Color

Definition of Color

Col´or   Pronunciation: kŭl´ẽr
n.1.A property depending on the relations of light to the eye, by which individual and specific differences in the hues and tints of objects are apprehended in vision; as, gay colors; sad colors, etc.
2.Any hue distinguished from white or black.
3.The hue or color characteristic of good health and spirits; ruddy complexion.
Give color to my pale cheek.
- Shak.
4.That which is used to give color; a paint; a pigment; as, oil colors or water colors.
5.That which covers or hides the real character of anything; semblance; excuse; disguise; appearance.
They had let down the boat into the sea, under color as though they would have cast anchors out of the foreship.
- Acts xxvii. 30.
That he should die is worthy policy;
But yet we want a color for his death.
- Shak.
6.Shade or variety of character; kind; species.
Boys and women are for the most part cattle of this color.
- Shak.
7.A distinguishing badge, as a flag or similar symbol (usually in the plural); as, the colors or color of a ship or regiment; the colors of a race horse (that is, of the cap and jacket worn by the jockey).
In the United States each regiment of infantry and artillery has two colors, one national and one regimental.
- Farrow.
8.(Law) An apparent right; as where the defendant in trespass gave to the plaintiff an appearance of title, by stating his title specially, thus removing the cause from the jury to the court.
Body color
See under Body.
Color blindness
total or partial inability to distinguish or recognize colors. See Daltonism.
Complementary color
one of two colors so related to each other that when blended together they produce white light; - so called because each color makes up to the other what it lacks to make it white. Artificial or pigment colors, when mixed, produce effects differing from those of the primary colors, in consequence of partial absorption.
Of color
not of the white race; - commonly meaning, esp. in the United States, of negro blood, pure or mixed.
Primary colors
those developed from the solar beam by the prism, viz., red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet, which are reduced by some authors to three, - red, green, and violet-blue. These three are sometimes called fundamental colors.
Subjective color
a false or spurious color seen in some instances, owing to the persistence of the luminous impression upon the retina, and a gradual change of its character, as where a wheel perfectly white, and with a circumference regularly subdivided, is made to revolve rapidly over a dark object, the teeth of the wheel appear to the eye of different shades of color varying with the rapidity of rotation. See Accidental colors, under Accidental.
v. t.1.To change or alter the hue or tint of, by dyeing, staining, painting, etc.; to dye; to tinge; to paint; to stain.
[imp. & p. p. Colored ; p. pr. & vb. n. Coloring.]
The rays, to speak properly, are not colored; in them there is nothing else than a certain power and disposition to stir up a sensation of this or that color.
- Sir I. Newton.
2.To change or alter, as if by dyeing or painting; to give a false appearance to; usually, to give a specious appearance to; to cause to appear attractive; to make plausible; to palliate or excuse; as, the facts were colored by his prejudices.
He colors the falsehood of Æneas by an express command from Jupiter to forsake the queen.
- Dryden.
3.To hide.
That by his fellowship he color might
Both his estate and love from skill of any wight.
- Spenser.
v. i.1.To acquire color; to turn red, especially in the face; to blush.

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