colour

Definitions

  • Statue in Rose-coloured Granite of the Pharaoh AnÛ, in the GÎzeh Museum
    Statue in Rose-coloured Granite of the Pharaoh AnÛ, in the GÎzeh Museum
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj colour having or capable of producing colors "color film","he rented a color television","marvelous color illustrations"
    • v colour change color, often in an undesired manner "The shirts discolored"
    • v colour add color to "The child colored the drawings","Fall colored the trees","colorize black and white film"
    • v colour affect as in thought or feeling "My personal feelings color my judgment in this case","The sadness tinged his life"
    • v colour give a deceptive explanation or excuse for "color a lie"
    • v colour decorate with colors "color the walls with paint in warm tones"
    • v colour modify or bias "His political ideas color his lectures"
    • n colour the appearance of objects (or light sources) described in terms of a person's perception of their hue and lightness (or brightness) and saturation
    • n colour an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading "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"
    • n colour 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"
    • n colour the timbre of a musical sound "the recording fails to capture the true color of the original music"
    • n colour interest and variety and intensity "the Puritan Period was lacking in color","the characters were delineated with exceptional vividness"
    • n colour (physics) the characteristic of quarks that determines their role in the strong interaction "each flavor of quarks comes in three colors"
    • n colour a race with skin pigmentation different from the white race (especially Blacks)
    • n colour any material used for its color "she used a different color for the trim"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

SPECIMEN TINTS OF ARTISTS' OIL COLOURS NO. 1 SPECIMEN TINTS OF ARTISTS' OIL COLOURS NO. 1
SPECIMEN TINTS OF ARTISTS' OIL COLOURS NO. 2 SPECIMEN TINTS OF ARTISTS' OIL COLOURS NO. 2
Paulina ... began to put on the colour Paulina ... began to put on the colour
The coat of many colours The coat of many colours

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The reason why hair turns gray as we age is because the pigment cells in the hair follicle start to die, which is responsible for producing "melanin" which gives the hair colour
    • n Colour See Color.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Colour is not an indicator for the taste or ripeness in cranberries
    • n colour etc. See color, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Before the 17th century, carrots used to be the colour purple
    • n Colour kul′ur a property of light which causes bodies to have different appearances to the eye: the hue or appearance which bodies present to the eye: appearance of blood in the face: appearance: pretext: tint: paint: false show: kind:
    • v.t Colour to put colour on: to stain: to paint: to set in a fair light: to exaggerate: to misrepresent
    • v.i Colour to show colour: to blush
    • n Colour kul′ur (pl.) a flag, ensign, or standard: paints
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Idioms

Off colour - If someone looks off colour/color, they look ill.
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Sail under false colours - Someone who sails under false colours (colors) is hypocritical or pretends to be something they aren't in order to deceive people.
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True colours - If someone shows their true colours, they show themselves as they really are. ('True colors' is the American spelling.)
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Under false colours - If someone does something under false colours/colors, they pretend to be something they are not in order to deceive people so that they can succeed.
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With flying colours (colors) - If you pass something with flying colours (colors), you pass easily, with a very high mark or grade.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. color; akin to celāre, to cover, to conceal.

Usage

In literature:

With Frontispiece in colour by Norman Wilkinson.
"Titanic" by Filson Young
It involves all colours in its meaning, as well as the depth and power of the light and shade, when divested of colour.
"The Use of a Box of Colours" by Harry Willson
More than one kind of hardy Heath, if grown in spreading masses, will deck the garden with sheets of colour the whole winter through.
"Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens" by Ernest Thomas Cook
All the coloured things that grandmother like so much and that help her so.
"The Duchess of Wrexe" by Hugh Walpole
She always noticed at once the colour of people's eyes.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
Portland cement clinker, however produced, is a hard, rock-like substance of semi-vitrified appearance and very dark colour.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 6" by Various
At her lowered tone, Milbanke coloured, and took a step forward.
"The Gambler" by Katherine Cecil Thurston
But the Colours of the Candle being very faint, the mistake seems to arise from the difficulty of discerning what Colours fall on the Eye.
"Opticks" by Isaac Newton
When not tarnished, the mineral has a silver-white colour with a tinge of red, and the lustre is metallic.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 1" by Various
The unexpected encounter had brought colour to her rather pale face.
"The Guarded Heights" by Wadsworth Camp
Nevertheless Spain essentially needs sunshine to bring out all its colouring and brilliancy.
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood
Its colour is reddish brown, with tufts of hair of the same colour.
"British Butterfiles" by W. S. Coleman
The animal, when touched, emits a quantity of violet-coloured fluid, the same colour as the shell.
"Beautiful Shells of New Zealand" by E. G. B. Moss
The original colours of the corolla are yellow, purple, and variegated, and there is a mealy covering on the surface.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3" by Various
It may be that the lake simply exhibits the colour of pure water.
"The Glaciers of the Alps" by John Tyndall
Vasari speaks of him with admiration for the vigour of his colouring, and justly so of the pictures in the ceiling.
"The History of Painting in Italy, Vol. 1 (of 6)" by Luigi Antonio Lanzi
We may recognize in it the drawing of Perugino, but the colouring is feeble.
"The History of Painting in Italy, Vol. 2 (of 6)" by Luigi Antonio Lanzi
There is thus no real connection between colour and period of cure, although in a general sense the longer the interval the darker the colour.
"The Preparation of Plantation Rubber" by Sidney Morgan
The eyebrows were heavy, the nose straight and tilted, the complexion ivory-white, luminous, and sufficiently coloured.
"A Daughter of the Vine" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Field of vision and sense of colour normal.
"Schweigger on Squint" by C. Schweigger
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In poetry:

Visible colours (Invisible passions)
Fade from
This world's
Human hearts
And flowers.
"Visible colours" by Ono no Komachi
Every old man I see
In October-coloured weather
Seems to say to me:
"I was once your father."
"Memory of my Father" by Patrick Kavanagh
The River that full oft has told
To Ocean hoary
A many-coloured, sweet, and old
Unending story:
"The River Maiden" by Victor James Daley
Lopping off the sausages!
They colour my sleep,
Red, mottled, like cut necks.
There was a silence!
"Little Fugue" by Sylvia Plath
Colour had music's life to you.
The very grasses sang,
To you the cosmic organ peal
In diapason rang.
"Immortal Eve - IV" by Manmohan Ghose
Those undeterminable hints
Are colour's sanctuary.
To hide from us inviolable
The world's dear mystery.
"Immortal Eve - III" by Manmohan Ghose

In news:

Dallas Green of Ontario, Canada brings his project City and Colour to The Gorge at George for Sasquatch 2011.
'Got To Give It Up (Kill Them With Colour Remix)'.
Sebadoh, Richard Buckner with Anders Parker and Colour Revolt at Off Broadway, Saturday, April 2.
Colour Revolt opened the evening with a strong set, warming up the crowd at Off Broadway for the acts that followed.
Dallas Green, the man otherwise known as City And Colour (or one-fifth of Canadian post-hardcore band Alexisonfire), made his somewhat-annual springtime NYC solo tour stop at a sold-out Webster Hall last night, but he wasn't alone.
I had the pleasure of sitting down with City And Colour 's Dallas Green last week at SXSW.
We talked about the upcoming City And Colour album, Little Hell, as well as the state of the music industry, record stores, and even old school wrestling.
Colour Revolt comes home with recently established Tulsa ties.
Although Colour Revolt has performed in Tulsa before, the band has never been as readily embraced or anticipated as it is for this Friday night's show at Fassler Hall.
It's time to live our lives in colour .
City and Colour is a band by former Alexisonfire guitarist and vocalist Dallas Green, started in 2004.
The project title derives its name from Dallas' own name: Dallas, a city, and Green, a colour .
REVIEWS OK Go, 'Of the Blue Colour of the Sky.
Dr Ilaria Berteletti and colleagues tested an Italian synaesthete using a classic test, in which the participant was shown a series of numbers presented in different ink colours and asked to name those colours .
COLOUR TWIG PENCILS WITH COLOURED LEADS SIMILAR TO PLAIN LEAD PENCIL.
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In science:

Colour-colour plot for the ob jects in the IRAS sample with 450µm fluxes (stars and circles), other ob jects from the literature including Mrk 231 (triangles) and some of the optically selected sample (diamonds).
The SCUBA Local Universe Galaxy Survey II. 450 micron data - evidence for cold dust in bright IRAS Galaxies
SBF survey colours are typically ∼ 0.015 mag bluer than the colour at this fiducial radius.
A Synthesis of Data from Fundamental Plane and Surface Brightness Fluctuation Surveys
For the S0s, the central colours showed large scatter when plotted against the SBF survey colours, owing to dust lanes and irregular gradients associated with disk contamination, etc.
A Synthesis of Data from Fundamental Plane and Surface Brightness Fluctuation Surveys
V RI colours measured by Tonry, Ajhar, & Luppino (1990), whose (V −I )0 colours span a range of 0.20 mag and share a homogeneous system with our data.
A Synthesis of Data from Fundamental Plane and Surface Brightness Fluctuation Surveys
It is a nebula around a symbiotic star (Schwarz 1991; Corradi et al. 1999a), but in our two-colour diagram it shows colours like a genuine PN.
Planetary nebula or symbiotic Mira? Near infrared colours mark the difference
Inclusion of colour factors etc. is straightforward and reduces in this framework to the multiplication of two vectors of complex numbers (for the amplitudes and their complex conjugated) with a colour matrix in the middle.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
Colour calculus and colour quantizations. geometric and algebraic structures in differential equations.
The categorical theory of relations and quantizations
We call colouring function a map c : V → C , where C is a finite discrete set, the colour set.
Random walks in random environment on trees and multiplicative chaos
Thus the colouring of the tree introduces a natural ordering among vertices that are siblings; the root vertex that is assigned some arbitrarily prescribed colour α.
Random walks in random environment on trees and multiplicative chaos
We colour each such cluster red with probability ρ, and white otherwise, different clusters receiving independent colours.
The Random-Cluster Model
Further, the plots of the residuals versus (b − y )o show no trend with colour, as demonstrated in Fig. 2, thus the colour term was dropped from the calibration.
A revised calibration of the Mv-W(OI 7774) relationship using Hipparcos data: Its application to Cepheids and evolved stars
We introduce an additive group structure Zq for the q “colours” of the model, although ordinary Potts model Hamiltonian has a Sq total permutational symmetry between the colours.
General duality for abelian-group-valued statistical-mechanics models
None of the four stars showed any evidence for a near infrared excess when placed on a JHK colour-colour diagram. L band photometry was also available for ROXs 47a and 21.
Evidence for high accretion-rates in Weak-Line T Tauri stars?
JHKL colour-colour diagrams are a much more sensitive disc indicator than JHK diagrams, often revealing evidence for circumstellar discs in ob jects showing no JHK excess (see Haisch et al. 2001, for example).
Evidence for high accretion-rates in Weak-Line T Tauri stars?
In words, take the function f ◦ gB(N ) and apply the pro jection operator Pu for those indices u which are end-points of edges with colour 1 in the first row of the coloured diagram B (N , N1) i.e. which are end-points of edges in N1 in the first row.
An estimate about multiple stochastic integrals with respect to a normalized empirical measure
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