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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having low intensity; restrained, as in style or quality; subdued.
  • adj. Having or producing uniformly dark tones with few areas of contrast, as in a photograph or film.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. restrained, subtle, not trying to attract attention
  • adj. dark, with little or no fill light and high lighting ratio.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. restrained in style or quality; not flashy or intense; understated.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. restrained in style or quality

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From key light. (Wiktionary)

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