Definitions

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  • adj. Having positive net income; having greater income than expenses; making a profit.
  • adj. Having positive net worth.

Etymologies

From the standard accounting practice of using black ink, as opposed to red ink, to denote positive values, especially a net income. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Zooming in closer, she could determine that it was Jordyna sitting in the black leather chair.

    I.O.U.

  • A tall, spindling man in the black suit and starched white stock of a clergyman approached Dick and William Henry, smiling to reveal discolored, rotting teeth: a rum drinker.

    Morgan’s Run

  • We reached rue Oberkampf, and the girl in the black tights was still complaining to her friend in the gray tights as they waited to jaywalk across the street, which was bustling with French students and artists whose bags, I imagined, held nineteenth century novels, or paperbacks with white covers; guitar strings, or paint brushes.

    Five Stops on Line 2, Ch 1: Qalb elouz

  • By the early autumn of 1981, Allen had some twenty different issues requiring full NSC attention that were languishing in the black hole that was Meeses inbox.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • BACON'S reference to gunpowder occurs in his Epistola de Secretis Operibus Artis et Naturæ, et de Nullitate Magiæ (Hamburg, 1618) a little tract written against magic, in which he endeavours to show, and succeeds very well in the first eight chapters, that Nature and art can perform far more extraordinary feats than are claimed by the workers in the black art.

    Bygone Beliefs

  • When I open my eyes again, I can see through the parted bed curtains the room reflected in the black squares of the window-panes.

    Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer

  • It dawns on me that they are all along the river banks, self-seeded in the black alluvial soil from nuts washed down in the winter floods, lodging in rock fissures.

    Wildwood

  • The girl in the black tights seemed to be lamenting how difficult it was to commute: “Bus, bus, métro, puis métro, bus, bus,” she said, “Boulot, métro, dodo.”

    Five Stops on Line 2, Ch 1: Qalb elouz

  • Next thing, Flood is coming out of the building carrying the Countess, who is wrapped in the black rubber tarp and is totally roofied like a limp rag.

    You Suck

  • He watched a handful of small ferryboats, their lanterns reflected in the black water, pick their way precariously through the currents from Bankside.

    THE TIME QUAKE

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