from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The hue of that portion of the visible spectrum lying between green and indigo, evoked in the human observer by radiant energy with wavelengths of approximately 420 to 490 nanometers; any of a group of colors that may vary in lightness and saturation, whose hue is that of a clear daytime sky; one of the additive or light primaries; one of the psychological primary hues.
- noun A pigment or dye imparting this hue.
- noun Bluing.
- noun An object having this hue.
- noun Dress or clothing of this hue.
- noun A person who wears a blue uniform.
- noun A dress blue uniform, especially that of the US Army.
- noun A member of the Union Army in the Civil War.
- noun The Union Army.
- noun A bluefish.
- noun Any of various small blue butterflies of the family Lycaenidae.
- noun The sky.
- noun The sea.
- adjective Of the color blue.
- adjective Bluish or having parts that are blue or bluish, as the blue spruce and the blue whale.
- adjective Having a gray or purplish color, as from cold or contusion.
- adjective Wearing blue.
- adjective Being a trail, as for skiing, marked with a sign having a blue square, indicating an intermediate level of difficulty.
- adjective Relating to or being a blue state.
- adjective Gloomy; depressed. synonym: depressed.
- adjective Dismal; dreary.
- adjective Puritanical; strict.
- adjective Aristocratic; patrician.
- adjective Indecent; risqué.
- transitive & intransitive verb To make or become blue.
- idiom (blue in the face) At the point of extreme exasperation.
- idiom (into the blue) At a far distance; into the unknown.
- idiom (out of the blue) From an unexpected or unforeseen source.
- idiom (out of the blue) At a completely unexpected time.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To make blue; dye a blue color; color with bluing; make blue by heating, as metals, etc.
- To blush.
- noun In archery: The third circle of the target, which is now usually colored blue. See
- noun An arrow which hits this circle; a hit in the blue. By the present method of scoring, such a hit counts 5.
- noun A name sometimes given to water-soluble induline.
- noun Same as
- noun A mixture of methylene-blue and methyl-violet.
- Of the color of the clear sky; of the color of the spectrum between wave-lengths .505 and .415 micron, and more especially .487 to .460, or of such light mixed with white; azure; cerulean.
- Livid; lead-colored: said of the skin or complexion as affected by cold, contusion, or fear (see
blae): hence the phrase black and blue. See black.
- Figuratively, afflicted with low spirits; despondent; depressed; hypochondriacal; having the blues.
- Dismal; unpromising: applied to things: as, a blue lookout.
- Inflexible; rigid; strict in morals or religion; puritanic: as, a blue Presbyterian: often in the form true blue (which see, below).
- [With ref. to blue-stocking, q. v.] Learned; pedantic: applied to women.
- Indecent; obscene: as, blue stories.
- In Australia, the volcanic (basaltic) material in places overlying the Tertiary auriferous gravels.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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Light blue is more specific than ˜blue™ which is more specific than ˜colored.™
Blua libro (_or_ libro blua), _a blue book_; bluaj libroj, _blue books_.
The blue stains, the lines for corrections, etc., are erased with the the potassic oxalate (_blue salving, _ as it is termed) whose formula has been given.
It is scarcely more previous than the underlying limestones, and why a solution that could penetrate and leach ores from it should be stopped at the upper surface of the blue limestone is not obvious; nor why the plane of junction between the porphyry and the _blue limestone_ should be the special place of deposit of the ore.
Now there is something exceedingly captivating in a pair of soft blue eyes -- not that there may not be something quite as captivating in a pair of brown or black or grey eyes -- but there is something singularly captivating in the peculiar style of captivation wherewith a man is captivated by a pair of blue -- distinctly _blue_ -- eyes.
Palestine -- one sort is particularized as _white_ with a dark blue spot and streak -- the water lily, lotos, which I think I meant, is _blue_ altogether.
Mr. Browning answered, "Lilies are of all colors in Palestine -- one sort is particularized as _white_ with a dark blue spot and streak -- the water lily, lotus, which I think I meant, is _blue_ altogether."
Whether the blue devils were flying around or not, I could not exactly discover, but the whiskey and _blue ruin_ were evidently powerful in their effects.
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Except her dress, which happened to be blue, there appeared to be nothing else _blue_ about her.
I saw a picture not long since, in Edinburgh, copied from an engraving in Boydell's Shakspeare; subject, -- "Lear (and suite) in the storm," but coloured according to the imagination and taste of the artist; its name ought assuredly to have been _Redcap and the blue-devils_, for the venerable and lamented monarch had fine streaming locks of the real _carrot hue_, whilst his very hideous companions showed _blue_ faces, and blue armour; and with their strangely contorted bodies seemed meet representatives of some of the infernal court.