Definitions for blackblæk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

black*blæk(adj.)black•er, black•est

  1. Category:

  2. (adj.)lacking hue and brightness; absorbing light without reflecting any of the rays composing it.

  3. characterized by absence of light; enveloped in darkness:

    a black night.

  4. (sometimes cap.) pertaining or belonging to any of the various populations having dark skin pigmentation, specifically the dark-skinned peoples of Africa, Oceania, and Australia.

    Category: Physical Anthropology

    Ref: African-American (def. 2). 1

  5. soiled or stained with dirt.

  6. gloomy; pessimistic; dismal:

    a black future.

  7. sullen or hostile:

    black words.

  8. (of coffee or tea) served without milk or cream.

    Category: Cooking

  9. harmful, evil, or wicked:

    a black heart.

  10. indicating censure, disgrace, etc.:

    a black mark on one's record.

  11. marked by disaster or misfortune:

    black areas of drought.

  12. wearing black or dark clothing or armor:

    the black prince.

  13. morbidly or grimly satirical:

    black comedy.

    Category: Literature

  14. secret; covert:

    a black program to rebuild air defenses.


  15. (n.)the color at one end of the gray scale, opposite to white, absorbing all wavelengths of light.

    Category: Physics, Optics

  16. (sometimes cap.) a member of any of various dark-skinned peoples, esp. those of Africa, Oceania, and Australia.

    Category: Physical Anthropology

    Ref: African-American (def. 1).

  17. black clothing, esp. as a sign of mourning.

  18. the dark-colored pieces or squares in checkers or chess.

    Category: Checkers and Chess

  19. black pigment:

    lamp black.

  20. a type or breed that is black in color.

    Category: Dogs, Cats, and Horses

  21. (v.t.)to make black; put black on; blacken.

  22. to polish (shoes, boots, etc.) with blacking.

  23. (v.i.)to become black; take on a black color; blacken.

  24. black out, to lose consciousness or memory temporarily. to obliterate or suppress. to extinguish (all the stage lights). to make or become inoperable. to obscure by concealing all light in defense against air raids. to impose a broadcast blackout on (an area).

    Category: Verb Phrase, Showbiz

Idioms for black:

  1. in black and white, in print or writing:

    I want that agreement in black and white.

    Category: Idiom

  2. in the black, operating at a profit.

    Category: Idiom

* Usage: Black , colored , and Negro have all been used to describe or name the dark-skinned African peoples or their descendants. Colored , now somewhat old-fashioned, is usu. offensive. It is still used, however, in the title of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The term colored is also used among blacks to refer to another black who acts as if he or she were superior. In the late 1950s black began to replace Negro and is still widely used and accepted, whereas Negro is not. Common as both adjective and noun, black is usu. not capitalized except in proper names or titles (Black Muslim; Black English). However, members of the African-American community have expressed a strong preference for use of capital “B” for both the noun and the adjective, to parallel the names of other ethnic groups. African-American , urged by leaders in the American black community, is now widely used in both print and speech, esp. as a term of self-reference. Afro-American is accepted but less widely used, mostly as an adjective.

Origin of black:

bef. 900; ME; OE blæc, c. OHG blah-; akin to ON blakkr black, blek ink



Princeton's WordNet

  1. black, blackness, inkiness(noun)

    the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)

  2. total darkness, lightlessness, blackness, pitch blackness, black(noun)

    total absence of light

    "they fumbled around in total darkness"; "in the black of night"

  3. Black, Joseph Black(noun)

    British chemist who identified carbon dioxide and who formulated the concepts of specific heat and latent heat (1728-1799)

  4. Black, Shirley Temple Black, Shirley Temple(noun)

    popular child actress of the 1930's (born in 1928)

  5. Black, Black person, blackamoor, Negro, Negroid(noun)

    a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa)

  6. black(noun)

    (board games) the darker pieces

  7. black(adj)

    black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning)

    "the widow wore black"

  8. black(adj)

    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"

  9. black(adj)

    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.

  10. black(adj)

    marked by anger or resentment or hostility

    "black looks"; "black words"

  11. black, bleak, dim(adj)

    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"

  12. black, dark, sinister(adj)

    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

  13. black, calamitous, disastrous, fatal, fateful(adj)

    (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"

  14. black, blackened(adj)

    (of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood

    "a face black with fury"

  15. black, pitch-black, pitch-dark(adj)

    extremely dark

    "a black moonless night"; "through the pitch-black woods"; "it was pitch-dark in the cellar"

  16. black, grim, mordant(adj)

    harshly ironic or sinister

    "black humor"; "a grim joke"; "grim laughter"; "fun ranging from slapstick clowning ... to savage mordant wit"

  17. black(adj)

    (of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading

    "black propaganda"

  18. bootleg, black, black-market, contraband, smuggled(adj)

    distributed or sold illicitly

    "the black economy pays no taxes"

  19. black, disgraceful, ignominious, inglorious, opprobrious, shameful(adj)

    (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"

  20. black(adj)

    (of coffee) without cream or sugar

  21. black, smutty(verb)

    soiled with dirt or soot

    "with feet black from playing outdoors"; "his shirt was black within an hour"

  22. blacken, melanize, melanise, nigrify, black(verb)

    make or become black

    "The smoke blackened the ceiling"; "The ceiling blackened"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. black(adjective)æk

    having the darkest color

    the black night sky; a black dress

  2. blackæk

    from a race whose ancestors are from Africa

    the first black governor

  3. blackæk

    unpleasant and sad

    a black day in our history

  4. blackæk

    joking about things not usually considered funny

    black humor

  5. black(noun)æk

    the darkest color

    The car comes in grey and black.


  1. black(Noun)

    The colour/color perceived in the absence of light.

  2. black(Noun)

    A black dye, pigment.

  3. black(Noun)

    A pen, pencil, crayon, etc., made of black pigment.

  4. black(Noun)

    Black cloth hung up at funerals.

  5. black(Noun)

    A person of African descent, Aborigine or Maori.

  6. black(Noun)

    The black ball.

  7. black(Noun)

    The edge of home plate

  8. black(Noun)

    a type of firecracker that is really more dark brown in colour.

  9. black(Noun)

    blackcurrant syrup (in mixed drinks, e.g. snakebite and black, cider and black).

  10. black(Verb)

    To make black, to blacken.

  11. black(Verb)

    To apply blacking to something.

  12. black(Verb)

    To boycott something or someone, usually as part of an industrial dispute.

  13. black(Noun)

    In chess and similar games, the person playing with the black set of pieces.

    At this point black makes a disastrous move.

  14. black(Adjective)

    absorbing all light and reflecting none; dark and colourless.

  15. black(Adjective)

    without light.

  16. black(Adjective)

    Relating to persons of (usually noticeable) negroid African descent or their culture. Also people of Aborigine or Maori descent.

  17. black(Adjective)

    Bad; evil; ill-omened.

  18. black(Adjective)

    Illegitimate, illegal or disgraced.

  19. black(Adjective)


  20. black(Adjective)

    Without any cream, milk or creamer.

    Jim drinks his coffee black, but Ellen prefers it with creamer.

  21. black(Adjective)

    The standard denomination of the playing pieces of a board game deemed to belong to the "black" set, no matter what the actual colour.

    The black pieces in this set are in fact made of dark blue glass.

  22. black(Adjective)

    Related to the Christian Democratic Union.

    After the election, the parties united in a black-yellow alliance.

  23. Origin: From blak. Also a variant of Blake, from blac and Blanc, from blanc.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Black(adj)

    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

  2. Black(adj)

    in a less literal sense: Enveloped or shrouded in darkness; very dark or gloomy; as, a black night; the heavens black with clouds

  3. Black(adj)

    fig.: Dismal, gloomy, or forbidding, like darkness; destitute of moral light or goodness; atrociously wicked; cruel; mournful; calamitous; horrible

  4. Black(adj)

    expressing menace, or discontent; threatening; sullen; foreboding; as, to regard one with black looks

  5. Black(adverb)

    sullenly; threateningly; maliciously; so as to produce blackness

  6. Black(noun)

    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

  7. Black(noun)

    a black pigment or dye

  8. Black(noun)

    a negro; a person whose skin is of a black color, or shaded with black; esp. a member or descendant of certain African races

  9. Black(noun)

    a black garment or dress; as, she wears black

  10. Black(noun)

    mourning garments of a black color; funereal drapery

  11. Black(noun)

    the part of a thing which is distinguished from the rest by being black

  12. Black(noun)

    a stain; a spot; a smooch

  13. Black(adj)

    to make black; to blacken; to soil; to sully

  14. Black(adj)

    to make black and shining, as boots or a stove, by applying blacking and then polishing with a brush


  1. Black

    Black is the color of coal, ebony, and of outer space. It is the darkest color, the result of the absence of or complete absorption of light. It is the opposite of white and often represents darkness in contrast with light. Black was one of the first colors used by artists in neolithic cave paintings. In the Roman Empire, it became the color of mourning, and over the centuries it was frequently associated with death, evil, witches and magic. In the 14th century, it began to be worn by royalty, the clergy, judges and government officials in much of Europe. It became the color worn by English romantic poets, businessmen and statesmen in the 19th century, and a high fashion color in the 20th century. In the Western World today, it is the color most commonly associated with mourning, the end, secrets, magic, power, violence, evil, and elegance.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. black

    In intelligence handling, a term used in certain phrases (e.g., living black, black border crossing) to indicate reliance on illegal concealment rather than on cover.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'black' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #406

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'black' in Written Corpus Frequency: #586

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'black' in Nouns Frequency: #1498

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'black' in Adjectives Frequency: #40

Translations for black

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of the colour in which these words are printed

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