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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 colour or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for colour in the sense of this definition

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

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

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

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

"her healthy coloration"

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

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

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

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

(... are attributes of colour) 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 colour) 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 colour in the sense of this definition

(colour 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 colour or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for colour in the sense of this definition

(colour 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 colour 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 colour in the sense of this definition

(colour 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 colour) having much or varied color

"colorful autumn leaves"

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

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

Samples where colour 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 colour in the sense of this definition

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

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

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

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

"under the guise of friendship he betrayed them"

(... is a kind of colour ) 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 colour ) 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 colour or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • each flavor of quarks comes in three colors

Synonyms for colour in the sense of this definition

(colour 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?"

(colour 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 colour or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she used a different color for the trim

Synonyms for colour in the sense of this definition

(colour 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 colour ) 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 colour ) any substance whose presence in plant or animal tissues produces a characteristic color

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

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

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

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

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

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

Definition 8: change color, often in an undesired manner - [verb of change]

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

  • The shirts discolored

Synonyms for colour in the sense of this definition

(colour 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 colour ) turn red, as if in embarrassment or shame

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

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

"The trees are greening"

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

"tone a negative"

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

"The pages of the book began to yellow"

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

"Her hair began to grey"

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

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

"The sky reddened"

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

"Please dye these shoes"

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

"The man's hair silvered very attractively"

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

"In Vermont, the leaves turn early"

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

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

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

"This detergent will whiten your laundry"

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

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

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

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

Definition 9: add color to - [verb of change]

Samples where colour 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 colour in the sense of this definition

(colour 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 colour ) color lightly

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

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

"pigment a photograph"

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

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

"retouch the roots"

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

"Her worries had silvered her hair"

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

"The painter decided to grey the sky"

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

"tone a photographic image"

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

"The setting sun reddened the sky"

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

"Some old photographs are handcolored"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Morning azured the village"

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

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

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

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

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

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

Samples where colour 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 colour in the sense of this definition

(colour 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 colour or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • color a lie

Synonyms for colour in the sense of this definition

(colour 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 colour or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • color the walls with paint in warm tones

Synonyms for colour in the sense of this definition

(colour 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 colour ) paint with red lead or vermilion

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

  • His political ideas color his lectures

Synonyms for colour in the sense of this definition

(colour 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 colour or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for colour in the sense of this definition

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

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