An example of black is darkness.
The pirates' black deeds.
Rich black soil; black, wavy hair.
A black comedy.
Gave me a black look.
A black day; the stock market crash on Black Friday.
The black knight.
Black propaganda; black radio transmissions.
Black programs in the Defense Department; the Pentagon's black budget.
Worked hard to get the business back into the black.
Blacked their faces with charcoal.
Blacked the stove.
A black future.
A black villain.
A CIA black operator.
Black drinking fountain; black hospital.
He shot her a black look.
The black pieces in this chess set are made of dark blue glass.
After the election, the parties united in a black-yellow alliance.
5 percent of the Defense Department funding will go to black projects.
At this point black makes a disastrous move.
An example of black is the color of the sky at night.
A black, moonless night.
Feet black from playing outdoors.
- 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.
- Operating at a profit.
- Into a profitable condition financially.
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.