discolor

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v discolor change color, often in an undesired manner "The shirts discolored"
    • v discolor cause to lose or change color "The detergent discolored my shirts"
    • v discolor lose color or turn colorless "The painting discolored"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Discolor To alter the natural hue or color of; to change to a different color; to stain; to tinge; as, a drop of wine will discolor water; silver is discolored by sea water.
    • Discolor To alter the true complexion or appearance of; to put a false hue upon. "To discolor all your ideas."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • discolor To alter the natural hue or color of; change to a different color or shade; stain; tinge.
    • discolor To alter the complexion of; change the appearance of; give a false appearance to.
    • discolor In zoology and botany, of varied or different colors; variegated; discolorous; not concolor: said of any single object.
    • discolor In zoology, differing in color, as one thing from another; discolorate; not concolor: usually with with: as, elytra discolor with the thorax.
    • discolor Also discolorous, discolorate.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. descolouren, OF. descolorer, F. décolorer, fr. L. dis-, + cololare, coloratum, to color, color, color. See Color

Usage

In literature:

They may be bright red, or they may be simply a general discoloration.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
The metal discolors or stains the wood.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Forty-Second Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
They had not healed, and were slightly discolored.
"The Mark Of Cain" by Andrew Lang
Never use an egg when the white is the least discolored.
"My Pet Recipes, Tried and True" by Various
These sheets were very old, and were torn as well as discolored.
"The Millionaire Baby" by Anna Katharine Green
It was already beginning to swell and show signs of discoloration.
"The Paternoster Ruby" by Charles Edmonds Walk
The hair itself appeared brighter perhaps, but the crystal liquid was not discolored.
"If You Touch Them They Vanish" by Gouverneur Morris
An odd sultry light glowed over the discolorations.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
The foliage of the old tree half concealed the discolored stucco, which was dropping off in many places.
"Frank Merriwell Down South" by Burt L. Standish
The eyes showed a great discoloration in the upper part of the iris.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
The iron present was only what the Dunbar Expedition had thought it to be; a mere discoloration.
"Space Prison" by Tom Godwin
No such discoloration results from wilting due to competition for water.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Thirty-Fourth Annual Report 1943" by Various
The flesh was swollen and discolored from the attentions of Boris Bothwell.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
During this process a certain amount of chemical action often occurs leading to the brass surface exhibiting some discoloration.
"On Laboratory Arts" by Richard Threlfall
We see all the wrinkles and fissures and the deep discolorations.
"Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska" by Charles Warren Stoddard
A discoloration showed dimly against the dark metallic surface.
"Greylorn" by John Keith Laumer
The neck was not broken, nor the flesh discolored.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
In moist and suppurative corns this discoloration is less marked than in dry corn and even may be entirely wanting.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Long enough, though, for its surface to have become weather-grayed and discolored.
"The Gold Girl" by James B. Hendryx
A tombstone of white marble had been erected by Giles, and already that was becoming discolored.
"A Coin of Edward VII" by Fergus Hume
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In poetry:

Drab discoloration
Of faces, façades, pawn-shops,
Second-hand clothing,
Smoky and fly-blown glass of lunch-rooms,
Odors of rancid life…
"Bowery Afternoon" by Lola Ridge
Not one word or deed—not venereal sore, discoloration, privacy of
the onanist, putridity of gluttons or rum-drinkers, peculation,
cunning, betrayal, murder, seduction, prostitution, but has
results beyond death, as really as before death.
"Manhattan Streets I Saunter'd, Pondering" by Walt Whitman

In news:

The wooden boardwalk is badly discolored.
The goal was to determine whether mining activities, including the underground injection of coal slurry, were to blame for longstanding complaints of discolored, foul-smelling well water and residents' health problems.
Tobacco use or drinking coffee, tea and other beverages can cause darkening, and certain medications can also discolor teeth.
A 26-year-old woman was experiencing multiple, tender, large macular areas of discoloration on her extremities.
That huge mountain of beauty bark you had conveniently placed in the street front of your house last June is now dry and discolored.
Cerana is Blanco 's first Fireclay sink in the US — made of natural material that is highly resistant to shock, heat, acid, discoloration and chips.
Results show spotty patches of the toxin creating fish kills and discolored water.
Everyone should check their water before doing any laundry for discoloration.
After this work is completed, the water may become discolored.
Customers may experience low water pressure and some discoloration of water.
WorldWare Enterprises Ltd. ICAN/ATEX: How do you get rid of carpet discoloration.
That is true for guacamole , too, though the addition of lemon or lime juice can help to slow discoloration.
The action could create discolored water for residents from Spruce Avenue to Missouri Avenue, and Solano Drive to Telshor Boulevard.
Residents may notice a slight discoloration of their tap water during this period, clerk-Treasurer William K Johnson says.
The discoloration should not last for a long period of time.
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