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Definitions of black

  1. being of the achromatic color of maximum darkness; having little or no hue owing to absorption of almost all incident light; " black leather jackets"; " as black as coal"; " rich black soil"
  2. make or become black; " The smoke blackened the ceiling"; " The ceiling blackened"
  3. black clothing ( worn as a sign of mourning); " the widow wore black"
  4. ( chess or checkers) the darker pieces
  5. the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness ( bearing the least resemblance to white)
  6. a person with dark skin who comes from Africa ( or whose ancestors came from Africa)
  7. popular child actress of the 1930's ( born 1927)
  8. British chemist who identified carbon dioxide and who formulated the concepts of specific heat and latent heat ( 1728- 1799)
  9. total absence of light; " they fumbled around in total darkness"; " in the black of night"
  10. marked by anger or resentment or hostility; " black looks"; " black words"
  11. of or belonging to a racial group having dark skin especially of sub- Saharan African origin; " a great people-- a black people--... injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization"- Martin Luther King Jr.
  12. soiled with dirt or soot; " with feet black from playing outdoors"; " his shirt was black within an hour"
  13. distributed or sold illicitly; " the black economy pays no taxes"
  14. ( of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood; " a face black with fury"
  15. offering little or no hope; " the future looked black"; " prospects were bleak"; " Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult"- J. M. Synge; " took a dim view of things"
  16. ( of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin; " the stock market crashed on Black Friday"; " a calamitous defeat"; " the battle was a disastrous end to a disastrous campaign"; " such doctrines, if true, would be absolutely fatal to my theory"- Charles Darwin; " it is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it"- Douglas MacArthur; " a fateful error"
  17. ( used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame; " Man... has written one of his blackest records as a destroyer on the oceanic islands"- Rachel Carson; " an ignominious retreat"; " inglorious defeat"; " an opprobrious monument to human greed"; " a shameful display of cowardice"
  18. harshly ironic or sinister; " black humor"; " a grim joke"; " grim laughter"; " fun ranging from slapstick clowning ... to savage mordant wit"
  19. extremely dark; " a black moonless night"; " through the pitch- black woods"; " it was pitch- dark in the celler"
  20. stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable; " black deeds"; " a black lie"; " his black heart has concocted yet another black deed"; " Darth Vader of the dark side"; " a dark purpose"; " dark undercurrents of ethnic hostility"; " the scheme of some sinister intelligence bent on punishing him"- Thomas Hardy
  21. ( board games) the darker pieces
  22. dressed in black; " a black knight"; " black friars"
  23. ( of coffee) without cream or sugar
  24. ( of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading; " black propaganda"
  25. Destitute of light, or incapable of reflecting it; of the color of soot or coal; of the darkest or a very dark color, the opposite of white; characterized by such a color; as, black cloth; black hair or eyes.
  26. In a less literal sense: Enveloped or shrouded in darkness; very dark or gloomy; as, a black night; the heavens black with clouds.
  27. Fig.: Dismal, gloomy, or forbidding, like darkness; destitute of moral light or goodness; atrociously wicked; cruel; mournful; calamitous; horrible.
  28. Expressing menace, or discontent; threatening; sullen; foreboding; as, to regard one with black looks.
  29. Sullenly; threateningly; maliciously; so as to produce blackness.
  30. That which is destitute of light or whiteness; the darkest color, or rather a destitution of all color; as, a cloth has a good black.
  31. A black pigment or dye.
  32. A person whose skin is of a black color, or shaded with black; esp. a member or descendant of certain African races.
  33. A black garment or dress; as, she wears black
  34. Mourning garments of a black color; funereal drapery.
  35. The part of a thing which is distinguished from the rest by being black.
  36. A stain; a spot; a smooch.
  37. To make black; to blacken; to soil; to sully.
  38. To make black and shining, as boots or a stove, by applying blacking and then polishing with a brush.
  39. A negro; a person whose skin is of a black color, or shaded with black; esp. a member or descendant of certain African races.
  40. A negro.
  41. Entirely without light; of the darkest hue; opposite to white; wrapped in darkness; dismal; gloomy or forbidding; without moral light or goodness; evil; threatening; clouded with anger; sullen.
  42. The darkest color; the opposite of white; a black color or dye; a negro; mourning.
  43. To make black; blacken; apply blacking to.
  44. Without color, reflecting no light, the opposite of white.
  45. Of the darkest color: without color: obscure: dismal: sullen: horrible.
  46. Black color: absence of color: a negro: mourning.
  47. To make black: to soil or stain.
  48. BLACKNESS.
  49. That which reflects no light; a negro.
  50. To become black.
  51. To make black.
  52. Without light; very dark; gloomy; horrible.
  53. To make or become black; blacken.
  54. Reflecting little or no light; dark; swarthy; gloomy; dismal; forbidding; sad; evil; malignant; deadly.
  55. The absence of color, or the darkest of all colors; sable.
  56. Anything black.
  57. Of the darkest colour; destitute of light; dark; sulien; having a cloudy look or countenance; atrociously wicked; horrible; dismal; mournful.
  58. Want of colour; the darkest of all colours; a negro; a black dress; mourning; a particle of soot or black dirt.
  59. To blacken; to soil. Black and blue, livid. Black and white, writing or print.
  60. The opposite of white; dark; cloudy; dismal; sullen; very wicked.
  61. Name of the darkest of colours; a negro.
  62. To make black; to dirty or soil.
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Usage examples for black

  1. Put out my best,- the black ones. – Lucretia, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  2. It turned it black all the bad in her came out. – Ayesha The Further History of She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed by H. Rider Haggard
  3. I don't care for those black men. – The Grain Of Dust A Novel by David Graham Phillips
  4. Let me see those big black eyes! – The Redemption of David Corson by Charles Frederic Goss
  5. These were taken to black smiths. – Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans by Edward Eggleston
  6. " My brothers, you heard the words of Black Panther," he said. – Spotted Deer by Elmer Gregor
  7. All at Black Hill know? – Foes by Mary Johnston
  8. She doesn't hold with black hersel'." – The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  9. " That's all right, Mr. Black he replied. – Dawson Black: Retail Merchant by Harold Whitehead
  10. She told us that the strange woman Adele had black hair. – At the Villa Rose by A. E. W. Mason
  11. I know that I'm not all bad, and there must have been good in Black Jack. – Black Jack by Max Brand
  12. He is the most wonderful father a girl ever had, and if he were to say that black was white, I should probably swear to it if he asked me to. – The Free Range by Francis William Sullivan
  13. They said that others had spoken for the black man for too long. – The Black Experience in America The Immigrant Heritage of America by Norman Coombs
  14. She thinks a man who is black has no feelings. – Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter by Lawrence L. Lynch
  15. When people think they are going to die they write and tell you on black paper. – Old Kensington by Miss Thackeray
  16. And, Ben, have him come back on Black Betty, if you can, and if you can't- She paused and thought a moment. – Nobody's Child by Elizabeth Dejeans
  17. Marry, where be tha' black eye? – A Maid of Many Moods by Virna Sheard
  18. His black eyes roved from Colwyn to the forms behind him. – The Shrieking Pit by Arthur J. Rees
  19. Everything disappeared under the black water. – The Fortune of the Rougons by Emile Zola
  20. " That looks like Charlie Black he said. – Four Little Blossoms at Oak Hill School by Mabel C. Hawley
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