Definitions for Black
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Black.
black, blackness, inkinessnoun
the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)
total darkness, lightlessness, blackness, pitch blackness, blacknoun
total absence of light
"they fumbled around in total darkness"; "in the black of night"
Black, Joseph Blacknoun
British chemist who identified carbon dioxide and who formulated the concepts of specific heat and latent heat (1728-1799)
Black, Shirley Temple Black, Shirley Templenoun
popular child actress of the 1930's (born in 1928)
Black, Black person, blackamoor, Negro, Negroidnoun
a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa)
(board games) the darker pieces
black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning)
"the widow wore black"
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"
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.
marked by anger or resentment or hostility
"black looks"; "black words"
black, bleak, dimadjective
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"
black, dark, sinisteradjective
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
black, calamitous, disastrous, fatal, fatefuladjective
(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"
(of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood
"a face black with fury"
black, pitch-black, pitch-darkadjective
"a black moonless night"; "through the pitch-black woods"; "it was pitch-dark in the cellar"
black, grim, mordantadjective
harshly ironic or sinister
"black humor"; "a grim joke"; "grim laughter"; "fun ranging from slapstick clowning ... to savage mordant wit"
(of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading
bootleg, black, black-market, contraband, smuggledadjective
distributed or sold illicitly
"the black economy pays no taxes"
black, disgraceful, ignominious, inglorious, opprobrious, shamefuladjective
(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"
(of coffee) without cream or sugar
soiled with dirt or soot
"with feet black from playing outdoors"; "his shirt was black within an hour"
blacken, melanize, melanise, nigrify, blackverb
make or become black
"The smoke blackened the ceiling"; "The ceiling blackened"
The colour/color perceived in the absence of light.
A black dye, pigment.
A pen, pencil, crayon, etc., made of black pigment.
Black cloth hung up at funerals.
A person of African descent, Aborigine or Maori.
The black ball.
The edge of home plate
a type of firecracker that is really more dark brown in colour.
blackcurrant syrup (in mixed drinks, e.g. snakebite and black, cider and black).
To make black, to blacken.
To apply blacking to something.
To boycott something or someone, usually as part of an industrial dispute.
In chess and similar games, the person playing with the black set of pieces.
At this point black makes a disastrous move.
absorbing all light and reflecting none; dark and colourless.
Relating to persons of (usually noticeable) negroid African descent or their culture. Also people of Aborigine or Maori descent.
Bad; evil; ill-omened.
Illegitimate, illegal or disgraced.
Without any cream, milk or creamer.
Jim drinks his coffee black, but Ellen prefers it with creamer.
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.
Related to the Christian Democratic Union.
After the election, the parties united in a black-yellow alliance.
Etymology: From blak. Also a variant of Blake, from blac and Blanc, from blanc.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: blac, Saxon.
In the twilight in the evening, in the black and dark night. Prov. vii. 9.
By Aristotle it seems to be implied, in these problems which enquire why the sun makes man black, and not the fire, why it whitens wax, yet blacks the skin. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.
The heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. 1 Kings, xviii. 45.
She hath abated me of half my train;
Look’d black upon me. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
Either my country never must be freed,
Or I consenting to so black a deed. John Dryden, Indian Emp.
A dire induction am I witness to;
And will to France, hoping, the consequence,
Will prove as bitter, black, and tragical. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.
Mistress Ford, good heart, is beaten black and blue, that you cannot see a white spot about her. Merry Wives of Windsor.
And, wing’d with speed and fury, flew
To rescue knight from black and blue. Hudibras, cant. ii.
Etymology: from the adjective.
Black is the badge of hell,
The hue of dungeons, and the scowl of night. William Shakespeare, Love’s Labour Lost.
For the production of black, the corpuscles must be less than any of those which exhibit colours. Isaac Newton, Opticks.
Rise, wretched widow, rise; nor, undeplor’d,
Permit my ghost to pass the Stygian ford:
But rise, prepar’d in black, to mourn thy perish’d lord. John Dryden, Fables.
It suffices that it be in every part of the air, which is as big as the black or sight of the eye. Digby.
To make black; to blacken.
Etymology: from the noun.
Blacking over the paper with ink, not only the ink would be quickly dried up, but the paper, that I could not burn before, would be quickly set on fire. Robert Boyle, on Colours.
Then in his fury black’d the raven o’er,
And bid him prate in his white plumes no more. Joseph Addison, Ovid’s Metamorph. b. ii.
Black is a color which results from the absence or complete absorption of visible light. It is an achromatic color, without hue, like white and gray. It is often used symbolically or figuratively to represent darkness. Black and white have often been used to describe opposites such as good and evil, the Dark Ages versus Age of Enlightenment, and night versus day. Since the Middle Ages, black has been the symbolic color of solemnity and authority, and for this reason is still commonly worn by judges and magistrates.Black was one of the first colors used by artists in neolithic cave paintings. It was used in ancient Egypt and Greece as the color of the underworld. 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 was worn by royalty, 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. According to surveys in Europe and North America, it is the color most commonly associated with mourning, the end, secrets, magic, force, violence, evil, and elegance.Black ink is the most common color used for printing books, newspapers and documents, as it provides the highest contrast with white paper and thus is the easiest color to read. Similarly, black text on a white screen is the most common format used on computer screens. As of September 2019, the darkest material is made by MIT engineers from vertically aligned carbon nanotubes.
Black is a color that is often associated with the absence or complete absorption of light. It is typically perceived as the darkest shade, resulting from the absence or lack of reflection of all or almost all visible light. In a broader context, black can also refer to something that is dark or shadowy in nature. Additionally, it can represent a lack of color or a primary color when discussing pigments.
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
in a less literal sense: Enveloped or shrouded in darkness; very dark or gloomy; as, a black night; the heavens black with clouds
fig.: Dismal, gloomy, or forbidding, like darkness; destitute of moral light or goodness; atrociously wicked; cruel; mournful; calamitous; horrible
expressing menace, or discontent; threatening; sullen; foreboding; as, to regard one with black looks
sullenly; threateningly; maliciously; so as to produce blackness
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
a black pigment or dye
a negro; a person whose skin is of a black color, or shaded with black; esp. a member or descendant of certain African races
a black garment or dress; as, she wears black
mourning garments of a black color; funereal drapery
the part of a thing which is distinguished from the rest by being black
a stain; a spot; a smooch
to make black; to blacken; to soil; to sully
to make black and shining, as boots or a stove, by applying blacking and then polishing with a brush
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
blak, adj. of the darkest colour: without colour: obscure: dismal: sullen: horrible: dusky: foul, dirty: malignant: dark-haired, wearing dark armour or clothes.—n. black colour: absence of colour: a negro: mourning: the dark smut which attacks wheat: a speck of black on the face, a sooty particle in the air: black clothes, esp. dress trousers.—v.t. to make black: to soil or stain: to draw in black.—n. Black′amoor, a black Moor: a negro.—adjs. Black′-and-tan, having black hair on the back, and tan or yellowish-brown elsewhere, esp. of a terrier; Black′-a-vised, of dark complexion (probably originally black-à-vis).—v.t. Black′ball, to reject in voting by putting a black ball into a ballot-box.—ns. Black′balling, the act of so rejecting a candidate; Black′-band, iron ore containing enough of coal to calcine it; Black′-bee′tle, a cockroach; Black′berry, the berry of the bramble; Black′bird, a species of thrush of a black colour: a current name for a negro or Polynesian kidnapped for labour; Black′birding, the kidnapping of such; Black′board, a board painted black, used in schools for writing, forming figures, &c.—adjs. Black′-bod′ing, of evil omen; Black′-browed, having black eyebrows: sullen.—ns. Black′-cap, a bird, a species of warbler, so called from its black crown: (cook.) an apple roasted until it is black, and served up in a custard: the full-dress cap put on by English judges when about to pronounce sentence of death; Black′-catt′le, oxen, bulls, and cows; Black′-chalk, a variety of clay-slate of a bluish-black colour, used for drawing, and also for making black paint; Black′cock, a species of grouse, common in the north of England and in Scotland; Black′-curr′ant, a garden shrub with black fruit used in making preserves; Black′-death, a name given to the plague of the 14th century from the black spots which appeared on the skin; Black′-draught, the popular name for a purgative medicine consisting chiefly of senna and Epsom salts; Black′-drop, a liquid preparation of opium, vinegar, and sugar.—v.t. Black′en, to make black: to defame.—adj. Black′faced, having a black face: dismal.—ns. Black′-flag, the flag of a pirate, or that hoisted at the execution of a criminal—from its colour; Black′-friar, a friar of the Dominican order, so called from his black mantle (over a white woollen habit): (pl.) the region in a city, as London, where their convent stood; Blackguard (blag′ärd), originally applied to the lowest menials about a court, who took charge of the pots, kettles, &c.: a low, ill-conducted fellow.—adj. low: scurrilous.—v.t. to treat as a blackguard; v.i. to play the blackguard.—n. Black′guardism.—adv. Black′guardly.—ns. Black′-heart′edness; Black′-hole, formerly the name for the punishment-cell in a barrack: the memorable black-hole in the Fort-William barracks at Calcutta, into which, in in 1756, as many as 146 Europeans were thrust over night, of whom only 23 were found surviving in the morning; Black′ing, a substance used for blacking leather, &c.—adj. Black′ish.—ns. Black′-jack, a vessel for holding drink, originally made of leather: (naut.) the flag of a pirate; Black′-lead, a black mineral (plumbago, not lead) used in making pencils, blacking grates, &c.; Black′leg, a low, gambling fellow: a turf-swindler: a term applied by strikers to men willing to work for the wages against which themselves have struck—also Black′-neb; Black′-let′ter, the old English (also called Gothic) letter Black′-list, a list of defaulters; Black′-Marī′a, the closely covered, usually black-painted van in which prisoners are conveyed between the court and the prison; Black′-Mon′day, Easter Monday, so called on account of the sufferings experienced by the army of Edward III. from the severity of the weather on that day in 1360; Black′-monk, a monk of the order of St Benedict, from his garments; Black′ness; Black′-pudd′ing, a blood-pudding (q.v.).; Black′-rod, the usher of the chapter of the Garter and of the House of Lords, so called from the black wand tipped with a golden lion which he carries; Black′-sheep, a disreputable member of a family or group; Black′smith, a smith who works in iron, as opposed to a Whitesmith, or one who works in tin; Black′thorn, a species of dark-coloured thorn: the sloe: a stick made from its stem.—adjs. Black′-tressed, having black tresses; Black-visaged (blak′-viz′ājd), having a black visage or appearance.—n. Black′-wash, a lotion of calomel and lime-water: anything that blackens.—Black and blue, with the livid colour of a bruise in the flesh; Black book, an official book bound in black, a book recording the names of persons deserving punishment; Black eye, an eye of which the iris is dark—a point of beauty: a discoloration around the eye due to a blow or fall; Black fellow, a native in Australia.—In black and white, in writing or in print: in art, in no colours but black and white.—To be black in the face, to have the face purple through strangulation, passion, or effort; To be in any one's black books, to have incurred any one's displeasure; To black out, to obliterate with black. [A.S. blac, blæc, black.]
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
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.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
In blazonry, sable denotes constancy, wisdom, and prudence.
The Bachelor degree color Letter of Law bills of lading signalers name for the letters coming together.
Black is a color of action being denoted, it is not originally a group of people.
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Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Black is ranked #174 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Black surname appeared 154,738 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 52 would have the surname Black.
74.6% or 115,481 total occurrences were White.
19% or 29,400 total occurrences were Black.
2.3% or 3,605 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
2% or 3,219 total occurrences were of two or more races.
1.4% or 2,228 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
0.5% or 820 total occurrences were Asian.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Black' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #406
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Black' in Written Corpus Frequency: #586
Rank popularity for the word 'Black' in Nouns Frequency: #1498
Rank popularity for the word 'Black' in Adjectives Frequency: #40
The numerical value of Black in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of Black in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
America, every black men's dream. Africa, every black men's home
If you're a Republican presidential candidate, you recognize that most Black people aren't going to vote for you. But the most likely segment of Black people to vote for you is Black men, and a particular sort of Black man, it wasn't surprising that after President Donald Trump became the President-elect, a parade of Black men -- celebrities and athletes including Steve Harvey, Ray Lewis and Kanye West -- went into Trump Tower. If you're a Black man and a celebrity or an athlete, that usually means that the money you have is new and that you grew up either poor or working class.
What the welfare state has done to the black community, a hundred years of racism could not do, a hundred years of racism could not break it up, it could not destroy black families. Jim Crow could not do it. But what dependency has done, is has caused unwanted pregnancy, illegitimacy. It has told young black males that they are dispensable, they don't need to hang around when mom needs support or whatever and it has destroyed -- and not just black communities, but any urban community, and so what you've got here is now they're addicted. Large swaths of Hispanic communities, black communities are addicted to these, these subsidies.
The majority of the property owners on The Paseo are black, the residents and property owners are black, the majority of the businesses, the majority of the residents are black. So this is black leaders oppressing the voices of black property owners.
The black-footed ferrets prey on prairie dogs so it was once thought that elimination programs for the dogs, considered a nuisance to farmers and ranchers, were impacting the ferret population. Now, there was a concerted effort by the state to rebuild the black-footed ferret population. On a recent day, volunteers made their way to small-town Seligman and met for training on the first night inside a rented home in a rural neighborhood that Arizona Game and Fish uses for the operation. One of those volunteers is Robert Coonrod, who bought a pick-up truck and rigged it with overhead lights specifically for the night-time searches. Robert Coonrod has been volunteering for five years. Though hes not a biologist, he enjoys helping out wildlife and found a new photography hobby while volunteering. HUNTERS TURN TO HIPSTERS TO HELP BOOST SPORTS DECLINING NUMBERS One of the volunteers is Robert Coonrod, who bought a pick-up truck and rigged it with overhead lights specifically for the night-time searches. ( Fox News) Were looking for a ferret to be outside his hole. We drive down, he gets curious, looks at the lights, you see the green eyes shine, and then its off to the races, Robert Coonrod said. Once the animalis spotted, volunteers run towardit and set up a trap. But they have to first hopscotch around prairie dog burrows that dot the landscape. Sometimes it can be very entertaining watching people run across a prairie dog colony because youre so focused on the ferret that you forget about all these holes on the ground, Holly Hicks said. Yeah, every one of us has tripped and fallen in a prairie dog hole after chasing after a ferret. ARIZONA MAN PICKED UP NEWBORN FAWN, TOOK IT TO LOCAL BAR, OFFICIALS SAY With freezing temperates on the first night of the search, around 10 of the volunteers showed up, including Arizona State Univerisity biology graduate Angelica Varela, who will soon be starting an internship with Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. With freezing temperates on the first night of the search, around 10 of the volunteers showed up( Fox News)( When I started) volunteering( for other wildlife organizations) and really getting boots on the ground and realizing the hard work that actually goes into it, its really important and its really satisfying being able to know that you had a part in helping a species, as conservation work, I mean were doing this so that eventually we dont have to keep doing it. Angelica Varela drove up from Phoenix with Angelica Varela friend, Brandi Kapos, who is an Olive Garden waitress and an Arizona State Univerisity conservation biology graduate. Shes looking to return to school to get a masters degree in Geographic Information Systems. Before Angelica Varela and Brandi Kapos got their assignment from Jennifer Cordova for the night, they said they had energy drinks and candy. Angelica Varela said Angelica Varela was pumped. With freezing temperates on the first night of the search, around 10 of the volunteers showed up, including Arizona State Univerisity biology graduates Angelica Varela and Brandi Kapos. ( Fox News) Jennifer Cordova said the goal is to get the black-footed ferret off the endangered species list. Fox News important because wildlife dont have a say -- theydont have a voice out there, Holly Hicks said. So, its people like us who manage and try to keep that voice out there and people aware. Our passion comes from a lot of places. We love animals. We want to see wildlife in the future for future generations. Only found in North America, this wild animal differs from the European pet ferrets that are domesticated. The black-footed ferret was once thought extinct until 18 were found in 1981. Since then, recovery and breeding efforts have helped the black-footed ferret population grow. I kind of feel like its our duty.
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