Definitions

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.
  • transitive v. To make green.
  • intransitive v. To become or grow 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.
  • n. An obsolete form of grin.
  • To yearn; long.
  • 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.
  • In oyster-culture, to give (oysters) a green tinge about the gills by putting them in pits.

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

Etymologies

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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “Rather than overwhelm you with a grossly inflated number of green search results, our double-vetted search engine provides instant, eco-weighted results based on what YOU'RE looking for not what some ‘green washing' marketer wants to sell you.

    Internet News: Green Consumer

  • If x is green, it no longer follows that S ought to apply ˜green™ to

    The Normativity of Meaning and Content

  • "SB 279 will dramatically increase the ability of individual homeowners and property owners to join the green building movement and use alternative energy to ´green´ their homes," according to Senator Hancock.

    California Chronicle

  • x, whereas if x is not green it just follows that it is not the case that S ought to apply ˜green™ to

    The Normativity of Meaning and Content

  • ** those in @@color (red): red@@ are gases ** those in @@color (green): green@@ are liquids ** those in black are solids

    grat.uito.us

  • (ME1²²²), since it allows the subject to discharge her obligation by not meaning green by ˜green™ “ something that does seem to be in her power.

    The Normativity of Meaning and Content

  • Says he, "'Do ye know, Sar Chawls, is the hoshun reely green at the line -- _green_ ye know, Sar Chawls, _reely_ green?'

    The International Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 1, August 1850 of Literature, Science and Art.

  • Public officials and media commentators have used the term "green shoots" in recent months to suggest that small signs of improvement may signal our economic firestorm has finally burned itself out.

    Let's Hope China Forecloses On U.S.

  • Here the term green carries double meaning as both visual descriptive and allegory.

    NYT > Home Page

  • These are reflected in the objectives of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and also in the term 'green development'.

    Forbes.com: News

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