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Meaning of red by Wiktionary Dictionary

red


    Various shades of red.
    A red poison dart frog.
    Close-up view of red hair
    Sixteen snooker balls: 15 reds and 1 pink.
    A red star, sometimes used as a symbol of communism.
    A glass of red wine.
    A capsule of secobarbital.

    Pronunciation

    • enPR: rĕd, IPA: /ɹɛd/, X-SAMPA: /rEd/
    • Homophone: read ( past tense/participle ) .

    Etymology 1

    Old English rēad, from Proto-Germanic *raudaz ( compare West Frisian read, Dutch rood, German rot, Danish rød ), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁roudhós ( compare Welsh rhudd, Latin ruber, rufus, Tocharian A/B rtär/ratre, Ancient Greek ἐρυθρός ( erythrós ), Old Church Slavonic рудъ ( rudŭ ), Lithuanian raúdas, Avestan raoidita, Sanskrit रुधिर ( rudhirá ) 'red, bloody' ) .

    Adjective

    red ( comparative redder, superlative reddest )

    1. Having red as its colour .
      The girl wore a red skirt .
    2. Of hair, having an orange-brown colour; ginger .
      Her hair had red highlights .
    3. Leftwing, socialist, or communist.
    4. ( US, modern ) Supportive of or dominated by the Republican Party .
      a red state
      a red Congress
    5. ( US, modern ) Of, pertaining to, or run by ( a member of ) the Republican Party .
      a red advertisement
    6. ( UK ) Supportive of the Labour Party .
    7. ( Germany, politics ) Related to the Social Democratic Party .
      the red-black grand coalition
    8. ( astronomy ) Of the lower-frequency region of the ( typically visible ) part of the electromagnetic spectrum which is relevant in the specific observation .
    Derived terms

    Noun

    red ( countable and uncountable; plural: reds )

    1. ( countable and uncountable ) Any of a range of colours having the longest wavelengths, 670 nm, of the visible spectrum; a primary additive colour for transmitted light: the colour obtained by subtracting green and blue from white light using magenta and yellow filters .
    2. ( countable ) A revolutionary socialist or ( most commonly ) a Communist; ( usually capitalized ) a Bolshevik, a supporter of the Bolsheviks in the Russian Civil War .
    3. ( countable, snooker ) One of the 15 red balls used in snooker, distinguished from the colours .
    4. ( countable and uncountable ) Red wine.
    5. ( slang ) The drug secobarbital; a capsule of this drug.
    Derived terms

    See also

    • Red on Wikipedia .
    • ( basic colors ) color, colour; black,‎ blue,‎ gray,‎ green,‎ orange,‎ purple,‎ red,‎ white,‎ yellow ( Category: en:Colors )
    • ( reds ) red; blood red,‎ brick red,‎ burgundy,‎ cardinal,‎ carmine,‎ carnation,‎ cerise,‎ cherry,‎ cherry red,‎ Chinese red,‎ cinnabar,‎ claret,‎ crimson,‎ damask,‎ fire brick,‎ fire engine red,‎ flame,‎ flamingo,‎ fuchsia,‎ garnet,‎ geranium,‎ gules,‎ hot pink,‎ incarnadine,‎ Indian red,‎ magenta,‎ maroon,‎ misty rose,‎ nacarat,‎ oxblood,‎ pillar-box red,‎ pink,‎ Pompeian red,‎ poppy,‎ raspberry,‎ red violet,‎ rose,‎ rouge,‎ ruby,‎ ruddy,‎ salmon,‎ sanguine,‎ scarlet,‎ shocking pink,‎ stammel,‎ strawberry,‎ Turkey red,‎ venetian red,‎ vermillion,‎ vinaceous,‎ vinous,‎ violet red,‎ wine ( Category: en:Reds )
    • primary colour

    See also

    • “red” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary ( 2001 ) .
    • red in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

    Etymology 2

    From the archaic verb rede .

    Verb

    red

    1. ( archaic ) Simple past tense and past participle of rede .

    Etymology 3

    From Old English hreddan ( “to save, to deliver, recover, rescue” ), from Proto-Germanic *hradjanan .

    See also

    • “redd” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary ( 2001 ) .
    • red in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

    Etymology 4

    Middle English, from Middle Low German, compare Dutch redden .

    Verb

    red ( third-person singular simple present reds present participle redding, simple past and past participle redded )

    1. ( transitive, Pennsylvania ) Alternative spelling of redd .

    See also

    • “redd” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary ( 2001 ) .

    Anagrams

    • DRE, ERD

    Noun

    red m .

    1. Alternative form of ræd .

    -red

    By Wiktionary ( 2012/05/24 18:08 UTC Version )

    Etymology

    From Middle English -red, -redde, -rede, -reden, from Old English -rǣden ( which see ). Cognate with German -rat ( as in Heirat ( “marriage” ) ) .

    Derived terms

    [+] English words suffixed with -red

    Alternative forms

    • -raþ, -reþ

    Suffix

    -red

    1. Alternative form of -raþ .


Explanation of red by Wordnet Dictionary

red


    Adjective
    1. characterized by violence or bloodshed

    2. writes of crimson deeds and barbaric days- Andrea Parke
      convulsed with red rage- Hudson Strode
    3. of a color at the end of the color spectrum ( next to orange )

    4. ( especially of the face ) reddened or suffused with or as if with blood from emotion or exertion

    5. turned red from exertion
      with puffy reddened eyes
      red-faced and violent
    Noun
    1. red color or pigment

    2. a tributary of the Mississippi River that flows eastward from Texas along the southern boundary of Oklahoma and through Louisiana

    3. emotionally charged terms used to refer to extreme radicals or revolutionaries

    4. the amount by which the cost of a business exceeds its revenue

    5. the company operated in the red last year


    Definition of red by GCIDE Dictionary

    red


    1. Red ( rĕd ), obs. imp. & p. p. of Read. Spenser.

    2. Red, v. t. To put on order; to make tidy; also, to free from entanglement or embarrassement; -- generally with up; as, “to red up a house”. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]

    3. Red, a. [Compar. Redder ( -d?r ); superl. Reddest.] [OE. red, reed, AS. reád, reód; akin to OS. rōd, OFries. rād, D. rood, G. roht, rot, OHG. rōt, Dan. & Sw. röd, Icel. rauðr, rjōðr, Goth. ráuds, W. rhudd, Armor. ruz, Ir. & Gael. ruadh, L. ruber, rufus, Gr. ἐρυθρός, Skr. rudhira, rohita; cf. L. rutilus. √113. Cf. Erysipelas, Rouge, Rubric, Ruby, Ruddy, Russet, Rust.] Of the color of blood, or of a tint resembling that color; of the hue of that part of the rainbow, or of the solar spectrum, which is furthest from the violet part. “Fresh flowers, white and reede.” Chaucer.

      Your color, I warrant you, is as red as any rose. Shak.

      ☞ Red is a general term, including many different shades or hues, as scarlet, crimson, vermilion, orange red, and the like.

      ☞ Red is often used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, red-breasted, red-cheeked, red-faced, red-haired, red-headed, red-skinned, red-tailed, red-topped, red-whiskered, red-coasted.

      Red admiral ( Zool. ), a beautiful butterfly ( Vanessa Atalanta ) common in both Europe and America. The front wings are crossed by a broad orange red band. The larva feeds on nettles. Called also Atalanta butterfly, and nettle butterfly. -- Red ant. ( Zool. ) A very small ant ( Myrmica molesta ) which often infests houses. A larger reddish ant ( Formica sanguinea ), native of Europe and America. It is one of the slave-making species. -- Red antimony ( Min. ), kermesite. See Kermes mineral under Kermes. -- Red ash ( Bot. ), an American tree ( Fraxinus pubescens ), smaller than the white ash, and less valuable for timber. Cray. -- Red bass. ( Zool. ) See Redfish -- Red bay ( Bot. ), a tree ( Persea Caroliniensis ) having the heartwood red, found in swamps in the Southern United States. -- Red beard ( Zool. ), a bright red sponge ( Microciona prolifera ), common on oyster shells and stones. [Local, U.S.] -- Red birch ( Bot. ), a species of birch ( Betula nigra ) having reddish brown bark, and compact, light-colored
      wood. Gray. -- Red blindness. ( Med. ) See Daltonism. -- Red book, a book containing the names of all the persons in the service of the state. [Eng.] -- Red book of the Exchequer, an ancient record in which are registered the names of all that held lands per baroniam in the time of Henry II. Brande & C. -- Red brass, an alloy containing eight parts of copper and three of zinc. -- Red bug. ( Zool. ) A very small mite which in Florida attacks man, and produces great irritation by its bites. A red hemipterous insect of the genus Pyrrhocoris, especially the European species ( Pyrrhocoris apterus ), which is bright scarlet and lives in clusters on tree trunks. See Cotton stainder, under Cotton. -- Red cedar. ( Bot. ) An evergreen North American tree ( Juniperus Virginiana ) having a fragrant red-colored heartwood. A tree of India and Australia ( Cedrela Toona ) having fragrant reddish wood; -- called also toon tree in India. -- Red chalk. See under Chalk. -- Red copper ( Min. ), red oxide of copper;
      cuprite. -- Red coral ( Zool. ), the precious coral ( Corallium rubrum ). See Illusts. of Coral and Gorgonlacea. -- Red cross. The cross of St. George, the national emblem of the English. The Geneva cross. See Geneva convention, and Geneva cross, under Geneva. -- Red currant. ( Bot. ) See Currant. -- Red deer. ( Zool. ) The common stag ( Cervus elaphus ), native of the forests of the temperate parts of Europe and Asia. It is very similar to the American elk, or wapiti. The Virginia deer. See Deer. -- Red duck ( Zool. ), a European reddish brown duck ( Fuligula nyroca ); -- called also ferruginous duck. -- Red ebony. ( Bot. ) See Grenadillo. -- Red empress ( Zool. ), a butterfly. See Tortoise shell. -- Red fir ( Bot. ), a coniferous tree ( Pseudotsuga Douglasii ) found from British Columbia to Texas, and highly valued for its durable timber. The name is sometimes given to other coniferous trees, as the Norway spruce and the American Abies magnifica and Abies nobilis. -- Red fire. ( Pyrotech. ) See Blue
      fire, under Fire. -- Red flag. See under Flag. -- Red fox ( Zool. ), the common American fox ( Vulpes fulvus ), which is usually reddish in color. -- Red grouse ( Zool. ), the Scotch grouse, or ptarmigan. See under Ptarmigan. -- Red gum, or Red gum-tree ( Bot. ), a name given to eight Australian species of Eucalyptus ( Eucalyptus amygdalina, resinifera, etc. ) which yield a reddish gum resin. See Eucalyptus. -- Red hand ( Her. ), a left hand appaumé, fingers erect, borne on an escutcheon, being the mark of a baronet of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland; -- called also Badge of Ulster. -- Red herring, the common herring dried and smoked. -- Red horse. ( Zool. ) Any large American red fresh-water sucker, especially Moxostoma macrolepidotum and allied species. See the Note under Drumfish. -- Red lead. ( Chem ) See under Lead, and Minium. -- Red-lead ore. ( Min. ) Same as Crocoite. -- Red liquor ( Dyeing ), a solution consisting essentially of aluminium acetate, useRed, a. [Compar. Redder
      ( -d?r ); superl. Reddest.] [OE. red, reed, AS. reád, reód; akin to OS. rōd, OFries. rād, D. rood, G. roht, rot, OHG. rōt, Dan. & Sw. röd, Icel. rauðr, rjōðr, Goth. ráuds, W. rhudd, Armor. ruz, Ir. & Gael. ruadh, L. ruber, rufus, Gr. ἐρυθρός, Skr. rudhira, rohita; cf. L. rutilus. √113. Cf. Erysipelas, Rouge, Rubric, Ruby, Ruddy, Russet, Rust.] Of the color of blood, or of a tint resembling that color; of the hue of that part of the rainbow, or of the solar spectrum, which is furthest from the violet part. “Fresh flowers, white and reede.” Chaucer.

      Your color, I warrant you, is as red as any rose. Shak.

      ☞ Red is a general term, including many different shades or hues, as scarlet, crimson, vermilion, orange red, and the like.

      ☞ Red is often used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, red-breasted, red-cheeked, red-faced, red-haired, red-headed, red-skinned, red-tailed, red-topped, red-whiskered, red-coasted.

      Red admiral ( Zool. ), a beautiful butterfly ( Vanessa Atalanta ) common in both Europe and America. The front wings are crossed by a broad orange red band. The larva feeds on nettles. Called also Atalanta butterfly, and nettle butterfly. -- Red ant. ( Zool. ) A very small ant ( Myrmica molesta ) which often infests houses. A larger reddish ant ( Formica sanguinea ), native of Europe and America. It is one of the slave-making species. -- Red antimony ( Min. ), kermesite. See Kermes mineral under Kermes. -- Red ash ( Bot. ), an American tree ( Fraxinus pubescens ), smaller than the white ash, and less valuable for timber. Cray. -- Red bass. ( Zool. ) See Redfish -- Red bay ( Bot. ), a tree ( Persea Caroliniensis ) having the heartwood red, found in swamps in the Southern United States. -- Red beard ( Zool. ), a bright red sponge ( Microciona prolifera ), common on oyster shells and stones. [Local, U.S.] -- Red birch ( Bot. ), a species of birch ( Betula nigra ) having reddish brown bark, and compact, light-colored
      wood. Gray. -- Red blindness. ( Med. ) See Daltonism. -- Red book, a book containing the names of all the persons in the service of the state. [Eng.] -- Red book of the Exchequer, an ancient record in which are registered the names of all that held lands per baroniam in the time of Henry II. Brande & C. -- Red brass, an alloy containing eight parts of copper and three of zinc. -- Red bug. ( Zool. ) A very small mite which in Florida attacks man, and produces great irritation by its bites. A red hemipterous insect of th
    4. Red ( r?d ), n.
      1. The color of blood, or of that part of the spectrum farthest from violet, or a tint resembling these. “Celestial rosy red, love's proper hue.” Milton.

      2. A red pigment.

      3. ( European Politics ) An abbreviation for Red Republican. See under Red, a. [Cant]

      4. pl. ( Med. ) The menses. Dunglison.


      English red, a pigment prepared by the Dutch, similar to Indian red. -- Hypericum red, a red resinous dyestuff extracted from Hypericum. -- Indian red. See under Indian, and Almagra.