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color Idioms & Phrases


Accidental colors

  • (Opt.), colors depending on the hypersensibility of the retina of the eye for complementary colors. They are purely subjective sensations of color which often result from the contemplation of actually colored bodies.
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achromatic color

  • noun a color lacking hue; white or grey or black
    achromatic colour.
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Adjective color

  • a color which requires to be fixed by some mordant or base to give it permanency.
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ash-colored

Ash"-col`ored adjective
Definitions
  1. Of the color of ashes; a whitish gray or brownish gray.
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basic color

  • noun a dye that is considered to be a base because the chromophore is part of a positive ion
    basic dye; basic colour.
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Body color

  • (Paint.), a pigment that has consistency, thickness, or body, in distinction from a tint or wash.
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brightly-colored

  • adjective satellite having a bright color
    brightly-coloured.
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buff-colored

  • adjective satellite having a buff color
    buff-coloured.
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change of color

  • noun an act that changes the light that something reflects
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chestnut-colored

  • adjective satellite having the brown color of chestnuts
    chestnut-coloured.
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chocolate-colored

  • adjective satellite having the color of dark chocolate
    chocolate-coloured.
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chromatic color

  • noun a color that has hue
    spectral colour; chromatic color; chromatic colour.
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cinnamon colored

  • adjective satellite having the color of cinnamon
    cinnamon-coloured; cinnamon colored; cinnamon coloured.
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cinnamon-colored

  • adjective satellite having the color of cinnamon
    cinnamon-coloured; cinnamon colored; cinnamon coloured.
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clay-colored robin

  • noun robin of Mexico and Central America
    Turdus greyi.
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color bar

  • noun barrier preventing blacks from participating in various activities with whites
    colour bar; colour line; Jim Crow; color bar.
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color bearer

  • noun the soldier who carries the standard of the unit in military parades or in battle
    standard-bearer.
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Color blindness

  • noun genetic inability to distinguish differences in hue
    colour blindness; colour vision deficiency; color blindness.
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  • total or partial inability to distinguish or recognize colors. See Daltonism.
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color chart

  • noun a chart displaying colors
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color circle

  • noun a chart in which complementary colors (or their names) are arranged on opposite sides of a circle
    color circle.
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color code

  • noun system using colors to designate classifications
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color constancy

  • noun the tendency for a color to look the same under widely different viewing conditions
    colour constancy.
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color force

  • noun (physics) the interaction that binds protons and neutrons together in the nuclei of atoms; mediated by gluons
    strong interaction; strong force.
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color guard

  • noun a ceremonial escort for the (regimental) colors
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color in

  • verb add color to
    colorise; color; colour; colour in; colourise; colourize; colorize.
    • The child colored the drawings
    • Fall colored the trees
    • colorize black and white film
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color line

  • noun barrier preventing blacks from participating in various activities with whites
    colour bar; colour line; Jim Crow; color bar.
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color of law

  • noun a mere semblance of legal right; something done with the apparent authority of law but actually in contravention of law
    colour of law.
    • the plaintiff claimed that under color of law the officer had deprived him of his civil rights
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color property

  • noun an attribute of color
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color scheme

  • noun a planned combination of colors
    colour scheme.
    • the color scheme for this room was determined by an interior decorator
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color sergeant

  • noun a sergeant in a color guard who carries one of the colors
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Col"or ser"geant
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  1. See under Sergeant.
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color spectrum

  • noun the distribution of colors produced when light is dispersed by a prism
    visible spectrum.
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color television

  • noun a television that transmits images in color
    color television; colour television; colour TV; color television system; colour television system.
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color television system

  • noun a television that transmits images in color
    color television; colour television; colour TV; color television system; colour television system.
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color television tube

  • noun a television tube that displays images in full color
    colour TV tube; colour tube; color tube; color television tube; colour television tube.
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color tube

  • noun a television tube that displays images in full color
    colour TV tube; colour tube; color tube; color television tube; colour television tube.
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color tv

  • noun a television that transmits images in color
    color television; colour television; colour TV; color television system; colour television system.
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color tv tube

  • noun a television tube that displays images in full color
    colour TV tube; colour tube; color tube; color television tube; colour television tube.
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color vision

  • noun the normal ability to see colors
    chromatic vision; trichromacy.
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color vision deficiency

  • noun genetic inability to distinguish differences in hue
    colour blindness; colour vision deficiency; color blindness.
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color wash

  • noun a wash of whitewash or other water-base paint tinted with a colored pigment
    colour wash.
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color wheel

  • noun a chart in which complementary colors (or their names) are arranged on opposite sides of a circle
    color circle.
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color-blind

  • adjective satellite unable to distinguish one or more chromatic colors
    colour-blind.
  • adjective satellite unprejudiced about race
    nonracist; colour-blind.
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Col"or-blind adjective
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  1. Affected with color blindness. See Color blindness, under Color, n.
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color-blind person

  • noun a person unable to distinguish differences in hue
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colored audition

  • noun a form of chromesthesia in which experiences of color accompany auditory stimuli
    colored audition.
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colored hearing

  • noun a form of chromesthesia in which experiences of color accompany auditory stimuli
    colored audition.
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colored person

  • noun a United States term for Blacks that is now considered offensive
    colored.
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coloring book

  • noun a picture book with line drawings intended to be colored with crayons by children
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coloring material

  • noun any material used for its color
    color; colour; colouring material.
    • she used a different color for the trim
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Complementary color

  • noun either one of two chromatic colors that when mixed together give white (in the case of lights) or grey (in the case of pigments)
    complementary color; complementary.
    • yellow and blue are complementaries
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  • 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.
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Complementary colors

  • noun either one of two chromatic colors that when mixed together give white (in the case of lights) or grey (in the case of pigments)
    complementary color; complementary.
    • yellow and blue are complementaries
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  • . See under Color.
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copper color

  • noun a reddish-brown color resembling the color of polished copper
    copper.
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copper colored

  • adjective satellite of something having the color of copper
    coppery.
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cream-colored

  • adjective satellite having the color of fresh cream
    cream-colored; creamy-white.
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Cream"-col`ored adjective
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  1. Of the color of cream; light yellow. "Cream-colored horses." Hazlitt.
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cream-colored courser

  • noun courser of desert and semidesert regions of the Old World
    Cursorius cursor.
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creamy-colored

  • adjective satellite having the color of fresh cream
    cream-colored; creamy-white.
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Cyanic colors

  • (Bot.), those colors (of flowers) having some tinge of blue; opposed to xanthic colors. A color of either series may pass into red or white, but not into the opposing color. Red and pure white are more common among flowers of cyanic tendency than in those of the other class.
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Damask color

  • a deep rose-color like that of the damask rose.
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dark-colored

  • adjective satellite having a dark color
    dark-coloured; dusky-coloured; dark-colored.
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Dead color

  • (Paint.), a color which has no gloss upon it.
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Dead coloring

  • (Oil paint.), the layer of colors, the preparation for what is to follow. In modern painting this is usually in monochrome.
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dithered color

  • noun a color produced by a pattern of differently colored dots that together simulate the desired color
    dithered color; dithered colour; nonsolid colour.
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dun-colored

  • adjective satellite having a dun color
    dun-coloured.
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dusky-colored

  • adjective satellite having a dark color
    dark-coloured; dusky-coloured; dark-colored.
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earth color

  • noun a colored mineral used as a pigment
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Express color

  • . (Law) See the Note under Color, n., 8.
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fawn-colored

  • adjective satellite having the color of a fawn
    fawn-coloured.
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Fawn"-col`ored adjective
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  1. Of the color of a fawn; light yellowish brown.
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Field colors

  • (Mil.), small flags for marking out the positions for squadrons and battalions; camp colors.
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field-sequential color television

  • noun an early form of color TV in which successive fields are scanned in three primary colors
    field-sequential color TV; field-sequential color television system; field-sequential color television.
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field-sequential color television system

  • noun an early form of color TV in which successive fields are scanned in three primary colors
    field-sequential color TV; field-sequential color television system; field-sequential color television.
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field-sequential color tv

  • noun an early form of color TV in which successive fields are scanned in three primary colors
    field-sequential color TV; field-sequential color television system; field-sequential color television.
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field-sequential color tv system

  • noun an early form of color TV in which successive fields are scanned in three primary colors
    field-sequential color TV; field-sequential color television system; field-sequential color television.
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Flame color

  • brilliant orange or yellow. B. Jonson.
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flame-colored

  • adjective satellite having the brilliant orange-red color of flames
    flame-coloured.
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Flame"-col`ored adjective
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  1. Of the color of flame; of a bright orange yellow color. Shak.
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flesh-colored

  • adjective satellite having a bright red or pinkish color
    flesh-coloured.
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Flying colors

  • noun complete success
    flying colours.
    • they passed inspection with flying colors
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  • flags unfurled and waving in the air ; hence:
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food color

  • noun a digestible substance used to give color to food
    food colouring; food colour; coloring; colouring; food color.
    • food color made from vegetable dyes
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food coloring

  • noun a digestible substance used to give color to food
    food colouring; food colour; coloring; colouring; food color.
    • food color made from vegetable dyes
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Fundamental colors

  • red, green, and violet-blue. See Primary colors, under Color.
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garnet-colored

  • adjective satellite having the color of garnet
    garnet-coloured.
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gold-colored

  • adjective satellite having the color of gold
    gold-coloured.
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Grain colors

  • dyes made from the coccus or kermes in sect.
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hair coloring

  • noun a dye or tint for the hair
    hair dye.
  • noun coloring of the hair
    • her hair-coloring was unusual: a very pale gold
  • noun the act of dyeing or tinting one's hair
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high-colored

High"-col`ored adjective
Definitions
  1. Having a strong, deep, or glaring color; flushed. Shak.
  2. Vivid; strong or forcible in representation; hence, exaggerated; as, high-colored description.
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honey-colored

  • adjective satellite having the color of honey
    honey-coloured.
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Indelible colors

  • fast colors which do not fade or tarnish by exposure.
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judas-colored

Ju"das-col`ored adjective
Definitions
  1. Red; -- from a tradition that Judas Iscariot had red hair and beard.
    There's treachery in that Judas-colored beard. Dryden.
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lark-colored

Lark"-col`ored adjective
Definitions
  1. Having the sandy brown color of the European larks.
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Lead color

  • a deep bluish gray color, like tarnished lead.
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lead-colored

  • adjective satellite having the color of lead
    lead-coloured.
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light-colored

  • adjective (used of color) having a relatively small amount of coloring agent
    light.
    • light blue
    • light colors such as pastels
    • a light-colored powder
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lilac-colored

  • adjective satellite of a pale purple color
    lavender; lilac.
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Liver brown, Liver color

  • the color of liver, a dark, reddish brown.
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liver-colored

  • adjective satellite having a reddish-brown color
    liver.
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Liv"er-col`ored adjective
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  1. Having a color like liver; dark reddish brown.
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Local color

  • . (a) (Paint.) The color which belongs to an object, and is not caused by accidental influences, as of reflection, shadow, etc. (b) (Literature) Peculiarities of the place and its inhabitants where the scene of an action or story is laid.
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metal-colored

  • adjective satellite having a metallic color
    metal-colored; metal-coloured; metallic-coloured.
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metallic-colored

  • adjective satellite having a metallic color
    metal-colored; metal-coloured; metallic-coloured.
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mouse-colored

  • adjective satellite of something having a drab pale brown color resembling a mouse
    mousy; mousey; mouselike.
    • a mousy brownish-grey color
    • mousy hair
    • mouse-colored hair
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multi-color

  • adjective satellite having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly
    painted; multi-coloured; varicoloured; multicolour; varicolored; motley; pied; particolored; multi-color; multicolored; multicoloured; multicolor; particoloured; piebald; multi-colour; calico.
    • a jester dressed in motley
    • the painted desert
    • a particolored dress
    • a piebald horse
    • pied daisies
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multi-colored

  • adjective satellite having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly
    painted; multi-coloured; varicoloured; multicolour; varicolored; motley; pied; particolored; multi-color; multicolored; multicoloured; multicolor; particoloured; piebald; multi-colour; calico.
    • a jester dressed in motley
    • the painted desert
    • a particolored dress
    • a piebald horse
    • pied daisies
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neutral-colored

  • adjective satellite having a color that does not attract attention
    neutral-coloured.
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nonsolid color

  • noun a color produced by a pattern of differently colored dots that together simulate the desired color
    dithered color; dithered colour; nonsolid colour.
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Of color

  • (as persons, races, etc.), not of the white race; commonly meaning, esp. in the United States, of negro blood, pure or mixed.
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off-color

  • adjective satellite in violation of good taste even verging on the indecent
    indelicate; off-colour.
    • an indelicate remark
    • an off-color joke
  • adjective satellite humorously vulgar
    bawdy; ribald.
    • bawdy songs
    • off-color jokes
    • ribald language
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Oil color

  • noun oil paint containing pigment that is used by an artist
    oil; oil colour.
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  • . (a) A paint made by grinding a coloring substance in oil . (b) Such paints, taken in a general sense. (c)a painting made from such a paint
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olive-colored

  • adjective satellite having the color of green olives
    olive-coloured.
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orange-colored

  • adjective satellite having the color of ripe oranges
    orange-coloured; orange-hued.
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pale-colored

  • adjective satellite having a pale color
    pale-hued.
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parti-color

  • verb make motley; color with different colors
    motley.
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party-colored

Par"ty-col`ored, Par"ti-col`ored adjective (Also<
  • Party-colored
  • Parti-colored
)
Definitions
  1. Colored with different tints; variegated; as, a party-colored flower. "Parti-colored lambs." Shak.
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pass with flying colors

  • verb succeed at easily
    sweep through; ace; nail; sail through; breeze through.
    • She sailed through her exams
    • You will pass with flying colors
    • She nailed her astrophysics course
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pastel-colored

  • adjective satellite having pale delicate colors
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Peach color

  • the pale red color of the peach blossom.
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peach-colored

  • adjective satellite having the color of a ripe peach
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Peach"-col`ored adjective
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  1. Of the color of a peach blossom. "Peach-colored satin." Shak.
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peachy-colored

  • adjective satellite of something resembling a peach in color
    peachy-coloured; peachy.
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people of color

  • noun a race with skin pigmentation different from the white race (especially Blacks)
    color; colour; people of colour.
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person of color

  • noun (formal) any non-European non-white person
    person of colour.
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Play of colors

  • prismatic variation of colors.
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poster color

  • noun pigment mixed with water-soluble glutinous materials such as size and egg yolk
    poster paint; poster colour; tempera.
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primary color

  • noun any of three colors from which all others can be obtained by mixing
    primary color; primary colour.
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primary color for light

  • noun any of three primary colors of light from which all colors can be obtained by additive mixing
    primary colour for light.
    • the primary colors for light are red, blue, and green
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primary color for pigments

  • noun any of three pigments from which all colors can be obtained by mixing
    primary colour for pigments.
    • the primary colors for pigments are red, blue, and yellow
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Primary colors

  • noun any of three colors from which all others can be obtained by mixing
    primary color; primary colour.
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  • 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.
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primary subtractive color for light

  • noun any of the three colors that give the primary colors for light after subtraction from white light
    primary subtractive colour for light.
    • the primary subtractive colors for light are magenta, cyan, and yellow
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Primitive colors

  • (Paint.), primary colors. See under Color.
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Prismatic colors

  • (Opt.), the seven colors into which light is resolved when passed through a prism; primary colors. See Primary colors, under Color.
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Protective coloring

  • (Zoöl.), coloring which serves for the concealment and preservation of a living organism. Cf. Mimicry. Wallace.
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red-green color blindness

  • noun confusion of red and green
    red-green dichromacy; red-green colour blindness.
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ring of color

  • noun small circular area such as that around the human nipple or an inflamed area around a pimple or insect bite
    areola.
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Rose color

  • the color of a rose; pink; hence, a beautiful hue or appearance; fancied beauty, attractiveness, or promise.
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rose-colored

  • adjective satellite reflecting optimism
    rosy.
    • a rosy future
    • looked at the world through rose-colored glasses
  • adjective satellite having a rose color
    rose-colored.
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Rose"-col`ored adjective
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  1. Having the color of a pink rose; rose-pink; of a delicate pink color.
  2. Uncommonly beautiful; hence, extravagantly fine or pleasing; alluring; as, rose-colored anticipations.
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rose-colored pastor

  • noun glossy black bird with pink back and abdomen; chiefly Asian
    Pastor sturnus; Pastor roseus; rose-colored pastor.
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Rose-colored starling

  • noun glossy black bird with pink back and abdomen; chiefly Asian
    Pastor sturnus; Pastor roseus; rose-colored pastor.
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  • . (Zoöl.) See Pastor.
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rosy-colored

  • adjective satellite having a rose color
    rose-colored.
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rust-colored

  • adjective satellite having the brown color of rust
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Saturated color

  • (Optics), a color not diluted with white; a pure unmixed color, like those of the spectrum.
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Secondary color

  • a color formed by mixing any two primary colors in equal proportions.
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self-color

Self"-col`or noun
Definitions
  1. A color not mixed or variegated.
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self-colored

  • adjective satellite of the same color throughout
    solid; self-coloured.
    • solid color
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silver-colored

  • adjective satellite having the color of polished silver
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skin color

  • noun the coloring of a person's face
    skin colour; complexion.
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slate-color

Slate"-col`or
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  1. A dark bluish gray color.
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slate-colored junco

  • noun common North American junco having grey plumage and eyes with dark brown irises
    dark-eyed junco; Junco hyemalis.
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snuff-color

  • noun dark yellowish brown
    snuff-colour.
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Solid color

  • an even color; one not shaded or variegated.
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solid-colored

  • adjective satellite having the same color all over
    solid-coloured.
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spectral color

  • noun a color that has hue
    spectral colour; chromatic color; chromatic colour.
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Stand of colors

  • (Mil.), a single color, or flag. Wilhelm (Mil. Dict.)
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Steam colors

  • (Calico Printing), colors in which the chemical reaction fixed the coloring matter in the fiber is produced by steam.
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Straw color

  • the color of dry straw, being a delicate yellow.
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straw-colored

  • adjective satellite having the color of dry straw
    straw-coloured.
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Straw"-col`ored adjective
Definitions
  1. Being of a straw color. See Straw color, under Straw, n.
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SubjectiveAccidental 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 regulary subdiveded, 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.
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Substantive color

  • one which communicates its color without the aid of a mordant or base; opposed to adjective color.
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tawny-colored

  • adjective satellite having a tawny color
    tawny-coloured.
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Tempering color

  • the shade of color that indicates the degree of temper in tempering steel, as pale straw yellow for lancets, razors, and tools for metal; dark straw yellow for penknives, screw taps, etc.; brown yellow for axes, chisels, and plane irons; yellow tinged with purple for table knives and shears; purple for swords and watch springs; blue for springs and saws; and very pale blue tinged with green, too soft for steel instruments.
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Tertiary color

  • a color produced by the mixture of two secondaries. "The so-called tertiary colors are citrine, russet, and olive." Fairholt.
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To be off color

  • to be of a wrong color. to be mildly obscene
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To come off with flying colors

  • to be victorious; to succeed thoroughly in an undertaking.
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To dip the colors

  • (Naut.), to lower the colors and return them to place; a form of naval salute.
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Tone color

  • . (Mus.) see the Note under def. 4, above.
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trout-colored

Trout"-col`ored adjective
Definitions
  1. White, with spots of black, bay, or sorrel; as, a trout-colored horse.
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vat color

  • noun a water-insoluble dye that is applied by reducing the dye to an alkaline form, applying the dye, then regenerating the insoluble dye by oxidation in the material; used for dyeing cotton
    vat dye.
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violet-colored

  • adjective satellite having a violet color
    violet-coloured; violet-flowered.
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water color

Wa"ter col`or
Definitions
(Paint.)
  1. A color ground with water and gum or other glutinous medium; a color the vehicle of which is water; -- so called in distinction from oil color. ✍ It preserves its consistency when dried in a solid cake, which is used by rubbing off a portion on a moistened palette. Moist water colors are water colors kept in a semifluid or pasty state in little metal tubes or pans.
  2. A picture painted with such colors.
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water-color

  • noun water-soluble pigment
    watercolor; water-colour; watercolour.
  • noun a water-base paint (with water-soluble pigments); used by artists
    watercolor; water-colour; watercolour.
  • noun a painting produced with watercolors
    watercolor; water-colour; watercolour.
  • noun the art or technique of painting with watercolors
    watercolor; water-colour; watercolour.
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wine-colored

  • noun a red as dark as red wine
    wine-coloured; wine.
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yellow-blue color blindness

  • noun confusion of yellow and blue
    yellow-blue dichromacy.
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