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English adjective: color

1. color having or capable of producing colors

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


Domain categoryphotography, picture taking

Antonymsblack and white, black-and-white

English noun: color

1. color (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.

Synonymscoloring, colour, 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

2. color (attribute) interest and variety and intensity

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

Synonymscolour, vividness

Broader (hypernym)interest, interestingness

Attributecolorful, colorless, colourful, colourless

3. color (attribute) the timbre of a musical sound

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

Synonymscoloration, colour, colouration

Broader (hypernym)quality, timber, timbre, tone

4. color (group) a race with skin pigmentation different from the white race (especially Blacks)

Synonymscolour, people of color, people of colour

Broader (hypernym)race

Member holonymperson of color, person of colour

5. color (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.

Synonymscolour, 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

6. color (substance) any material used for its color

SamplesShe used a different color for the trim.

Synonymscoloring material, colour, colouring material

Broader (hypernym)material, stuff

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

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

SamplesEach flavor of quarks comes in three colors.


Broader (hypernym)form, kind, sort, variety

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

8. color (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


Broader (hypernym)appearance, visual aspect

English verb: color

1. color (change) add color to

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

ExamplesThey color their hair

Synonymscolor in, colorise, colorize, colour, 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


2. color (communication) affect as in thought or feeling

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

Synonymscolour, distort, tinge

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

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

3. color (social) modify or bias

SamplesHis political ideas color his lectures.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)act upon, influence, work

4. color (creation) decorate with colors

SamplesColor the walls with paint in warm tones.

Synonymscolour, emblazon

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

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

Narrower (hyponym)miniate

5. color (communication) give a deceptive explanation or excuse for

SamplesColor a lie.

Synonymscolour, gloss

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

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

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

SamplesThe shirts discolored.

Synonymscolour, 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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