primary color

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  1. Art. a color, as red, yellow, or blue, that in mixture yields other colors.Compare complementary color(def 1), secondary color, tertiary color.
  2. Optics. any of a set of monochromatic colors, as red, green, and blue, that are added to match or specify the chromaticity of a stimulus or sample.

Origin of primary color

First recorded in 1605–15 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for primary color

blue, primary, red, yellow

Examples from the Web for primary color

Historical Examples of primary color

  • His mind filed it away together with a primary-color picture of Jiggs and Maggie.


    Algirdas Jonas Budrys

primary color in Science

primary color

  1. Any of a group of colors from which all other colors can be made by mixing. See more at additive subtractive. See Note at color.
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