach provided the color for the championship game.
11. Local color.
12. The use or effect of pigment in painting, as distinct from form.
13. Music Quality of tone or timbre.
14. A particle or bit of gold found in auriferous gravel or sand.
15. Physics See color charge.
16. Astronomy See color index.
v. col·ored, col·or·ing, col·ors
v.tr.
1. To impart color to or change the color of.
2.
a. To give a distinctive character or quality to; modify: "Both books are colored by the author's childhood experiences" (Deborah M. Locke).
b. To exert an influence on; affect: The war colored the soldier's life.
3.
a. To misrepresent, especially by distortion or exaggeration: color the facts.
b. To gloss over; excuse: a parent who colored the children's lies.
v.intr.
1.
a. To take on color.
b. To change color.
2. To become red in the face; redden or blush.

[Middle English colour, from Old French, from Latin color; see kel- in Indo-European roots.]

col′or·er n.

color

(ˈkʌlə)
n, vb
the US spelling of colour
ˈcolorable adj
ˈcolorer n
ˈcolorful adj
ˈcoloring n
ˈcolorist n
ˈcolorless adj

col•or

(ˈkʌl ər)

n.
1. the quality of an object or substance with respect to light reflected by it, usu. determined visually by measurement of hue, saturation, and brightness of the reflected light; saturation or chroma; hue.
2. the natural hue of the skin, esp. of the face; complexion.
3. a ruddy complexion, usu. indicating good health.
4. a blush.
5. vivid or distinctive quality, as of a literary work.
6. details in description, customs, speech, habits, etc., of a place or period: a novel about the Pilgrims with much local color.
7. something that is used for coloring; pigment; dye.
8. background information, as anecdotes or analyses of strategy, given by a sportscaster during a broadcast.
9. colors,
a. a colored badge, ribbon, or uniform worn or displayed to signify allegiance, membership, etc.
b. viewpoint or attitude; character; personality: to show one's true colors under stress.
c. a flag, ensign, etc., particularly the national flag.
10. skin tone other than white as an indicator of racial or ethnic affiliation: Persons of color had been denied their civil rights.
11. outward appearance or aspect; guise or show: a lie that had the color of truth.
12. a pretext: a mean trick under the color of a good deed.
13. Law. an apparent or evident right: holding possession under color of title.
14. tonal shading and timbre in music.
15. a trace or particle of valuable mineral, esp. gold, as shown by washing auriferous gravel.
16. Physics. a theoretical property that distinguishes the various states in which quarks exist.
adj.
17. involving, utilizing, yielding, or possessing color: a color TV.
v.t.
18. to give or apply color to; tinge; paint; dye.
19. to cause to appear different from the reality: She colored her account.
20. to give a special character or quality to: The author's animosities color his writing.
v.i.
21. to take on or change color.
22. to flush; blush.
Idioms:
change color,
a. to blush.
b. to turn pale.
[1250–1300; Middle English col(e)ur < Anglo-French < Latin colōrem, acc. of color]
col′or•er, n.
usage: See -or1.
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col·or

(kŭl′ər)
The sensation produced by the effect of light waves striking the retina of the eye. The color of something depends mainly on which wavelengths of light it emits, reflects, or transmits.

Color


1. the total absence of color.
2. the ability to emit, reflect, or transmit light without breaking down into separate colors. Also achromatism.
color blindness. Also called acritochromacy.
a variety of color blindness characterized by an inability to distinguish blue.
the condition of being or becoming white or whitish. — albescent, adj.
the process of turning white or whitish.
the condition or quality of changing in color or luster depending on the angle of light, exhibited especially by a gemstone that reflects a single shaft of light when cut in cabochon form. — chatoyant, adj.
the branch of opties that studies the properties of colors.
1. Opties, dispersion or distortion of color.
2. abnormal coloration. See also botany.
the study of colors. Also called chromatography.
an instrument consisting of an arrangement of colored dises which, when rotated rapidly, give the impression of colors flowing to or from the center.
an abnormal fear of colors.
a device for measuring the degree of a person’s sense of color.
the process of color printing.
the measurement of the physical intensity of colors, as opposed to their subjective brightness. — colorimeter, n. — colorimetric, colorimetrical, adj.
the measurement of the intensity of the sky’s blue color. — cyanometer, n. — cyanometric, adj.
red-green color blindness.
a defect of the eyesight in which the retina does not respond to green. — deuteranope, n. — deuteranopic, adj.
a property, peculiar to certain crystals, of reflecting light in two different colors when viewed from two different directions. — dichroic, adj.
1. the quality of being dichromatic, or having two colors.
2. a form of color blindness in which the sufferer can perceive only two of the three primary colors and their variants. — dichromatic, adj.
difficulty in telling colors apart; color blindness.
an abnormal fear of the color red.
the condition of being florid or highly colored, especially reddish, used especially of the complexion. — florid, adj.
1. the state or quality of being a silvery or bluish green in color.
2. the process of turning this color. — glaucescent, adj.
the occurrence of unusually intense coloration. — hyperchromatic, adj.
an instrument used for determining the strength of an indigo solution.
the practice and art of determining the strength and coloring power of an indigo solution.
the state or condition of being colored like a rainbow or like the light shining through a prism. — iridescent, adj.
the process of making or becoming iridescent.
a polished black glass, the surface of which becomes iridescent when it is breathed upon through a tube.
an optical device composed of red and violet glass that transmits red light only, used for distinguishing red in varicolored flames.
change in color, especially as a result of change in temperature.
1. the quality of being of only one color or in only one color, as a work of art.
2. a defect of eyesight in which the retina cannot perceive color. — monochromatic, adj.
the property of acting as a flxative in dyeing. — mordant, n., adj.
the quality of being opallike, or milkily iridescent. — opalescent, adj.
a faintness or deficiency in color. — pallid, adj.
the quality or condition of being lsensitive to all colors, as certain types of photographic film. — panchromatic, adj.
the state or quality of being multicolored. — polychromatic, polychromie, adj.
a defect of the eyesight in which the retina does not respond to red. — protanope, n. — protanopic, adj.
1. the state, condition, quality, or process of becoming or being red.
2. a blush.
3. the act of blushing. — rubescent, adj.
1. the tendency to turn red or reddish.
2. reddishness. — rufescent, adj.
a photograph of a spectrum. Also called spectrograph.
1. an optical device for breaking light down into a spectrum and recording the results photographically.
2. a spectrogram. — spectrographic, adj.
the technique of using a spectrograph and producing spectrograms.
a property, peculiar to certain crystals, of transmitting light of three different colors when viewed from three different directions. Also trichromatism. — trichroic, adj.
1. the condition of having, using, or combining three colors.
2. trichroism. — trichromatic, adj.
a defect of the eyesight in which the retina does not respond to blue and yellow. — tritanope, n. — tritanopic, adj.
the quality or condition of being green, as the condition of being covered with green plants or grass or inexperience attributable to youth. — verdant, adj.
1. the state or quality of being green or greenish.
2. greenishness. — viridescent, adj.
a form of color blindness in which only yellow and blue can be perceived.

color


Past participle: colored
Gerund: coloring

Imperative
color
color
Present
I color
you color
he/she/it colors
we color
you color
they color
Preterite
I colored
you colored
he/she/it colored
we colored
you colored
they colored
Present Continuous
I am coloring
you are coloring
he/she/it is coloring
we are coloring
you are coloring
they are coloring
Present Perfect
I have colored
you have colored
he/she/it has colored
we have colored
you have colored
they have colored
Past Continuous
I was coloring
you were coloring
he/she/it was coloring
we were coloring
you were coloring
they were coloring
Past Perfect
I had colored
you had colored
he/she/it had colored
we had colored
you had colored
they had colored
Future
I will color
you will color
he/she/it will color
we will color
you will color
they will color
Future Perfect
I will have colored
you will have colored
he/she/it will have colored
we will have colored
you will have colored
they will have colored
Future Continuous
I will be coloring
you will be coloring
he/she/it will be coloring
we will be coloring
you will be coloring
they will be coloring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been coloring
you have been coloring
he/she/it has been coloring
we have been coloring
you have been coloring
they have been coloring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been coloring
you will have been coloring
he/she/it will have been coloring
we will have been coloring
you will have been coloring
they will have been coloring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been coloring
you had been coloring
he/she/it had been coloring
we had been coloring
you had been coloring
they had been coloring
Conditional
I would color
you would color
he/she/it would color
we would color
you would color
they would color
Past Conditional
I would have colored
you would have colored
he/she/it would have colored
we would have colored
you would have colored
they would have colored
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.color - a visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflectcolor - a visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect; "a white color is made up of many different wavelengths of light"
visual property - an attribute of vision
primary color, primary colour - any of three colors from which all others can be obtained by mixing
heather mixture, heather - interwoven yarns of mixed colors producing muted greyish shades with flecks of color
mottle - an irregular arrangement of patches of color; "it was not dull grey as distance had suggested, but a mottle of khaki and black and olive-green"
tint, shade, tincture, tone - a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color; "after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted"
achromatic color, achromatic colour - a color lacking hue; white or grey or black
coloration, colouration - appearance with regard to color; "her healthy coloration"
complexion, skin color, skin colour - the coloring of a person's face
dithered color, dithered colour, nonsolid color, nonsolid colour - a color produced by a pattern of differently colored dots that together simulate the desired color
achromaticity, achromatism, colorlessness, colourlessness - the visual property of being without chromatic color
2.color - interest and variety and intensitycolor - interest and variety and intensity; "the Puritan Period was lacking in color"; "the characters were delineated with exceptional vividness"
interestingness, interest - the power of attracting or holding one's attention (because it is unusual or exciting etc.); "they said nothing of great interest"; "primary colors can add interest to a room"
3.color - the timbre of a musical sound; "the recording fails to capture the true color of the original music"
timbre, tone, quality, timber - (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound); "the timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely"; "the muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet"
4.color - a race with skin pigmentation different from the white race (especially Blacks)
race - people who are believed to belong to the same genetic stock; "some biologists doubt that there are important genetic differences between races of human beings"
person of color, person of colour - (formal) any non-European non-white person
5.color - an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading; "he hoped his claims would have a semblance of authenticity"; "he tried to give his falsehood the gloss of moral sanction"; "the situation soon took on a different color"
appearance, visual aspect - outward or visible aspect of a person or thing
color of law, colour of law - a mere semblance of legal right; something done with the apparent authority of law but actually in contravention of law; "the plaintiff claimed that under color of law the officer had deprived him of his civil rights"
simulacrum - an insubstantial or vague semblance
face value - the apparent worth as opposed to the real worth
guise, pretence, pretext, pretense - an artful or simulated semblance; "under the guise of friendship he betrayed them"
camouflage, disguise - an outward semblance that misrepresents the true nature of something; "the theatrical notion of disguise is always associated with catastrophe in his stories"
verisimilitude - the appearance of truth; the quality of seeming to be true
6.color - any material used for its color; "she used a different color for the trim"
paint, pigment - a substance used as a coating to protect or decorate a surface (especially a mixture of pigment suspended in a liquid); dries to form a hard coating; "artists use `paint' and `pigment' interchangeably"
material, stuff - the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object; "coal is a hard black material"; "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread"
indicator - (chemistry) a substance that changes color to indicate the presence of some ion or substance; can be used to indicate the completion of a chemical reaction or (in medicine) to test for a particular reaction
mordant - a substance used to treat leather or other materials before dyeing; aids in dyeing process
dye, dyestuff - a usually soluble substance for staining or coloring e.g. fabrics or hair
tincture - a substances that colors metals
hematochrome - a reddish coloring material found in some algae
pigment - dry coloring material (especially a powder to be mixed with a liquid to produce paint, etc.)
pigment - any substance whose presence in plant or animal tissues produces a characteristic color
stain - (microscopy) a dye or other coloring material that is used in microscopy to make structures visible
7.color - (physics) the characteristic of quarks that determines their role in the strong interaction; "each flavor of quarks comes in three colors"
kind, sort, form, variety - a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality; "sculpture is a form of art"; "what kinds of desserts are there?"
high energy physics, high-energy physics, particle physics - the branch of physics that studies subatomic particles and their interactions
8.color - the appearance of objects (or light sources) described in terms of a person's perception of their hue and lightness (or brightness) and saturation
appearance, visual aspect - outward or visible aspect of a person or thing
Verb1.color - add color to; "The child colored the drawings"; "Fall colored the trees"; "colorize black and white film"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
blackwash - color with blackwash
parti-color, motley - make motley; color with different colors
polychrome, polychromise, polychromize - color with many colors; make polychrome
azure - color azure; "Morning azured the village"
empurple, purpurate, purple - color purple
aurify - turn golden
verdigris - color verdigris
pinkify - make pink
incarnadine - make flesh-colored
brown, embrown - make brown in color; "the draught browned the leaves on the trees in the yard"
handcolor, handcolour - color by hand; "Some old photographs are handcolored"
tinct, tint, tinge, touch - color lightly; "her greying hair was tinged blond"; "the leaves were tinged red in November"
pigment - color or dye with a pigment; "pigment a photograph"
hue, imbue - suffuse with color
retouch - give retouches to (hair); "retouch the roots"
silver - make silver in color; "Her worries had silvered her hair"
gray, grey - make grey; "The painter decided to grey the sky"
tone - change to a color image; "tone a photographic image"
redden - make red; "The setting sun reddened the sky"
blotch, mottle, streak - mark with spots or blotches of different color or shades of color as if stained
discolor - lose color or turn colorless; "The painting discolored"
2.color - affect as in thought or feeling; "My personal feelings color my judgment in this case"; "The sadness tinged his life"
affect, bear upon, impact, bear on, touch on, touch - have an effect upon; "Will the new rules affect me?"
3.color - modify or bias; "His political ideas color his lectures"
act upon, influence, work - have and exert influence or effect; "The artist's work influenced the young painter"; "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate"
4.color - decorate with colors; "color the walls with paint in warm tones"
adorn, decorate, grace, ornament, embellish, beautify - make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.; "Decorate the room for the party"; "beautify yourself for the special day"
miniate - paint with red lead or vermilion
5.color - give a deceptive explanation or excuse for; "color a lie"
apologise, rationalize, apologize, rationalise, justify, excuse - defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning; "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success"
6.color - change color, often in an undesired manner; "The shirts discolored"
blush, crimson, flush, redden - turn red, as if in embarrassment or shame; "The girl blushed when a young man whistled as she walked by"
blanch, blench, pale - turn pale, as if in fear
bronze, tan - get a tan, from wind or sun
sunburn, burn - get a sunburn by overexposure to the sun
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
white, whiten - turn white; "This detergent will whiten your laundry"
black, blacken, nigrify, melanise, melanize - make or become black; "The smoke blackened the ceiling"; "The ceiling blackened"
turn - change color; "In Vermont, the leaves turn early"
silver - turn silver; "The man's hair silvered very attractively"
dye - color with dye; "Please dye these shoes"
redden - turn red or redder; "The sky reddened"
purple - become purple
gray, grey - turn grey; "Her hair began to grey"
yellow - turn yellow; "The pages of the book began to yellow"
tone - change the color or tone of; "tone a negative"
green - turn or become green; "The trees are greening"
blue - turn blue
Adj.1.color - having or capable of producing colors; "color film"; "he rented a color television"; "marvelous color illustrations"
photography, picture taking - the act of taking and printing photographs
black and white, black-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"
black and white, black-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"

color

noun
1. The property by which the sense of vision can distinguish between objects, as a red apple and a green apple, that are very similar or identical in form and size:
2. Something that imparts color:
3. Skin tone, especially of the face:
4. A fresh rosy complexion:
5. Fabric used especially as a symbol.Used in plural:
verb
1. To impart color to:
2. To immerse in a coloring solution:
3. To become red in the face:
4. To give an inaccurate view of by representing falsely or misleadingly:
Idiom: give a false coloring to.
5. To give a deceptively attractive appearance to:
Idioms: paper over, put a good face on.
Translations
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color

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colour

(American) color (ˈkalə) noun
1. a quality which objects have, and which can be seen, only when light falls on them. What colour is her dress?; Red, blue and yellow are colours.
2. paint(s). That artist uses water-colours.
3. (a) skin-colour varying with race. people of all colours.
4. vividness; interest. There's plenty of colour in his stories.
adjective
(of photographs etc) in colour, not black and white. colour film; colour television.
verb
to put colour on; to paint. They coloured the walls yellow.
ˈcoloured adjective
1. having colour. She prefers white baths to coloured baths.
2. belonging to a dark-skinned race. There are only two white families living in this street – the rest are coloured.
noun
(sometimes used impolitely) a dark-skinned person especially of Negro origin.
ˈcolourful adjective
1. full of colour. a colourful pattern.
2. vivid and interesting. a colourful account of his experiences.
ˈcolouring noun
1. something used to give colour. She put pink colouring in the icing.
2. complexion. She had very high colouring (= a very pink complexion).
ˈcolourless adjective
1. without colour. Water is colourless.
2. not lively or interesting. a colourless young woman.
ˈcolours noun plural
1. the distinction of winning a place in the team in some sports. He won his cricket colours last season.
2. a flag. Army regiments salute the colours when on parade.
3. a tunic of certain colours worn by a jockey to show that his race-horse belongs to a certain person.
ˈcolour-blind adjective
unable to tell the difference between certain colours. As he was colour-blind he could not distinguish between red and green.
ˈcolour scheme noun
an arrangement or choice of colours in decorating a house etc.
ˌoff-ˈcolour adjective
not feeling well. He was a bit off-colour the morning after the party.
colour in
to put colour into (drawings etc). He coloured in all the oblong shapes on the page.
show oneself in one's true colours
to show or express one's real character, opinion etc. He pretends to be very generous but he showed himself in his true colours when he refused to give money to charity.
with flying colours
with great success. He passed his exam with flying colours.

color

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col·or

n. color;
___ indexguía colorimétrica;
v. colorar; teñir o dar color;
___ confusionconfusión de colores;
___ perceptionpercepción del ___;
complementary colorscolores complementarios;
extrinsic colorscolores extrínsecos;
intrinsic colorscolores intrínsecos;
primary colorscolores primarios;
pure ______ puro;
reflected ______ reflejado;
saturated ______ saturado;
simple ______ simple;
structural ______ estructural;
tone ___tono de ___

color

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References in classic literature ?
and did honor to the coming guest by brushing his curly pate, putting on a fresh color, and trying tidy up the room, which in spite of half a dozen servants, was anything but neat.
The Big Four paints its stations a nasty orange color.
A dull, sickly yellow began to obscure the sky, and the water, from a beautiful blue, turned a slate color and ran along the sides of the vessel with a hissing sound as though the sullen waves would ask nothing better than to suck the craft down into their depths.
We were talking about what it is like to spend one's childhood in little towns like these, buried in wheat and corn, under stimulating extremes of climate: burning summers when the world lies green and billowy beneath a brilliant sky, when one is fairly stifled in vegetation, in the color and smell of strong weeds and heavy harvests; blustery winters with little snow, when the whole country is stripped bare and gray as sheet-iron.
Pontellier's eyes were quick and bright; they were a yellowish brown, about the color of her hair.
The color of the Indian, the writer believes, is peculiar to himself, and while his cheek-bones have a very striking indication of a Tartar origin, his eyes have not.
Or is it, that as in essence whiteness is not so much a color as the visible absence of color, and at the same time the concrete of all colors; is it for these reasons that there is such a dumb blankness, full of meaning, in a wide landscape of snows --a colorless, all-color of atheism from which we shrink?
There are as many `blue' blackguards as there are `orange', and as many white as there are purple, or any other color, and I won't have any of my family mixed up with it.
In the dueling-house, in the parks, on the street, and anywhere and everywhere that the students go, caps of a color group themselves together.
When the first brown gingham frock was completed, the child seized what she thought an opportune moment and asked her aunt Miranda if she might have another color for the next one.
You know it is very hard to change the color of a prince," said the Doctor--"one of the hardest things a magician can do.
Each captain's flag was of peculiar color and device.