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1 color

A visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect:
— A white color is made up of many different wavelengths of light.

synonyms: coloring, colour, colouring.

Roget 434: red, scarlet, vermilion, carmine, crimson, pink, lake, maroon, carnation, couleur de rose [Fr.], rose du Barry; magenta, damask, purple; ... show more

Roget 448: appearance, phenomenon, sight, spectacle, show, premonstration, scene, species, view, coup d'oeil [Fr.]; lookout, outlook, prospect, vista, ... show more

Roget 431: blackness, etc. adj.; darkness, etc. (want of light).. 421; swartliness, lividity, dark color, tone, color; chiaroscuro etc. ... show more

Dutch: kleur, kleurtje
Polish: kolor

2 color

Interest and variety and intensity:
— The Puritan Period was lacking in color.

synonyms: colour, vividness.

3 color

The timbre of a musical sound:
— The recording fails to capture the true color of the original music.

synonyms: coloration, colour, colouration.

Roget 428: color, hue, tint, tinge, dye, complexion, shade, tincture, cast, livery, coloration, glow, flush; tone, ... show more

Dutch: schakering
Polish: kolorystyka

4 color

An outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading:
— The situation soon took on a different color.

synonyms: colour, gloss, semblance.

Roget 617: pretext, pretense, pretension, plea; allegation, advocation; ostensible motive, ostensible ground, ostensible reason, phony reason; excuse etc. (vindication) 937; ... show more

Roget 472: probability, likelihood; credibleness; likeliness etc. adj.; vraisemblance [Fr.], verisimilitude, plausibility; color, semblance, show of; presumption; ... show more

Dutch: gelijkheid, masker, schijn
Polish: fasada, pozór

5 color

Any material used for its color:
— She used a different color for the trim.

synonyms: coloring material, colour, colouring material.

Dutch: kleursel, kleurstof

6 color

physics The characteristic of quarks that determines their role in the strong interaction:
— Each flavor of quarks comes in three colors.

synonym: colour.

7 color

The appearance of objects (or light sources) described in terms of a person's perception of their hue and lightness (or brightness) and saturation.

synonym: colour.

Dutch: kleur, kleur


1 color

Add color to:
— The child colored the drawings.
— Fall colored the trees.
— Colorize black and white film.

synonyms: color in, colorise, colorize, colour, colour in, colourise, colourize.

Roget 549: exaggerate, magnify, pile up, aggravate; amplify etc. (expand) 194; overestimate etc. 482; hyperbolize; overcharge, overstate, ... show more

Roget 556: paint, design, limn draw, sketch, pencil, scratch, shade, stipple, hatch, dash off, chalk out, square up; color, dead color, ... show more

Roget 900: resent, take amiss, take ill, take to heart, take offense, take umbrage, take huff, take exception; take in ill part, take in bad part, take in dudgeon; ne pas entendre raillerie [Fr.]; breathe revenge, cut up rough.    ... show more

Dutch: inkleuren, kleuren

2 color

Affect as in thought or feeling:
— My personal feelings color my judgment in this case.

synonyms: colour, distort, tinge.

Roget 544: be false etc. adj., be a liar etc. 548; speak falsely etc. adv.; tell a lie etc. 546; lie, fib; ... show more

3 color

Modify or bias:
— His political ideas color his lectures.

synonym: colour.

4 color

Decorate with colors:
— Color the walls with paint in warm tones.

synonyms: colour, emblazon.

Roget 428: color, dye, tinge, stain, tint, tinct, paint, wash, ingrain, grain, illuminate, emblazon, bedizen, imbue; ... show more

Dutch: kleuren, tinten

5 color

Give a deceptive explanation or excuse for:
— Color a lie.

synonyms: colour, gloss.

6 color

Change color, often in an undesired manner:
— The shirts discolored.

synonyms: colour, discolor, discolour.

Dutch: verkleuren


1 color

Having or capable of producing colors:
— Color film.
— He rented a color television.
— Marvelous color illustrations.

synonym: colour.

Moby thesaurus: Adrianople red, Alice blue, Arabian red, Argos brown, Bordeaux, Brunswick black, Brunswick blue, Burgundy, Capri blue, Cassel yellow, Chinese blue, Chinese white, Claude tint, Cologne brown, Columbian red, Congo rubine, Copenhagen blue, Dresden blue, Dutch orange, Egyptian green ... show more.

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