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Meaning of color by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms

    • colour ( UK, Canadian, 通例 ) See Usage notes ( below ) .


    Middle English colo( u )r, from Anglo-Norman colur, from Old French colour, color, from Latin color, from Old Latin colos "covering", from Proto-Indo-European *kel- ( “to cover, conceal” ). Akin to Latin cēlō ( “I hide, conceal” ). See usage note below. Displaced Middle English blee ( “color” ), from Old English blēo. More at blee .


    • ( UK ) enPR: kŭl'ə( r ), IPA: /ˈkʌl.ə( ɹ )/, X-SAMPA: /"kVl.@( r )/
    • ( US ) enPR: kŭl'ər, IPA: /ˈkʌl.ɚ/, X-SAMPA: /"kVl.@`/
    • Rhymes: -ʌlə( r )


    color ( plural: colors ) ( American )

    1. The spectral composition of visible light .
      Humans and birds can perceive color .
    2. A particular set of visible spectral compositions, perceived or named as a class; blee .
      Most languages have names for the colors black, white, red, and green .
    3. Hue as opposed to achromatic colors ( black, white and greys ) .
      He referred to the white flag as one "drained of all color" .
    4. Human skin tone, especially as an indicator of race or ethnicity .
      Color has been a sensitive issue in many societies .
    5. ( figuratively ) interest, especially in a selective area .
      a bit of local color .
    6. In corporate finance, details on sales, profit margins, or other financial figures, especially while reviewing quarterly results when an officer of a company is speaking to investment analysts .
      Could you give me some color with regards to which products made up the mix of revenue for this quarter?
    7. ( physics ) A property of quarks, with three values called red, green, and blue, which they can exchange by passing gluons .
    8. ( snooker ) Any of the colored balls excluding the reds .
    9. A front or facade: an ostensible truth actually false .
    10. An appearance of right or authority .
      Under color of law, he managed to bilk taxpayers of millions of dollars .
    11. ( medicine ) Skin color noted as: normal, jaundice, cyanotic, flush, mottled, pale, or ashen as part of the skin signs assessment


    See also

    • Color on Wikipedia .
    • See Appendix:Colors


    color ( not comparable ) ( US )

    1. Conveying color, as opposed to shades of gray .
      Color television and movies were considered a great improvement over black and white .

    Usage notes

    The late Anglo-Norman colour, which is the standard UK spelling, has been the usual spelling in Britain since the 14th century and was chosen by Dr. Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language ( 1755 ) along with other Anglo-Norman spellings such as favour, honour, etc. The Latin spelling color was occasionally used from the 15th century onward, mainly due to Latin influence; it was lemmatized by Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language ( 1828 ), along with favor, honor, etc., and is currently the standard U.S. spelling .

    In Canada, colour is preferred, but color is not unknown; in Australia, -our endings are the standard, although -or endings had some currency in the past and are still sporadically found in some regions .

    See also

    • The Oxford English Dictionary, second edition ( 1989 ), s.v. colour, color, n.1
    • Webster's Third New International Dictionary ( 1961; repr. 2002 ), p. 24a .
    • Pam Peters, The Cambridge Guide to English Usage ( 2004 ), pp. 397-398 .

Explanation of color by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. change color, often in an undesired manner

    2. The shirts discolored
    3. add color to

    4. The child colored the drawings
      Fall colored the trees
      colorize black and white film
    5. affect as in thought or feeling

    6. My personal feelings color my judgment in this case
    7. give a deceptive explanation or excuse for

    8. color a lie
    9. decorate with colors

    10. color the walls with paint in warm tones
    11. modify or bias

    12. His political ideas color his lectures
    1. having or capable of producing colors

    2. color film
      he rented a color television
      marvelous color illustrations
    1. the appearance of objects ( or light sources ) described in terms of a person's perception of their hue and lightness ( or brightness ) and saturation

    2. an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading

    3. the situation soon took on a different color
    4. a visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect

    5. a white color is made up of many different wavelengths of light
    6. the timbre of a musical sound

    7. the recording fails to capture the true color of the original music
    8. interest and variety and intensity

    9. the Puritan Period was lacking in color
    10. the characteristic of quarks that determines their role in the strong interaction

    11. each flavor of quarks comes in three colors
    12. a race with skin pigmentation different from the white race ( especially Blacks )

    13. any material used for its color

    14. she used a different color for the trim

    Definition of color by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Color ( kŭlẽr ), 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.”

      ☞ 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.

      2. Any hue distinguished from white or black.

      3. The hue or color characteristic of good health and spirits; ruddy complexion.

      Give color to my pale cheek. Shak.

      4. That which is used to give color; a paint; a pigment; as, “oil colors or water colors”.

      5. That which covers or hides the real character of anything; semblance; excuse; disguise; appearance.

      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.

      That he should die is worthy policy;

      But yet we want a color for his death. Shak.

      6. Shade or variety of character; kind; species.

      Boys and women are for the most part cattle of this color. Shak.

      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 )”.

      In the United States each regiment of infantry and artillery has two colors, one national and one regimental. Farrow.

      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.

      ☞ Color is express when it is averred in the pleading, and implied when it is implied in the pleading.

      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.

    2. Color 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.

      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.

      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”.

      He colors the falsehood of Æneas by an express command from Jupiter to forsake the queen. Dryden.

      3. To hide. [Obs.]

      That by his fellowship he color might

      Both his estate and love from skill of any wight. Spenser.

    3. Color, v. i. To acquire color; to turn red, especially in the face; to blush.