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blackest | backest |

As adjectives the difference between blackest and backest

is that blackest is superlative of black while backest is superlative of back.




  • (black)

  • black


    (wikipedia black)


  • (of an object) Absorbing all light and reflecting none; dark and hueless.
  • Without light.
  • (sometimes capitalized) Of or relating to any of various ethnic groups having dark pigmentation of the skin.
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  • (chiefly, historical) Designated for use by those ethnic groups which have dark pigmentation of the skin.
  • black''' drinking fountain; '''black hospital
  • Bad; evil; ill-omened.
  • * 1655 , Benjamin Needler, Expository notes, with practical observations; towards the opening of the five first chapters of the first book of Moses called Genesis. London: N. Webb and W. Grantham, page 168.
  • ...what a black day would that be, when the Ordinances of Jesus Christ should as it were be excommunicated, and cast out of the Church of Christ.
  • Expressing menace, or discontent; threatening; sullen.
  • He shot her a black look.
  • Illegitimate, illegal or disgraced.
  • * 1866 , The Contemporary Review , London: A. Strahan, page 338.
  • Foodstuffs were rationed and, as in other countries in a similar situation, the black market was flourishing.
  • (Ireland, informal) Overcrowded.
  • (of coffee or tea) Without any cream, milk or creamer.
  • Jim drinks his coffee black , but Ellen prefers it with creamer.
  • (board games, chess) Of or relating to the playing pieces of a board game deemed to belong to the "black" set (in chess the set used by the player who moves second) (qualifier, often regardless of the pieces' actual colour).
  • The black pieces in this chess set are made of dark blue glass.
  • (Germany, politics) Related to the .
  • After the election, the parties united in a black -yellow alliance.
  • (secrecy) Relating to a initiative whose existence or exact nature must remain withheld from the general public.
  • 5 percent of the Defense Department funding will go to black projects.


    * (dark and colourless) dark * (without light) dark, gloomy, pitch-black


    * (dark and colourless) white, nonblack, unblack * (without light) bright, illuminated, lit


    (en noun)
  • The colour/color perceived in the absence of light.
  • black colour:   
  • * Shakespeare
  • Black is the badge of hell, / The hue of dungeons, and the suit of night.
  • A black dye or pigment.
  • A pen, pencil, crayon, etc., made of black pigment.
  • (in the plural) Black cloth hung up at funerals.
  • * 1625 , Francis Bacon, "Of Death", Essays :
  • Groans, and convulsions, and a discolored face, and friends weeping, and blacks , and obsequies, and the like, show death terrible.
  • (sometimes capitalised) A person of African, Aborigine, or Maori descent; a dark-skinned person.
  • * 2004 , Anthony Joseph Paul Cortese, Provocateur: Images of Women and Minorities in Advertising (page 108)
  • Prize-winning books continue a trend toward increased representation of blacks , accounting for most of the books with exclusively black characters.
  • The black ball.
  • (baseball) The edge of home plate
  • (British) a type of firecracker that is really more dark brown in colour.
  • (informal) blackcurrant syrup (in mixed drinks, e.g. snakebite and black, cider and black).
  • In chess and similar games, the person playing with the black set of pieces.
  • At this point black makes a disastrous move.
  • Part of a thing which is distinguished from the rest by being black.
  • * Sir K. Digby
  • the black or sight of the eye
  • (obsolete) A stain; a spot.
  • * Rowley
  • defiling her white lawn of chastity with ugly blacks of lust


    * (colour or absence of light) ** blackness * (person) ** (standard) African American (in the US), Afro-American (in the US), person of color (US) or person of colour (UK), person of African descent


    * white


    (en verb)
  • To make black, to blacken.
  • * 1859 , Oliver Optic, Poor and Proud; or, The Fortunes of Katy Redburn, a Story for Young Folks [http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=/texts/english/modeng/publicsearch/modengpub.o2w&act=surround&offset=506735625&tag=Optic,+Oliver:+Poor+and+proud;+or,+The+fortunes+of+Katy+Redburn,+a+story+for+young+folks,+1859&query=+black+your&id=OptPoor]
  • "I don't want to fight; but you are a mean, dirty blackguard, or you wouldn't have treated a girl like that," replied Tommy, standing as stiff as a stake before the bully.
    "Say that again, and I'll black your eye for you."
  • * 1911 , Edna Ferber, Buttered Side Down [http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=/texts/english/modeng/publicsearch/modengpub.o2w&act=surround&offset=302756157&tag=Ferber,+Edna:+Buttered+Side+Down,+1911&query=+black+your&id=FerButt]
  • Ted, you can black your face, and dye your hair, and squint, and some fine day, sooner or later, somebody'll come along and blab the whole thing.
  • * 1922 , John Galsworthy, A Family Man: In Three Acts [http://books.google.com/books?vid=OCLC00645065&id=vw6G-rbudVUC&pg=PA93&lpg=PA93&dq=%22black+his+eye%22&as_brr=1]
  • I saw red, and instead of a cab I fetched that policeman. Of course father did black his eye.
  • To apply blacking to something.
  • * 1853 , Harriet Beecher Stowe, The Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin [http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=/texts/english/modeng/publicsearch/modengpub.o2w&act=surround&offset=600775507&tag=Stowe,+Harriet+Beecher:+The+Key+to+Uncle+Tom's+Cabin,+1853&query=+black+his&id=StoKeyu]
  • ...he must catch, curry, and saddle his own horse; he must black his own brogans (for he will not be able to buy boots).
  • * 1861 , George William Curtis, Trumps: A Novel [http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=/texts/english/modeng/publicsearch/modengpub.o2w&act=surround&offset=160888866&tag=EAF538&query=+black+your&id=eaf538]
  • But in a moment he went to Greenidge's bedside, and said, shyly, in a low voice, "Shall I black your boots for you?"
  • * 1911 , Max Beerbohm, Zuleika Dobson [http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=/texts/english/modeng/publicsearch/modengpub.o2w&act=surround&offset=91865750&tag=Beerbohm,+Max,+Sir,+1872-1956:+Zuleika+Dobson,+1911&query=+black+your&id=BeeZule]
  • Loving you, I could conceive no life sweeter than hers — to be always near you; to black your boots, carry up your coals, scrub your doorstep; always to be working for you, hard and humbly and without thanks.
  • (British) To boycott something or someone, usually as part of an industrial dispute.
  • Synonyms

    * (make black) blacken, darken, swarten * (boycott) blackball, blacklist

    Derived terms

    * black alder * blackamoor * black-and-blue * black-and-tan * black and white * black arts * black bag job * blackball * black bean * black bear * black belt * blackberry * black bile * blackboard * black body * black book * black bottom * black bottom pie * black box * black bread * black bread mold * black bun * blackbutt * blackcap * black cherry * black coffee * black cohosh * black comedy * black cow * blackcurrant * blackdamp * Black Death * black diamond * black dwarf * black economy * blacken * black-eyed * black-eyed bean * black-eyed pea * black-eyed Susan * black-faced * blackfish * black flag * blackfly * Black Forest * Black Forest cake, Black Forest gateau * black frost * black game * blackguard * black gum * blackhead * black-hearted * black hole * black humor, black humour * black ice * blackjack * black knight * black-lead * blackleg * black letter * black light * black list * black-list * blackly * black lung * blackmail * black magic * black man * Black Maria * black mark * black market * black mass * black measles * black money * black mustard * blackness * black nightshade * black out * blackout * Black Panther * black pepper * blackpoll * black powder * Black Power * black propaganda * black pudding * black racer * black raspberry * Black Rod * black rot * Black Sea * black shale * black sheep * black-sick * black skimmer * blacksmith * black spot * black stork * blackstrap * black stump * black swan * black tea * blackthorn * black tie * blacktop * Black Tuesday * black up * black velvet * Black Virgin * black walnut * blackwater * black widow * blackwood * blackwork * carbon black * coal black * ivory black * Large Black * long black * nonblack * penny black * pitch-black * platinum black * short black * slate black * television black

    See also

    * monochrome * *


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  • (phonetics) (back)
  • Martin J. Ball and Nicole Müller (2005), Phonetics for communication disorders , p. 56:
  • :: He set up two anchor points for his system using articulatory criteria: cardinal vowel 1 was the highest, frontest vowel that one could make without the sound becoming a consonant, and cardinal vowel 5 was the lowest, backest vowel one could produce without pulling the tongue back into the pharynx.
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