• Black Jumbo
    Black Jumbo
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n blackness the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)
    • n blackness total absence of light "they fumbled around in total darkness","in the black of night"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

And then wasn't Little Black Sambo grand And then wasn't Little Black Sambo grand
"Little Black Sambo, I'm going to eat you up!" "Little Black Sambo, I'm going to eat you up!"
Little Black Sambo met another Tiger Little Black Sambo met another Tiger
Black Sambo went away crying Black Sambo went away crying
right to the foot of the tree where Little Black Sambo was hiding right to the foot of the tree where Little Black Sambo was hiding
Little Black Sambo jumped up and called out Little Black Sambo jumped up and called out
Brustles Blacking Brustles Blacking
black tern black tern

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The river Danube empties into the Black Sea.
    • n Blackness The quality or state of being black; black color; atrociousness or enormity in wickedness. "They're darker now than blackness ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The venom of a female black widow spider is more potent than that of a rattlesnake.
    • n blackness The quality of being black; black color; darkness.
    • n blackness Moral darkness; atrocity or enormity in wickedness.
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  • Ambrose Bierce
    “An optimist is a proponent of the doctrine that black is white.”
  • Pierre Auguste Renoir
    Pierre Auguste Renoir
    “I've been forty years discovering that the queen of all colors is black.”
  • Shirley Anita Chisholm
    Shirley Anita Chisholm
    “Of my two handicaps, being female put many more obstacles in my path than being black.”
  • Bill Cosby
    “I wasn't always black... There was this freckle, and it got bigger and bigger.”
  • Michael Jordan
    Michael Jordan
    “I realize that I'm black, but I like to be viewed as a person, and this is everybody's wish.”
  • Dame Edith Sitwell
    Dame Edith Sitwell
    “Still falls the rain -- dark as the world of man, black as our loss -- blind as the nineteen hundred and forty nails upon the Cross.”


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:

Phenylene diamine for blacks from Diamine blacks, Diazo blacks, Zambesi blacks, Triamine blacks, etc.
"The Dyeing of Cotton Fabrics" by Franklin Beech
The next instant I saw a black arm and shoulder come forward, the spear was picked up, and the black arm disappeared.
"Bunyip Land" by George Manville Fenn
Black Jackum roared at this, and Bostock made a feint of splashing him, to the other blacks' great delight.
"King o' the Beach" by George Manville Fenn
Here, I mean to go and save the next black chap, and then perhaps I shall look as cocky as you do.
"The Black Bar" by George Manville Fenn
As soon as Toby had translated what had been said, the blacks began chattering away in the most extraordinary fashion.
"Adventures in Australia" by W.H.G. Kingston
The coat was long and glossy, of a deep black on the outside, and rather lighter on the under side.
"Black Bruin" by Clarence Hawkes
Among the crew was a young black, whose life had been spared under the idea that he was too stupid and ignorant to think of betraying them.
"The Missing Ship" by W. H. G. Kingston
I won't trust the black fellows, and will never sleep on shore.
"The Two Supercargoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
I had on a black suit, black shoes, white tie an' shirt.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
Black ceiling, black floor seemed to stretch on endlessly.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz

In poetry:

Dawn in New York has
four columns of mire
and a hurricane of black pigeons
splashing in the putrid waters.
"Dawn" by Federico Garcia Lorca
Poetry to me is motion,
And the rolling thunder,
And the crashing black commotion
When the rail goes under.
"To The Lubber Poets" by Bill Adams
Black Scots and red Scots,
Red Scots and black;
I hae dealt wi’ the red Scot,
An’ dealt wi’ the black.
"The Scots [A Dirge]" by Henry Lawson
She was made of black motherofpearl
Made of darkpurple grapes,
And she lashed my blood
With her tail of fire.
"The Fickle One" by Pablo Neruda
No moon in the still heaven,
In the black water none,
The sins on her soul are seven,
The sin upon his is one.
"The Dole Of The King's Daughter (Breton)" by Oscar Wilde
Constellated, hieroglyphic,
Numbering each page terrific,
Fiery on the nebular black,
Flames the hurling zodiac.
"Processional" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Yet at the same time exhibited totally black blacks.
Black is the new black.
Black River High School's Danielle Jenkins (20) gets a shot past Open Door Christian High School's Brooke Camera (2) during high school volleyball action Monday, Sept 24, 2012 at Black River High School.
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.
"Black Catholics Get Ahead" (Op-Ed, Sept 14) asks, "what can the public schools, which enroll most American blacks, including the desperately poor, learn from all this".
At 9 am on Saturday, March 11, Spike Lee sat behind a desk piled high with the daily papers in a Regency Hotel suite, dressed in a black blazer embossed with a white Yankees emblem, black pants and round thick-rimmed tortoiseshell glasses.
How to stop the onslaught of guns, prevent black-on-black devastation, protect officers, weed out rogue cops.
Rich, illustrious, and vibrant is how Ron Finley describes the old black movie posters used to promote black films in Europe.
In the four years since the United States elected the country's first black president, a majority of Americans express outright prejudice toward blacks.
Black Student Group(s): Black Student Union, Black History Month Planning Committie.
In writing INVISIBLE MAN in the late 1940s, Ralph Ellison brought onto the scene a new kind of black protagonist, one at odds with the characters of the leading black novelist at the time, Richard Wright.
New releases by Black Angel, Black Heart Procession, The Culottes, Reload and Thalia Zedek.
Astronomers on the hunt for supermassive black holes have discovered one so monstrous that its mass dominates the central hub of its galaxy in a way that defies scientists' expectations about how typical black holes behave.
On the wonderful night of November 4, 2008, thousands of people, white, black, and Latino, gathered in Grant Park in Chicago to celebrate the election of our first black president.
1 cup oats 1 cup brown rice 1 teaspoon coconut extract 2 tablespoons loose black tea or the tea from 5 black tea bags 1 cup powdered milk.

In science:

Note that for each black vertex of T , the degree and the number of incident black-black edges have same parity.
A simple formula for the series of bipartite and quasi-bipartite maps with boundaries
Vertices that are not leaves are colored black (so a black vertex means a vertex that is not a leaf ). A blossoming tree is a rooted plane tree where each black vertex v , whose arity i is positive, carries additional ly i − 1 dangling half-edges cal led buds (leaves carry no bud).
A simple formula for the series of bipartite and quasi-bipartite maps with boundaries
That the hypothesis must break down is clear, because the spin of the final merged black hole will be influenced by the black-hole spins in a way that the orbital phase evolution is not, and the mass and spin of the final black hole will not be the same as that for the corresponding nonprecessing inspiral configuration.
Towards models of gravitational waveforms from generic binaries: A simple approximate mapping between precessing and non-precessing inspiral signals
Have k − 1 black balls at time t − 1 and take a black ball out of the bin; or (2) Have k black balls at time t − 1 and take a white ball out of the bin.
Reinforced random walk
As a consequence, the description of this black hole, as seen even by an external observer must find the black hole in a non-generic state, in which the particles inside the black hole can remain decoupled from the horizon degrees of freedom, at least for a time of order RS .
Holographic Space-Time Does Not Predict Firewalls