blackness

blackness

[blak-nis]
noun
1.
the quality or state of being black.
2.
the quality or state of being a black person.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English; see black, -ness

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black (blæk)
 
adj
1.  Compare white of the colour of jet or carbon black, having no hue due to the absorption of all or nearly all incident light
2.  without light; completely dark
3.  without hope or alleviation; gloomy: the future looked black
4.  very dirty or soiled: black factory chimneys
5.  angry or resentful: she gave him black looks
6.  (of a play or other work) dealing with the unpleasant realities of life, esp in a pessimistic or macabre manner: black comedy
7.  (of coffee or tea) without milk or cream
8.  causing, resulting from, or showing great misfortune: black areas of unemployment
9.  a.  wicked or harmful: a black lie
 b.  (in combination): black-hearted
10.  causing or deserving dishonour or censure: a black crime
11.  (of the face) purple, as from suffocation
12.  (Brit) (of goods, jobs, works, etc) being subject to boycott by trade unionists, esp in support of industrial action elsewhere
 
n
13.  a black colour
14.  a dye or pigment of or producing this colour
15.  black clothing, worn esp as a sign of mourning
16.  chess, draughts
 a.  a black or dark-coloured piece or square
 b.  (usually capital) the player playing with such pieces
17.  complete darkness: the black of the night
18.  a black ball in snooker, etc
19.  (in roulette and other gambling games) one of two colours on which players may place even bets, the other being red
20.  in the black in credit or without debt
21.  archery a black ring on a target, between the outer and the blue, scoring three points
 
vb
22.  another word for blacken
23.  (tr) to polish (shoes, etc) with blacking
24.  (tr) to bruise so as to make black: he blacked her eye
25.  (Brit), (Austral), (NZ) (tr) (of trade unionists) to organize a boycott of (specified goods, jobs, work, etc), esp in support of industrial action elsewhere
 
[Old English blæc; related to Old Saxon blak ink, Old High German blakra to blink]
 
'blackish
 
adj
 
'blackishly
 
adv
 
'blackly
 
adv
 
'blackness
 
n

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