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primary colour

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1. (Colours) Also called: additive primary any of three spectral colours (usually red, green, and blue) that can be mixed to match any other colour, including white light but excluding black
2. (Colours) Also called: subtractive primary any one of the spectral colours cyan, magenta, or yellow that can be subtracted from white light to match any other colour. An equal mixture of the three produces a black pigment
3. (Colours) Also called: psychological primary any one of the colours red, yellow, green, or blue. All other colours look like a mixture of two or more of these colours and they play a unique role in the processing of colour by the visual system
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Noun1.primary colour - any of three colors from which all others can be obtained by mixing
color, coloring, colouring, colour - 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"
primary color for pigments, primary colour for pigments - any of three pigments from which all colors can be obtained by mixing; "the primary colors for pigments are red, blue, and yellow"
primary color for light, primary colour for light - any of three primary colors of light from which all colors can be obtained by additive mixing; "the primary colors for light are red, blue, and green"
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primary colour

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You must use,' said the gentleman, 'for all these purposes, combinations and modifications (in primary colours) of mathematical figures which are susceptible of proof and demonstration.
It scintillated nine different and distinct rays; the seven primary colours of our earthly prism and the two rays which are unknown upon Earth, but whose wondrous beauty is indescribable.
The government announces it is launching yellow, blue, red and all primary colour bus lines.
In this case, yellow isn't a primary colour. Instead, it is produced by mixing red and green light.
Now Primary Colour is a well-established social enterprise supplying books, teachers' packs and classroom drama sessions for primary schools.The material focuses on cultural diversity, but contributes to other areas of the curriculum, including geography, IT and literacy.
Most of interest is a 55-minute TV special in which Agnetha, Benny, Bjorn and Anni-Frid, dressed in the primary colour costumes of the day, self-consciously introduce their hits.
Monochrome blocks, representing single species planting, undulate in sinuous curves of primary colour reminiscent of Miro or Arp.
Secondary colour : Secondary colours are a combination of the primary colours. So, red+yellow = orange, red +blue = purple, and blue+yellow = green.
There are four psychological primary colours - red, blue, yellow and green.
Highlighting that traditional sun lenses can perform homogeneously for the full spectral range, Essilor explains that Kolor Up lenses selectively modulate the light reaching the retina and the wavelengths of the primary colours received by the photoreceptors in the eyes.
The Power Flowers[TM] assortment is solely made from tempered cocoa butter and 40 percent colouring agents and is available in the three primary colours (red, yellow and blue) and white.