- 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.
OTHER WORDS FOR color
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
usage note for color
usage note for color
OTHER WORDS FROM color
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How to use color in a sentence
He is also building a transition team that’s shaping up to be majority women and people of color.The case for a Native American secretary of the interior|Rachel Ramirez|November 20, 2020|Vox
As a person of color, my difficulty in accessing capital is not an anomaly.To jump-start America’s economy, invest in women entrepreneurs of color|matthewheimer|November 19, 2020|Fortune
We support a lot of writers of color, journalists of color, in publications around the United States.‘People give when they’re excited about good things’: Grist CEO Brady Piñero Walkinshaw on what drives member support|Pierre Bienaimé|November 17, 2020|Digiday
That’s the goal for the first woman of color to have ever won the Punderdome 3000 — a live Brooklyn-based pun-off competition that’s been running since 2011.Can a Pun Champ Conquer the Comedy-Writing Scene?|Joshua Eferighe|November 16, 2020|Ozy
In communities of color, this heartbreak is not even uncommon.Why We Need a Collective Vision to Design the Future of Health|Abner Mason|November 11, 2020|Singularity Hub
Typically, Mr. Obama reacts to cataclysms with major new decisions within hours, only to redefine or recolor them within days.Obama's Power Outage|Leslie H. Gelb|January 22, 2010|DAILY BEAST
It fades in the course of one season; but it is very little trouble to recolor with it.The American Frugal Housewife|Lydia M. Child
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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