What does black-and-white mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. written communication, written language, black and whitenoun

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

  2. black and white, monochromeadjective

    a black-and-white photograph or slide

  3. black-and-whiteadjective

    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)adjective

    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-whiteadjective

    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-whiteadjective

    Of art, a photograph or photography, using shades of grey/gray rather than colour/color.

  2. black-and-whiteadjective

    Of a television or monitor, displaying images in shades of grey/gray rather than colour/color.


  1. Black-and-white

    Black-and-white, often abbreviated B/W or B&W, is a term referring to a number of monochrome forms in visual arts. Black-and-white as a description may be considered a misnomer in that the images are not ordinarily starkly contrasted black and white but combine black and white in a continuum producing a range of shades of gray. Further, many prints, especially those produced earlier in the development of photography, were in sepia, which yielded richer, more subtle shading than reproductions in plain black-and-white. Color photography provides a much greater range of shade, but part of the appeal of black and white photography is its more subdued monochromatic character.

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  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

Examples of black-and-white in a Sentence

  1. 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.

  2. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation:

    Kennedy was last seen wearing a black and white polka dot onesie with pink pants, she is 6lbs. and 17 inches long. She has brown hair and brown eyes.

  3. Fox News Contributor Stephen Hayes:

    This isn't about Republicans, this is about Hillary Clinton having made repeated representations that have turned out to be false and we're seeing evidence that they were false in black and white.

  4. Burton Eller:

    Is China going to live up to their commitment?, are we going to get something in black and white that says they're going to buy this much over this much time or this kind of commodity they're going to need?

  5. Anuj Somany:

    The fundamental of watching to the happenings of the world is in itself wrong because looking out for the truth is called seeing the picture in black and white in our colourful world.

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