What does color mean?

Definitions for color
ˈkʌl ərcol·or

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. color, colour, coloring, colouringnoun

    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, vividnessnoun

    interest and variety and intensity

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

  3. color, colour, coloration, colourationnoun

    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 colournoun

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

  5. semblance, gloss, color, colournoun

    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, colournoun

    any material used for its color

    "she used a different color for the trim"

  7. color, colournoun

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

    "each flavor of quarks comes in three colors"

  8. color, colouradjective

    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, colourverb

    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 inverb

    add color to

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

  11. tinge, color, colour, distortverb

    affect as in thought or feeling

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

  12. color, colourverb

    modify or bias

    "His political ideas color his lectures"

  13. color, colour, emblazonverb

    decorate with colors

    "color the walls with paint in warm tones"

  14. color, colour, glossverb

    give a deceptive explanation or excuse for

    "color a lie"

  15. discolor, discolour, colour, colorverb

    change color, often in an undesired manner

    "The shirts discolored"


  1. colornoun

    The spectral composition of visible light.

    Humans and birds can perceive color.

  2. colornoun

    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.

  3. colornoun

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

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

  4. colornoun

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

    Color has been a sensitive issue in many societies.

  5. colornoun

    interest, especially in a selective area.

    a bit of local color.

  6. colornoun

    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?

  7. colornoun

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

  8. colornoun

    Any of the colored balls excluding the reds.

  9. colornoun

    A front or facade: an ostensible truth actually false.

  10. colorverb

    To give something color.

    We could color the walls red.

  11. colorverb

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

    My kindergartener loves to color.

  12. colorverb

    To become red through increased blood flow.

  13. colorverb

    To affect without completely changing.

    That interpretation certainly colors my perception of the book.

  14. colorverb

    To attribute a quality to.

    Color me confused.

  15. colorverb

    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.

  16. colornoun

    An appearance of right or authority.

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

  17. colornoun

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

  18. coloradjective

    Conveying color, as opposed to shades of gray.

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

  19. 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.


  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).


  1. color

    Color is a visual perception that arises through the interaction of light with objects or substances. It is the characteristic that enables a person to distinguish different wavelengths of light, resulting in the perception of various hues, shades, and tints. Color is a fundamental element in our visual experience and plays a significant role in communication, aesthetics, and the interpretation of our surroundings.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Colornoun

    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

  2. Colornoun

    any hue distinguished from white or black

  3. Colornoun

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

  4. Colornoun

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

  5. Colornoun

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

  6. Colornoun

    shade or variety of character; kind; species

  7. Colornoun

    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)

  8. Colornoun

    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

  9. Colorverb

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

  10. Colorverb

    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

  11. Colorverb

    to hide

  12. Colorverb

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

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


  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

    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  

  2. 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  

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Anagrams for color »

  1. corol

  2. crool

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  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. Dan Huff:

    Many of the individual incidents could perhaps have been considered misunderstandings, but over the past week, a pattern emerged where the CASPER teams that included people of color were reporting more incidents than teams that did not include people of color. Given the uncertainty of the situation and the impact the incidents had on team members, CDC decided to demobilize their field staff.

  2. Guy Ben-Porat:

    Both cases are about racial profiling -- people feeling they're being targeted by police because of their skin color.

  3. Vice President Harris:

    Today's ceremony gives people like us hope, people with daughters, people with son's of color, people raising their kids to be better decent human beings.

  4. Kevin Hart:

    I ’m Kevin Hart, but I want to take a moment to applaud all my actors and actresses of color who did not get nominated … These problems of today will eventually be the problems of old. Let’s not let this negative issue of diversity beat us. Let’s continue to do what we do best and work hard.

  5. Niall Mottram:

    Being able to hit a moving target is challenging. And hitting a moving target that varies in appearance is even more so. So being able to differentiate from color and shape, and then being able to calculate how quickly you're moving and therefore at what point you should dispense so that you hit your target; that requires some pretty sophisticated algorithms.

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