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primary color

n.
A color belonging to any of three groups each of which is regarded as generating all colors, with the groups being:
a. Additive, physiological, or light primaries red, green, and blue. Lights of red, green, and blue wavelengths may be mixed to produce all hues.
b. Subtractive or colorant primaries, such as magenta, yellow, and cyan (used by printers) or red, yellow, and blue (used by painters). Substances that reflect light of one of these wavelengths and absorb other wavelengths may be mixed to produce all hues.
c. Psychological primaries red, yellow, green, and blue, plus the achromatic pair black and white. All colors may be subjectively conceived as mixtures of these. See Table at color.

pri′mary col′or


n.
a color, as red, yellow, or blue, that in mixture yields other colors.
[1605–15]

primary color

Any of a group of colors from which all other colors can be made by mixing. See more at color.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.primary color - 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"
References in classic literature ?
He had known only the primary colors. All colors of red were red.
"White light is composed of the seven primary colors," he argued to me.
After two years, he started painting in earnest again, hitting his stride between 1983 and 1985 with over 150 canvases in which ribbons of primary color play slowly across white and pale pastel expanses.
The final step is to add stamps in a primary color paint to fill in some of the negative space.
The fabrics used on the furniture typically bring in the primary color component, while the drapes and carpet
Each layer of film reacts to one specific excitation waveband, emitting a primary color. The layers are excited selectively, and the excitation wavebands for other primary colors pass through the top transparent layer(s) to address its emissive layer.
It had the three primary colors on the missing wheel and I was able to adjust how much of each primary color was exposed.
The primary color is red, with the Edison brand name superimposed over a black oblong.
Digital image analysis techniques can be applied to images having any number of primary color channels, but the tri-color model is often used, simply because of hardware availability.
Learn Colors" is another sturdy, thick-paged book with one primary color illustrated on each page with a colorful photo of a child with Down's syndrome.
Also new are the Starmyst (large silver or primary color particles) and Crystal (translucent pigments) effects using large, oval-shaped pigment particles.
Choice will continue to handle "Primary Color," which Universal distributes to over 250 newspapers.