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

Derived forms: colors, coloring, colored

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, excuse, form, grace, impact, influence, interest, interestingness, kind, material, modify, ornament, quality, rationalise [Brit], rationalize, sort, stuff, timber [non-standard], timbre, tone, touch, touch on, variety, visual aspect, visual property, work

Encyclopedia: Color