• 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
    • n colouring the act or process of changing the color of something
    • n colouring 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 colouring a digestible substance used to give color to food "food color made from vegetable dyes"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Paulina ... began to put on the colour Paulina ... began to put on the colour
The coat of many colours The coat of many colours

Chambers's Twentieth Century 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
    • ns Colouring any substance used to give colour: manner of applying colours: specious appearance
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Off colour - If someone looks off colour/color, they look ill.
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.
True colours - If someone shows their true colours, they show themselves as they really are. ('True colors' is the American spelling.)
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.
With flying colours (colors) - If you pass something with flying colours (colors), you pass easily, with a very high mark or grade.


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


In literature:

Among the red men of North America there are a few who have no colour in their skins, and there are a great many who have light-coloured hair.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
The colours are mixed with water and paste made from rice flour.
"Wood-Block Printing" by F. Morley Fletcher
Early in life he visited Venice to study the colouring of the Venetian masters.
"Art in England" by Dutton Cook
Coloured linens are rarely satisfactory, a certain kind of blue being almost the only exception.
"Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving" by Grace Christie
Blue, green, yellow, red, and white combine to give a glorious display of colour.
"The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by J. Arthur Thomson
Work the picots in a different colour from the cluster, and the rosettes, likewise, in two colours.
"Encyclopedia of Needlework" by Thérèse de Dillmont
Usually in this kind of work the cloths are printed with mordant colours, and then dyed in a bath of the dye-stuff.
"The Dyeing of Cotton Fabrics" by Franklin Beech
Lucien's dress was of a sky-blue colour.
"The Boy Hunters" by Captain Mayne Reid
It was a large room, of much width and greater length, containing heavy mahogany furniture, while the floor was carpeted in dark colours.
"Before the Dawn" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
Her lips were dyed of a bright red colour, and her teeth were black and polished as ebony.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

If I should cast this cold restraint,
Nor dam this pen's o'ereager flowing--
If but your portrait I should paint
In colours glowing--
"To A Lady" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Below, the earth was beautiful
Of touch and colour, fair each weed,
But Heaven's high beauty held me still,
Only of music had I need.
"Turmut-Hoeing" by Ivor Gurney
Sometimes she has a wild surmise
Of what dear name he used to have,
And what the colour of his eyes,
And was he gay, or was he grave.
"The Vestal" by Katharine Tynan
Lovely one,
With a nest of copper entangled
On your head, a nest
The coloUr of dark honey
Where my heart burns and rests,
Lovely one.
"Lovely One" by Pablo Neruda
Grief to you, shame or grief, here is the story--
My splendid night!
It was colour, scents, music, a tragic glory,
Fear with delight.
"After The Play" by Robert Graves
NOW the moon-beam's trembling lustre
Silvers o'er the dewy green,
And in soft and shadowy colours
Sweetly paints the checquer'd scene.
"Verses Written In An Alcove" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld

In news:

Eirik Bardal said he is honoured his family's funeral home has been loaned the regiment colours of the Winnipeg Grenadiers .
But it's what Eirik Bardal recently found and he's got the regiment colours of the Winnipeg Grenadiers hanging on permanent loan in his funeral home to prove it.
No matter how they fare on the pitch, you can't deny the Dutch have just about the most colourful team in world soccer.
Couture Colour was a close second overall, and a panelist favorite for thorough gray coverage.
The set fuses the drum'n'bass vibe of Pendulum 's 2005 debut, "Hold Your Colour," and the melodic strains of 2008's "In Silico".
Taken at face value, Colour Revolt look like prototypical Southern rockers.
Colour Revolt is scheduled to perform Monday, September 26, at The Rhythm Room.
The fear was the colour of your desk-top.
Three members of the children's music quartet The Wiggles will be hanging up their colourful outfits and leaving the Australian band this year, with the Blue Wiggle the lone original member left dancing.
Winning Colours Stain Remover , Duane Reade, Winning Brands, multicleaner, multipurpose cleaner, stain remover , Eric Lehner, London Drugs.
Riotous colours on the Rideau .
Riotous colours on the Rideau.
Show us the colour of your money, Frankie.
Enter Shikari have announced that their upcoming album, A Flash Flood of Colour, will be released on January 10, 2012.
Brighten up tired pieces of outdoor furniture with vibrant paint colours , such as CIL's Noble Blue, featured on the Muskoka chairs and Tarragon Leaf on the foot stool.

In science:

Let s(G) = max{|W | : W ⊂ V (G), χ(G[W ]) ≤ h(n)} be the maximum number of vertices we can colour with h colours.
On the concentration of the chromatic number of random graphs
Let us greedily remove independent sets of maximal size from U , giving a new colour to each, until n1/3 vertices remain (and give new colours to each of these).
On the concentration of the chromatic number of random graphs
The colours of the full sample of LAS T dwarfs show a possible trend to bluer Y − J with decreasing effective temperature, and some interesting colour changes in J − H and z − J (deserving further investigation) beyond T8.
Fifteen new T dwarfs discovered in the UKIDSS Large Area Survey
MASS T dwarfs have neutral to blue near infrared colours with decreasing Teff (Burgasser et al. 2002), and a fairly uniform Y − J ∼1 (from synthesized colours; Hewett et al. 2006).
Fifteen new T dwarfs discovered in the UKIDSS Large Area Survey
Late T dwarfs are clearly well separated from redder L dwarfs by their J − H colour (although there is some J − H colour overlap for early T dwarfs), and from earlier ob jects by, in general, both J − H and Y − J colour (see Figure 1).
Fifteen new T dwarfs discovered in the UKIDSS Large Area Survey