Black Definition

blăk
blacked, blackest, blacking, blacks, blacker
adjective
blackest, blacker
Being of the color black, producing or reflecting comparatively little light and having no predominant hue.
American Heritage
Opposite to white; of the color of coal or pitch.
Webster's New World
Having little or no light.
A black, moonless night.
American Heritage
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.
Webster's New World
Of or belonging to a racial group having brown to black skin, especially one of African origin.
The black population of South Africa.
American Heritage
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noun
blacks
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.
American Heritage
Black color.
Webster's New World
A pigment or dye having this color value.
American Heritage
A black pigment, paint, or dye.
Webster's New World
Complete or almost complete absence of light; darkness.
American Heritage
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verb
blacked, blacking
To make black.
Blacked their faces with charcoal.
American Heritage
To make black; blacken.
Webster's New World
To apply blacking to.
Blacked the stove.
American Heritage
To polish with blacking.
Webster's New World
To boycott as part of a labor union action.
American Heritage
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proper name
1886-1971; associate justice, U.S. Supreme Court (1937-71)
Webster's New World
1728-99; Scot. chemist.
Webster's New World
other

(colour, dye, pen): white.

Wiktionary
idiom
black out
  • to cover (writing, printing, etc.) with black pencil marks or paint
  • to cause a blackout in
Webster's New World
in the black
  • operating at a profit
Webster's New World
into the black
  • into a profitable condition financially
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Black

Noun

Singular:
black
Plural:
blacks

Adjective

Base Form:
black
Comparative:
blacker
Superlative:
blackest

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Black

Origin of Black

  • 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

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

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

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