from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Brit. same as coloring.

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  • noun UK, Canada Alternative spelling of coloring.
  • verb Present participle of colour.
  • verb UK, Canada Alternative spelling of coloring.

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

  • noun a visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect
  • noun a digestible substance used to give color to food
  • noun the act or process of changing the color of something


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  • Do you think that extra water would have to be added to account for the liquid missing if the food colouring is omitted?

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  • The unusual colouring is normally seen on growing cubs before the fox develops its dark chestnut coat, however some red foxes remain black due to a rare genetic flaw, which dates back hundreds of years.

    ‘Unlucky’ Rare Black Fox Spotted in Britain | Disinformation 2008

  • On top of this, the colouring is dark brown, biscuit or sandstone which blocks light etc etc etc etc.

    Making Your Home A Place You Like to Be In 2006

  • Except that I am convinced that you would find subtle differences in colouring if you compared that picture of "Humphrey" with earlier ones of him.

    Humphrey the Downing Street Cat 2006

  • Doubters suggest, for example, that if we claim ownership in the ideas of a book (rather than in the book itself), we might just as well claim property in the "colouring of a picture, but none in the canvas on which that colouring is laid."

    Introduction: Juridical Texts and Transgressive Containment 1999

  • You are my cross-national partners in colouring in the outline that NAFTA has drawn for all of us.

    Mexico and Canada—Beyond NAFTA 1994

  • At London I saw many pictures by the renowned Reynolds; their colouring is excellent, resembling that of Titian, but they are mostly unfinished, except as to the head.

    Memoirs of Madame Vigée Lebrun 1903

  • The colouring is so exquisite, the sky and clouds are so beautiful, the pine woods look at times the richest purple in the distance; and the foliage of the white birches, and brushwood, and grass near the shore, was of most vivid pale greens when we came up.

    Leaves from Juliana Horatia Ewing's "Canada Home" Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing 1896

  • Suez, being merely a run through the desert, requires no comment except as regards the beautiful blue waters of the Bitter Lakes, whose splendid colouring is brought out by the rich yellow of the surrounding desert.

    Three Months in the Soudan 1885

  • Besides this, there is a constant degradation, as it is called, taking place from everything except polished or glazed articles – E.g., in colouring certain green papers arsenic is used.

    Notes on Nursing: What It Is, and What It Is Not 1860


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