Black definition

blăk
Complete or almost complete absence of light; darkness.
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Without cream, milk, etc.
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Wearing clothing of the darkest visual hue.

The black knight.

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Evil; wicked.

The pirates' black deeds.

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Black clothes, esp. when worn in mourning.
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Without hope.

A black future.

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Soiled, as from soot; dirty.

Feet black from playing outdoors.

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Clothing of the darkest hue, especially such clothing worn for mourning.
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Inveterate; confirmed; deep-dyed.

A black villain.

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Opposite to white; of the color of coal or pitch.
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Any substance or thing that is black.
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To polish with blacking.
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Sullen or angry.

Black looks.

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A spot or area that is black.
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A member of a black people.
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Complete darkness or absence of light.
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To make black; blacken.
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(person) 1886-1971; associate justice, U.S. Supreme Court (1937-71)
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(person) 1728-99; Scot. chemist.
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(UK) A type of firecracker that is really more dark brown in colour.
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Wearing black clothing.
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To become black.
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Disgraceful.
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Full of sorrow or suffering; sad; dismal; gloomy.
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Disastrous.
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The definition of black is covered in darkness or having no light.

An example of black is the color of the sky at night.

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Black is defined as the color that has no light.

An example of black is darkness.

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(chiefly british) Boycotted as part of a labor union action.
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Of or belonging to a racial group having brown to black skin, especially one of African origin.

The black population of South Africa.

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Of or belonging to an American ethnic group descended from African peoples having dark skin; African-American.
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Something that is colored black.
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The condition of making or operating at a profit.

Worked hard to get the business back into the black.

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The achromatic color value of minimum lightness or maximum darkness; the color of objects that absorb nearly all light of all visible wavelengths; one extreme of the neutral gray series, the opposite being white. Although strictly a response to zero stimulation of the retina, the perception of black appears to depend on contrast with surrounding color stimuli.
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A pigment or dye having this color value.
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A member of a racial group having brown to black skin, especially one of African origin.
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An American descended from peoples of African origin having brown to black skin; an African American.
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The black-colored pieces, as in chess or checkers.
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The player using these pieces.
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Humorous or satirical in a morbid or cynical way.

Black comedy.

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Secret; covert; hidden.

A CIA black operator.

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Designating or of any of the dark-skinned traditional inhabitants of sub-Saharan Africa, Australia, or Melanesia or their descendants in other parts of the world.
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By, for, or about black people as a group; specif., in the U.S., by, for, or about black Americans.

Black studies.

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Totally without light; in complete darkness.
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Very dark.
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(chess) The player or side with the black or darker-colored pieces.
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Black color.
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A black pigment, paint, or dye.
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(of an object) Absorbing all light and reflecting none; dark and hueless.
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(of a place, etc) Without light.
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(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.

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Expressing menace, or discontent; threatening; sullen.

He shot her a black look.

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Illegitimate, illegal or disgraced.
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(Ireland, informal) Overcrowded.
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(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) (often regardless of the pieces' actual colour).

The black pieces in this chess set are made of dark blue glass.

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(Germany, politics) Related to the Christian Democratic Union.

After the election, the parties united in a black-yellow alliance.

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(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.

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The colour/color perceived in the absence of light.

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A black dye or pigment.
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A pen, pencil, crayon, etc., made of black pigment.
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(in the plural) Black cloth hung up at funerals.
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(sometimes capitalised) A person of African, Aborigine, or Maori descent; a dark-skinned person.
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(billiards, snooker, pool, with the) The black ball.
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(baseball) The edge of home plate.
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(informal) Blackcurrant syrup (in mixed drinks, e.g. snakebite and black, cider and black).
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In chess and similar games, the person playing with the black set of pieces.

At this point black makes a disastrous move.

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Part of a thing which is distinguished from the rest by being black.
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(colour, dye, pen): white.
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To make black, to blacken.
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To apply blacking to something.
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(UK) To boycott something or someone, usually as part of an industrial dispute.
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Soiled; dirty.
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Evil; wicked; harmful.
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Being of the color black, producing or reflecting comparatively little light and having no predominant hue.
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Having little or no light.

A black, moonless night.

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Very dark in color.

Rich black soil; black, wavy hair.

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Deserving of, indicating, or incurring censure or dishonor.
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Served without milk or cream.

Black coffee.

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Appearing to emanate from a source other than the actual point of origin. Used chiefly of intelligence operations.

Black propaganda; black radio transmissions.

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Disclosed, for reasons of security, only to an extremely limited number of authorized persons; very highly classified.

Black programs in the Defense Department; the Pentagon's black budget.

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To make black.

Blacked their faces with charcoal.

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To apply blacking to.

Blacked the stove.

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(chiefly british) To boycott as part of a labor union action.
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(of coffee or tea) Without any cream, milk, or creamer.

Jim drinks his coffee black, but Ellen prefers it with creamer.

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Being a trail, as for skiing, marked with a sign having a black diamond, indicating a high level of difficulty.
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Cheerless and depressing; gloomy.

Black thoughts.

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Being or characterized by morbid or grimly satiric humor.

A black comedy.

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Marked by anger or sullenness.

Gave me a black look.

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Attended with disaster; calamitous.

A black day; the stock market crash on Black Friday.

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black out
  • to cover (writing, printing, etc.) with black pencil marks or paint
  • to cause a blackout in
  • to lose consciousness; faint
  • to lose all memory of an event or fact
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in the black
  • operating at a profit
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into the black
  • into a profitable condition financially
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
black
Plural:
blacks

Adjective

Base Form:
black
Comparative:
blacker
Superlative:
blackest

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

into the black

Origin of black

  • Middle English blak from Old English blæc bhel-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English black, blak, blake, from Old English blæc (“black, dark", also "ink”), from Proto-Germanic *blakaz (“burnt”) (compare Dutch blaken (“to burn”), Old High German blah (“black”), Old Norse blakra (“to blink”)), from Proto-Indo-European *bhleg- (“to burn, shine”) (compare Latin flagrāre (“to burn”), Ancient Greek φλόξ (phlox, “flame”), Albanian blozë (“soot”), Sanskrit bharga 'radiance' [script?]). More at bleach.

    From Wiktionary