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1the property possessed by an object of producing different sensations on the eye as a result of the way the object reflects or emits light:the lights flickered and changed color one, or any mixture, of the constituents into which light can be separated in a spectrum or rainbow, sometimes including (loosely) black and white:a rich brown color a range of bright colors the use of all colors, not only black, white, and gray, in photography or television:he has shot the whole film in color [as modifier]:color television a substance used to give something a particular color:lip color Heraldry any of the major conventional colors used in coats of arms (gules, vert, sable, azure, purpure), especially as opposed to the metals, furs, and stains. 2pigmentation of the skin, especially as an indication of someone’s race:discrimination on the basis of color a group of people considered as being distinguished by skin pigmentation:all colors and nationalities rosiness of the complexion, especially as an indication of someone’s health:there was some color back in his face 3vividness of visual appearance resulting from the presence of brightly colored things:for color, plant groups of winter-flowering pansies picturesque or exciting features that lend a particularly interesting quality to something:a town full of color and character variety of musical tone or expression:orchestral color 4
) an item or items of a particular color or combination of colors worn to identify an individual or a member of a school, group, or organization.
the flag of a regiment or ship. a national flag:he was called to the colors during the war 5a shade of meaning:many events in her past had taken on a different color character or general nature:the hospitable color of his family 6 Physics a quantized property of quarks which can take three values (designated blue, green, and red) for each flavor. 7 Mining a particle of gold remaining in a mining pan after most of the mud and gravel have been washed away.
1 [with object] change the color of (something) by painting, dyeing, or shading it. [no object] take on a different color:the foliage will not color well if the soil is too rich use crayons to fill (a particular shape or outline) with color:color the head, eyes, and bill with crayons make vivid or picturesque:he has colored the dance with gestures from cabaret and vaudeville 2 [no object] (of a person or their skin) show embarrassment or shame by becoming red; blush:everyone stared at him, and he colored slightly [with object] cause (a person or their skin) to change in color:rage colored his pale complexion [with object] (of a particular color) imbue (a person’s skin):a faint pink flush colored her cheeks [with object] (of an emotion) imbue (a person’s voice) with a particular tone:surprise colored her voice 3 [with object] influence, especially in a negative way; distort:the experiences had colored her whole existence misrepresent by distortion or exaggeration:witnesses might color evidence to make a story saleable