Definition and Meanings for black
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Part of Speech of black
adjective, transitive verb, noun, adverb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun
Etymology of black
Meaning of black
- destitute of light, or incapable of reflecting it; of the color of soot or coal; of the darkest or a very dark color, the opposite of white; characterized by such a color; as, black cloth; black hair or eyes.
- in a less literal sense: enveloped or shrouded in darkness; very dark or gloomy; as, a black night; the heavens black with clouds.
- fig.: dismal, gloomy, or forbidding, like darkness; destitute of moral light or goodness; atrociously wicked; cruel; mournful; calamitous; horrible.
- expressing menace, or discontent; threatening; sullen; foreboding; as, to regard one with black looks.
as transitive verb, noun
- sullenly; threateningly; maliciously; so as to produce blackness.
- that which is destitute of light or whiteness; the darkest color, or rather a destitution of all color; as, a cloth has a good black.
- a black pigment or dye.
- a negro; a person whose skin is of a black color, or shaded with black; esp. a member or descendant of certain african races.
- a black garment or dress; as, she wears black;mourning garments of a black color; funereal drapery.
- the part of a thing which is distinguished from the rest by being black.
- a stain; a spot; a smooch.
as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, adjective
- to make black; to blacken; to soil; to sully.
- to make black and shining, as boots or a stove, by applying blacking and then polishing with a brush.