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color (noun)
1.
a) a phenomenon of light (as red, brown, pink, or gray) or visual perception that enables one to differentiate otherwise identical objects
b) (1) the aspect of the appearance of objects and light sources that may be described in terms of hue, lightness, and saturation for objects and hue, brightness, and saturation for light sources - the changing color of the sky , also a specific combination of hue, saturation, and lightness or brightness - comes in six colors
(2) a color other than and as contrasted with black, white, or gray
2.
a) an outward often deceptive show - appearance his story has the color of truth
b) a legal claim to or appearance of a right, authority, or office
c) a pretense offered as justification - pretext she could have drawn from the Versailles treaty the color of legality for any action she chose Yale Review
d) an appearance of authenticity - plausibility lending color to this notion
3.
complexion tint
a) the tint characteristic of good health
b) - blush
4.
a) vividness or variety of effects of language
b) - local color
5.
a) an identifying badge, pennant, or flag - usually used in plural a ship sailing under Swedish colors
b) clothing distinguishing one as a member of a particular group or representative of a particular person or thing - colored usually used in plural a jockey wearing the colors of the stable
6.
a) position as to a question or course of action - stand the USSR changed neither its colors nor its stripes during all of this Norman Mailer
b) - character nature usually used in plural showed himself in his true colors
7.
a) the use or combination of - colors
b) two or more hues employed in a medium of presentation - movies in color
8.
a) a naval or nautical salute to a flag being hoisted or lowered
b) - armed forces
9.
- vitality interest the play had a good deal of color to it
10.
something used to give color - pigment
11.
the quality of timbre in music - the color and richness of the cello
12.
skin pigmentation especially other than white characteristic of race - a person of color
13.
a small particle of gold in a gold miner's pan after washing
14.
analysis of game action or strategy, statistics and background information on participants, and often anecdotes provided by a sportscaster to give variety and interest to the broadcast of a game or contest - a color commentator
15.
a hypothetical property of quarks that differentiates each type into three forms having a distinct role in binding quarks together
color (verb)
transitive verb
1.
a) to give color to
b) to change the color of (as by dyeing, staining, or painting)
2.
to change as if by dyeing or painting as
a) - misrepresent distort
b) - gloss excuse color a lie
c) - influence the lives of most of us have been colored by politics Christine Weston
3.
intransitive verb
- characterize label call it progress; color it inevitable with shades of job security C. E. Price to take on color , specifically - blush
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
color (noun)
1.
a property that becomes apparent when light falls on an object and by which things that are identical in form can be distinguished
SYNONIMS:
cast, hue, shade, tincture, tinge, tint, tone
RELATED WORDS:
overtone, undertone; primary color, secondary color, tertiary color; brightness, chroma, chromaticity, contrast, lightness, saturation, value; coloration, coloring, colorway, pigmentation
NEAR ANTONYMS:
achromatism
color (noun)
2.
a substance used to color other materials
SYNONIMS:
color, colorant, coloring, dye, dyestuff, stain
RELATED WORDS:
tint, toner; cast, hue, shade, tinge
color (noun)
3.
the hue or appearance of the skin and especially of the face
SYNONIMS:
color, coloring
RELATED WORDS:
shade, tint, tone; features, lineaments, looks; countenance, face, visage
color (noun)
Array
a piece of cloth with a special design that is used as an emblem or for signaling
SYNONIMS:
banderole ( banderol), banner, colors, ensign, guidon, jack, pendant ( pendent), pennant, pennon, standard, streamer
RELATED WORDS:
bunting, gonfalon; black flag, Jolly Roger, tricolor, union jack, white flag; burgee, semaphore, signaler ( signaller), waft; badge, coat of arms, crest, insignia
color (noun)
5.
a rosy appearance (of the cheeks)
SYNONIMS:
blush, color, flush
RELATED WORDS:
brightness, brilliance, glow; pinkness, reddishness, redness, rosiness, ruddiness, sanguineness
NEAR ANTONYMS:
paleness, pallidness, pallor, pastiness, wanness, whiteness; greenishness, greenness, sallowness
color (noun)
Array
the combined army, air force, and navy of a nation
SYNONIMS:
colors, military, service, troops
RELATED WORDS:
GIs ( GI's), men-at-arms, rank and file, servicemen, servicewomen, soldiers, soldiery; force; militia, reserves; armor, defense; gendarmerie ( gendarmery)
NEAR ANTONYMS:
civilians, noncombatants
color (noun)
Array
the set of qualities that makes a person, a group of people, or a thing different from others
SYNONIMS:
character, clay, colors, complexion, constitution, genius, personality, self, tone
RELATED WORDS:
distinctiveness, distinctness, individuality, singularity, uniqueness; attribute, characteristic, earmark, essentiality, feature, flavor, hallmark, mark, point, property, savor ( savour), stamp, trait; disposition, grain, sort, temper, temperament; composition, makeup; essence, essentiality, interior, interiority, soul, spirit; metal, stuff, substance; habit, way
color (verb)
1.
to give color or a different color to
SYNONIMS:
bepaint, dye, paint, pigment, stain, tincture, tinge, tint
RELATED WORDS:
brighten, lighten; darken, embrown, tone (down); checker, dapple, daub, fleck, marble, mottle, pattern, polychrome, speck, speckle, streak, striate, stripe, variegate
NEAR ANTONYMS:
blanch, bleach, whiten
decolorize
color (verb)
2.
to add to the interest of by including made-up details
SYNONIMS:
color, elaborate (on), embellish, exaggerate, hyperbolize, magnify, pad, stretch
RELATED WORDS:
dress up, gussy up; amplify, enhance, enlarge (on upon), expand, flesh (out); fudge, hedge; overdo, overdraw, overemphasize, overplay, overstate; emphasize, play up, stress; caricature; satirize
NEAR ANTONYMS:
belittle, minimize, play down, understate
color (verb)
3.
to change so much as to create a wrong impression or alter the meaning of
SYNONIMS:
bend, color, cook, distort, falsify, fudge, misinterpret, misrelate, misrepresent, misstate, pervert, slant, twist, warp
RELATED WORDS:
misdescribe, misspeak, mistranslate; belie, camouflage, disguise, dissemble, gloss (over), mask, veil, whitewash; bowdlerize, censor; complicate, confound, confuse, mistake, mix (up); mystify, obscure; equivocate, fib, lie, palter, prevaricate
NEAR ANTONYMS:
clarify, clear (up), explain, illuminate, illustrate, interpret, spell out; decipher
color (verb)
4.
to develop a rosy facial color (as from excitement or embarrassment)
SYNONIMS:
bloom, color, crimson, flush, glow, redden
RELATED WORDS:
incarnadine, rouge, ruddle; abash, chagrin, discomfit, disconcert, embarrass, faze, humiliate, mortify
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