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* colour (see the below)
(uncountable) The spectral composition of visible light
(countable) A particular set of visible spectral compositions, perceived or named as a class.
- Humans and birds can perceive color .
(uncountable) Hue as opposed to achromatic colors (black, white and grays).
- Most languages have names for the colors black, white, red, and green.
(uncountable) Human skin tone, especially as an indicator of race or ethnicity.
- He referred to the white flag as one "drained of all color ".
(figuratively) Interest, especially in a selective area.
- Color has been a sensitive issue in many societies.
(heraldry) Any of the standard dark tinctures used in a coat of arms, including azure, gules, sable, and vert. Contrast with metal.
(in the plural) A standard or banner.
- a bit of local color
The system of color television.
- The loss of their colors destroyed the regiment's morale.
(in the plural) An award for sporting achievement, particularly within a school or university.
- This film is broadcast in color .
In corporate finance, details on sales, profit margins, or other financial figures, especially while reviewing quarterly results when an officer of a company is speaking to investment analysts.
- He was awarded colors for his football.
(physics) A property of quarks, with three values called red, green, and blue, which they can exchange by passing gluons.
(typography) The relative lightness or darkness of a mass of written or printed text on a page.
(snooker) Any of the colored balls excluding the reds.
A front or facade: an ostensible truth actually false.
* (also needs better-worded definition)
An appearance of right or authority.
- Could you give me some color with regards to which products made up the mix of revenue for this quarter?
(medicine) Skin color noted as: normal, jaundice, cyanotic, flush, mottled, pale, or ashen as part of the skin signs assessment.
- Under color of law, he managed to bilk taxpayers of millions of dollars.
The late (etyl) colour'', which is the standard UK spelling, has been the usual spelling in Britain since the 14th century and was chosen by (1828), along with favor, honor, etc., and is currently the standard US spelling.
In Canada, colour'' is preferred, but ''color'' is not unknown; in Australia, ''-our'' endings are the standard, although ''-or'' endings had some currency in the past and are still sporadically found in some regions. In New Zealand, ''-our endings are the standard.
* (spectral composition of visible light) blee
* (particular set named as a class) blee, hue
* hue, shade, blee
* (human skin tone as an indicator of race or ethnicity) colour of one’s skin, complexion, blee, ethnicity, race
* (dark tincture) stain
* (standard or banner) banner, standard
* (colour television) colour television
* color charge
* color code
* color commentator
* color of fire
* in color
* prismatic colors
* true colors
Conveying color, as opposed to shades of gray.
- Color television and movies were considered a great improvement over black and white.
To give something color.
To apply colors to the areas within the boundaries of a line drawing using colored markers or crayons.
- We could color the walls red.
(of a face) To become red through increased blood flow.
- My kindergartener loves to color .
To affect without completely changing.
- ''Her face colored as she realized her mistake.
(informal) To attribute a quality to.
- That interpretation certainly colors my perception of the book.
(mathematics) To assign colors to the vertices of (a graph) or the regions of (a map) so that no two adjacent ones have the same color.
- Color me confused.
- Can this graph be two-colored ?
- You can color any map with four colors.
* (give something color) dye, paint, stain, shade, tinge, tint
* (apply colors within boundaries of a line drawing)
* (affect without completely changing) affect, influence
* (attribute a quality to) call
* color by numbers
From (etyl) word, from (etyl) verb.
The word inventory
may be pronounced with four syllables (/??n.v?n.t?.?i/) or only three (/?n?v?n.t?i/).
The word island'' is six letters long; the ''s'' has never been pronounced but was added under the influence of ''isle
The word me
signed in American Sign Language.
The smallest unit of language which has a particular meaning and can be expressed by itself; the smallest discrete, meaningful unit of language.
* 1986 , David Barrat, Media Sociology (ISBN 041505110X), page 112:
* 2009 , Jack Fitzgerald, Viva La Evolucin (ISBN 055719833X), page 233:
- The word , whether written or spoken, does not look like or sound like its meaning — it does not resemble its signified. We only connect the two because we have learnt the code — language. Without such knowledge, 'Maggie' would just be a meaningless pattern of shapes or sounds.
# The smallest discrete unit of spoken language which has a particular meaning, composed of one or more phonemes and one or more morphemes.
#* 1894 , Alex. R. Mackwen, The Samaritan Passover'', in ''Littell's Living Age , series 6, volume 1:
- Brian and Abby signed the word' ''clothing'', in which the thumbs brush down the chest as though something is hanging there. They both spoke the '''word''' ''clothing''. Brian then signed the '''word for ''change ,
# The smallest discrete unit of written language which has a particular meaning, composed of one or more letters or symbols and one or more morphemes.
#* , act 2, scene 2:
- Then all was silent save the voice of the high priest, whose words grew louder and louder,
- Polonius: What do you read, my lord?
#* 2003 , Jan Furman, Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon: A Casebook (ISBN 0195146352), page 194:
- Hamlet: Words', '''words''', ' words .
#* 2009 , Stanislas Dehaene, Reading in the Brain: The New Science of How We Read (ISBN 1101152400):
- The name was a confused gift of love from her father, who could not read the word but picked it out of the Bible for its visual shape,
# A discrete, meaningful unit of language which is approved by some authority.
#* 1896 , (Israel Zangwill), Without Prejudice , page 21:
- Well-meaning academics even introduced spelling absurdities such as the “s” in the word “island,” a misguided Renaissance attempt to restore the etymology of the [unrelated] Latin word insula .
#* 1999 , Linda Greenlaw, The Hungry Ocean , Hyperion, page 11:
- “Ain’t! How often am I to tell you ain’t ain’t a word ?”
# A sequence of letters or characters, or sounds, which (does not necessarily belong to a language or have a meaning, but which) is considered as a discrete entity.
#* 1974 , Thinking Goes to School: Piaget's Theory in Practice (ISBN 0199839077), page 183:
- Fisherwoman isn’t even a word . It’s not in the dictionary.
#* 2003 , How To Do Everything with Your Tablet PC (ISBN 0072227710), page 278:
- In still another variation, the nonsense word is presented and the teacher asks, "What sound was in the beginning of the word?" "In the middle?" and so on. The child should always respond with the phoneme; he should not use letter labels.
#* 2006 , Scribal Habits and Theological Influences in the Apocalypse (ISBN 3161491122), page 141:
- I wrote a nonsense word , "umbalooie," in the Input Panel's Writing Pad. Input Panel converted it to "cembalos" and displayed it in the Text Preview pane.
#* 2013 , The Cognitive Neuropsychology of Language (ISBN 1317859979), page 91:
- Here the scribe has dropped the ?? from ?????????, thereby creating the nonsense word ???????.
Something which is like such a unit of language:
# (telegraphy) A unit of text equivalent to five characters and one space.
# (computing) A fixed-size group of bits handled as a unit by a machine (on many machines, 16 bits or two bytes).
# (computer science) A finite string which is not a command or operator.
# (group theory) A group element, expressed as a product of group elements.
The fact or act of speaking, as opposed to taking action.
* 1811 , (Jane Austen), (Sense and Sensibility) :
- If M. V. has sustained impairment to a phonological output process common to reading and repetition, we might anticipate that her mispronunciations will partially reflect the underlying phonemic form of the nonsense word .
* 2004 , Richard Williams, The Guardian , 8 Sep 2004:
- she believed them still so very much attached to each other, that they could not be too sedulously divided in word and deed on every occasion.
* 1611 , Bible , Authorized Version, (w) XXVI.75:
- As they fell apart against Austria, England badly needed someone capable of leading by word and example.
- And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
* (Charles Dickens) (1812-1870)
- She said; but at the happy word "he lives", / My father stooped, re-fathered, o'er my wound.
* 1945 April 1, Sebastian Haffner, in The Observer :
- There is only one other point on which I offer a word of remark.
* 2011 , (David Bellos), Is That a Fish in Your Ear? , Penguin 2012, page 126:
- "The Kaiser laid down his arms at a quarter to twelve. In me, however, they have an opponent who ceases fighting only at five minutes past twelve," said Hitler some time ago. He has never spoken a truer word .
A watchword or rallying cry, a verbal signal (even when consisting of multiple words).
* 1592 , William Shakespeare, :
- Despite appearances to the contrary [...] dragomans stuck rigidly to their brief, which was not to translate the Sultan's words, but his word .
* 1647 (published), John Fletcher and William Rowley, (The Maid in the Mill) (published in the first Beaumont and Fletcher folio), scene 3:
- Our ancient word of courage, fair Saint George, inspire us with the spleen of fiery dragons!
- I have the word : sentinel, do thou stand;
(lb) A proverb or motto.
* 1499 , (John Skelton), The Bowge of Court :
- mum's the word
* 1599 , Ben Jonson, (Every Man out of His Humour) :
- Among all other was wrytten in her trone / In golde letters, this worde , whiche I dyde rede: / Garder le fortune que est mauelz]] et [[bon, bone .
* 1646 , , The Balm of Gilead :
- Let the word be 'Not without mustard'. Your crest is very rare, sir.
- The old word is, 'What the eye views not, the heart rues not.'
- Word had gone round during the day that old Major, the prize Middle White boar, had had a strange dream on the previous night and wished to communicate it to the other animals.
An order; a request or instruction; an expression of will.
- Don't fire till I give the word
A promise; an oath or guarantee.
- Their mother's word was law.
A brief discussion or conversation.
(in the plural) Angry debate or conversation; argument.
* 1526 , (William Tyndale), trans. Bible , :
- And that worde' was made flesshe, and dwelt amonge vs, and we sawe the glory off yt, as the glory off the only begotten sonne off the father, which ' worde was full of grace, and verite.
* (distinct unit of language) In English and other space-delimited languages, it is customary to treat "word" as referring to any sequence of characters delimited by spaces. However, this is not applicable to languages such as Chinese and Japanese, which are normally written without spaces, or to languages such as Vietnamese, which are written with a space between each syllable.
* (computing) The size (length) of a word, while being fixed in a particular machine or processor family design, can be different in different designs, for many reasons. See for a full explanation.
* 1897 , Ouida, The New Woman'', in ''An Altruist and Four Essays , page 239:
*: But every word', whether written or spoken, which urges the woman to antagonism against the man, every ' word which is written or spoken to try and make of her a hybrid, self-contained opponent of men, makes a rift in the lute to which the world looks for its sweetest music.
* 2011 , John Lehew (senior), The Encouragement of Peter (ISBN 1615074708), page 108:
*: In what sense is God's Word living? No other word , whether written or spoken, has the power that the Bible has to change lives.
* (distinct unit of language) vocable
* (something promised) promise
* (God) God, Logos
* (Bible) word of God, Bible
* See also
(lb) To say or write (something) using particular words; to phrase (something).
To flatter with words, to cajole.
* 1607 , William Shakespeare, Anthony and Cleopatra , act 5, scene 2:
- I’m not sure how to word this letter to the council.
(lb) To ply or overpower with words.
* 1621 November 30, James Howell, letter to Francis Bacon, from Turin:
- He words' me, girls, he ' words me, that I should not / be noble to myself.
* 1829 April, Webster's Dictionary'', in ''The North American Review , volume 28, page 438:
- if one were to be worded to death, Italian is the fittest Language [for that task]
To conjure with a word.
* (Robert South), Sermon on Psalm XXXIX. 9 :
- if a man were to be worded to death, or stoned to death by words, the High-Dutch were the fittest [language for that task].
* 1994 , Liminal Postmodernisms''/''Postmodern Studies , volume 8, page 162:
- Against him who could word' heaven and earth out of nothing, and can when he pleases ' word them into nothing again.
* 2013 , Carla Mae Streeter, Foundations of Spirituality: The Human and the Holy (ISBN 0814680712), page 92:
- "Postcolonialism" might well be another linguistic construct, desperately begging for a referent that will never show up, simply because it never existed on its own and was literally worded into existence by the very term that pretends to be born from it.
To speak, to use words; to converse, to discourse.
* 1818 , John Keats, Hyperion :
- The being of each person is worded into existence in the Word,
- Thus wording timidly among the fierce: / 'O Father, I am here the simplest voice, [...]'
* (say or write using particular words) express, phrase, put into words, state
(slang, AAVE) truth, indeed, to tell or speak the truth; the shortened form of the statement, "My word is my bond," an expression eventually shortened to "Word is bond," before it finally got cut to just "Word," which is its most commonly used form.
* "Yo, that movie was epic!" / "Word'?" ("You speak the truth?") / "' Word ." ("I speak the truth.")
(slang, emphatic, stereotypically, AAVE) An abbreviated form of word up; a statement of the acknowledgment of fact with a hint of nonchalant approval.
* 2004 , Shannon Holmes, Never Go Home Again: A Novel , page 218
* 2007 , Gabe Rotter, Duck Duck Wally: A Novel , page 105
- " Know what I'm sayin'?" / "Word !" the other man strongly agreed. "Let's do this — "
* 2007 , Relentless Aaron The Last Kingpin , page 34
Variant of .