What does black and white mean?

Definitions for black and white

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. written communication, written language, black and white(noun)

    communication by means of written symbols (either printed or handwritten)

  2. black and white, monochrome(adj)

    a black-and-white photograph or slide

  3. black-and-white(adj)

    lacking hue or shades of grey; part white and part black

    "a black-and-white cow"; "black-and-white blooms"; "black-and-white stripes"

  4. black-and-white, black and white(p)(adj)

    not having or not capable of producing colors

    "black-and-white film"; "a black-and-white TV"; "the movie was in black and white"

  5. black-and-white(adj)

    of a situation that is sharply divided into mutually exclusive categories

    "he rejected a black-and-white world"; "there are no black-and-white certainties"; "there were no grey areas, you were either for him or against him, he was all black-and-white"


  1. black and white(Noun)

    A 1970s police patrol car.

  2. black and white(Noun)

    A type of giant cookie (about 8 inches diameter) with icing on the top side: half white, half dark chocolate.

  3. black and white(Adjective)

    Representing colours with pure black and white tones or with shades of gray.

  4. black and white(Adjective)

    Easily divided into diametrically opposing camps or schools of thought.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of black and white in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of black and white in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jesse Louis Jackson:

    Our flag is red, white and blue, but our nation is a rainbow-red, yellow, brown, black and white-and we're all precious in God's sight.

  2. Marwan Kammoun:

    Don't minimize yourself and think about colors .. live your life appreciating black and white and you will grow peacefully in colors!

  3. Ginger Rogers:

    Perhaps I am old-fashioned, but black and white films still hold an affectionate place in my heart; they have an incomparable mystique and mood.

  4. Temple Grandin:

    There is no black and white dividing line between mild autistic traits and having a label of autism, and geeks and nerds in Silicon Valley, mild autism can provide some intellectual advantages and severe autism is a great handicap.

  5. Louis Aragon:

    Light is meaningful only in relation to darkness, and truth presupposes error. It is these mingled opposites which people our life, which make it pungent, intoxicating. We only exist in terms of this conflict, in the zone where black and white clash.

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