Definition of Color in English :

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Color meaning in English

Meaning of Color in English

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1. color, coloring, colour, colouring

a visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect

Example Sentences:
'a white color is made up of many different wavelengths of light'

2. color, colour, vividness

interest and variety and intensity

Example Sentences:
'the Puritan Period was lacking in color'
'the characters were delineated with exceptional vividness'

3. color, coloration, colour, colouration

the timbre of a musical sound

Example Sentences:
'the recording fails to capture the true color of the original music'

4. color, colour, people of color, people of colour

a race with skin pigmentation different from the white race (especially Blacks)

5. color, colour, gloss, semblance

an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading

Example Sentences:
'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'

6. color, coloring material, colour, colouring material

any material used for its color

Example Sentences:
'she used a different color for the trim'

7. color, colour

(physics) the characteristic of quarks that determines their role in the strong interaction

Example Sentences:
'each flavor of quarks comes in three colors'

8. color, colour

the appearance of objects (or light sources) described in terms of a person's perception of their hue and lightness (or brightness) and saturation


9. color, color in, colorise, colorize, colour, colour in, colourise, colourize

add color to

Example Sentences:
'The child colored the drawings'
'Fall colored the trees'
'colorize black and white film'

10. color, colour, distort, tinge

affect as in thought or feeling

Example Sentences:
'My personal feelings color my judgment in this case'
'The sadness tinged his life'

11. color, colour

modify or bias

Example Sentences:
'His political ideas color his lectures'

12. color, colour, emblazon

decorate with colors

Example Sentences:
'color the walls with paint in warm tones'

13. color, colour, gloss

give a deceptive explanation or excuse for

Example Sentences:
'color a lie'

14. color, colour, discolor, discolour

change color, often in an undesired manner

Example Sentences:
'The shirts discolored'


15. color, colour

having or capable of producing colors

Example Sentences:
'color film'
'he rented a color television'
'marvelous color illustrations'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of color
noun, verb
the US spelling of colour

Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers


see synonyms of color
the sensation resulting from stimulation of the retina of the eye by light waves of certain lengths
the property of reflecting light of a particular wavelength: the distinct colors of the spectrum are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet, each of these shading into the next; the primary colors of the spectrum are red, green, and blue, the light beams of which variously combined can produce any of the colors
any coloring matter; dye; pigment; paint: the primary colors of paints, pigments, etc. are red, yellow, and blue, which, when mixed in various ways, produce the secondary colors (green, orange, purple, etc.): black, white, and gray are often called colors (achromatic colors), although black is caused by the complete absorption of light rays, white by the reflection of all the rays that produce color, and gray by an imperfect absorption of all these rays
any color other than black, white, or gray; chromatic color: color is distinguished by the qualities of hue (as red, brown, yellow, etc.), lightness (for pigmented surfaces) or brightness (for light itself), and saturation (the degree of intensity of a hue)
color of the face; esp., a healthy rosiness or a blush
the color of a person's skin
skin pigmentation of a particular people or racial group, esp. when other than white
8.  [pl.]
a colored badge, ribbon, costume, etc. that identifies the wearer
9.  [pl.]
a flag or banner of a country, regiment, etc.
the armed forces of a country, symbolized by the flag
to serve with the colors
10.  [pl.]
the side that a person is on; position or opinion
stick to your colors
outward appearance or semblance; plausibility
appearance of truth, likelihood, validity, or right; justification
the circumstances gave color to his contention
general nature; character
the color of his mind
vivid quality or character, as in a personality, literary work, etc.
see also local color
15.  Art
the way of using color, esp. to gain a total effect
16.  Law
an apparent or prima-facie right
17.  US, Mining
a trace of gold found in panning
18.  Music
timbre, as of a voice or instrument; tone color
elaborate ornamentation
19.  Particle Physics
a unique force or charge on each type of quark that controls how quarks combine to form hadrons: although called red, green, and blue, they are not related to visual colors
20.  Photography and Television
reproduction of images in chromatic colors rather than in black, white, and gray
21.  Television and Radio
colorful details, background data, etc. supplied by a sports commentator between play-by-play descriptions of the action
22.  Television and Radio
designating or of a sports commentator who supplies color (sense 21)
verb transitive
to give color to; impregnate or cover with color, as with paint, stain, or dye
to change the color of
to give a pleasing, convincing, or reasonable appearance to; make plausible
to alter or influence to some degree, as by distortion or exaggeration
prejudice colored his views
verb intransitive
to become colored
to change color, as ripening fruit
to blush or flush
to engage in the child's pastime of drawing or coloring pictures with wax crayons, etc.

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of color
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.
a. The use of different colors in visual representation.
b. The different colors used in visual representation:one of the earliest movies in color.
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. colorsOne's opinion or position:Stick to your colors.
8. oftencolorsCharacter or nature:revealed their true colors.
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.
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
1. To impart color to or change the color of.
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.
a. To misrepresent, especially by distortion or exaggeration:color the facts.
b. To gloss over; excuse:a parent who colored the children's lies.
a. To take on color.
b. To change color.
2. To become red in the face; redden or blush.

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