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Noun: colours  kû-lu(r)s
Usage: Brit, Cdn (US: colors)
  1. A flag that shows its nationality
    - colors [US]
     
  2. A distinguishing emblem
    "his tie proclaimed his school colours";
    - colors [US]
Noun: colour  kú-lu(r)
Usage: Brit, Cdn (US: color)
  1. A visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit, transmit or reflect
    "a white colour is made up of many different wavelengths of light";
    - color [US], coloring [US], colouring [Brit, Cdn]
     
  2. Interest and variety and intensity
    "the Puritan Period was lacking in colour";
    - color [US], vividness
     
  3. The timbre of a musical sound
    "the recording fails to capture the true colour of the original music";
    - color [US], coloration, colouration [Brit, Cdn]
     
  4. A race with skin pigmentation different from the white race (especially Blacks)
    - color [US], people of color [US], people of colour [Brit, Cdn]
     
  5. An outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading
    "the situation soon took on a different colour"; "he hoped his claims would have a colour of authenticity";
    - semblance, gloss, color [US]
     
  6. Any material used for its colour
    "she used a different colour for the trim";
    - coloring material [US], colouring material [Brit, Cdn], color [US]
     
  7. (physics) the characteristic of quarks that determines their role in the strong interaction
    "each flavour of quarks comes in three colours";
    - color [US]
     
  8. The appearance of objects (or light sources) described in terms of a person's perception of their hue and lightness (or brightness) and saturation
    - color [US]
Verb: colour  kú-lu(r)
Usage: Brit, Cdn (US: color)
  1. Add colour to
    "The child coloured the drawings"; "Fall coloured the trees"; "The child coloured in the drawings";
    - color [US], colorize [US], colorise [Brit], colourise [Brit], colourize [Brit, Cdn], color in [US], colour in [Brit, Cdn]
     
  2. Affect as in thought or feeling
    "My personal feelings colour my judgment in this case"; "The sadness coloured his life";
    - tinge, color [US], distort
     
  3. Modify or bias
    "His political ideas colour his lectures";
    - color [US]
     
  4. Decorate with colours
    "colour the walls with paint in warm tones";
    - color [US], emblazon
     
  5. Give a deceptive explanation or excuse for
    "colour a lie";
    - color [US], gloss
     
  6. Change colour, often in an undesired manner
    "The shirts coloured";
    - discolor [US], discolour [Brit, Cdn], color [US]

See also: colored [US], colorful [US], colorless [US], coloured [Brit, Cdn], colourful [Brit, Cdn], colourless [Brit, Cdn], uncolored [US], uncoloured [Brit, Cdn]

Type of: act upon, adorn, affect, alter, apologise [Brit], apologize, appearance, bear on, bear upon, beautify, change, decorate, embellish, emblem, excuse, flag, form, grace, impact, influence, interest, interestingness, justify, kind, material, modify, ornament, quality, race, rationalise [Brit], rationalize, sort, stuff, timber [non-standard], timbre, tone, touch, touch on, variety, visual aspect, visual property, work

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