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Definition 1: black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning) - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where black or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the widow wore black

(black is a kind of ...) a covering designed to be worn on a person's body

Definition 2: (board games) the darker pieces - [noun denoting artifact]

(black is a kind of ...) game equipment consisting of an object used in playing certain board games

"he taught me to set up the men on the chess board" "he sacrificed a piece to get a strategic advantage"

(black belongs to category ...) a checkerboard game for two players who each have 12 pieces; the object is to jump over and so capture the opponent's pieces

(black belongs to category ...) a board game for two players who move their 16 pieces according to specific rules; the object is to checkmate the opponent's king

Definition 3: the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white) - [noun denoting attribute]

Synonyms for black in the sense of this definition

(black is a kind of ...) a color lacking hue; white or grey or black

(... is a kind of black ) a very dark black

Definition 4: a person with African ancestry, - [noun denoting person]

Samples where black or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Negro
  • Negroid

Synonyms for black in the sense of this definition

(black is a kind of ...) a human being

"there was too much for one person to do"

(... is a kind of black ) a fellow Black man

(... is a kind of black ) (ethnic slur) offensive term for a Black child

Definition 5: popular child actress of the 1930's (born in 1928) - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for black in the sense of this definition

(black is an instance of ...) a female actor

Definition 6: British chemist who identified carbon dioxide and who formulated the concepts of specific heat and latent heat (1728-1799) - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for black in the sense of this definition

(black is an instance of ...) a scientist who specializes in chemistry

Definition 7: total absence of light - [noun denoting state]

Samples where black or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they fumbled around in total darkness
  • in the black of night

Synonyms for black in the sense of this definition

(black is a kind of ...) absence of light or illumination

Definition 8: make or become black - [verb of change]

Samples where black or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The smoke blackened the ceiling
  • The ceiling blackened

Synonyms for black in the sense of this definition

(black is a kind of ...) change color, often in an undesired manner

"The shirts discolored"

Definition 9: being of the achromatic color of maximum darkness; having little or no hue owing to absorption of almost all incident light - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where black or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • black leather jackets
  • as black as coal
  • rich black soil

(means also ...) (used of color) having a dark hue

"dark green" "dark glasses" "dark colors like wine red or navy blue"

(... are attributes of black) relative darkness or lightness of a color

"I establish the colors and principal values by organizing the painting into three values--dark, medium...and light"

Definition 10: of or belonging to a racial group especially of sub-Saharan African origin - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where black or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a great people--a black people--...injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization

(black is similar to ...) pertaining to or characteristic of Americans of African ancestry

"African-American culture"

(black is similar to ...) having skin rich in melanin pigments

Definition 11: marked by anger or resentment or hostility - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where black or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • black looks
  • black words

(black is similar to ...) feeling or showing anger

"angry at the weather" "angry customers" "an angry silence" "sending angry letters to the papers"

Definition 12: (of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where black or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a face black with fury

Synonyms for black in the sense of this definition

(black is similar to ...) having color or a certain color; sometimes used in combination

"colored crepe paper" "the film was in color" "amber-colored heads of grain"

Definition 13: (of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where black or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • black propaganda

(black is similar to ...) secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed

"covert actions by the CIA" "covert funding for the rebels"

Definition 14: extremely dark - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where black or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a black moonless night
  • through the pitch-black woods
  • it was pitch-dark in the cellar

Synonyms for black in the sense of this definition

(black is similar to ...) devoid of or deficient in light or brightness; shadowed or black

"sitting in a dark corner" "a dark day" "dark shadows" "dark as the inside of a black cat"

Definition 15: soiled with dirt or soot - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where black or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • with feet black from playing outdoors
  • his shirt was black within an hour

Synonyms for black in the sense of this definition

(black is similar to ...) soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime

"dirty unswept sidewalks" "a child in dirty overalls" "dirty slums" "piles of dirty dishes" "put his dirty feet on the clean sheet" "wore an unclean shirt" "mining is a dirty job" "Cinderella did the dirty work while her sisters preened themselves"

Definition 16: (used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where black or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Man...has written one of his blackest records as a destroyer on the oceanic islands
  • an ignominious retreat
  • inglorious defeat
  • an opprobrious monument to human greed
  • a shameful display of cowardice

Synonyms for black in the sense of this definition

(black is similar to ...) lacking honor or integrity; deserving dishonor

"dishonorable in thought and deed"

Definition 17: stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where black or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • black deeds
  • a black lie
  • his black heart has concocted yet another black deed
  • Darth Vader of the dark side
  • a dark purpose
  • dark undercurrents of ethnic hostility
  • the scheme of some sinister intelligence bent on punishing him

Synonyms for black in the sense of this definition

(black is similar to ...) morally bad or wrong

"evil purposes" "an evil influence" "evil deeds"

Definition 18: offering little or no hope - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where black or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the future looked black
  • prospects were bleak
  • Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult
  • took a dim view of things

Synonyms for black in the sense of this definition

(black is similar to ...) without hope because there seems to be no possibility of comfort or success

"in an agony of hopeless grief" "with a hopeless sigh he sat down"

Definition 19: distributed or sold illicitly - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where black or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the black economy pays no taxes

Synonyms for black in the sense of this definition

(black is similar to ...) prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules

"an illegal chess move"

Definition 20: harshly ironic or sinister - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where black or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • black humor
  • a grim joke
  • grim laughter
  • fun ranging from slapstick clowning ... to savage mordant wit

Synonyms for black in the sense of this definition

(black is similar to ...) expressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds

Definition 21: (of coffee) without cream or sugar - [adjective satellite denoting all]

(black is similar to ...) not diluted

"undiluted milk" "an undiluted racial strain"

Definition 22: (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where black or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the stock market crashed on Black Friday
  • a calamitous defeat
  • the battle was a disastrous end to a disastrous campaign
  • such doctrines, if true, would be absolutely fatal to my theory
  • it is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it
  • a fateful error

Synonyms for black in the sense of this definition

(black is similar to ...) not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune

"an unfortunate turn of events" "an unfortunate decision" "unfortunate investments" "an unfortunate night for all concerned"

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