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

  • n. Chiefly British Variant of color.

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  • n. The spectral composition of visible light
  • n. A particular set of visible spectral compositions, perceived or named as a class; blee.
  • n. Hue as opposed to achromatic colours (black, white and greys).
  • n. Human skin tone, especially as an indicator of race or ethnicity.
  • n. Interest, especially in a selective area.
  • n. Any of the standard dark tinctures used in a coat of arms, including azure, gules, sable, and vert. Contrast with metal.
  • n. A standard or banner.
  • n. The system of colour television.
  • n. An award for sporting achievement, particularly within a school or university.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A property of quarks, with three values called red, green, and blue, which they can exchange by passing gluons.
  • n. The relative lightness or darkness of a mass of written or printed text on a page.
  • n. Any of the colored balls excluding the reds.
  • n. A front or facade: an ostensible truth actually false.
  • n. An appearance of right or authority.
  • n. Skin color noted as: normal, jaundice, cyanotic, flush, mottled, pale, or ashen as part of the skin signs assessment.
  • adj. Conveying colour, as opposed to shades of grey.
  • v. To give something colour.
  • v. To apply colours to the areas within the boundaries of a line drawing using coloured markers or crayons.
  • v. To become red through increased blood flow.
  • v. To affect without completely changing.
  • v. To attribute a quality to.
  • v. To assign colours to the vertices of (a graph) or the regions of (a map) so that no two adjacent ones have the same colour.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See color.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. etc. See color, etc.

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

  • n. (physics) the characteristic of quarks that determines their role in the strong interaction
  • v. affect as in thought or feeling
  • v. modify or bias
  • adj. having or capable of producing colors
  • n. any material used for its color
  • n. the appearance of objects (or light sources) described in terms of a person's perception of their hue and lightness (or brightness) and saturation
  • n. the timbre of a musical sound
  • n. a visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect
  • v. change color, often in an undesired manner
  • n. an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading
  • n. interest and variety and intensity
  • v. give a deceptive explanation or excuse for
  • n. a race with skin pigmentation different from the white race (especially Blacks)
  • v. add color to
  • v. decorate with colors


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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"). Displaced Middle English blee ("colour"), from Old English blēo. More at blee.



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