Color Col"or, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Colored}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Coloring}.] [F. colorer.] 1. To change or alter the hue or tint of, by dyeing, staining, painting, etc.; to dye; to tinge; to paint; to stain. [1913 Webster]

The rays, to speak properly, are not colored; in them there is nothing else than a certain power and disposition to stir up a sensation of this or that color. --Sir I. Newton. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

He colors the falsehood of [AE]neas by an express command from Jupiter to forsake the queen. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. To hide. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

That by his fellowship he color might Both his estate and love from skill of any wight. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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