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

  • n. The hue of that portion of the visible spectrum lying between yellow and blue, evoked in the human observer by radiant energy with wavelengths of approximately 490 to 570 nanometers; any of a group of colors that may vary in lightness and saturation and whose hue is that of the emerald or somewhat less yellow than that of growing grass; one of the additive or light primaries; one of the psychological primary hues.
  • n. Something green in color.
  • n. Green growth or foliage, especially:
  • n. The branches and leaves of plants used for decoration.
  • n. Leafy plants or plant parts eaten as vegetables.
  • n. A grassy lawn or plot, especially:
  • n. A grassy area located usually at the center of a city or town and set aside for common use; a common.
  • n. Sports A putting green.
  • n. A green uniform: "a young . . . sergeant in dress greens” ( Nelson DeMille).
  • n. Slang Money.
  • n. A supporter of a social and political movement that espouses global environmental protection, bioregionalism, social responsibility, and nonviolence.
  • adj. Of the color green.
  • adj. Abounding in or covered with green growth or foliage: the green woods.
  • adj. Made with green or leafy vegetables: a green salad.
  • adj. Characterized by mild or temperate weather: a green climate.
  • adj. Youthful; vigorous: at the green age of 18.
  • adj. Not mature or ripe; young: green tomatoes.
  • adj. Brand-new; fresh.
  • adj. Not yet fully processed, especially:
  • adj. Not aged: green wood.
  • adj. Not cured or tanned: green pelts.
  • adj. Lacking training or experience. See Synonyms at young.
  • adj. Lacking sophistication or worldly experience; naive.
  • adj. Easily duped or deceived; gullible.
  • adj. Having a sickly or unhealthy pallor indicative of nausea or jealousy, for example.
  • adj. Beneficial to the environment: green recycling policies.
  • adj. Favoring or supporting environmentalism: green legislators who strengthened pollution controls.
  • transitive v. To make or become green.
  • idiom around Pale or sickly in appearance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having green as its color.
  • adj. Sickly, unwell.
  • adj. Inexperienced.
  • adj. Environmentally friendly.
  • adj. Overcome with envy.
  • adj. Describing a pitch which, even if there is no visible grass, still contains a significant amount of moisture
  • adj. Unripe, said of certain fruits that change color when they ripen.
  • adj. Of wine, high or too high in acidity.
  • adj. Of freshly cut wood or lumber that has not been dried, containing moisture and therefore relatively more flexible or springy.
  • adj. Naïve or unaware of obvious facts.
  • n. The colour of growing foliage, as well as other plant cells containing chlorophyll; the colour between yellow and blue in the visible spectrum; one of the primary additive colour for transmitted light; the colour obtained by subtracting red and blue from white light using cyan and yellow filters.
  • n. A member of a green party; an environmentalist.
  • n. A putting green, the part of a golf course near the hole.
  • n. The surface upon which bowls is played.
  • n. One of the colour balls used in snooker with a value of 3 points.
  • n. a public patch of land in the middle of a settlement.
  • n. marijuana.
  • n. Money.
  • v. To make (something) green, to turn (something) green.
  • v. To become or grow green in colour.
  • v. To add greenspaces to (a town).
  • v. To become environmentally aware.
  • v. To make (something) environmentally friendly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the color of grass when fresh and growing; resembling that color of the solar spectrum which is between the yellow and the blue; verdant; emerald.
  • adj. Having a sickly color; wan.
  • adj. Full of life and vigor; fresh and vigorous; new; recent
  • adj. Not ripe; immature; not fully grown or ripened
  • adj. Not roasted; half raw.
  • adj. Immature in age, judgment, or experience; inexperienced; young; raw; not trained; awkward.
  • adj. Not seasoned; not dry; containing its natural juices
  • adj. Concerned especially with protection of the enviroment; -- of political parties and political philosophies.
  • n. The color of growing plants; the color of the solar spectrum intermediate between the yellow and the blue.
  • n. A grassy plain or plat; a piece of ground covered with verdant herbage.
  • n. Fresh leaves or branches of trees or other plants; wreaths; -- usually in the plural.
  • n. Leaves and stems of young plants, as spinach, beets, etc., which in their green state are boiled for food.
  • n. Any substance or pigment of a green color.
  • intransitive v. To become or grow green.
  • transitive v. To make green.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of the color of ordinary foliage, or of unripe vegetation generally; verdant. See II., 1.
  • Immature with respect to age or judgment; raw; unskilled; easily imposed upon.
  • Due to or manifesting immaturity; proceeding from want of knowledge or judgment.
  • New; fresh; recent: as, a green wound; a green hide.
  • Full of life and vigor; fresh and vigorous; flourishing; undecayed.
  • Pale; sickly; wan; of a greenish-pale color.
  • Characterized by the presence of verdure: as, a green winter.
  • Same as sage cheese (which see, under cheese).
  • Same as terre verte.
  • A codfish salted but not dried.
  • n. The color of ordinary foliage; the color seen in the solar spectrum between wavelengths 0.511 and 0.543 micron.
  • n. A grassy plain or plat; a piece of ground covered with verdant herbage.
  • n. Specifically, a piece of grass-land in a village or town, belonging to the community, being often a remnant of ancient common lands, or, as is usual in the United States, reserved by the community for ornamental purposes; a small common.
  • n. plural Fresh leaves or branches of trees or other plants; wreaths.
  • n. plural The leaves and stems of young plants used in cookery or dressed for food, especially plants of the cabbage kind, spinach, etc.
  • n. plural In sugar manufacturing, the syrup which drains from the loaves.
  • To grow or turn green; in poetical use, to become covered with verdure; be verdurous.
  • To make green; give or impart a green color to; cause to become green.
  • To yearn; long.
  • In oyster-culture, to give (oysters) a green tinge about the gills by putting them in pits.
  • n. An obsolete form of grin.
  • n. In golf: The whole links or golf-course.
  • n. The putting-green, or portion of the links, devoid of hazards, within twenty yards of a hole.
  • n. A name sometimes given to Schweinfurt green.
  • n. An acid dyestuff made by sulphonating the foregoing and designated as azin green S.
  • n. Same as methyl green (which see, under green).
  • n. A basic coal-tar color of the diphenyl-naphthyl-methane type.

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

  • v. turn or become green
  • adj. concerned with or supporting or in conformity with the political principles of the Green Party
  • adj. looking pale and unhealthy
  • adj. of the color between blue and yellow in the color spectrum; similar to the color of fresh grass
  • n. green color or pigment; resembling the color of growing grass
  • n. an environmentalist who belongs to the Green Party
  • adj. naive and easily deceived or tricked
  • adj. not fully developed or mature; not ripe
  • n. street names for ketamine
  • n. a piece of open land for recreational use in an urban area
  • n. any of various leafy plants or their leaves and stems eaten as vegetables
  • n. United States labor leader who was president of the American Federation of Labor from 1924 to 1952 and who led the struggle with the Congress of Industrial Organizations (1873-1952)
  • n. an area of closely cropped grass surrounding the hole on a golf course
  • n. a river that rises in western Wyoming and flows southward through Utah to become a tributary of the Colorado River


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

Middle English grene, from Old English grēne; see ghrē- in Indo-European roots. N., sense 7 translation of German (die) Grünen, (the) Greens, from grün, green.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English grene, from Old English grēne, from Proto-Germanic *grōniz (compare West Frisian grien, Dutch groen, German grün, Swedish grön Danish grøn), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *gʰrōni- (compare Old Church Slavonic грань (granĭ, "branch")), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰreh₁ (“to grow”). More at grow.


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