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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 ?
White light is composed of the seven primary colors," he argued to me.
I have scraps of primary color paper that they can cut up to create hands and shoes.
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.
It had the three primary colors on the missing wheel and I was able to adjust how much of each primary color was exposed.
Primary Color today announced the launch of its Distributive Print Model, which previewed at the Dine America trade show in September in Atlanta.
Brown can be made by mixing a primary color with its complement.
Primary Colors: As baby grows, switch to "color mode" and when little ones grasp one of the three handles they will hear the coordinating primary color spoken in English, Spanish or French (based on which language mode is selected) plus a light show with classical music.
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.
His use of line, geometric shapes, and primary color are the perfect vehicle for learning more than red, yellow, and blue.
Black replaces red as a primary color in the new logo, but purple remains the dominant color.
Since most of these light engines are based on single microdisplay chip architectures, the light from the three different primary color LEDs of red, green and blue has to be merged into one common beam.