black

black
black [blak]
adj.
[ME blak < OE blæc < IE * bhleg-, burn, gleam (> L flagrare, flame, burn) < base * bhel-, to gleam, white: orig. sense, “sooted, smoke-black from flame”]
1. opposite to white; of the color of coal or pitch: see COLOR
2. [sometimes B-]
a) 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
b) by, for, or about black people as a group; specif., in the U.S., by, for, or about black Americans [black studies]: see AFRICAN-AMERICAN
3.
a) totally without light; in complete darkness
b) very dark
4. without cream, milk, etc.: said of coffee
5. soiled; dirty
6. wearing black clothing
7. evil; wicked; harmful
8. disgraceful
9. full of sorrow or suffering; sad; dismal; gloomy
10. disastrous
11. sullen or angry [black looks]
12. without hope [a black future]
13. inveterate; confirmed; deep-dyed [a black villain]
14. humorous or satirical in a morbid or cynical way [black comedy]
15. secret; covert; hidden [a CIA black operator]
n.
1.
a) black color
b) a black pigment, paint, or dye
2. any substance or thing that is black
3. a spot or area that is black
4. black clothes, esp. when worn in mourning
5. [sometimes B-] a member of a black people
6. complete darkness or absence of light
7. Chess the player or side with the black or darker-colored pieces
vt., vi.
1. to make black; blacken
2. to polish with blacking
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black out
1. to cover (writing, printing, etc.) with black pencil marks or paint
2. to cause a blackout in
3. to lose consciousness; faint
4. to lose all memory of an event or fact
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☆ in the black [from the practice of entering a credit item in account books with black ink]
operating at a profit
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☆ into the black
into a profitable condition financially
blackish
adj.
blackness
n.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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