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]


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  • Black — (bl[a^]k), a. [OE. blak, AS. bl[ae]c; akin to Icel. blakkr dark, swarthy, Sw. bl[ a]ck ink, Dan. bl[ae]k, OHG. blach, LG. & D. blaken to burn with a black smoke. Not akin to AS. bl[=a]c, E. bleak pallid. [root]98.] 1. Destitute of light, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • black — [blak] adj. [ME blak < OE blæc < IE * bhleg , burn, gleam (> L flagrare, flame, burn) < base * bhel , to gleam, white: orig. sense, “sooted, smoke black from flame”] 1. opposite to white; of the color of coal or pitch: see COLOR 2.… …   English World dictionary

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  • black — ► ADJECTIVE 1) of the very darkest colour owing to the absence of or complete absorption of light. 2) deeply stained with dirt. 3) (of coffee or tea) served without milk. 4) relating to a human group having dark coloured skin, especially of… …   English terms dictionary

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  • Black — Black, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Blacked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Blacking}.] [See {Black}, a., and cf. {Blacken}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To make black; to blacken; to soil; to sully. [1913 Webster] They have their teeth blacked, both men and women, for they… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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