A police car is often called a black and white.
black and white definition by Webster's New World
- writing or print: to put an agreement down in black and white
- a drawing or picture done in black and white
- reproduction, as by photography or television, of images in black, white, and gray rather than in chromatic colors
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- set down in writing or print
- partly black and partly white: a black-and-white tie
- reproduced, rendered, etc. in black, white, and gray rather than in chromatic colors: a black-and-white print
- producing images in black, white, and gray: a black-and-white TV set
- of or based on absolute values that are exactly opposite: an issue seen only in black-and-white terms of right or wrong
- a black-and-white photograph
- Slang a police patrol car
black and white definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Writing or print: saw their words in black and white.
- A visual medium, as in photography or printmaking, employing only black and white or black, white, and values of gray: a film shot in black and white; a painting reproduced in black and white.
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- Partially black and partially white: a black-and-white cow.
- Being in writing or print: black-and-white proof.
- a. Rendered in black and white or in achromatic colors: a black-and-white drawing.b. Of or relating to the reproduction or presentation of visual images in black and white: black-and-white television; black-and-white photography.
- Expressing, recognizing, or based on two mutually exclusive sets of ideas or values: black-and-white categories; a black-and-white point of view.
black and white - Phrases/Idioms
A monochromatic picture, drawing, television image, computer monitor, or film, as opposed to one using many colors, as in Photos in black and white fade less than those taken with color film. [Late 1800s]
Also, black or white. Involving a very clear distinction, without any gradations. For example, He tended to view everything as a black and white issue—it was either right or wrong—whereas his partner always found gray areas. This usage is based on the association of black with evil and white with virtue, which dates back at least 2,000 years. [Early 1800s] Also see gray area.
in black and white. Written down or in print, and therefore official. For example, The terms of our agreement were spelled out in black and white, so there should be no question about it. This term alludes to black ink or print on white paper. Shakespeare used it in Much Ado about Nothing (5:1). [Late 1500s]