Definitions for black

Definitions for (noun) black

Main entry: black

Definition: black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning)

Usage: the widow wore black

Main entry: black

Definition: (board games) the darker pieces

Main entry: black, blackness, inkiness

Definition: the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)

Main entry: Negro, Negroid, Black, Black person, blackamoor

Definition: a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa)

Main entry: Black, Shirley Temple, Shirley Temple Black

Definition: popular child actress of the 1930's (born in 1928)

Main entry: Black, Joseph Black

Definition: British chemist who identified carbon dioxide and who formulated the concepts of specific heat and latent heat (1728-1799)

Main entry: total darkness, pitch blackness, blackness, lightlessness, black

Definition: total absence of light

Usage: they fumbled around in total darkness; in the black of night

Definitions for (verb) black

Main entry: blacken, black, nigrify, melanise, melanize

Definition: make or become black

Usage: The smoke blackened the ceiling; The ceiling blackened

Definitions for (adj) black

Main entry: black

Definition: marked by anger or resentment or hostility

Usage: black looks; black words

Main entry: black

Definition: of or belonging to a racial group having dark skin especially of sub-Saharan African origin

Usage: a great people--a black people--...injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization- Martin Luther King Jr.

Main entry: black, pitch-black, pitch-dark

Definition: extremely dark

Usage: a black moonless night; through the pitch-black woods; it was pitch-dark in the cellar

Main entry: black

Definition: being of the achromatic color of maximum darkness; having little or no hue owing to absorption of almost all incident light

Usage: black leather jackets; as black as coal; rich black soil

Main entry: black, blackened

Definition: (of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood

Usage: a face black with fury

Main entry: smutty, black

Definition: soiled with dirt or soot

Usage: with feet black from playing outdoors; his shirt was black within an hour

Main entry: black

Definition: (of coffee) without cream or sugar

Main entry: black, calamitous, fatal, fateful, disastrous

Definition: (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin

Usage: 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- Charles Darwin; it is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it- Douglas MacArthur; a fateful error

Main entry: black, sinister, dark

Definition: stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable

Usage: 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-Thomas Hardy

Main entry: disgraceful, shameful, ignominious, inglorious, opprobrious, black

Definition: (used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame

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

Main entry: black, dim, bleak

Definition: offering little or no hope

Usage: the future looked black; prospects were bleak; Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult- J.M.Synge; took a dim view of things

Main entry: bootleg, contraband, smuggled, black, black-market

Definition: distributed or sold illicitly

Usage: the black economy pays no taxes

Main entry: black

Definition: (of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading

Usage: black propaganda

Main entry: mordant, black, grim

Definition: harshly ironic or sinister

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

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