primary color


noun

Art. a color, as red, yellow, or blue, that in mixture yields other colors.Compare complementary color (def. 1), secondary color, tertiary color.
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.

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Origin of primary color

First recorded in 1605–15
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Example sentences from the Web for primary color

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

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Scientific definitions for primary color

primary color

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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