adjective (bluer, bluest)
- 1Of a color intermediate between green and violet, as of the sky or sea on a sunny day: the clear blue sky blue jeans deep blue eyesMore example sentences
sky blue, azure, cobalt, sapphire, navy, powder blue, midnight blue, Prussian blue, electric blue, indigo, royal blue, ice-blue, baby blue, air force blue, robin's egg blue, peacock blue, ultramarine, aquamarine, steel blue, slate blue, cyan; chiefly British Oxford blue, Cambridge blue• literary cerulean
- The painting shows a Victorian scene in green, pink and blue colours on a cream background.
- This light hits the phosphor coatings and produces red, green and blue colours.
- Just looking at that terrible green and blue colour scheme is enough to make me shudder.
- 1.1(Of a person’s skin) having turned blue as a result of cold or breathing difficulties: Annie went blue, and I panickedMore example sentences
- There may also be obvious cyanosis (when the lips and/or skin appears blue due to lack of oxygen in the blood).
- Victims suffered from acute cyanosis, a blue discoloration of the skin and mucous membranes.
- She turned blue whenever she cried, and the doctor said it would be a miracle if she lived past her first month.
- 1.2(Of a bird or other animal) having blue markings: a blue jayMore example sentences
- Animals include duikers, eland and colobus, vervet and blue monkeys.
- According to zoology, the origin of blue bull is not traced to the species of cow.
- I should have told you in previous episodes that anger is characterised by a red bear, sloth by a light blue goat, and avarice by a yellow frog.
- 1.3(Of cats, foxes, or rabbits) having fur of a smoky gray color: the blue foxMore example sentences
- She admires the drawing above the oven: a drawing of the blue fox howling at the moon.
- He grabs the shredded pieces of his drawing: the blue fox howling at the moon.
- He was a blue cat named Paul, a sweet little fellow with a pleasant disposition.
- 1.4(Of a ski run) of the second lowest level of difficulty, as indicated by colored markers positioned along it.More example sentences
- There are just a few chair lifts that end where the blue trail crosses the cliff.
- And to return to the southern lodge, forget it, you are forced with either a black trail or a long and very challenging blue trail.
- Last year the trail was rated blue (moderate) and the rating for this next year is not decided yet.
- 1.5 Physics Denoting one of three colors of quark.More example sentences
- So for instance, we could start off with a red quark, which emits a red-antiblue gluon and becomes a blue quark.
- For example, if absorption of a gluon changes a blue quark into a red quark, then the gluon itself must have carried one unit of red charge and minus one unit of blue charge.
- This blue quark will become red and the original red quark will become blue.
- 2 • informal (Of a person or mood) melancholy, sad, or depressed: he’s feeling blueMore example sentences
- Deep in their own blue mood, they're unaffected by people or events that are going on around them.
- The blue mood of yesterday seems to have lifted a little.
- Maybe the rain brings more blue mood for me and a three year anniversary reminds me to look back to see what happened in the days before.
- 3 • informal (Of a movie, joke, or story) with sexual or pornographic content: the blue movies are hugely profitableMore example sentences
- Video cassettes showing blue films and cinema houses lost out to the village gurdwara.
- We have the same sort of content as the women's classes but there is the odd slightly blue joke, too.
- Would you be content with watching a blue movie instead of doing the real thing?
- 3.1(Of language) marked by cursing, swearing, and blasphemy.More example sentences
- Erik cursed a blue streak in French under his breath before picking up his suitcase and heading for the door.
- Well, that day in the woods as I cursed a blue streak, he stood by, smiling and laughing at me.
- The cameras spend the rest of the inning cutting to shots of him in the dugout, cursing a blue streak at himself.
- 4 • informal • dated Rigidly religious or moralistic; puritanical.More example sentences
- With the dissolution of the Puritan theocracies after the American Revolution, blue laws declined; many of them lay forgotten in state statute books only to be revived much later.
- Keep in mind most states have blue laws that are typically unenforced unless they want to pile it on to someone who is otherwise being bad.
- For those of you that dont know, blue laws they were set up to prohibit, under penalty of law, items from being purchased on Sundays.
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- 1Blue color or pigment: she was dressed in blue the dark blue of his eyes armchairs in pastel blues and greensMore example sentences
- As one would stare upwards, the sky would change from red, to orange, to green, to dark blue, to royal purple.
- Using strong colours like dark blue, deep reds and yellows, her work is certainly striking.
- All samples are shown at the same magnification, with spindles in green and DNA in blue.
- 1.1Blue clothes or material: Susan wore blueMore example sentences
- The old man was robed in deep blue with a cloak of the same purple the guards wore.
- Andrew, wearing all blue, created by metallic clothing, walks into a small office.
- She wore a gown of startling blue, hinting that her name should have been Sapphire.
- 2.1A blue ball, piece, etc., in a game or sport.More example sentences
- Use blue if you have games for five year olds and brown if your visitors are color-blind.
- Lucian chooses the red piece, I choose blue, and we spend a good two hours sitting on the floor.
- Speak took the yellow and green and doubled the brown to keep his chances alive, but missed the blue.
- 2.2 (the blue) • literary The sky or sea; the unknown: a lark went trilling up, up into the blueMore example sentences
- A single tiny cloud appeared above the ridge but soon dissolved into the blue.
- Check your charts, your boat and supplies, then head out into the blue.
- Sitting on the cold soft sand on the deserted beach I stared out into the blue.
- 3 [usually with modifier] A small butterfly, the male of which is predominantly blue while the female is typically brown.
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- Numerous genera in the family Lycaenidae
- The male blues show much more interest in these yellow bushes.
- As caterpillars, the blues are carefully cleaned and fed.
- A cool day in midsummer is always a good day to watch blues taking shelter in the grass.
- 4 another term for bluing.More example sentences
- This laundry starch company began producing laundry blue in 1852 by using a combination of a synthetic ultramarine and sodium bicarbonate.
- Industry had already understood before the First World War how to make time-consuming bleaching a thing of the past by inventing laundry blue, a powder based on indigo.
- At the same time he discovered laundry blue.
verb (blues, bluing or blueing, blued)Back to top
- 1Make or become blue: [with object]: the light dims, bluing the retina (as adjective blued) blued paper [no object]: the day would haze, the air bluing with afternoonMore example sentences
- I was up all night listening to music when a light blued the east, announcing the season of breakfast.
- The atmosphere in this video is darkened yet strangely luminous, the video palette seemingly blued and grayed.
- All there were were tiny wisps of clouds now and the whole area had blued out.
- 1.1 [with object] Heat (metal) so as to give it a grayish-blue finish: (as adjective blued) nickel-plated or blued hooksMore example sentences
- All in all, it is an attractive rifle, with nicely blued metal contrasting with an attractive piece of walnut.
- The hammer, trigger, and trigger guard are also blued to a mirror-like finish, and the sides of the frame sport a somewhat subdued finish, contrasting nicely with the rest of the gun.
- Having owned several and examined many others I see no difference in terms of overall fit and finish, metal polishing and bluing, or action smoothness.
- 2 [with object] Wash (white clothes) with bluing.More example sentences
- She would blue the laundry / For the children.
- Washing was a long involved process which started with making the soap using lye, lard and ashes, then scrubbing, boiling, rinsing and bluing the clothes in huge outdoor vats of water.
- A couple of wooden benches at the side of the house in the shade held 3 big galvanized iron tubs for washing, rinsing and bluing the clothes, and a tin dish for the starch.
do something until (or till) one is blue in the face
- • informal Put all one’s efforts into doing something to no avail: she could talk to him until she was blue in the face, but he was just not hearingMore example sentences
- Obviously, we could sit here and talk until we're blue in the face about how wonderfully they play the game.
- I complained and complained and complained until I was blue in the face.
- I could tell him till I was blue in the face that we had to leave, he does not understand, he is not from here.
men in blue
once in a blue moon
- • informal Very rarely.[because a “blue moon” is a phenomenon that occurs rarely]More example sentences
- The young lad soundly decided to go along with these men, knowing that an opportunity like this came once in a blue moon or maybe even rarer.
- I don't expect any body to start reading the amount of books that I do, such people only come around once in a blue moon, they are out there but I they don't usually advertise to the world the freaks that we are.
- She said: ‘I only go to bingo once in a blue moon and it was a spur of the moment decision to go on Saturday afternoon.’
out of the blue (or out of a clear blue sky)
- • informal Without warning; unexpectedly: she phoned me out of the blue[with reference to a “blue” (i.e., clear) sky, from which nothing unusual is expected]More example sentences
- Rarely does a profit warning come out of the blue like the subsequent share price reaction suggests.
- Quite frankly, this piece of research is so unexpected, so out of the blue, it beggars belief.
- This particular warning came out of the blue and there must be a worry that there is yet more to come.
talk a blue streak
- North American • informal Speak continuously and at great length.More example sentences
- Reading it is like trying to keep up with a fast walker who is also talking a blue streak.
- Unfortunately I know very little about them because I talked a blue streak from the moment they stepped in the door to the moment the door closed behind them when they left.
- She hadn't slept for three days, and talked a blue streak.
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- But the real high point is nothing, really - just a moment when he forgets all his tensions about red carpets and movies, and suddenly notices a beautiful old Edwardian boat moored in the unbelievable blueness of the bay.
- The blueness of the glass and the sunshine works really well with the wave.
- Above the rows of houses, the blueness brings hope.
Middle English: from Old French bleu, ultimately of Germanic origin and related to Old English blǣwen 'blue' and Old Norse blár 'dark blue'.
Entry from British & World English dictionary
verb (blues, bluing or blueing, blued)British • informal , • dated
mid 19th century: perhaps a variant of blow1.