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 look.

6. (of a play or other work) dealing with the unpleasant realities of life, especially 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 dishonor 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 playingwith 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 colors on which players may place 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 (specifiedgoods,
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
'blackishlyadv
'blacklyadv
'blacknessn

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