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ground color

Also called ground coat. a primary coat of paint; priming; base coat.
the background color, as of a painting or decoration.
Origin of ground color
First recorded in 1605-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The ground color in most cases is effected by dyeing the cloth in some solid color.


    William H. Dooley
  • The ground color of the ceiling is blue and covered with symbolic birds.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
  • The ground color changes by keeping, to beautiful deep yellow.

    British Pomology Robert Hogg
  • The ground color changes by keeping to beautiful deep yellow.

    British Pomology Robert Hogg
  • The eggs are rounder and their ground color whiter than the eggs of other sparrows.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • Their ground color is green, changing to dingy, dull yellow.

    American Pomology J. A. Warder
  • The ground color is usually neutral and may originally have been white or brown cotton.

    Chincha Plain-weave cloths Lila M. O'Neale
  • The lateral edges of the mark are sharply defined, but at its anterior and posterior ends it blends into the ground color.

  • Over the ground color, and the crimson of the exposed side, are spread light thin patches, or a complete coat of russet.

    British Pomology Robert Hogg
  • In those from the Reservation, the ground color varies from dull olive-brown to almost jet black.

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