color wheel

noun
See under complementary color ( def 1a ).

Origin:
1890–95

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complementary color

noun
1.
Art.
a.
one of a pair of primary or secondary colors opposed to the other member of the pair on a schematic chart or scale (color wheel) as green opposed to red, orange opposed to blue, or violet opposed to yellow. Compare analogous color.
b.
the relationship of these pairs of colors perceived as completing or enhancing each other.

Origin:
1820–30

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complementary color  
A secondary color that, when combined with the primary color whose wavelength it does not contain, produces white light. Thus yellow, which is produced by mixing the primary colors red and green, is the complementary color of blue. See Note at color.
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Example sentences
One might start with a color wheel that indicates compatible color schemes.
And you probably didn't worry over a color wheel for hours when you decorated
  your house, either.
Usually, projection displays shine white light through a color wheel, and then
  it's projected onto the screen.
When designers have had enough of fluorescent brights and earthy neutrals, they
  tend to turn away from the color wheel.
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