Berlin black
Black Black, n. 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

Black is the badge of hell, The hue of dungeons, and the suit of night. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. A black pigment or dye. [1913 Webster]

3. A negro; a person whose skin is of a black color, or shaded with black; esp. a member or descendant of certain African races. [1913 Webster]

4. A black garment or dress; as, she wears black; pl. (Obs.) Mourning garments of a black color; funereal drapery. [1913 Webster]

Friends weeping, and blacks, and obsequies, and the like show death terrible. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

That was the full time they used to wear blacks for the death of their fathers. --Sir T. North. [1913 Webster]

5. The part of a thing which is distinguished from the rest by being black. [1913 Webster]

The black or sight of the eye. --Sir K. Digby. [1913 Webster]

6. A stain; a spot; a smooch. [1913 Webster]

Defiling her white lawn of chastity with ugly blacks of lust. --Rowley. [1913 Webster]

{Black and white}, writing or print; as, I must have that statement in black and white.

{Blue black}, a pigment of a blue black color.

{Ivory black}, a fine kind of animal charcoal prepared by calcining ivory or bones. When ground it is the chief ingredient of the ink used in copperplate printing.

{Berlin black}. See under {Berlin}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Berlin black — Berlin Ber lin, n. [The capital of Prussia] 1. A four wheeled carriage, having a sheltered seat behind the body and separate from it, invented in the 17th century, at Berlin. [1913 Webster] 2. Fine worsted for fancy work; zephyr worsted; called… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • berlin black — noun Usage: often capitalized 1st B Etymology: berlin (I) : a black varnish that dries with an almost dead surface and is used for coating the better kinds of ironwork …   Useful english dictionary

  • Black — Black, n. 1. 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. [1913 Webster] Black is the badge of hell, The hue of dungeons, and the suit of night. Shak. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Black and white — Black Black, n. 1. 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. [1913 Webster] Black is the badge of hell, The hue of dungeons, and the suit of night. Shak.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Berlin — Ber lin, n. [The capital of Prussia] 1. A four wheeled carriage, having a sheltered seat behind the body and separate from it, invented in the 17th century, at Berlin. [1913 Webster] 2. Fine worsted for fancy work; zephyr worsted; called also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Berlin blue — Berlin Ber lin, n. [The capital of Prussia] 1. A four wheeled carriage, having a sheltered seat behind the body and separate from it, invented in the 17th century, at Berlin. [1913 Webster] 2. Fine worsted for fancy work; zephyr worsted; called… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Berlin green — Berlin Ber lin, n. [The capital of Prussia] 1. A four wheeled carriage, having a sheltered seat behind the body and separate from it, invented in the 17th century, at Berlin. [1913 Webster] 2. Fine worsted for fancy work; zephyr worsted; called… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Berlin iron — Berlin Ber lin, n. [The capital of Prussia] 1. A four wheeled carriage, having a sheltered seat behind the body and separate from it, invented in the 17th century, at Berlin. [1913 Webster] 2. Fine worsted for fancy work; zephyr worsted; called… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Berlin shop — Berlin Ber lin, n. [The capital of Prussia] 1. A four wheeled carriage, having a sheltered seat behind the body and separate from it, invented in the 17th century, at Berlin. [1913 Webster] 2. Fine worsted for fancy work; zephyr worsted; called… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Berlin wool — Berlin Ber lin, n. [The capital of Prussia] 1. A four wheeled carriage, having a sheltered seat behind the body and separate from it, invented in the 17th century, at Berlin. [1913 Webster] 2. Fine worsted for fancy work; zephyr worsted; called… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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