from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of a very dark gray, really without chroma, or almost so, but appearing a little bluish.


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  • She opens her slate-colored book, arranges the stars into constellations, pastes them flat as doilies.

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  • Even in the dim light of the alley, I could make out the glimmer of milky crystal surrounded by dark slate-colored agate.

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  • In the distance, wispy cotton clouds ringed slate-colored mountains.

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  • Something ominous was coming from above, from the slate-colored clouds, heavy with rain, or from a missile far away—who knew where it would land and when?

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  • A hardened pool of wax, scribbles, intricate drawings, dried remnants of food; calculations and gashes from a box cutter are the only remnant of the artist on a few of the slate-colored table top.

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  • The flashlights picked out a slate-colored figure.


  • As soon as the disc harrowing was finished, a bank of slate-colored clouds moved in and it began to rain, cold and steady.

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  • Out the bedroom window a pair of slate-colored juncos flap and flutter at a feeder.

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  • Across Maryland Avenue gulls flew over the slate-colored Capitol Reflecting Pool, landing in a bedraggled lineup on the ledge by the sidewalk.

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  • Brilliant white clouds with slate-colored bottoms coasted through a deep blue sky.

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