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The Definition of - black (verb)

    adjective, blacker, blackest.
    lacking hue and brightness; absorbing light without reflecting any of the rays composing it.
    characterized by absence of light; enveloped in darkness:
    a black night.
    (sometimes initial capital letter)
    1. pertaining or belonging to any of the various populations characterized by dark skin pigmentation, specifically the dark-skinned peoples of Africa, Oceania, and Australia.
    2. African American.
    soiled or stained with dirt:
    That shirt was black within an hour.
    gloomy; pessimistic; dismal:
    a black outlook.
    deliberately; harmful; inexcusable:
    a black lie.
    boding ill; sullen or hostile; threatening:
    black words; black looks.
    (of coffee or tea) without milk or cream.
    without any moral quality or goodness; evil; wicked:
    His black heart has concocted yet another black deed.
    indicating censure, disgrace, or liability to punishment:
    a black mark on one's record.
    marked by disaster or misfortune:
    black areas of drought; Black Friday.
    wearing black or dark clothing or armor:
    the black prince.
    based on the grotesque, morbid, or unpleasant aspects of life:
    black comedy; black humor.
    (of a check mark, flag, etc.) done or written in black to indicate, as on a list, that which is undesirable, substandard, potentially dangerous, etc.:
    Pilots put a black flag next to the ten most dangerous airports.
    illegal or underground:
    The black economy pays no taxes.
    showing a profit; not showing any losses:
    the first black quarter in two years.
    deliberately false or intentionally misleading:
    black propaganda.
    British. boycotted, as certain goods or products by a trade union.
    (of steel) in the form in which it comes from the rolling mill or forge; unfinished.
    the color at one extreme end of the scale of grays, opposite to white, absorbing all light incident upon it.
    Compare white (def 19).
    (sometimes initial capital letter)
    1. a member of any of various dark-skinned peoples, especially those of Africa, Oceania, and Australia.
    2. Often Offensive. African American.
    black clothing, especially as a sign of mourning:
    He wore black at the funeral.
    Chess, Checkers. the dark-colored men or pieces or squares.
    black pigment:
    lamp black.
    Slang. black beauty.
    a horse or other animal that is entirely black.
    verb (used with object)
    to make black; put black on; blacken.
    British. to boycott or ban.
    to polish (shoes, boots, etc.) with blacking.
    verb (used without object)
    to become black; take on a black color; blacken.
    (of coffee or tea) served without milk or cream.
    Verb phrases
    black out,
    1. to lose consciousness:
      He blacked out at the sight of blood.
    2. to erase, obliterate, or suppress:
      News reports were blacked out.
    3. to forget everything relating to a particular event, person, etc.:
      When it came to his war experiences he blacked out completely.
    4. Theater. to extinguish all of the stage lights.
    5. to make or become inoperable:
      to black out the radio broadcasts from the U.S.
    6. Military. to obscure by concealing all light in defense against air raids.
    7. Radio and Television. to impose a broadcast blackout on (an area).
    8. to withdraw or cancel (a special fare, sale, discount, etc.) for a designated period:
      The special air fare discount will be blacked out by the airlines over the holiday weekend.
    black and white,
    1. print or writing:
      I want that agreement in black and white.
    2. a monochromatic picture done with black and white only.
    3. a chocolate soda containing vanilla ice cream.
    4. Slang. a highly recognizable police car, used to patrol a community.
    black or white, completely either one way or another, without any intermediate state.
    in the black, operating at a profit or being out of debt (opposed to in the red):
    New production methods put the company in the black.

Word Example of - black

    Example Sentences for black

    The cock was down, the pan and muzzle were black with the smoke; it had been that instant fired.

    His dress of ceremony was black, with a tie-wig and a little sword.

    And when they had all gone I opened my window wide and breathed in the black dark night.

    They walked on, forgetting in conversation all about the gig and black servant.

    What errand summoned these men in red robes to this man in a black coat?

    Where are the black swans that a sea-captain brought to Lady Hunter?

    Now "Mouser" was Farmer Green's big, yellow-eyed, black cat!

    He slipped it beneath the black silk cloak and in two bounds was at the door.

    I laid on something so hard that my whole body is black and blue.

    If he had civilly asked me to black his boots, I would have done it.

Word Origin & History of - black

    Word Origin & History of black

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