Definition of Colour

1. Noun. Any material used for its color. "She used a different color for the trim"

Exact synonyms: Color, Coloring Material, Colouring Material
Specialized synonyms: Paint, Pigment, Indicator, Mordant, Dye, Dyestuff, Tincture, Hematochrome, Pigment, Pigment, Stain
Generic synonyms: Material, Stuff
Derivative terms: Colorist

2. Verb. Modify or bias. "His political ideas color his lectures"
Exact synonyms: Color
Generic synonyms: Act Upon, Influence, Work

3. Adjective. Having or capable of producing colors. "Marvelous color illustrations"
Exact synonyms: Color
Category relationships: Photography, Picture Taking
Antonyms: Black-and-white

4. Noun. A race with skin pigmentation different from the white race (especially Blacks).
Exact synonyms: Color, People Of Color, People Of Colour
Generic synonyms: Race
Member holonyms: Person Of Color, Person Of Colour

5. Verb. Decorate with colors. "Color the walls with paint in warm tones"
Exact synonyms: Color, Emblazon
Generic synonyms: Adorn, Beautify, Decorate, Embellish, Grace, Ornament
Specialized synonyms: Miniate
Derivative terms: Color, Coloration, Colorist

6. Noun. (physics) the characteristic of quarks that determines their role in the strong interaction. "Each flavor of quarks comes in three colors"
Exact synonyms: Color
Generic synonyms: Form, Kind, Sort, Variety
Category relationships: High Energy Physics, High-energy Physics, Particle Physics

7. Verb. Give a deceptive explanation or excuse for. "Color a lie"
Exact synonyms: Color, Gloss
Generic synonyms: Apologise, Apologize, Excuse, Justify, Rationalise, Rationalize
Derivative terms: Gloss

8. Noun. Interest and variety and intensity. "The characters were delineated with exceptional vividness"
Exact synonyms: Color, Vividness
Generic synonyms: Interest, Interestingness
Attributes: Colorful, Colourful, Colorless, Colourless
Derivative terms: Vivid, Vivid

9. Verb. Affect as in thought or feeling. "The sadness tinged his life"
Exact synonyms: Color, Distort, Tinge
Generic synonyms: Affect, Bear On, Bear Upon, Impact, Touch, Touch On

10. Noun. The timbre of a musical sound. "The recording fails to capture the true color of the original music"
Exact synonyms: Color, Coloration, Colouration
Generic synonyms: Quality, Timber, Timbre, Tone

11. Verb. Add color to. "They colour their hair "; "Colorize black and white film"

12. Noun. A visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect. "A white color is made up of many different wavelengths of light"

13. Verb. Change color, often in an undesired manner. "The shirts discolored"

14. Noun. An outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading. "The situation soon took on a different color"

15. Noun. The appearance of objects (or light sources) described in terms of a person's perception of their hue and lightness (or brightness) and saturation.
Exact synonyms: Color
Generic synonyms: Appearance, Visual Aspect
Derivative terms: Colorist

Definition of Colour

1. n. See Color.

Definition of Colour

1. Noun. The spectral composition of visible light ¹

2. Noun. A particular set of visible spectral compositions, perceived or named as a class ¹

3. Noun. Hue as opposed to achromatic colours (black, white and greys). ¹

4. Noun. Human skin tone, especially as an indicator of race or ethnicity. ¹

5. Noun. (figuratively) Interest, especially in a selective area ¹

6. Noun. (tincture): Any of the standard dark tinctures used in a coat of arms, including azure, gules, sable, and vert. Contrast with metal. ¹

7. Noun. (in the plural) A standard or banner. ¹

8. Noun. The system of colour television. ¹

9. Noun. (in the plural) An award for sporting achievement, particularly within a school or university. ¹

10. Noun. (physics) A property of quarks, with three values called red, green, and blue, which they can exchange by passing gluons. ¹

11. Noun. (typography) The relative lightness or darkness of a mass of written or printed text on a page. ¹

12. Noun. (snooker) Any of the coloured balls excluding the reds. ¹

13. Verb. To give something colour. ¹

14. Verb. (intransitive) To apply colours to the areas within the boundaries of a line drawing using coloured markers or crayons. ¹

15. Verb. Of a face: To become red through increased blood flow, implying due to strong emotion. ¹

16. Verb. To affect without completely changing. ¹

17. Verb. (informal) To attribute a quality to. ¹

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Definition of Colour

1. to color [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: color

Medical Definition of Colour

1. 1. That aspect of the appearance of objects and light sources that may be specified as to hue, lightness (brightness), and saturation. 2. That portion of the visible (370-760 nm) electromagnetic spectrum specified as to wavelength, luminosity, and purity. Origin: L. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Colour

colostomy bag
colostrum corpuscle
colour (current term)
colour-contrast microscope
colour TV
colour TV tube
colour aberration
colour agnosia
colour bar
colour bars
colour blind

Literary usage of Colour

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1891)
"T.- i- little el-e than hodv colour. ... [Roget's Hist, of the Old Water colour Society ; Redgrave's Diet. 1878; Redgrave«' Century of ..."

2. Transactions by Ecclesiological Society (1885)
"The S. Edward spoken of by Abbot Ware as having red for his colour, ... 330 red is given as the colour for Holy Rood Day. Black was the colour for requiem, ..."

3. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1900)
"The causes of change in colour. rt. colour of the surroundings. b. ... The r61e of the eye and nervous system in the control of the colour-form. ..."

4. A Treatise of Human Nature: Being an Attempt to Introduce the Experimental by David ( Hume (1890)
"Having first pronounced that the proper object of sight is colour, he quietly substitutes for this situations of colour, degrees of strength and faintness ..."

5. The Lancet (1842)
"The blue on both side« fading ; the colour of both similar, varying only i» ... In each case, the first day after the application, the colour was purple or ..."

6. Hand-book of physiology by William Senhouse Kirkes (1899)
"colour Sensations. If a ray of sunlight is allowed to pass through a prism, ... The differences in the colour of the rays depend upon the rapidity of ..."

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