1. a visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect;
- Example: "a white color is made up of many different wavelengths of light"
[syn: color, colour, coloring, colouring]
2. interest and variety and intensity;
- Example: "the Puritan Period was lacking in color"
- Example: "the characters were delineated with exceptional vividness"
[syn: color, colour, vividness]
3. the timbre of a musical sound;
- Example: "the recording fails to capture the true color of the original music"
[syn: color, colour, coloration, colouration]
4. a race with skin pigmentation different from the white race (especially Blacks);
[syn: color, colour, people of color, people of colour]
5. an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading;
- Example: "he hoped his claims would have a semblance of authenticity"
- Example: "he tried to give his falsehood the gloss of moral sanction"
- Example: "the situation soon took on a different color"
[syn: semblance, gloss, color, colour]
6. any material used for its color;
- Example: "she used a different color for the trim"
[syn: coloring material, colouring material, color, colour]
7. (physics) the characteristic of quarks that determines their role in the strong interaction;
- Example: "each flavor of quarks comes in three colors"
[syn: color, colour]
8. the appearance of objects (or light sources) described in terms of a person's perception of their hue and lightness (or brightness) and saturation;
[syn: color, colour]
1. add color to;
- Example: "The child colored the drawings"
- Example: "Fall colored the trees"
- Example: "colorize black and white film"
[syn: color, colorize, colorise, colourise, colourize, colour, color in, colour in]
2. affect as in thought or feeling;
- Example: "My personal feelings color my judgment in this case"
- Example: "The sadness tinged his life"
[syn: tinge, color, colour, distort]
3. modify or bias;
- Example: "His political ideas color his lectures"
[syn: color, colour]
4. decorate with colors;
- Example: "color the walls with paint in warm tones"
[syn: color, colour, emblazon]
5. give a deceptive explanation or excuse for;
- Example: "color a lie"
[syn: color, colour, gloss]
6. change color, often in an undesired manner;
- Example: "The shirts discolored"
[syn: discolor, discolour, colour, color]
1. having or capable of producing colors;
- Example: "color film"
- Example: "he rented a color television"
- Example: "marvelous color illustrations"
[syn: color, colour]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Color \Col"or\ (k[u^]l"[~e]r), n. [Written also colour.] [OF. color, colur, colour, F. couleur, L. color; prob. akin to celare to conceal (the color taken as that which covers). See Helmet.] 1. A property depending on the relations of light to the eye, by which individual and specific differences in the hues and tints of objects are apprehended in vision; as, gay colors; sad colors, etc. [1913 Webster] Note: The sensation of color depends upon a peculiar function of the retina or optic nerve, in consequence of which rays of light produce different effects according to the length of their waves or undulations, waves of a certain length producing the sensation of red, shorter waves green, and those still shorter blue, etc. White, or ordinary, light consists of waves of various lengths so blended as to produce no effect of color, and the color of objects depends upon their power to absorb or reflect a greater or less proportion of the rays which fall upon them. [1913 Webster] 2. Any hue distinguished from white or black. [1913 Webster] 3. The hue or color characteristic of good health and spirits; ruddy complexion. [1913 Webster] Give color to my pale cheek. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. That which is used to give color; a paint; a pigment; as, oil colors or water colors. [1913 Webster] 5. That which covers or hides the real character of anything; semblance; excuse; disguise; appearance. [1913 Webster] They had let down the boat into the sea, under color as though they would have cast anchors out of the foreship. --Acts xxvii. 30. [1913 Webster] That he should die is worthy policy; But yet we want a color for his death. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 6. Shade or variety of character; kind; species. [1913 Webster] Boys and women are for the most part cattle of this color. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 7. A distinguishing badge, as a flag or similar symbol (usually in the plural); as, the colors or color of a ship or regiment; the colors of a race horse (that is, of the cap and jacket worn by the jockey). [1913 Webster] In the United States each regiment of infantry and artillery has two colors, one national and one regimental. --Farrow. [1913 Webster] 8. (Law) An apparent right; as where the defendant in trespass gave to the plaintiff an appearance of title, by stating his title specially, thus removing the cause from the jury to the court. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster] Note: Color is express when it is averred in the pleading, and implied when it is implied in the pleading. [1913 Webster] Body color. See under Body. Color blindness, total or partial inability to distinguish or recognize colors. See Daltonism. Complementary color, one of two colors so related to each other that when blended together they produce white light; -- so called because each color makes up to the other what it lacks to make it white. Artificial or pigment colors, when mixed, produce effects differing from those of the primary colors, in consequence of partial absorption. Of color (as persons, races, etc.), not of the white race; -- commonly meaning, esp. in the United States, of negro blood, pure or mixed. Primary colors, those developed from the solar beam by the prism, viz., red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet, which are reduced by some authors to three, -- red, green, and violet-blue. These three are sometimes called fundamental colors. Subjective color or Accidental color, a false or spurious color seen in some instances, owing to the persistence of the luminous impression upon the retina, and a gradual change of its character, as where a wheel perfectly white, and with a circumference regularly subdivided, is made to revolve rapidly over a dark object, the teeth of the wheel appear to the eye of different shades of color varying with the rapidity of rotation. See Accidental colors, under Accidental. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Color \Col"or\, v. i. To acquire color; to turn red, especially in the face; to blush. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Color \Col"or\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Colored; p. pr. & vb. n. Coloring.] [F. colorer.] 1. To change or alter the hue or tint of, by dyeing, staining, painting, etc.; to dye; to tinge; to paint; to stain. [1913 Webster] The rays, to speak properly, are not colored; in them there is nothing else than a certain power and disposition to stir up a sensation of this or that color. --Sir I. Newton. [1913 Webster] 2. To change or alter, as if by dyeing or painting; to give a false appearance to; usually, to give a specious appearance to; to cause to appear attractive; to make plausible; to palliate or excuse; as, the facts were colored by his prejudices. [1913 Webster] He colors the falsehood of [AE]neas by an express command from Jupiter to forsake the queen. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3. To hide. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] That by his fellowship he color might Both his estate and love from skill of any wight. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (17 December 2009):
(US "color") Colours are usually represented as RGB triples in a digital image because this corresponds most closely to the electronic signals needed to drive a CRT. Several equivalent systems ("colour models") exist, e.g. HSB. A colour image may be stored as three separate images, one for each of red, green, and blue, or each pixel may encode the colour using separate bit-fields for each colour component, or each pixel may store a logical colour number which is looked up in a hardware colour palette to find the colour to display. Printers may use the CMYK or Pantone representations of colours as well as RGB. (1999-08-02)Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
1006 Moby Thesaurus words for "color": Adrianople red, Alice blue, Arabian red, Argos brown, Bordeaux, Brunswick black, Brunswick blue, Burgundy, Capri blue, Cassel yellow, Chinese blue, Chinese white, Claude tint, Cologne brown, Columbian red, Congo rubine, Copenhagen blue, Dresden blue, Dutch orange, Egyptian green, English red, French blue, French gray, Gobelin blue, Goya, Guinea green, India pink, Indian red, Irish green, Janus green, Kelly green, Kendal green, Kildare green, Klangfarbe, Lincoln green, Majolica earth, Mars orange, Mars violet, Mexican red, Mitis green, Montpellier green, Nile green, Paris green, Paris yellow, Persian blue, Persian red, Pompeian blue, Prussian blue, Prussian red, Quaker green, Roman umber, Saint Benoit, Saxe blue, Saxony green, Schweinfurt green, Spanish green, Spanish ocher, Tanagra, Tangier ocher, Technicolor, Titian, Turkey red, Turkey umber, Tyrian purple, Vandyke red, Vienna green, Wedgwood blue, Wedgwood green, absinthe, acid yellow, acier, acorn, acting, action, adjunct, adorn, adornment, affect, affectation, air, alabaster, alesan, alibi, alizarin brown, allow for, allowance, amber, amethyst, amidonaphthol red, anagnorisis, aniline black, aniline blue, annatto, anthracene brown, anthragallol, antique brown, antique gold, any color, apology, appearance, apple green, apply paint, apricot, aqua green, aquamarine, architectonics, architecture, argument, arrangement, array, arsenic yellow, ash, ash gray, atmosphere, attitude, attitudinizing, aureolin, autumn leaf, avocado green, azo blue, azo-orange, azulene, azure, azurite blue, baby blue, background, badge, balance, banner, barium sulfate, bat, bearing, beautify, bedaub, bedeck, bedizen, begild, belie, bend, benzoazurine, beryl, beryl green, besmear, besprinkle, bias, bice, biscuit, bister, blanc fixe, blanch, blazon, bleu celeste, blind, blond, blood, blue black, blue turquoise, bluff, bluffing, blush, bone black, bone brown, bottle green, bracken, brand, breathe, breed, brew, bright color, bright rose, brightness, brilliance, brow, brush on paint, brushwork, buff, bunny brown, burgee, burgundy, burlesque, burnt Roman ocher, burnt almond, burnt carmine, burnt ocher, burnt rose, burnt sienna, butter, cadet blue, cadmium orange, cadmium yellow, cafe noir, calamine blue, calcimine, camouflage, canary, carbon black, cardinal, caricature, carmine, carnation, carnelian, carotene, carriage, cartoon, cast, cast of countenance, catastrophe, celadon, censor, cerulean, chalk, chamois, champagne, change color, character, characterization, charcoal, chartreuse, chartreuse green, chartreuse tint, chartreuse yellow, cheating, chestnut, chrome, chrome black, chrome lemon, chrome orange, chrome oxide green, chrome red, chrome yellow, chromogen, chrysophenin, chrysoprase green, ciba blue, cinder gray, cinnabar, citron green, civette green, clan, clang color, claret, clematis, cloak, cloud gray, coat, coat of paint, coating, cobalt, cobalt green, cochineal, coconut, color filter, color gelatin, color patterns, color up, colorant, colorfulness, coloring, colors, complexion, complication, composition, conceal, continuity, contrivance, copper, copper red, coptic, copy, corbeau, cordovan, cornflower, countenance, cover, cover story, cover-up, cramoisie, crash, crayon, cream, cresol red, crimson, crocus, crosshatch, crystal gray, cucumber green, cyan, cyanine blue, cypress green, dab, dahlia, damask, damson, dandelion, dandify, darken, dash off, daub, dead leaf, dead-color, deception, deck, deck out, decoct, decontamination, decor, decorate, decoration, deep-dye, delft blue, delineate, delusion, demeanor, denomination, denouement, depict, description, design, designation, development, device, diagram, diminish, dip, disguise, dispose, dissemblance, dissembling, dissimulation, distemper, distort, dizen, doeskin, doll up, doodle, double-dye, dove gray, drab, draft, draftsmanship, draw, dredge, dress, dress up, drier, drop black, duck green, dun, dye, dyestuff, ease, edit, eggshell, elaboration, embellish, embellishment, emblazon, emblazonment, emblazonry, emblem, embroider, embroidery, emerald, emeraude, enamel, engild, enrich, ensign, entincture, episode, erythema, exaggerate, excuse, extenuate, extenuating circumstances, extenuation, extenuative, exterior paint, fable, facade, face, facial appearance, faded rose, fake, fakery, faking, falling action, false air, false front, false show, falsify, falsity, fast-dye, favor, feather, feature, features, feigning, feint, fiesta, fig out, fir, fire red, fix up, flag, flame, flat coat, flat wash, flavor, flax, flesh, flesh color, flesh red, floor enamel, floridity, floridness, flourish, flower arrangement, flush, foliage brown, form, four-flushing, fox, fraud, fresco, front, frown, fuchsia, fuchsine, fudge, furbish, furniture arrangement, gaiety, gamboge, garb, garble, garnish, garnishment, garniture, garter blue, genre, genus, gild, gilding, gilt, gimmick, glare, glauconite, glaucous, glaucous blue, glaucous gray, glaucous green, glaze, gloss, gloss over, glow, glower, gnarl, golden pheasant, gonfalon, gorgeousness, grace, grain, grape, grass green, green ocher, grege, ground, grouping, grow red, growl, guise, gules, gun metal, gussy up, handle, hatch, hazel, helianthin, heliotrope, henna, high color, holly green, honey, honey yellow, hue, humbug, humbuggery, hyacinth, hyacinth red, identification, identity, ignore, ilk, illuminate, illumination, imbrue, imbue, imperial purple, imposture, impregnate, incarnadine, incident, incline, indigo, indigo white, induce, infiltrate, influence, infrared, infuse, ingrain, instill, intensity, interior paint, iron gray, iron red, isamine blue, ivory, ivory black, jack, jade, japan, jockey, jonquil, jouvence blue, kidney, kin, kind, label, lacquer, lake, lame excuse, lampblack, lapis lazuli blue, lavender, lavender blue, lay on color, lead, lead gray, leaf green, leather, leaven, lemon chrome, lessen, light red, lilac, limn, line, lineaments, lines, liver brown, livid pink, lobster, local color, locus standi, look black, look daggers, looks, lot, lower, loyalties, madder, madder blue, madder crimson, madder lake, madder orange, madder pink, madder rose, madder yellow, magenta, magnify, maize, make, make allowance for, malachite green, mallow, mallow pink, mandarin, manner, mantle, maple sugar, marigold, marine blue, mark, maroon, mask, masquerade, massicot, mauve, meadow brook, medium, melon, meretriciousness, metanil yellow, methyl green, methyl orange, methyl yellow, methylene azure, methylene blue, mien, mignonette, milori green, mince, miscite, miscolor, misconstrue, misdirect, misinterpret, misquote, misrender, misreport, misrepresent, misstate, misteach, misuse, mitigate, mitigation, mold, moleskin, monsignor, mood, moonlight, moss green, motif, mouse gray, move, movement, mulberry, mummy, murrey, myrtle, mythos, naphthol yellow, nature, navy, navy blue, negro, neutral tint, new blue, number, ocher brown, ocher orange, ocher red, oil yellow, old blue, old gold, old ivory, old red, olive, olive brown, olivesheen, opal gray, opaque color, orange chrome yellow, orange lead, orange madder, orange mineral, orange ocher, orchid, orchid rose, oriflamme, oriole, ornament, ornamentation, orpiment, orpiment red, ostensible motive, ostentation, otter brown, outward show, overcharge, overdraw, overpaint, overstate, oxblood, oxide brown, pad, paint, paint a picture, painterliness, pale, palladium red, palliate, palliation, palliative, pansy, pansy violet, parget, parody, parrot green, partridge, patina green, peach, peachblossom pink, peacock blue, pearl, pearl gray, pebble, pelican, pencil, penetrate, pennant, pennon, pepper-and-salt, peripeteia, permeate, perspective, persuade, persuasion, pervade, pervert, philamot, phosphine, phylum, physiognomy, picture, picturize, pigment, pigmentation, pink, plan, platinum, plausibility, playacting, plot, plum, plumbago gray, pompadour green, ponceau, pontiff purple, poor excuse, poppy, port, portray, pose, posing, position, posture, powder blue, powder gray, prank, prank up, predispose, preen, presence, pretense, pretension, pretext, prettify, prime, prime coat, primer, priming, primp, primp up, primrose, primuline yellow, prink, prink up, prompt, protestation, public motive, puce, pumpkin, pure color, purple lake, purree, put-off, put-on, pyrethrum yellow, qualification, quince yellow, race, raisin, raw sienna, raw umber, realgar, realgar orange, recognition, red, red lead, red ocher, red pink, red race, redden, reddishness, redecorate, redness, redo, refuge, refurbish, regal purple, representation, reseda, resorcin dark brown, richness, rising action, roan, roccellin, rose, rose pink, rouge, royal pink, royal purple, rubine, rubor, ruby, ruddle, rufosity, russet, saffron, salmon, sand, sap green, saturate, saturation, scarlet madder, scheme, scowl, scratch, screen, scumble, sea blue, sea-water green, seal, season, secondary plot, seeming, semblance, serpentine green, set off, set out, shade, shading, shadow, sham, shamrock, shape, shell pink, shellac, shocking pink, show, silver, simulacrum, simulation, sketch, sky blue, slant, slop on paint, slur over, smalt, smarten, smarten up, smear, smoke blue, smoke gray, smoke screen, snap, snapdragon, snarl, soft-pedal, soften, soften up, softening, solferino, sort, species, speciousness, spit, spruce up, squirm with self-consciousness, stain, stalking-horse, stammel, stammer, stamp, stance, stand, standard, steel blue, steel gray, steep, stencil, stil-de-grain yellow, stipple, story, strain, stratagem, straw, strawberry, streamer, stripe, structure, style, subject, subplot, subterfuge, suffuse, sulfur, sunflower yellow, suntan, sway, switch, symbols, taint, tangerine, tartrazine, taupe, tawny, tea rose, technique, temper, tempera, tenne, terra cotta, terra sienna, terra umbra, terre-verte, the like of, the likes of, thematic development, theme, thinner, timbre, tinct, tinction, tincture, tinge, tint, titivate, toast, toluidine red, tonality, tone, tone color, tone quality, topaz, topic, torture, trace, traits, transfuse, transparent color, travesty, treatment, tribe, trick, trick out, trick up, trim, trimming, trypan blue, turn, turn color, turn pale, turn red, turpentine, turps, turquoise, twist, type, ultramarine, umber, undercoat, undercoating, understate, values, variety, varnish, vehicle, veil, verd gay, verdant green, verdet, verdigris, vermilionette, violet, viridian, viridine green, visage, vividness, warp, wash, wash coat, wear down, weigh with, white lead, whiten, whitewash, whitewashing, window dressing, wine, wine purple, woad, work, wrench, xanthene, xanthin, yellow madder, yellow ocher, zaffer, zinc orange, zinc oxide, zinc sulfide, zinc white