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English adjective: colour

1. colour having or capable of producing colors


SamplesColor film.
He rented a color television.
Marvelous color illustrations.


Synonymscolor


Domain categoryphotography, picture taking


Antonymsblack and white, black-and-white


English noun: colour

1. colour (substance) any material used for its color


SamplesShe used a different color for the trim.


Synonymscolor, coloring material, colouring material


Broader (hypernym)material, stuff


Narrower (hyponym)dye, dyestuff, hematochrome, indicator, mordant, paint, pigment, pigment, pigment, stain, tincture

2. colour (group) a race with skin pigmentation different from the white race (especially Blacks)


Synonymscolor, people of color, people of colour


Broader (hypernym)race


Member holonymperson of color, person of colour

3. colour (cognition) (physics) the characteristic of quarks that determines their role in the strong interaction


SamplesEach flavor of quarks comes in three colors.


Synonymscolor


Broader (hypernym)form, kind, sort, variety


Domain categoryhigh energy physics, high-energy physics, particle physics

4. colour (attribute) interest and variety and intensity


SamplesThe Puritan Period was lacking in color.
The characters were delineated with exceptional vividness.


Synonymscolor, vividness


Broader (hypernym)interest, interestingness


Attributecolorful, colorless, colourful, colourless

5. colour (attribute) the timbre of a musical sound


SamplesThe recording fails to capture the true color of the original music.


Synonymscolor, coloration, colouration


Broader (hypernym)quality, timber, timbre, tone

6. colour (attribute) a visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect


SamplesA white color is made up of many different wavelengths of light.


Synonymscolor, coloring, colouring


Broader (hypernym)visual property


Narrower (hyponym)achromatic color, achromatic colour, chromatic color, chromatic colour, coloration, colouration, complexion, dithered color, dithered colour, heather, heather mixture, mottle, nonsolid color, nonsolid colour, primary color, primary colour, shade, skin color, skin colour, spectral color, spectral colour, tincture, tint, tone


Attributecolored, colorful, coloured, uncolored, uncoloured


Antonymsachromaticity, achromatism, colorlessness, colourlessness

7. colour (attribute) an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading


SamplesHe hoped his claims would have a semblance of authenticity.
He tried to give his falsehood the gloss of moral sanction.
The situation soon took on a different color.


Synonymscolor, gloss, semblance


Broader (hypernym)appearance, visual aspect


Narrower (hyponym)camouflage, color of law, colour of law, disguise, face value, guise, pretence, pretense, pretext, simulacrum, verisimilitude

8. colour (attribute) the appearance of objects (or light sources) described in terms of a person's perception of their hue and lightness (or brightness) and saturation


Synonymscolor


Broader (hypernym)appearance, visual aspect


English verb: colour

1. colour (social) modify or bias


SamplesHis political ideas color his lectures.


Synonymscolor


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)act upon, influence, work

2. colour (creation) decorate with colors


SamplesColor the walls with paint in warm tones.


Synonymscolor, emblazon


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament


Narrower (hyponym)miniate

3. colour (communication) give a deceptive explanation or excuse for


SamplesColor a lie.


Synonymscolor, gloss


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)apologise, apologize, excuse, justify, rationalise, rationalize

4. colour (communication) affect as in thought or feeling


SamplesMy personal feelings color my judgment in this case.
The sadness tinged his life.


Synonymscolor, distort, tinge


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)affect, bear on, bear upon, impact, touch, touch on

5. colour (change) add color to


SamplesThe child colored the drawings.
Fall colored the trees.
Colorize black and white film.


Synonymscolor, color in, colorise, colorize, colour in, colourise, colourize


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)aurify, azure, blackwash, blotch, brown, embrown, empurple, gray, grey, handcolor, handcolour, hue, imbue, incarnadine, motley, mottle, parti-color, pigment, pinkify, polychrome, polychromise, polychromize, purple, purpurate, redden, retouch, silver, streak, tinct, tinge, tint, tone, touch, verdigris


Antonymsdiscolor

6. colour (change) change color, often in an undesired manner


SamplesThe shirts discolored.


Synonymscolor, discolor, discolour


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)change


Narrower (hyponym)black, blacken, blanch, blench, blue, blush, bronze, burn, crimson, dye, flush, gray, green, grey, melanise, melanize, nigrify, pale, purple, redden, redden, silver, sunburn, tan, tone, turn, white, whiten, yellow









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