Origin of coloring
- any distinctive color or combination or pattern of colors, especially of a badge, ribbon, uniform, or the like, worn or displayed as a symbol of or to identify allegiance to, membership in, or sponsorship by a school, group, or organization.
- nature, viewpoint, or attitude; character; personality: His behavior in a crisis revealed his true colors.
- a flag, ensign, etc., particularly the national flag.
- U.S. Navy.the ceremony of hoisting the national flag at 8 a.m. and of lowering it at sunset.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of color
Synonyms for color
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Contemporary Examples of coloring
“Simple joys of life—hugging, kissing, coloring—they have been taken away,” she says.The Radio Battle to Educate Ebola’s Kids
December 11, 2014
Last year, the St. Louis-based publisher Really Big Coloring Books released a Ted Cruz coloring book.Ted Cruz saves America in This Right-Wing Coloring Book
November 13, 2014
Pilots are like coloring books: the broad strokes in black and white.‘Halt and Catch Fire’ and AMC’s Push to Reset Dramas
May 30, 2014
The false claim is one of at least a dozen coloring the narrative.Now You Can Hunt for Flight 370
March 12, 2014
Their son, who looks about 10, is playing a handheld videogame while their daughter fiddles with a coloring book.At the Gun Show, Family Businesses and Angry Young Men
April 24, 2013
Historical Examples of coloring
"I thought I would come and tell you," said Halbert, coloring a little.Brave and Bold
"And have left her no other resource," said Harry, coloring still more.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
The purpose of coloring it has not been disclosed by the manufacturers.The Devil's Dictionary
There were rather glaring errors in it of draughtsmanship and coloring.Four Girls and a Compact
Annie Hamilton Donnell
"Then you have been told very falsely," said Leonard, coloring.
late 14c., "action of applying color," noun of action from color (v.). Figurative use by 1540s. Meaning "way something is colored" is early 15c. Coloring book is from 1931.
early 13c., "skin color, complexion," from Old French color "color, complexion, appearance" (Modern French couleur), from Latin color "color of the skin; color in general, hue; appearance," from Old Latin colos, originally "a covering" (akin to celare "to hide, conceal"), from PIE root *kel- "to cover, conceal" (see cell).
For sense evolution, cf. Sanskrit varnah "covering, color," related to vrnoti "covers," and also see chroma. Meaning "visible color, color of something" is attested in English from c.1300. As "color as a property of things," from late 14c. Old English words for "color" were hiw ("hue"), bleo.
A Closer Look: When beams of colored light are mixed, or added, their wavelengths combine to form other colors. All spectral colors can be formed by mixing wavelengths corresponding to the additive primaries red, green, and blue. When two of the additive primaries are mixed in equal proportion, they form the complement of the third. Thus cyan (a mixture of green and blue) is the complement of red; magenta (a mixture of blue and red) is the complement of green; and yellow (a mixture of red and green) is the complement of blue. Mixing the three additive primaries in equal proportions reconstitutes white light. When light passes through a color filter, certain wavelengths are absorbed, or subtracted, while others are transmitted. The subtractive primaries cyan, magenta, and yellow can be combined using overlapping filters to form all other colors. When two of the subtractive primaries are combined in equal proportion, they form the additive primary whose wavelength they share. Thus overlapping filters of cyan (blue and green) and magenta (blue and red) filter out all wavelengths except blue; magenta (blue and red) and yellow (red and green) transmit only red; and yellow (red and green) and cyan (blue and green) transmit only green. Combining all three subtractive primaries in equal proportions filters out all wavelengths, producing black. Light striking a colored surface behaves similarly to light passing through a filter, with certain wavelengths being absorbed and others reflected. Pigments are combined to form different colors by a process of subtractive absorption of various wavelengths.
In addition to the idiom beginning with color
- color of someone's money, see the
- false colors
- horse of a different color
- lend color to
- look through rose-colored glasses
- under false colors
- with flying colors