• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Blacks Black garments, etc. See Black n., 4.
    • Blacks Soot flying in the air.
    • Blacks The name of a kind of in used in copperplate printing, prepared from the charred husks of the grape, and residue of the wine press.
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Black Leopard The Black Leopard
The Black Swan of Australia The Black Swan of Australia
Black Down, from Hambledon Black Down, from Hambledon
Front cover - black, green and gold decoration Front cover - black, green and gold decoration
Young Dickens at the Blacking Warehouse Young Dickens at the Blacking Warehouse
King, of Harvard, making a run; Mahan putting black on his head King, of Harvard, making a run; Mahan putting black on his head
Four Rabbits as Black as Ink Entered Four Rabbits as Black as Ink Entered


  • Arnold Palmer
    Arnold Palmer
    “You know you're getting old when all the names in your black book have M. D. after them.”
  • Bernard Cooper
    Bernard Cooper
    “At the rate science proceeds, rockets and missiles will one day seem like buffalo -- slow, endangered grazers in the black pasture of outer space.”
  • Catherine Drinker Bowen
    Catherine Drinker Bowen
    “In writing biography, fact and fiction shouldn't be mixed. And if they are, the fictional points should be printed in red ink, the facts printed in black ink.”
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
    “The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.”
  • Vince Lombardi
    “Coaches who can outline plays on a black board are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their player and motivate.”
  • Billy Crystal
    Billy Crystal
    “I'm comfortable being old... being black... being Jewish.”


Beyond the black stump - (AU) An Australian idiom idicating that even if you go as far as you can, the black stump is still a little further.
Black and blue - This means bruised, either physically or metaphorically.
Black and white - When it is very clear who or what is right and wrong, then the situation is black and white.
Black as Newgate's knocker - (UK) If things are as black as Newgate's knocker, they are very bad. Newgate was an infamous prison in England, so its door knocker meant trouble.
Black hole - If there is a black hole in financial accounts, money has disappeared.
Black sheep - Someone who is the black sheep doesn't fit into a group or family because their behaviour or character is not good enough.
Black will take no other hue - Evil can take many disguises but it is always black (evil).
In the black - If your bank account is in credit, it is in the black.
Jet-black - To emphasise just how black something is, such as someone's hair, we can call it jet-black.
Pot calling the kettle black - If someone hypocritically criticises a person for something that they themselves do, then it is a case of the pot calling the kettle black.


In literature:

The decorations are chiefly in black and brown, but four or five pieces being in black.
"Illustrated Catalogue Of The Collections Obtained From The Indians Of New Mexico And Arizona In 1879" by James Stevenson
Black velvet slippers are on his feet, and his ducal cap is of black velvet.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
Long, wavy black hair, falling about his ears.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
MR. BIXBY: I had in mind improved varieties of black walnut grafted on the black walnut stock.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the" by Various
It the place to raise young black and white both.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
The tail is either black or maroon black, sometimes tipped with yellowish brown.
"Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon" by Robert A. Sterndale
Then, one black morning, the lump was discovered.
"Horses Nine" by Sewell Ford
Chrome blacks are the best blacks which can be obtained from (p. 086) logwood.
"The Dyeing of Woollen Fabrics" by Franklin Beech
Besides, every year the white population is increasing, and the black diminishing.
"A Final Reckoning" by G. A. Henty
Segregation further hindered the efficient use of black manpower by complicating the training of black soldiers.
"Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965" by Morris J. MacGregor Jr.

In poetry:

Of heban blacke my boorde;
The wormes my meate shalbe,
Wherewith my carcase shalbe fed
Till thes doe feede on me.
"A Fancy" by Edward Dyer
Kill me if you will not love me.
Here are flints;
Ram down the heavy bullet, little leopard,
On the black powder.
"Handing Over The Gun" by Edward Powys Mathers
It was a wild black nicht,
But o the win's roar we
Kept juist eneuch to hear oor herts beat
Owre it triumphantly.
"In The Hedgeback" by Hugh MacDiarmid
These terraced buildings sooty black
Are travesties of one
The Tewas laid upon the track
Between War God and Sun.
"Notan" by Norman MacLeod
That land is doomed already
To black, unending night,
Whose old men worship money;
Whose young men will not fight.
"What Owest Thou" by Abner Cosens
of fan-wings, a bright black-
and-yellow wagtail; at Dulver-
ton on the moor, the flavor
of the hot toasted teacake
"Exmoor" by Amy Clampitt

In news:

Local veterinarian and Black Hills Mountain Lion Foundation member Sharon Seneczko would like to see the South Dakota Game Fish & Parks (GFP) Commission hold the line and study the results of a 70-lion hunting season in the Black Hills.
30-40 lb Black Lab, Hound Dog mix, Shiny black coat, white chest, back paws are white with black spots.
Suspect(s):Male, black, 5'9" to 5'10", light complexion, thin build, 140-155 pounds, wearing a black and red flannel robe.
Black metal from the stark, black, icy pinnacle of the Johnston landfill.
Joe Louis was skillfully managed by two black men (Black, Roxborough) and financed by Mike Jacobs, a Jewish boxing promoter who built a financial empire on Louis.
It's hard to escape the drama that seems to follow Black Sabbath around, but according to keyboardist Adam Wakeman, who also plays for Ozzy Osbourne's band, the Black Sabbath bandmates are just a normal group of guys at the end of the day.
Khalil Gibran Mohammad, historian and Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, discusses his book, The Condemnation of Blackness:Race,Crime and the Making of Urban America with Avery Gordon and Elizabeth Robinson.
In rejecting Christmas and Christianity, blacks reject the primary force for black American sustenance and resistance.
Black eye for 'black coats.
Padma Lakshmi 's bright-red gown stood out against her friends Alicia Keys and Iman, who both dressed in black for Keep a Child Alive's sixth annual Black Ball in New York last night.
Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader and first Black President of South Africa, is also the first Black person to grace South Africa's currency.
In his famous book, "Black Theology and Black Power", Theology Professor James Cone discusses the role of theology in the continuing struggle for freedom and liberation of Black folks.
A recall of black licorice made by a California company is now being expanded to include products that "contain" the black licorice .
Black Clouds and Black Boxes.
The Daily Caller, a conservative website, came up with a tape of President Obama speaking in the spring of 2007 to an audience of black ministers about matters of concern to black ministers and their black congregants.

In science:

The first law for black holes with helical symmetry, in contrast, relates this change in the black-hole charges to the changes in the Noether charge of a sphere surrounding all black holes and all matter and to the changes in the entropy, baryon number, and circulation of the fluid.
Report on GR16, Session A3: Mathematical Studies of the Field Equations
To distinguish these black holes from the stellar-mass black holes left behind by supernova explosions, the term “supermassive black hole” was coined.
Supermassive Black Holes
This is exactly what would happen in a binary supermassive black hole – the spinning black hole that produces the jets would precess as it orbits around the other black hole, just as the Earth’s axis wobbles due to the gravitational pull of the Sun and the Moon.
Supermassive Black Holes
The contours indicate the density of stars around the black holes, while the black dots represent the black holes.
Supermassive Black Holes
That implies: • if there is a black region which is not a disk, then D is split. • if there is a pair of black disks which cannot be connected by any chain, then D is split. • if there is a trace of crossing connecting a black disk to itself, that crossing is removable, so D is not reduced.
An endomorphism of the Khovanov invariant