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Definitions of black

  1. To make or become black; blacken. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. To make black; blacken; apply blacking to. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. To make black: to soil or stain. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. To become black. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. make or become black; "The smoke blackened the ceiling"; "The ceiling blackened" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. To make black; to dirty or soil. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  7. black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning); "the widow wore black" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. (chess or checkers) the darker pieces Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. British chemist who identified carbon dioxide and who formulated the concepts of specific heat and latent heat (1728-1799) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. total absence of light; "they fumbled around in total darkness"; "in the black of night" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. A black pigment or dye. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. A black garment or dress; as, she wears black Webster Dictionary DB
  16. Mourning garments of a black color; funereal drapery. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. The part of a thing which is distinguished from the rest by being black. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. A negro; a person whose skin is of a black color, or shaded with black; esp. a member or descendant of certain African races. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. The darkest color; the opposite of white; a black color or dye; a negro; mourning. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  20. Black color: absence of color: a negro: mourning. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  21. BLACKNESS. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  22. That which reflects no light; a negro. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  23. The absence of color, or the darkest of all colors; sable. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. Anything black. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. Want of colour; the darkest of all colours; a negro; a black dress; mourning; a particle of soot or black dirt. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  26. Name of the darkest of colours; a negro. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  27. Sullenly; threateningly; maliciously; so as to produce blackness. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  29. marked by anger or resentment or hostility; "black looks"; "black words" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  30. 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. Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  31. soiled with dirt or soot; "with feet black from playing outdoors"; "his shirt was black within an hour" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  32. extremely dark; "a black moonless night"; "through the pitch-black woods"; "it was pitch-dark in the celler" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  33. (board games) the darker pieces Wordnet Dictionary DB
  34. dressed in black; "a black knight"; "black friars" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  35. (of coffee) without cream or sugar Wordnet Dictionary DB
  36. (of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading; "black propaganda" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  37. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  38. In a less literal sense: Enveloped or shrouded in darkness; very dark or gloomy; as, a black night; the heavens black with clouds. Webster Dictionary DB
  39. Fig.: Dismal, gloomy, or forbidding, like darkness; destitute of moral light or goodness; atrociously wicked; cruel; mournful; calamitous; horrible. Webster Dictionary DB
  40. Expressing menace, or discontent; threatening; sullen; foreboding; as, to regard one with black looks. Webster Dictionary DB
  41. A person whose skin is of a black color, or shaded with black; esp. a member or descendant of certain African races. Newage Dictionary DB
  42. To make black; to blacken; to soil; to sully. Webster Dictionary DB
  43. To make black and shining, as boots or a stove, by applying blacking and then polishing with a brush. Webster Dictionary DB
  44. Entirely without light; of the darkest hue; opposite to white; wrapped in darkness; dismal; gloomy or forbidding; without moral light or goodness; evil; threatening; clouded with anger; sullen. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  45. Of the darkest color: without color: obscure: dismal: sullen: horrible. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  46. Without light; very dark; gloomy; horrible. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  47. Reflecting little or no light; dark; swarthy; gloomy; dismal; forbidding; sad; evil; malignant; deadly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  48. The opposite of white; dark; cloudy; dismal; sullen; very wicked. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for black

  1. All at Black Hill know? – Foes by Mary Johnston
  2. And, Ben, have him come back on Black Betty, if you can, and if you can't- She paused and thought a moment. – Nobody's Child by Elizabeth Dejeans
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