coal-black

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj coal-black of the blackest black; similar to the color of jet or coal
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Coal-black As black as coal; jet black; very black.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • coal-black Black as a coal, or as charcoal, or, as often in modern use, black as mineral coal; very black.
    • n coal-black A deep black like that of charcoal; or a deep, shining black with a slight bluish tinge, like that of anthracite coal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Coal-black black as coal, very black
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. col; cog. with Ice. kol, Ger. kohle.

Usage

In literature:

A small fragment of coal-black ware is entirely smooth on the outside, and indicates an unusually well finished and symmetrical vessel.
"Illustrated Catalogue of a Portion of the Collections Made" by William H. Holmes
She wore a black cloth on her head, a red neckerchief, a white shift, and a coal-black petticoat.
"The Hero of Esthonia and Other Studies in the Romantic Literature of That Country" by William Forsell Kirby
But he took out his fourth seed, and watched it disappear beneath a coal-black wave.
"Tales of Wonder Every Child Should Know" by Various
As a matter of fact, so it was; the princess was black but comely, and her name was Coal.
"The Farringdons" by Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler
Anthracite Black does not require a bath so acid as do some other coal-tar blacks.
"The Dyeing of Woollen Fabrics" by Franklin Beech
But of the Dancer nothing remained but the tinsel rose, and that was burned as black as a coal.
"Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories" by Various
Medad, on a coal-black Arab, followed by three hundred officers of his division, all mounted on steeds of pure race.
"Alroy The Prince Of The Captivity" by Benjamin Disraeli
This enchanting harmony preceded the regiment of Proserpine's own guards, glowing in adamantine armour and mounted on coal-black steeds.
"The Infernal Marriage" by Benjamin Disraeli
The trawler's men, black as niggers, shovelled the coal quickly into the hold.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
The horses are coal black, and their eyes flash in the darkness like fire.
"Strife and Peace" by Fredrika Bremer
Coal black she was, except for a snowy shirt front and four dainty, snow-white paws.
"The Petticoat Commando" by Johanna Brandt
His hair, eyes and mustache were as black as coal.
"Two Boys in Wyoming" by Edward S. Ellis
My arm was much bruised, and almost as black as a coal.
"The Hero of the Humber" by Henry Woodcock
They are really a low grade of bituminous coal and are known as sub-bituminous or black lignites.
"Steam, Its Generation and Use" by Babcock & Wilcox Co.
And at the same moment Jesse James, mounted on his wonderful coal black steed, Siroc, dashed up beside the stage.
"Jack Wright and His Electric Stage;" by "Noname"
I'll burn her up, and make her black as coal.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer
His coal-black hair, streaked with gray and hanging loose over his shoulders, looked as if it had not been combed for days.
"Land of the Burnt Thigh" by Edith Eudora Kohl
His face was dark, and sun-burnt, but very handsome, and his eyes as black as coals, and as brilliant as gas.
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat
They burst with a terrific rending sound in clouds of coal-black smoke.
"High Adventure" by James Norman Hall
Mr. Rudolph Fuchs was the next occupant of the witness chair; a bewilderingly pretty brunette with coal-black eyes and perfect teeth.
"Danger! A True History of a Great City's Wiles and Temptations" by William Howe
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In poetry:


Mose is black and evil
And damns his luck
Driving Master Schwartz's
Big coal truck.
"Mose" by Sterling A Brown
And still, with gathering mildew, grew
Yet duller every thread,
And mingled some of coal-black hue,
And some of bloody red.
"The Weaver" by Emily Chubbuck Judson
Earl William mark'd the with'ring grass,
As the water-knight drew near;
His coal-black mail and the silver pale,
And he grasp'd his trusty spear ....
"The Black Knight Of The Water" by Anne Bannerman
Sair swall't an' black as ony coal
Was that richt haun', but waur to thole;
His sair remorse for Mysie's wrang.
Fause loons, beware, sae en's my sang.
"Mysie, An Aul' Warl', But Ower True Story" by Janet Hamilton
Then the darkness closed like a trap that was sprung,
And the night grew black as coals,
And we heard the ceaseless thunder
Of the water down the holes.
"The Legend of Cooee Gully" by Henry Lawson
A strappin', gracefu', blithesome queen,
Wi' coal-black hair an' glancin' een;
Nae muirlan' lass mair trig an' snell—
An' jist nineteen was Cousin Bell.
"Cousin Bell: An Incident In Real Life" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

Coal Mine Inspection Sweep Targets Cause Of Black Lung .
(AP) — A federal plan to tackle the resurgence of black lung disease by controlling coal dust in US mines is stalled.
The Obama administration used appropriate scientific studies and analysis when it proposed to toughen the limits on coal dust to fight a resurgence of deadly black lung disease, a federal government audit made public Friday concluded.
Federal mine safety regulators are working on plans to beef up civil and criminal enforcement of coal dust standards in the wake of new evidence of industry cheating on rules meant to protect workers from deadly black lung disease.
Black Lung Returns To Coal Country.
Coal miners rally for black lung law reform on the steps of the US Capitol in 1975.
Coal miners are tested for black lung .
Despite legislation meant to enact safety practices to prevent coal miners from getting black lung disease, workers are still being exposed to high levels of dust.
Coal miners striking for black-lung prevention, 1969 Photo by NIOSH.
(AP) — Proposed changes to federal Labor Department rules would make it easier for coal miners and their families to obtain black lung benefits.
Despite legislation meant to enact safety practices to prevent coal miners from getting black lung disease , workers are still being exposed to high levels of dust.
A new study shows that black lung disease isn't limited to coal miners who work underground.
And large, inflated seed pods that turn coal black and rattle in the late fall and early winter wind.
Aerial view of the Black Thunder coal mine operation in Wyoming.
Coal-Black, It Reflects Almost No Light.
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In science:

How does this radiation differ from the Hawking radiation emitted by the black hole? Consider the first photon emitted by the coal.
What Exactly is the Information Paradox?
Instead the proposal says that when we actually construct the microstates of a black hole in the full theory of quantum gravity then we find the state to be a ‘puffed up fuzzball’, and so radiation from the microstate is no different from radiation from a piece of coal.
Fuzzballs and the information paradox: a summary and conjectures
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