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green Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun green color or pigment; resembling the color of growing grass
    viridity; greenness.
  2. noun a piece of open land for recreational use in an urban area
    park; commons; common.
    • they went for a walk in the park
  3. noun United States labor leader who was president of the American Federation of Labor from 1924 to 1952 and who led the struggle with the Congress of Industrial Organizations (1873-1952)
    William Green.
  4. noun an environmentalist who belongs to the Green Party
  5. noun a river that rises in western Wyoming and flows southward through Utah to become a tributary of the Colorado River
    Green River.
  6. noun an area of closely cropped grass surrounding the hole on a golf course
    putting surface; putting green.
    • the ball rolled across the green and into the bunker
  7. noun any of various leafy plants or their leaves and stems eaten as vegetables
    leafy vegetable; greens.
  8. noun street names for ketamine
    jet; honey oil; K; super acid; super C; cat valium; special K.
  9. verb turn or become green
    • The trees are greening
  10. adjective satellite of the color between blue and yellow in the color spectrum; similar to the color of fresh grass
    dark-green; light-green; greenish.
    • a green tree
    • green fields
    • green paint
  11. adjective concerned with or supporting or in conformity with the political principles of the Green Party
  12. adjective not fully developed or mature; not ripe
    unripe; immature; unripened.
    • unripe fruit
    • fried green tomatoes
    • green wood
  13. adjective satellite looking pale and unhealthy
    • you're looking green
    • green around the gills
  14. adjective satellite naive and easily deceived or tricked
    gullible; fleeceable.
    • at that early age she had been gullible and in love

Green adjective
OE. grene, AS. gr?ne; akin to D. groen, OS. gr?ni, OHG. gruoni, G. gr?n, Dan. & Sw. gr?n, Icel. gr?nn; fr. the root of E. grow. See Grow.
comparative Greener ; superlative Greenest
  1. Having the color of grass when fresh and growing; resembling that color of the solar spectrum which is between the yellow and the blue; verdant; emerald.
  2. Having a sickly color; wan.
    To look so green and pale. Shak.
  3. Full of life aud vigor; fresh and vigorous; new; recent; as, a green manhood; a green wound.
    As valid against such an old and beneficent government as against . . . the greenest usurpation. Burke.
  4. Not ripe; immature; not fully grown or ripened; as, green fruit, corn, vegetables, etc.
  5. Not roasted; half raw. R.
    We say the meat is green when half roasted. L. Watts.
  6. Immature in age or experience; young; raw; not trained; awkward; as, green in years or judgment.
    I might be angry with the officious zeal which supposes that its green conceptions can instruct my gray hairs. Sir W. Scott.
  7. Not seasoned; not dry; containing its natural juices; as, green wood, timber, etc. Shak.
Green noun
  1. The color of growing plants; the color of the solar spectrum intermediate between the yellow and the blue.
  2. A grassy plain or plat; a piece of ground covered with verdant herbage; as, the village green.
    O'er the smooth enameled green. Milton.
  3. Fresh leaves or branches of trees or other plants; wreaths; -- usually in the plural.
    In that soft season when descending showers Call forth the greens, and wake the rising flowers. Pope.
  4. pl. Leaves and stems of young plants, as spinach, beets, etc., which in their green state are boiled for food.
  5. Any substance or pigment of a green color.
Green transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Greened : present participle & verbal noun Greening
  1. To make green.
    Great spring before Greened all the year. Thomson.
    THe Greening of America [Reich]
Green intransitive verb
  1. To become or grow green. Tennyson.
    By greening slope and singing flood. Whittier.

Webster 1913