- 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.
Idioms about color
- to blush as from embarrassment.
- to turn pale, as from fear: When he saw the size of his opponent, he changed color.
Origin of color
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How to use color in a sentence
Those new laws often had the effect of making it harder for poor people and people of color to vote.
Offered in a variety of water-resistant colors, the Five Star college-ruled, 100-sheet notebooks are just right for single-subject note taking.
Smaller companies led by people of color appear to struggle in particular, a trend that aligns with the findings of an independent study by WalletHub.Cincinnati’s Secret Sauce to Help Minority Businesses Succeed|Nick Fouriezos|September 15, 2020|Ozy
Tristan is the founder of the eponymously named Walker & Company, which makes health and beauty products for people of color.‘How I Built This’ host Guy Raz on insights from some of the world’s most famous entrepreneurs|Rachel King|September 15, 2020|Fortune
Coker previously told Voice of San Diego that during the meeting McCoy seemed unwilling to even acknowledge that there was a breakdown in trust between police and communities of color.Oceanside Is Rethinking Its Police Chief Hiring Process Following Community Concerns|Kayla Jimenez|September 14, 2020|Voice of San Diego
It treats touchscreens and TV programs as just one more way to introduce toddlers to animals, colors, and other concepts.Yes, Your Toddler Can Watch TV: The New Rules for Screen Time|Russell Saunders|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With the first set I did, the colors of the couch determined that the rest of it would be blue and yellow and white.#Setinthestreet: Your Street Corner Is Their Art Project|James Joiner|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Meanwhile younger, lighter colors evoke citrus and tree fruits, candy sugars and vanilla toffee.
But there is much ambivalence between her bright colors and sharp lines.Wonder Woman’s Creation Story Is Wilder Than You Could Ever Imagine|Tom Arnold-Forster|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Family crests and nicknames are stitched into headrests, colors are specified for seat stitching, veneers are chosen for the dash.
Mrs. Woodbury paints in oils and water-colors; the latter are genre scenes, and among them are several Dutch subjects.
According to the general verdict, she was equally successful in oils and water-colors.
The brilliant imaginative mind has woven it into romance, making its colors brighter still with the sunlight of inspired phantasy.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
You are white, and purple, and all colors, and you never sing about the house or talk to me or to any body.Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline|Jennie M. Drinkwater
It is in tune with the old gambling spirit that still colors the country; no doubt has kept it alive.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
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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.
Other Idioms and Phrases with color
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