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

  • n. The hue of the long-wave end of the visible spectrum, evoked in the human observer by radiant energy with wavelengths of approximately 630 to 750 nanometers; any of a group of colors that may vary in lightness and saturation and whose hue resembles that of blood; one of the additive or light primaries; one of the psychological primary hues.
  • n. A pigment or dye having a red hue.
  • n. Something that has a red hue.
  • n. A Communist.
  • n. A revolutionary activist.
  • adj. Having a color resembling that of blood.
  • adj. Reddish in color or having parts that are reddish in color: a red dog; a red oak.
  • adj. Having a reddish or coppery skin color.
  • adj. Offensive Of or being a Native American.
  • adj. Having a ruddy or flushed complexion: red with embarrassment.
  • adj. Communist.
  • idiom in the red Operating at a loss; in debt.

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  • adj. Having red as its colour.
  • adj. Of hair, having an orange-brown colour; ginger.
  • adj. Leftwing, socialist, or communist.
  • adj. Supportive of or dominated by the Republican Party.
  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or run by (a member of) the Republican Party.
  • adj. Supportive of the Labour Party.
  • adj. Related to the Social Democratic Party.
  • adj. Of the lower-frequency region of the (typically visible) part of the electromagnetic spectrum which is relevant in the specific observation.
  • n. Any of a range of colours having the longest wavelengths, 670 nm, of the visible spectrum; a primary additive colour for transmitted light: the colour obtained by subtracting green and blue from white light using magenta and yellow filters.
  • n. A revolutionary socialist or (most commonly) a Communist; (usually capitalized) a Bolshevik, a supporter of the Bolsheviks in the Russian Civil War.
  • n. One of the 15 red balls used in snooker, distinguished from the colours.
  • n. Red wine.
  • n. The drug secobarbital; a capsule of this drug.
  • n. A red light (a traffic signal)
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of rede.
  • v. Alternative spelling of redd.
  • v. Alternative spelling of redd.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. & p. p. of read.
  • adj. Of the color of blood, or of a tint resembling that color; of the hue of that part of the rainbow, or of the solar spectrum, which is furthest from the violet part.
  • n. The color of blood, or of that part of the spectrum farthest from violet, or a tint resembling these.
  • n. A red pigment.
  • n. An abbreviation for Red Republican. See under Red, a.
  • n. The menses.
  • transitive v. To put on order; to make tidy; also, to free from entanglement or embarrassement; -- generally with up.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of a bright, warm color resembling that of blood or of the highest part of the primary rainbow. See II.
  • Ultra-radical; revolutionary; violent: from the use of a red flag as a revolutionary emblem: as, a red republican.
  • A book containing the names of all the persons in the service of the state.
  • The Peerage. See peerage, 3.
  • Synonyms Flashing, claming, fiery, bloody.
  • n. A color more or less resembling that of blood or the lower end of the spectrum.
  • n. A red pigment.
  • n. An object of a red color, as wine, gold, etc.
  • n. Specifically, a red cent. See under I.
  • n. A red republican (which see, under republican).
  • n. plural The catamenial discharges; menses.
  • To make red; redden.
  • A dialectal form of rid.
  • To put in order; tidy: often with up: as, to red up a house or one's self.
  • To disentangle; clear; put a stop to, as a quarrel, by interference; adjust.
  • To separate, as two combatants.
  • A semi-official publication issued quarterly in China, and there called the “Complete Book of the Girdle-wearers,” containing lists of all the officials and gentry of the country, together with details of place of birth, etc.
  • n. In archery: The second and next to the innermost circle of the target, which is colored red.
  • n. An arrow which hits this circle; a hit in the red. Such a hit counts 7 by the present method of scoring. In old archery the innermost circle was sometimes colored red.
  • n. A chocolate-colored compound, C12HuO7, found in cinchona-bark, and also formed when an ammoniacal solution of quinotannic acid stands exposed to the air.
  • n. Same as azococcine, 1.
  • n. Same as ponceau 3RB.
  • n. In coal-mining, rubbish; attle; waste.
  • n. The nest of a fish; a trench dug by a fish in which to spawn.
  • n. An obsolete or dialectal form of read.
  • n. A form of re- used before vowels.
  • n. A suffix of Anglo-Saxon origin, meaning ‘condition,’ ‘state,’ occurring in hatred, kindred (for *kinred), gossipred, etc. It is analogous to -hood, which has taken its place in a few instances, as in brotherhood, neighborhood.

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

  • adj. characterized by violence or bloodshed
  • n. red color or pigment; the chromatic color resembling the hue of blood
  • n. the amount by which the cost of a business exceeds its revenue
  • adj. (especially of the face) reddened or suffused with or as if with blood from emotion or exertion
  • n. emotionally charged terms used to refer to extreme radicals or revolutionaries
  • adj. of a color at the end of the color spectrum (next to orange); resembling the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies
  • n. a tributary of the Mississippi River that flows eastward from Texas along the southern boundary of Oklahoma and through Louisiana


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

Middle English, from Old English rēad; see reudh- in Indo-European roots.

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From Old English rēad, from Proto-Germanic *raudaz (compare West Frisian read, Dutch rood, German rot, Danish rød), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁roudʰós, from the root *h₁rewdʰ- (compare Welsh rhudd, Latin ruber, rufus, Tocharian A/B rtär/ratre, Ancient Greek ἐρυθρός (erythrós), Albanian pruth ("redhead"), Old Church Slavonic рудъ (rudŭ), Lithuanian raúdas, Avestan raoidita, Sanskrit रुधिर (rudhirá) 'red, bloody').

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From the archaic verb rede.

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From Old English hreddan ("to save, to deliver, recover, rescue"), from Proto-Germanic *hradjanan.

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Middle English, from Middle Low German, compare Dutch redden.



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