What does color mean?

Definitions for color
ˈkʌl ərcol·or

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word color.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. color, colour, coloring, colouring(noun)

    a visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect

    "a white color is made up of many different wavelengths of light"

  2. color, colour, vividness(noun)

    interest and variety and intensity

    "the Puritan Period was lacking in color"; "the characters were delineated with exceptional vividness"

  3. color, colour, coloration, colouration(noun)

    the timbre of a musical sound

    "the recording fails to capture the true color of the original music"

  4. color, colour, people of color, people of colour(noun)

    a race with skin pigmentation different from the white race (especially Blacks)

  5. semblance, gloss, color, colour(noun)

    an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading

    "he hoped his claims would have a semblance of authenticity"; "he tried to give his falsehood the gloss of moral sanction"; "the situation soon took on a different color"

  6. coloring material, colouring material, color, colour(noun)

    any material used for its color

    "she used a different color for the trim"

  7. color, colour(noun)

    (physics) the characteristic of quarks that determines their role in the strong interaction

    "each flavor of quarks comes in three colors"

  8. color, colour(adj)

    the appearance of objects (or light sources) described in terms of a person's perception of their hue and lightness (or brightness) and saturation

  9. color, colour(verb)

    having or capable of producing colors

    "color film"; "he rented a color television"; "marvelous color illustrations"

  10. color, colorize, colorise, colourise, colourize, colour, color in, colour in(verb)

    add color to

    "The child colored the drawings"; "Fall colored the trees"; "colorize black and white film"

  11. tinge, color, colour, distort(verb)

    affect as in thought or feeling

    "My personal feelings color my judgment in this case"; "The sadness tinged his life"

  12. color, colour(verb)

    modify or bias

    "His political ideas color his lectures"

  13. color, colour, emblazon(verb)

    decorate with colors

    "color the walls with paint in warm tones"

  14. color, colour, gloss(verb)

    give a deceptive explanation or excuse for

    "color a lie"

  15. discolor, discolour, colour, color(verb)

    change color, often in an undesired manner

    "The shirts discolored"

Wiktionary

  1. color(Noun)

    The spectral composition of visible light.

    Humans and birds can perceive color.

    Etymology: color, from colur, from colour, color, from color, from colos "covering", from kel-. Akin to Latin celo. See usage note below. Displaced Middle English blee, from Old English bleo. More at blee.

  2. color(Noun)

    A particular set of visible spectral compositions, perceived or named as a class; blee.

    Most languages have names for the colors black, white, red, and green.

    Etymology: color, from colur, from colour, color, from color, from colos "covering", from kel-. Akin to Latin celo. See usage note below. Displaced Middle English blee, from Old English bleo. More at blee.

  3. color(Noun)

    Hue as opposed to achromatic colors (black, white and greys).

    He referred to the white flag as one "drained of all color".

    Etymology: color, from colur, from colour, color, from color, from colos "covering", from kel-. Akin to Latin celo. See usage note below. Displaced Middle English blee, from Old English bleo. More at blee.

  4. color(Noun)

    Human skin tone, especially as an indicator of race or ethnicity.

    Color has been a sensitive issue in many societies.

    Etymology: color, from colur, from colour, color, from color, from colos "covering", from kel-. Akin to Latin celo. See usage note below. Displaced Middle English blee, from Old English bleo. More at blee.

  5. color(Noun)

    interest, especially in a selective area.

    a bit of local color.

    Etymology: color, from colur, from colour, color, from color, from colos "covering", from kel-. Akin to Latin celo. See usage note below. Displaced Middle English blee, from Old English bleo. More at blee.

  6. color(Noun)

    In corporate finance, details on sales, profit margins, or other financial figures, especially while reviewing quarterly results when an officer of a company is speaking to investment analysts.

    Could you give me some color with regards to which products made up the mix of revenue for this quarter?

    Etymology: color, from colur, from colour, color, from color, from colos "covering", from kel-. Akin to Latin celo. See usage note below. Displaced Middle English blee, from Old English bleo. More at blee.

  7. color(Noun)

    A property of quarks, with three values called red, green, and blue, which they can exchange by passing gluons.

    Etymology: color, from colur, from colour, color, from color, from colos "covering", from kel-. Akin to Latin celo. See usage note below. Displaced Middle English blee, from Old English bleo. More at blee.

  8. color(Noun)

    Any of the colored balls excluding the reds.

    Etymology: color, from colur, from colour, color, from color, from colos "covering", from kel-. Akin to Latin celo. See usage note below. Displaced Middle English blee, from Old English bleo. More at blee.

  9. color(Noun)

    A front or facade: an ostensible truth actually false.

    Etymology: color, from colur, from colour, color, from color, from colos "covering", from kel-. Akin to Latin celo. See usage note below. Displaced Middle English blee, from Old English bleo. More at blee.

  10. color(Verb)

    To give something color.

    We could color the walls red.

    Etymology: color, from colur, from colour, color, from color, from colos "covering", from kel-. Akin to Latin celo. See usage note below. Displaced Middle English blee, from Old English bleo. More at blee.

  11. color(Verb)

    To draw within the boundaries of a line drawing using colored markers or crayons.

    My kindergartener loves to color.

    Etymology: color, from colur, from colour, color, from color, from colos "covering", from kel-. Akin to Latin celo. See usage note below. Displaced Middle English blee, from Old English bleo. More at blee.

  12. color(Verb)

    To become red through increased blood flow.

    Etymology: color, from colur, from colour, color, from color, from colos "covering", from kel-. Akin to Latin celo. See usage note below. Displaced Middle English blee, from Old English bleo. More at blee.

  13. color(Verb)

    To affect without completely changing.

    That interpretation certainly colors my perception of the book.

    Etymology: color, from colur, from colour, color, from color, from colos "covering", from kel-. Akin to Latin celo. See usage note below. Displaced Middle English blee, from Old English bleo. More at blee.

  14. color(Verb)

    To attribute a quality to.

    Color me confused.

    Etymology: color, from colur, from colour, color, from color, from colos "covering", from kel-. Akin to Latin celo. See usage note below. Displaced Middle English blee, from Old English bleo. More at blee.

  15. color(Verb)

    To assign colors to the vertices of (a graph) or the regions of (a map) so that no two adjacent ones have the same color.

    Etymology: color, from colur, from colour, color, from color, from colos "covering", from kel-. Akin to Latin celo. See usage note below. Displaced Middle English blee, from Old English bleo. More at blee.

  16. color(Noun)

    An appearance of right or authority.

    Under color of law, he managed to bilk taxpayers of millions of dollars.

    Etymology: color, from colur, from colour, color, from color, from colos "covering", from kel-. Akin to Latin celo. See usage note below. Displaced Middle English blee, from Old English bleo. More at blee.

  17. color(Noun)

    Skin color noted as: normal, jaundice, cyanotic, flush, mottled, pale, or ashen as part of the skin signs assessment

    Etymology: color, from colur, from colour, color, from color, from colos "covering", from kel-. Akin to Latin celo. See usage note below. Displaced Middle English blee, from Old English bleo. More at blee.

  18. color(Adjective)

    Conveying color, as opposed to shades of gray.

    Color television and movies were considered a great improvement over black and white.

    Etymology: color, from colur, from colour, color, from color, from colos "covering", from kel-. Akin to Latin celo. See usage note below. Displaced Middle English blee, from Old English bleo. More at blee.

Wikipedia

  1. Color

    Color (American English), or colour (Commonwealth English), is the characteristic of visual perception described through color categories, with names such as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, or purple. This perception of color derives from the stimulation of photoreceptor cells (in particular cone cells in the human eye and other vertebrate eyes) by electromagnetic radiation (in the visible spectrum in the case of humans). Color categories and physical specifications of color are associated with objects through the wavelength of the light that is reflected from them. This reflection is governed by the object's physical properties such as light absorption, emission spectra, etc. By defining a color space, colors can be identified numerically by coordinates, which in 1931 were also named in global agreement with internationally agreed color names like mentioned above (red, orange, etc.) by the International Commission on Illumination. The RGB color space for instance is a color space corresponding to human trichromacy and to the three cone cell types that respond to three bands of light: long wavelengths, peaking near 564–580 nm (red); medium-wavelength, peaking near 534–545 nm (green); and short-wavelength light, near 420–440 nm (blue). There may also be more than three color dimensions in other color spaces, such as in the CMYK color model, wherein one of the dimensions relates to a color's colorfulness). The photo-receptivity of the "eyes" of other species also varies considerably from that of humans and so results in correspondingly different color perceptions that cannot readily be compared to one another. Honeybees and bumblebees for instance have trichromatic color vision sensitive to ultraviolet but is insensitive to red. Papilio butterflies possess six types of photoreceptors and may have pentachromatic vision. The most complex color vision system in the animal kingdom has been found in stomatopods (such as the mantis shrimp) with up to 12 spectral receptor types thought to work as multiple dichromatic units.The science of color is sometimes called chromatics, colorimetry, or simply color science. It includes the study of the perception of color by the human eye and brain, the origin of color in materials, color theory in art, and the physics of electromagnetic radiation in the visible range (that is, what is commonly referred to simply as light).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Color(noun)

    a property depending on the relations of light to the eye, by which individual and specific differences in the hues and tints of objects are apprehended in vision; as, gay colors; sad colors, etc

    Etymology: [OF. color, colur, colour, F. couleur, L. color; prob. akin to celare to conceal (the color taken as that which covers). See Helmet.]

  2. Color(noun)

    any hue distinguished from white or black

    Etymology: [OF. color, colur, colour, F. couleur, L. color; prob. akin to celare to conceal (the color taken as that which covers). See Helmet.]

  3. Color(noun)

    the hue or color characteristic of good health and spirits; ruddy complexion

    Etymology: [OF. color, colur, colour, F. couleur, L. color; prob. akin to celare to conceal (the color taken as that which covers). See Helmet.]

  4. Color(noun)

    that which is used to give color; a paint; a pigment; as, oil colors or water colors

    Etymology: [OF. color, colur, colour, F. couleur, L. color; prob. akin to celare to conceal (the color taken as that which covers). See Helmet.]

  5. Color(noun)

    that which covers or hides the real character of anything; semblance; excuse; disguise; appearance

    Etymology: [OF. color, colur, colour, F. couleur, L. color; prob. akin to celare to conceal (the color taken as that which covers). See Helmet.]

  6. Color(noun)

    shade or variety of character; kind; species

    Etymology: [OF. color, colur, colour, F. couleur, L. color; prob. akin to celare to conceal (the color taken as that which covers). See Helmet.]

  7. Color(noun)

    a distinguishing badge, as a flag or similar symbol (usually in the plural); as, the colors or color of a ship or regiment; the colors of a race horse (that is, of the cap and jacket worn by the jockey)

    Etymology: [OF. color, colur, colour, F. couleur, L. color; prob. akin to celare to conceal (the color taken as that which covers). See Helmet.]

  8. Color(noun)

    an apparent right; as where the defendant in trespass gave to the plaintiff an appearance of title, by stating his title specially, thus removing the cause from the jury to the court

    Etymology: [OF. color, colur, colour, F. couleur, L. color; prob. akin to celare to conceal (the color taken as that which covers). See Helmet.]

  9. Color(verb)

    to change or alter the hue or tint of, by dyeing, staining, painting, etc.; to dye; to tinge; to paint; to stain

    Etymology: [OF. color, colur, colour, F. couleur, L. color; prob. akin to celare to conceal (the color taken as that which covers). See Helmet.]

  10. Color(verb)

    to change or alter, as if by dyeing or painting; to give a false appearance to; usually, to give a specious appearance to; to cause to appear attractive; to make plausible; to palliate or excuse; as, the facts were colored by his prejudices

    Etymology: [OF. color, colur, colour, F. couleur, L. color; prob. akin to celare to conceal (the color taken as that which covers). See Helmet.]

  11. Color(verb)

    to hide

    Etymology: [OF. color, colur, colour, F. couleur, L. color; prob. akin to celare to conceal (the color taken as that which covers). See Helmet.]

  12. Color(verb)

    to acquire color; to turn red, especially in the face; to blush

    Etymology: [OF. color, colur, colour, F. couleur, L. color; prob. akin to celare to conceal (the color taken as that which covers). See Helmet.]

Freebase

  1. Color

    Color or colour is the visual perceptual property corresponding in humans to the categories called red, blue, yellow, green and others. Color derives from the spectrum of light interacting in the eye with the spectral sensitivities of the light receptors. Color categories and physical specifications of color are also associated with objects, materials, light sources, etc., based on their physical properties such as light absorption, reflection, or emission spectra. By defining a color space, colors can be identified numerically by their coordinates. Because perception of color stems from the varying spectral sensitivity of different types of cone cells in the retina to different parts of the spectrum, colors may be defined and quantified by the degree to which they stimulate these cells. These physical or physiological quantifications of color, however, do not fully explain the psychophysical perception of color appearance. The science of color is sometimes called chromatics, chromatography, colorimetry, or simply color science. It includes the perception of color by the human eye and brain, the origin of color in materials, color theory in art, and the physics of electromagnetic radiation in the visible range.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Color

    The visually perceived property of objects created by absorption or reflection of specific wavelengths of light.

Editors Contribution

  1. color

    A visual attribute of a person, people, plant, nature, or thing that results from the light emitted, transmitted or reflected.

    Color is beautiful and looks amazing when we see various colors painted with each other.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 21, 2019  
  2. color

    Is the visual perceptual quality seen through the eyes of a human or animal derived from the spectrum of light visible in and through the eyes.

    Colors are vital for our perception of life, they bring so much joy.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 21, 2019  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of color in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of color in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of color in a Sentence

  1. Nina McLemore boutiquesNina McLemore:

    I was surprised by how many people look up what Elaine Chao's wearing and come in to shop. I think Elaine Chao must have every color cardigan and blazer we make.

  2. Pete Buttigieg:

    If I'm Pete Buttigieg, I am going to have more trust automatically with a candidate who is a candidate of color, and some candidates, I'm going to feel like I know because I've observed them over 10, 20 or 30 years, to have somebody who comes on the scene who is not a candidate of color and who has also not been a national figure for years, it means we've got to do in a matter of months, that same kind of trust building and relationship building work.

  3. Tina Harrison:

    We came here as white women ... to protect people of color.

  4. Carlos Curbelo:

    Clearly we're headed down a path where there is one party for older white Americans and then there's another party for people of color and immigrants, and this is very dangerous. It divides our society in a dangerous way. It paralyzes our political system.

  5. Kevin Yoder:

    I put a focus on minority recruitment and retention and making sure that KU had an infrastructure in place to recruit and retain kids of color, that taught me a lot about organizing at the time.

Images & Illustrations of color

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