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coloring

[kuhl-er-ing] /ˈkʌl ər ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act or method of applying color.
2.
appearance as to color:
healthy coloring.
3.
a substance used to color something:
food coloring made from vegetable dyes.
4.
aspect or tone:
The ethical coloring of the story balanced the rawness of its language.
5.
specious appearance; show.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English; see color, -ing1
Related forms
noncoloring, adjective, noun
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coloring

n.

late 14c., "action of applying color," noun of action from color (v.). Figurative use by 1540s. Meaning "way something is colored" is early 15c. Coloring book is from 1931.

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