Definition of color bar in English:

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color bar


1A social system in which a group of people (typically nonwhite) are denied access to the same rights, opportunities, and facilities as other people (typically white) on the basis of skin color.
Example sentences
  • A formal colour bar in employment was introduced in 1934, under the Industrial Conciliation Act.
  • Hertzog's government and subsequent governments progressively entrenched the colour bar.
  • He lost his job when he sided with the white (largely Afrikaner) workers in their dispute over the abandonment of the colour bar.
2A strip on printed material or a screen display showing a range of colors, used to ensure that all colors are printed or displayed correctly.
Example sentences
  • It includes color bars so the viewer can adjust his or her screen settings for best effect.
  • The thing I found most interesting was not the different testcards or colour bars, but the ones that were the same as ours.
  • Both discs contain color bars so that everyone can calibrate the picture properly.

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Syllabification: col·or bar

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