blue

Definitions

  • Blue denims for the trip home
    Blue denims for the trip home
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj blue causing dejection "a blue day","the dark days of the war","a week of rainy depressing weather","a disconsolate winter landscape","the first dismal dispiriting days of November","a dark gloomy day","grim rainy weather"
    • adj blue of the color intermediate between green and violet; having a color similar to that of a clear unclouded sky "October's bright blue weather"- Helen Hunt Jackson","a blue flame","blue haze of tobacco smoke"
    • adj blue characterized by profanity or cursing "foul-mouthed and blasphemous","blue language","profane words"
    • adj blue filled with melancholy and despondency "gloomy at the thought of what he had to face","gloomy predictions","a gloomy silence","took a grim view of the economy","the darkening mood","lonely and blue in a strange city","depressed by the loss of his job","a dispirited and resigned expression on her face","downcast after his defeat","feeling discouraged and downhearted"
    • adj blue morally rigorous and strict "the puritan work ethic","puritanic distaste for alcohol","she was anything but puritanical in her behavior"
    • adj blue belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy "an aristocratic family","aristocratic Bostonians","aristocratic government","a blue family","blue blood","the blue-blooded aristocracy","of gentle blood","patrician landholders of the American South","aristocratic bearing","aristocratic features","patrician tastes"
    • adj blue used to signify the Union forces in the American Civil War (who wore blue uniforms) "a ragged blue line"
    • adj blue suggestive of sexual impropriety "a blue movie","blue jokes","he skips asterisks and gives you the gamy details","a juicy scandal","a naughty wink","naughty words","racy anecdotes","a risque story","spicy gossip"
    • v blue turn blue
    • n blue any of numerous small butterflies of the family Lycaenidae
    • n blue the sodium salt of amobarbital that is used as a barbiturate; used as a sedative and a hypnotic
    • n blue blue clothing "she was wearing blue"
    • n blue blue color or pigment; resembling the color of the clear sky in the daytime "he had eyes of bright blue"
    • n blue any organization or party whose uniforms or badges are blue "the Union army was a vast blue"
    • n blue the sky as viewed during daylight "he shot an arrow into the blue"
    • n blue used to whiten laundry or hair or give it a bluish tinge
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Additional illustrations & photos:

LITTLE BOY BLUE LITTLE BOY BLUE
Pulled a Long Blue Gun 220 Pulled a Long Blue Gun 220
He saw in his own mind the tall pines reach up into the blue skies He saw in his own mind the tall pines reach up into the blue skies
Lavender's Blue music Lavender's Blue music
GREAT BLUE HERON GREAT BLUE HERON
Father & Boy Blue Father & Boy Blue
Boy Blue & Horn Boy Blue & Horn
Other Blue Children unfolded maps and plans, or brought enormous flowers Other Blue Children unfolded maps and plans, or brought enormous flowers

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The colour blue has a calming effect. It causes the brain to release calming hormones
    • Blue A pedantic woman; a bluestocking.
    • Blue Having the color of the clear sky, or a hue resembling it, whether lighter or darker; as, the deep, blue sea; as blue as a sapphire; blue violets. "The blue firmament."
    • Blue Literary; -- applied to women; -- an abbreviation of bluestocking. "The ladies were very blue and well informed.""For his religion . . . 'T was Presbyterian, true blue ."
    • Blue Low in spirits; melancholy; as, to feel blue .
    • Blue Low spirits; a fit of despondency; melancholy.
    • Blue One of the seven colors into which the rays of light divide themselves, when refracted through a glass prism; the color of the clear sky, or a color resembling that, whether lighter or darker; a pigment having such color.
    • Blue Pale, without redness or glare, -- said of a flame; hence, of the color of burning brimstone, betokening the presence of ghosts or devils; as, the candle burns blue; the air was blue with oaths.
    • Blue Severe or over strict in morals; gloom; as, blue and sour religionists; suiting one who is over strict in morals; inculcating an impracticable, severe, or gloomy mortality; as, blue laws.
    • Blue Suited to produce low spirits; gloomy in prospect; as, thongs looked blue .
    • v. t Blue To make blue; to dye of a blue color; to make blue by heating, as metals, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Whooping cranes are born with blue eyes that change to bright gold by the time they six months old
    • blue Of the color of the clear sky; of the color of the spectrum between wave-lengths .505 and .415 micron, and more especially .487 to .460, or of such light mixed with white; azure; cerulean.
    • blue Livid; lead-colored: said of the skin or complexion as affected by cold, contusion, or fear (see blae): hence the phrase black and blue. See black.
    • blue Figuratively, afflicted with low spirits; despondent; depressed; hypochondriacal; having the blues.
    • blue Dismal; unpromising: applied to things: as, a blue lookout.
    • blue Inflexible; rigid; strict in morals or religion; puritanic: as, a blue Presbyterian: often in the form true blue (which see, below).
    • blue [With ref. to blue-stocking, q. v.] Learned; pedantic: applied to women.
    • blue Indecent; obscene: as, blue stories.
    • blue In Australia, the volcanic (basaltic) material in places overlying the Tertiary auriferous gravels.
    • blue The bluish-colored matrix in which the South African diamonds are often found embedded. It is a kind of breccia.
    • n blue The color of the clear sky or of natural ultramarine, or a shade or a tint resembling it; azure. See I., 1.
    • n blue A dye or pigment of this hue. The substances used as blue pigments are of very different natures, and derived from various sources; they are all compound bodies, some being natural and others artificial. See phrases below.
    • n blue Bluing.
    • n blue The sky; the atmosphere.
    • n blue The sea; the deep sea.
    • n blue A member of a party, or of any company of persons, which has adopted blue as its distinctive color.
    • n blue The heavy winter coat of the deer. See phrase in the blue, below.
    • n blue A butterfly of the family Lycœnidœ, found in Great Britain and other parts of Europe.
    • n blue [Short for bluestocking.] A pedantic woman.
    • n blue Soluble blue.
    • n blue Any blue that is free from violet, and retains a true blue color in artificial light.
    • n blue A somewhat light shade of Prussian blue.
    • n blue Prussian blue in a pasty state.
    • n blue A Prussian blue to which has been added an excess of prussiate of potash. Also called ball-blue, navy blue.
    • n blue [capitalized] The name popularly given to the English regiment properly called the Royal Horse Guards, or Oxford Blues, first mustered in 1661, and so called from their blue uniforms.
    • blue To make blue; dye a blue color; color with bluing; make blue by heating, as metals, etc.
    • blue To blush.
    • n blue In archery: The third circle of the target, which is now usually colored blue. See target.
    • n blue An arrow which hits this circle; a hit in the blue. By the present method of scoring, such a hit counts 5.
    • n blue A name sometimes given to water-soluble induline.
    • n blue Same as bleu-de-roi (which see).
    • n blue A mixture of methylene-blue and methyl-violet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Studies indicate that weightlifters working out in blue gyms can handle heavier weights
    • n Blue blōō the colour of the sky when unclouded—hence the sea, the sky, as in 'a bolt from the blue:' one of the seven primary colours
    • adj Blue of the colour blue: learned, pedantic: indecent or obscene, as in blue stories
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Quotations

  • Helen Hunt Jackson
    Helen Hunt Jackson
    “O suns and skies and clouds of June, and flowers of June together. Ye cannot rival for one hour October's bright blue weather.”
  • Vincent Van Gogh
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    “There is no blue without yellow and without orange.”
  • Robert Collier
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    “Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blue print, and begin to build.”
  • Letty Cottin Pogrebin
    Letty Cottin Pogrebin
    “Lifestyles and sex roles are passed from parents to children as inexorably as blue eyes or small feet.”
  • Billy Gibbons
    Billy Gibbons
    “Sounds like the blues are composed of feeling, finesse, and fear.”
  • James Weldon Johnson
    James Weldon Johnson
    “It is from the blues that all that may be called American music derives it most distinctive characteristics.”

Idioms

Be true blue - If a person/object/situation is considered to be 'true blue', it is considered genuine.
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Between the devil and the deep blue sea - If you are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, you are in a dilemma; a difficult choice.
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Black and blue - This means bruised, either physically or metaphorically.
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Blue blood - Someone with blue blood is royalty.
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Blue skies - A overly enthusiastic outlook or disposition. The sales team had blue skies projections for their deals, although not many of those deals were signed.
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Blue-eyed boy - Someone's blue-eyed boy is their favourite person.
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Bolt from the blue - If something happens unexpectedly and suddenly, it is a bolt from the blue.
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Boys in blue - The boys in blue are the police.
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Feeling blue - If you feel blue, you are feeling unwell, mainly associated with depression or unhappiness.
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Go blue - If you go blue, you are very cold indeed. ('Turn blue' is an alternative form.)
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Hot as blue blazes - If something's as hot as blue blazes, it's extremely hot.
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Once in a blue moon - If something happens once in a blue moon, it happens very rarely indeed.
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Out of the blue - If something happens out of the blue, it happens suddenly and unexpectedly.
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Ragged blue line - (USA) This term was used to signify the Union forces (who wore blue uniforms) in the American Civil war .
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Scream blue murder - If someone shouts very loudly in anger, or fear, they scream blue murder.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bla, blo, blew, blue, livid, black, fr. Icel.blār, livid; akin to Dan. blaa, blue, Sw. blå, D. blauw, OHG. blāo, G. blau,; but influenced in form by F. bleu, from OHG. blāo,

Usage

In literature:

The old Blue spirit that never knows when it is licked was there too.
"Bert Wilson on the Gridiron" by J. W. Duffield
The lids of Harrison's smoldering eyes drew down, and they were blue, a sickly, pallid blue.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
Then I used to have a wreath of little blue flowers, oh, so blue, that come when the snow is gone.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
In the opening stood Tharon Last, her blue eyes black and sparkling, her tawny skin cream white, her lips tight-set and pale.
"Tharon of Lost Valley" by Vingie E. Roe
The blue of her eyes burned like the blue center of a flame.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
She lay very still with her cool thoughts, her eyes, wide and lustrous, fixed upon the blue canopy overhead.
"The Biography of a Prairie Girl" by Eleanor Gates
Blues, especially sapphire shades, dark reds, pale pink, blue grays, white, both cream and blue-white, and black, solid and transparent.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
At a sudden curve in the brook a great elm stretched up from a bank of blue violets.
"Treasure Valley" by Marian Keith
On the following day the riders circled Blue Lakes, where cattle swarmed.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
The gills are narrow, crowded, rounded behind, whitish or pale cream color, changing to smoky blue or blackish where bruised.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
Jon was quite sure then that the Steel-Blue was telepathic.
"Acid Bath" by Vaseleos Garson
Blue as the blue of summer's bluest skies!
"Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad" by Various
Whoever had a red ribbon, or a blue necktie, or a red-white-and-blue badge felt very proud indeed to wear it.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
Hammersly's mouth was set in a tight clenched line, his eyes like fire in his blue, drawn face.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
The island rose, clear outlined, from the blue water.
"The Island Mystery" by George A. Birmingham
Blue coloring matter throws back only the blue part of the light, and so on through all the colors.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
Blue Beard, Blue Beard, finally I behold thee.
"A Romance of the West Indies" by Eugène Sue
This and the following species are widely known as "Blue-bills" owing to the slaty blue color of that member.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
This is the explanation, O Chief of the Blue Cattle.
"The White Shield" by Bertram Mitford
An evergreen tree, bearing pale-blue flowers, followed by violet-blue berries.
"Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens" by Ernest Thomas Cook
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In poetry:

Blue Shadows
of the Canyon
I met you
& now you're gone
"Paris Journal" by James Douglas Morrison
Kingfisher blue,
Was it you
Or a scrap of the sky
Flashed by,
Kingfisher blue?
"The Kingfisher" by Cicely Fox Smith
Cottonwool clouds
In a crude blue sky —
Who owned it, I wonder
In days gone by?
"Portrait Of A Lady-2" by Cicely Fox Smith
When the shoe strings break
On both your shoes
And you're in a hurry-
That's the blues.
"The Blues" by Langston Hughes
Rainy Sky is sayin',
"Dis'll never do!
Fetch dem rainbow ribbons,
En I'll dress in blue!"
"A Song Of To-Morrow" by Frank Lebby Stanton
Blue the sky; soft breezes
Tender noon caress.
Who is she? A lady?
Peasant girl? Princess?
"Fairy Tale" by Boris Pasternak

In news:

Music lovers enjoy a free rock and blues concert by longtime Northwest band Jr Cadillac Friday night at North Dam Park and Event Center at a blue moon rises in the east.
The phrase "once in a blue moon " equated to once in about three years last night, when a blue moon appeared for the last time until 2015.
Blue Moon Over Manhattan Friday Won't Actually Be Blue.
Blue moon s aren't actually blue, either.
Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya, the latest addition to the Blue Ribbon portfolio, ensconced since April on the second floor of the Thompson LES Hotel.
Blue Ribbon School gets Blue Bell Ice Cream.
Cascade Elementary School students fill the gymnasium floor as they prepare to celebrate their selection as a Blue Ribbon School with Blue Bell ice cream.
Blue Ribbon golf outing supports Blue Ribbon school.
The Trustees of the Blue Mountain Community Foundation recently awarded a grant of $9,000 to Blue Ridge Elementary.
SEATTLE — Four Seasons Cleaners has merged with Blue Sky Cleaners, making it Seattle's only "toxin-free alternative" to traditional drycleaning and the largest such business in the United States, Blue Sky Cleaners says.
Blue Star Service Banners are available The Wakonda American Legion Auxiliary will be giving Blue Star Service Banners to Wakonda families who have family members currently serving in the armed forces.
The Sad Sam Blues Jam play Blue Star Connection Event in Indiana.
Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya, the latest addition to the Blue Ribbon portfolio, ensconced since April on the second floor of the Thompson LES Hotel.
The sparrow had been deterred from killing off the little blues, and I waited for daddy blue to come back from worm harvesting.
The blues are coming from The Blues Alley, Navasota's shrine to the music it's known for.
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In science:

Figure 8(a) presents oscillation of the s-wave magnetization (blue line) as compared with the normal-state one (sky-blue line).
Theory of de Haas-van Alphen Effect in Type-II Superconductors
Figure 10(a) shows the oscillation of the d-wave magnetization (blue line) as compared with the normal-state one (sky-blue line).
Theory of de Haas-van Alphen Effect in Type-II Superconductors
FIG. 11: Left figures: the oscillatory part of the magnetization Mosc in the vortex state (blue lines) as compared with the normal-state one (sky-blue lines) for the p-wave model of Eq. (32) at T = 0.
Theory of de Haas-van Alphen Effect in Type-II Superconductors
This is what we observe in Fig. 5: the extension of the blue loops is further reduced by rotation in the case of the 9 M⊙ model, and the blue loops are even suppressed in the rotating model of 12 M⊙ .
Stellar evolution with rotation X: Wolf-Rayet star populations at solar metallicity
The enhancements of He and N only appear in the blue and yellow supergiant stage in the case without rotation, while they occur during the MS and blue supergiant phase when rotation is included; also in this case the changes are more progressive.
Stellar evolution with rotation X: Wolf-Rayet star populations at solar metallicity
The heights of these histograms have been scaled down by a factor of ten to emphasise the relative shapes of the distributions, the bimodal nature of which is clear, being split clearly into red and blue populations, with the blue population hosting the star-forming systems.
Star formation rate indicators in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
Although some blue galaxies are found to be interloping foreground or background galaxies, the bona fide blue cluster members are found to exhibit spectra typical of spiral galaxies.
At the Vigintennial of the Butcher-Oemler Effect
Assuming that the “excess” of blue objects is not an observational bias, we will have to invoke an injection of new blue Centaurs from the EKB.
Reopening the TNOs Color Controversy: Centaurs Bimodality and TNOs Unimodality
No evident dependencies on temperature were found for the violet and blue signals in the α-PMT, or the blue and red signals in PIN1.
LED Monitoring System for the BTeV Lead Tungstate Crystal Calorimeter Prototype
Butcher & Oemler (1978,1984) found that fractions of blue galaxies in clusters increase with increasing redshift, i.e., cluster galaxies evolve from blue to red.
Are Passive Spiral Galaxies Truly "Passive" and "Spiral"? : Near-Infrared Perspective
In Figure 1 a clear, strong relationship between visual color and infrared color is seen, with visually red galaxies showing blue infrared colors and visually blue galaxies showing red infrared colors.
Anomalously low PAH emission from low-luminosity galaxies
Visually blue galaxies tend to have high dust-to-star ratios and therefore red [3.5] − [7.8] colors; visually red galaxies tend to have low dust-to-star ratios and therefore blue [3.5] − [7.8] colors.
Anomalously low PAH emission from low-luminosity galaxies
We colour x blue if some x-ray of T is open; we colour x yel low if x is not blue but every x-ray of T contains some blue vertex; we colour x red if it is neither blue nor yellow.
Branching Processes, and Random-Cluster Measures on Trees
We say that a vertex x is k-yellow if: x is not blue, but every x-ray contains a blue vertex belonging to the first k generations of T .
Branching Processes, and Random-Cluster Measures on Trees
Now, 0 is k-yellow if and only if it is not blue but every child is either (k − 1)-yellow or blue.
Branching Processes, and Random-Cluster Measures on Trees
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