• WordNet 3.6
    • n coloring the act or process of changing the color of something
    • n coloring 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 coloring a digestible substance used to give color to food "food color made from vegetable dyes"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Colored Sculptures in the Palace Colored Sculptures in the Palace
English sgraffito, or scratched, ware—one of the most colorful types of pottery unearthed at Jamestown English sgraffito, or scratched, ware—one of the most colorful types of pottery unearthed at Jamestown
Colorful Spanish maiolica found which appear to have been made before 1650 Colorful Spanish maiolica found which appear to have been made before 1650
Oil Colors Oil Colors
The Color Box The Color Box
The color Spectrum The color Spectrum

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In a day, kids in the U.S. that are between the ages of 2 - 8 spend 28 minutes of their time coloring
    • Coloring Change of appearance as by addition of color; appearance; show; disguise; misrepresentation. "Tell the whole story without coloring or gloss."
    • Coloring The act of applying color to; also, that which produces color.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The labels for Crayola crayons come in 18 different colors
    • n coloring The act or art of applying or combining colors, as in painting.
    • n coloring A combination of color; tints or hues collectively; effect of a combination of tints, as in a picture or natural landscape.
    • n coloring A particular use of color, or style of combining colors, as in the work of an artist.
    • n coloring A peculiar character or indefinable tone analogous to the effect of a general hue or tint, or of the combination of colors in a painting: said especially of tendency or style in writing or speaking.
    • n coloring A specious appearance; pretense; show: as, the story has a coloring of truth.
    • n coloring In music, same as colorature.
    • n coloring The commercial name for a preparation of caramel used to color soups and gravies. See caramel, 1.
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  • Marc Chagall
    Marc Chagall
    “All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites.”
  • Leigh Hunt
    “Colors are the smiles of nature.”
  • Paul Klee
    “Color possesses me. I don't have to pursue it. It will possess me always, I know it. That is the meaning of this happy hour: Color and I are one. I am a painter.”
  • Pablo Picasso
    “Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? no. Just as one can never learn how to paint.”
  • Pablo Picasso
    “Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.”
  • John Ruskin
    “The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.”


Color bar - Rules that restrict access on the basis of race or ethnicity are a color bar.
Horse of a different color - (USA) If something is a horse of a different color, it's a different matter or separate issue altogether.
Rose-colored glasses - If people see things through rose-colored (coloured) glasses, they see them in a more positive light than they really are.
Show your true colors - To show your true colors is to reveal yourself as you really are.
With flying colours (colors) - If you pass something with flying colours (colors), you pass easily, with a very high mark or grade.


In literature:

A pronounced mannerist he was no less a man of strength, and even in his shadow-saturated colors a painter with the color instinct.
"A Text-Book of the History of Painting" by John C. Van Dyke
Now de poor colored people in slavery time, dey give dem very little rest en would whip some of dem most to death.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
The illustrations are in color.
"A Mother's List of Books for Children" by Gertrude Weld Arnold
That is where I gets my light color.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Its color, and the color of his spirit, are twin.
"Musical Portraits" by Paul Rosenfeld
Colors, red, purple, and blue, with the edges trimmed with cloth of some other color.
"Home Pastimes; or Tableaux Vivants" by James H. Head
A flat brim or mushroom shape is often covered by using two fabrics, which may be of the same color or of contrasting colors.
"Make Your Own Hats" by Gene Allen Martin
Several times Bunny or Sue asked colored persons they met if they were looking for a little lost colored girl, but no one seemed to be.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue at Aunt Lu's City Home" by Laura Lee Hope
There is but one choice for an engagement ring, a solitaire diamond, and clusters or colored stones are not considered in this connection.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
The starch will immediately become colored blue, varying in intensity with the amount of iodine.
"Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany" by Douglas Houghton Campbell

In poetry:

Why does your face, ye humble souls,
Those mournful colors wear?
What doubts are these that waste your faith,
And nourish your despair?
"Hymn 85" by Isaac Watts
"Oh come," said I unto my love,
"And let us view the setting sun,
And watch the fleeting clouds above,
So brightly color'd, ev'ry one."
"A Sunset" by Thomas Frederick Young
I love to gaze on lovely eyes
That swim in azure from the skies;
The heavens lend this color fair,
Arid leave a dream of gladness there.
"Sky-Blue" by Nikoloz Baratashvili
Three thousand years, long and fleet,
Have struck their colors at its feet,
Ten thousand more its strength shall meet
Till time is done.
"The Pyramid" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
Say, lovely dream, where couldst thou find
Shadows to counterfeit that face?
Colors of this glorious kind
Come not from any mortal place.
"Song - Say, Lovely Dream" by Edmund Waller
Then Gold-locks--summers nine their goldenest
Have showered on her head,
And tinted it, of all the colors best,
Warm robin-red breast red;
"Aladdin" by Clara Doty Bates

In news:

At home, after using Natural Instincts, testers found that their hair color was the likeliest to actually match the color swatch on the box and that this product had the least offensive smell.
It is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the color pink has been added to those fall colors.
You can customize highlighting styles by changing the font type, font color, and background color.
Unlike standard lighting fixtures that distort color images, AEGIS UFLED utilizes color corrected LEDs to deliver accurate surveillance images at night.
The free lesson features the color wheel, complementary colors, a quick evaluation, and more.
Every article, ad or other depiction of telecommunications technology ever printed using the industry-standard four-color process is in violation of T-Mobile's trademark on the color magenta .
Color trademarks are an established legal proposition, but are difficult to defend due to the inherent genericness of colors.
The answer, I've discovered, is that the restaurant is named not for a flower but for the color of the dining room, and colors in Spanish are masculine.
The same patented technology that lets ColorFader3 transition from color to color anytime also permits ColorFader3 to make transitions quietly.
NASHVILLE — TNDV has enhanced color representation for live shoots on all three of its mobile production trucks, adding Sony PVM-1741 OLED monitors to boost color representation and contrast ratio while setting up cameras.
On its official LG UK Blog, LG says this screen's color is even more vibrant because of its four-color pixels, making its picture more natural and accurate than other OLEDs .
Red colors represent large ozone amounts, purple and grey colors (over the north polar region) represent very small ozone amounts.
With color on every page, it is important that the paper feature the beautiful colors of home.
After trying out multicolored tips and pale blue streaks this summer, Lauren Conrad said that she had been "bitten my the color bug once again" and wanted to experiment with a new hair color.
If you want to add a little splash of color to some locks, pick a fun color … loose mineral makeup works perfect for this.

In science:

For every finite graph H and for al l colorings χE and χN of the edges and the non-edges of the random graph G, respectively, by finitely many colors, there exists an isomorphic copy of H in G on which both colorings are constant.
Minimal functions on the random graph
Then S is a graph with the property that whenever we color its edges with k colors, then there is a copy of H in S all of whose edges have the same color.
Minimal functions on the random graph
We then arrive at a graph T with the property that whenever we color its edges and non-edges by k colors, then there is a copy H′ of H in T such that all edges of H′ have the same color, and such that non-edges of H′ have the same color. T has a copy in G, proving the claim.
Minimal functions on the random graph
Hence, it has the property that if we color its two-element subsets and its vertices with k and kn colors, respectively, then we find in it a copy of R on which the first coloring is canonical, and such that the color of the vertices depends only on the part the vertex lies in.
Minimal functions on the random graph
Divide the coloring into two colorings, namely the coloring restricted to two-element subsets of T , and the coloring of two-element subsets which contain at least one element ui outside T .
Minimal functions on the random graph