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Definition 1: a visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect - [noun denoting attribute]

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

  • a white color is made up of many different wavelengths of light

Synonyms for color in the sense of this definition

(color is a kind of ...) an attribute of vision

(... is a kind of color ) a color produced by a pattern of differently colored dots that together simulate the desired color

(... is a kind of color ) the coloring of a person's face

(... is a kind of color ) appearance with regard to color

"her healthy coloration"

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

(... is a kind of color ) a color that has hue

(... is a kind of color ) a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color

"after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted"

(... is a kind of color ) an irregular arrangement of patches of color

"it was not dull grey as distance had suggested, but a mottle of khaki and black and olive-green"

(... is a kind of color ) interwoven yarns of mixed colors producing muted greyish shades with flecks of color

(... is a kind of color ) any of three colors from which all others can be obtained by mixing

(... are attributes of color) having color or a certain color; sometimes used in combination

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

(... are attributes of color) without color

"pure water is uncolored"

Definition 2: the appearance of objects (or light sources) described in terms of a person's perception of their hue and lightness (or brightness) and saturation - [noun denoting attribute]

Synonyms for color in the sense of this definition

(color is a kind of ...) outward or visible aspect of a person or thing

Definition 3: the timbre of a musical sound - [noun denoting attribute]

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

  • the recording fails to capture the true color of the original music

Synonyms for color in the sense of this definition

(color is a kind of ...) (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)

"the timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely" "the muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet"

Definition 4: interest and variety and intensity - [noun denoting attribute]

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

  • the Puritan Period was lacking in color
  • the characters were delineated with exceptional vividness

Synonyms for color in the sense of this definition

(color is a kind of ...) the power of attracting or holding one's attention (because it is unusual or exciting etc.)

"they said nothing of great interest" "primary colors can add interest to a room"

(... are attributes of color) having much or varied color

"colorful autumn leaves"

(... are attributes of color) weak in color; not colorful

Definition 5: an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading - [noun denoting attribute]

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

  • he 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

Synonyms for color in the sense of this definition

(color is a kind of ...) outward or visible aspect of a person or thing

(... is a kind of color ) a mere semblance of legal right; something done with the apparent authority of law but actually in contravention of law

"the plaintiff claimed that under color of law the officer had deprived him of his civil rights"

(... is a kind of color ) an insubstantial or vague semblance

(... is a kind of color ) the apparent worth as opposed to the real worth

(... is a kind of color ) an artful or simulated semblance

"under the guise of friendship he betrayed them"

(... is a kind of color ) an outward semblance that misrepresents the true nature of something

"the theatrical notion of disguise is always associated with catastrophe in his stories"

(... is a kind of color ) the appearance of truth; the quality of seeming to be true

Definition 6: (physics) the characteristic of quarks that determines their role in the strong interaction - [noun denoting cognition]

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

  • each flavor of quarks comes in three colors

Synonyms for color in the sense of this definition

(color is a kind of ...) a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality

"sculpture is a form of art" "what kinds of desserts are there?"

(color belongs to category ...) the branch of physics that studies subatomic particles and their interactions

Definition 7: any material used for its color - [noun denoting substance]

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

  • she used a different color for the trim

Synonyms for color in the sense of this definition

(color is a kind of ...) the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object

"coal is a hard black material" "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread"

(... is a kind of color ) a substance used as a coating to protect or decorate a surface (especially a mixture of pigment suspended in a liquid); dries to form a hard coating

"artists use `paint' and `pigment' interchangeably"

(... is a kind of color ) any substance whose presence in plant or animal tissues produces a characteristic color

(... is a kind of color ) dry coloring material (especially a powder to be mixed with a liquid to produce paint, etc.)

(... is a kind of color ) a reddish coloring material found in some algae

(... is a kind of color ) a substance that colors or dyes

(... is a kind of color ) a usually soluble substance for staining or coloring e.g. fabrics or hair

(... is a kind of color ) a substance used to treat leather or other materials before dyeing; aids in dyeing process

(... is a kind of color ) (chemistry) a substance that changes color to indicate the presence of some ion or substance; can be used to indicate the completion of a chemical reaction or (in medicine) to test for a particular reaction

(... is a kind of color ) (microscopy) a dye or other coloring material that is used in microscopy to make structures visible

Definition 8: add color to - [verb of change]

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

  • The child colored the drawings
  • Fall colored the trees
  • colorize black and white film

Synonyms for color in the sense of this definition

(color is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

(... is a kind of color ) color lightly

"her greying hair was tinged blond" "the leaves were tinged red in November"

(... is a kind of color ) color or dye with a pigment

"pigment a photograph"

(... is a kind of color ) suffuse with color

(... is a kind of color ) give retouches to (hair)

"retouch the roots"

(... is a kind of color ) make silver in color

"Her worries had silvered her hair"

(... is a kind of color ) make grey

"The painter decided to grey the sky"

(... is a kind of color ) change to a color image

"tone a photographic image"

(... is a kind of color ) make red

"The setting sun reddened the sky"

(... is a kind of color ) color by hand

"Some old photographs are handcolored"

(... is a kind of color ) make brown in color

"the draught browned the leaves on the trees in the yard"

(... is a kind of color ) make flesh-colored

(... is a kind of color ) color with blackwash

(... is a kind of color ) make motley; color with different colors

(... is a kind of color ) color with many colors; make polychrome

(... is a kind of color ) color azure

"Morning azured the village"

(... is a kind of color ) color purple

(... is a kind of color ) turn golden

(... is a kind of color ) color verdigris

(... is a kind of color ) make pink

(... is a kind of color ) mark with spots or blotches of different color or shades of color as if stained

Definition 9: change color, often in an undesired manner - [verb of change]

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

  • The shirts discolored

Synonyms for color in the sense of this definition

(color is a kind of ...) undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

"She changed completely as she grew older" "The weather changed last night"

(... is a kind of color ) turn red, as if in embarrassment or shame

"The girl blushed when a young man whistled as she walked by"

(... is a kind of color ) turn or become green

"The trees are greening"

(... is a kind of color ) change the color or tone of

"tone a negative"

(... is a kind of color ) turn yellow

"The pages of the book began to yellow"

(... is a kind of color ) turn grey

"Her hair began to grey"

(... is a kind of color ) become purple

(... is a kind of color ) turn red or redder

"The sky reddened"

(... is a kind of color ) color with dye

"Please dye these shoes"

(... is a kind of color ) turn silver

"The man's hair silvered very attractively"

(... is a kind of color ) change color

"In Vermont, the leaves turn early"

(... is a kind of color ) make or become black

"The smoke blackened the ceiling" "The ceiling blackened"

(... is a kind of color ) turn white

"This detergent will whiten your laundry"

(... is a kind of color ) get a sunburn by overexposure to the sun

(... is a kind of color ) get a tan, from wind or sun

(... is a kind of color ) turn pale, as if in fear

(... is a kind of color ) turn blue

Definition 10: affect as in thought or feeling - [verb of communication]

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

  • My personal feelings color my judgment in this case
  • The sadness tinged his life

Synonyms for color in the sense of this definition

(color is a kind of ...) have an effect upon

"Will the new rules affect me?"

Definition 11: give a deceptive explanation or excuse for - [verb of communication]

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

  • color a lie

Synonyms for color in the sense of this definition

(color is a kind of ...) defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning

"rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior" "he rationalized his lack of success"

Definition 12: decorate with colors - [verb of creation]

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

  • color the walls with paint in warm tones

Synonyms for color in the sense of this definition

(color is a kind of ...) make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.

"Decorate the room for the party" "beautify yourself for the special day"

(... is a kind of color ) paint with red lead or vermilion

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

  • His political ideas color his lectures

Synonyms for color in the sense of this definition

(color is a kind of ...) have and exert influence or effect

"The artist's work influenced the young painter" "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate"

Definition 14: having or capable of producing colors - [adjective denoting all]

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

  • color film
  • he rented a color television
  • marvelous color illustrations

Synonyms for color in the sense of this definition

(color belongs to category ...) the act of taking and printing photographs

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