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Black vs. Ebony

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Blackadjective

(of an object) Absorbing all light and reflecting none; dark and hueless.

Ebonynoun

(uncountable) A hard, dense, deep black wood from various subtropical and tropical trees, especially of the genus Diospyros.

Blackadjective

(of a place, etc) Without light.

Ebonynoun

(countable) A tree that yields such wood.

Blackadjective

(sometimes capitalized) Of or relating to any of various ethnic groups having dark pigmentation of the skin.

Ebonynoun

A deep, dark black colour.

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Blackadjective

Designated for use by those ethnic groups which have dark pigmentation of the skin.

‘black drinking fountain; black hospital’;

Ebonynoun

A black key on a piano or other keyboard instrument

Blackadjective

Of the spades or clubs suits. Compare of the hearts or diamonds suit

‘I got two red queens, he got one of the black queens.’;

Ebonyadjective

Made of ebony wood.

Blackadjective

Bad; evil; ill-omened.

Ebonyadjective

A deep, dark black colour.

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Blackadjective

Expressing menace, or discontent; threatening; sullen.

‘He shot her a black look.’;

Ebonyadjective

Dark-skinned; black; especially in reference to African-Americans.

Blackadjective

Illegitimate, illegal or disgraced.

Ebonynoun

A hard, heavy, and durable wood, which admits of a fine polish or gloss. The usual color is black, but it also occurs red or green.

Blackadjective

Overcrowded.

Ebonyadjective

Made of ebony, or resembling ebony; black; as, an ebony countenance.

‘This ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling.’;

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Blackadjective

(of coffee or tea) Without any cream, milk, or creamer.

‘Jim drinks his coffee black, but Ellen prefers it with creamer.’;

Ebonynoun

a very dark black

Blackadjective

Of or relating to the playing pieces of a board game deemed to belong to the "black" set (in chess the set used by the player who moves second) often regardless of the pieces' actual colour.

‘The black pieces in this chess set are made of dark blue glass.’;

Ebonynoun

hard dark-colored heartwood of the ebony tree; used in cabinetwork and for piano keys

Blackadjective

(typography) Said of a symbol or character that is solid, filled with color. Compare said of a character or symbol outline, not filled with color.

Ebonynoun

tropical tree of southern Asia having hard dark-colored heartwood used in cabinetwork

Blackadjective

(politics) Related to the Christian Democratic Union of Germany.

‘After the election, the parties united in a black-yellow alliance.’;

Ebonyadjective

very dark black

Blackadjective

Relating to an initiative whose existence or exact nature must remain withheld from the general public.

‘5 percent of the Defense Department funding will go to black projects.’; ‘Originally "the Black North" meant west Ulster,’;

Ebonynoun

heavy blackish or very dark brown timber from a mainly tropical tree.

Blackadjective

Used in the vernacular name of a species to indicate that it has one or more features that is black or dark, especially in comparison to another species with the same base name.

‘black birch, black locust, black rhino’;

Ebonynoun

a very dark brown or black colour

‘his ebony hair’;

Blacknoun

The colour/color perceived in the absence of light, but also when no light is reflected, but rather absorbed.

Ebonynoun

a tree of tropical and warm-temperate regions which produces ebony.

Blacknoun

A black dye or pigment.

Ebonynoun

used in names of trees of other families which produce timber similar to ebony, e.g. Jamaican (or American) ebony.

Blacknoun

(countable) A pen, pencil, crayon, etc., made of black pigment.

Ebony

Ebony is a dense black/brown hardwood, most commonly yielded by several species in the genus Diospyros, which also contains the persimmons. Ebony is dense enough to sink in water.

Blacknoun

(in the plural) Black cloth hung up at funerals.

Blacknoun

A person of African, Aborigine, or Maori descent; a dark-skinned person.

Blacknoun

The black ball.

Blacknoun

The edge of home plate

Blacknoun

A type of firecracker that is really more dark brown in colour.

Blacknoun

Blackcurrant syrup (in mixed drinks, e.g. snakebite and black, cider and black).

Blacknoun

The person playing with the black set of pieces.

‘At this point black makes a disastrous move.’;

Blacknoun

(countable) Part of a thing which is distinguished from the rest by being black.

Blacknoun

A stain; a spot.

Blackverb

To make black, to blacken.

Blackverb

To apply blacking to something.

Blackverb

(British) To boycott something or someone, usually as part of an industrial dispute.

Blackadjective

Destitute of light, or incapable of reflecting it; of the color of soot or coal; of the darkest or a very dark color, the opposite of white; characterized by such a color; as, black cloth; black hair or eyes.

‘O night, with hue so black!’;

Blackadjective

In a less literal sense: Enveloped or shrouded in darkness; very dark or gloomy; as, a black night; the heavens black with clouds.

‘I spy a black, suspicious, threatening cloud.’;

Blackadjective

Fig.: Dismal, gloomy, or forbidding, like darkness; destitute of moral light or goodness; atrociously wicked; cruel; mournful; calamitous; horrible.

Blackadjective

Expressing menace, or discontent; threatening; sullen; foreboding; as, to regard one with black looks.

Blackadverb

Sullenly; threateningly; maliciously; so as to produce blackness.

Blacknoun

That which is destitute of light or whiteness; the darkest color, or rather a destitution of all color; as, a cloth has a good black.

‘Black is the badge of hell,The hue of dungeons, and the suit of night.’;

Blacknoun

A black pigment or dye.

Blacknoun

A negro; a person whose skin is of a black color, or shaded with black; esp. a member or descendant of certain African races.

Blacknoun

A black garment or dress; as, she wears black

‘Friends weeping, and blacks, and obsequies, and the like show death terrible.’; ‘That was the full time they used to wear blacks for the death of their fathers.’;

Blacknoun

The part of a thing which is distinguished from the rest by being black.

‘The black or sight of the eye.’;

Blacknoun

A stain; a spot; a smooch.

‘Defiling her white lawn of chastity with ugly blacks of lust.’;

Blackverb

To make black; to blacken; to soil; to sully.

‘They have their teeth blacked, both men and women, for they say a dog hath his teeth white, therefore they will black theirs.’; ‘Sins which black thy soul.’;

Blackverb

To make black and shining, as boots or a stove, by applying blacking and then polishing with a brush.

Blacknoun

the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)

Blacknoun

total absence of light;

‘they fumbled around in total darkness’; ‘in the black of night’;

Blacknoun

British chemist who identified carbon dioxide and who formulated the concepts of specific heat and latent heat (1728-1799)

Blacknoun

popular child actress of the 1930's (born 1927)

Blacknoun

a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa)

Blacknoun

(board games) the darker pieces

Blacknoun

black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning);

‘the widow wore black’;

Blackverb

make or become black;

‘The smoke blackened the ceiling’; ‘The ceiling blackened’;

Blackadjective

being of the achromatic color of maximum darkness; having little or no hue owing to absorption of almost all incident light;

‘black leather jackets’; ‘as black as coal’; ‘rich black soil’;

Blackadjective

of or belonging to a racial group having dark skin especially of sub-Saharan African origin;

‘a great people--a black people--...injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization’;

Blackadjective

marked by anger or resentment or hostility;

‘black looks’; ‘black words’;

Blackadjective

stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable;

‘black deeds’; ‘a black lie’; ‘his black heart has concocted yet another black deed’; ‘Darth Vader of the dark side’; ‘a dark purpose’; ‘dark undercurrents of ethnic hostility’; ‘the scheme of some sinister intelligence bent on punishing him’;

Blackadjective

offering little or no hope;

‘the future looked black’; ‘prospects were bleak’; ‘Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult’; ‘took a dim view of things’;

Blackadjective

(of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin;

‘the stock market crashed on Black Friday’; ‘a calamitous defeat’; ‘the battle was a disastrous end to a disastrous campaign’; ‘such doctrines, if true, would be absolutely fatal to my theory’; ‘it is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it’; ‘a fateful error’;

Blackadjective

(of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood;

‘a face black with fury’;

Blackadjective

extremely dark;

‘a black moonless night’; ‘through the pitch-black woods’; ‘it was pitch-dark in the celler’;

Blackadjective

harshly ironic or sinister;

‘black humor’; ‘a grim joke’; ‘grim laughter’; ‘fun ranging from slapstick clowning ... to savage mordant wit’;

Blackadjective

(of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading;

‘black propaganda’;

Blackadjective

distributed or sold illicitly;

‘the black economy pays no taxes’;

Blackadjective

(used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame;

‘Man...has written one of his blackest records as a destroyer on the oceanic islands’; ‘an ignominious retreat’; ‘inglorious defeat’; ‘an opprobrious monument to human greed’; ‘a shameful display of cowardice’;

Blackadjective

(of coffee) without cream or sugar

Blackadjective

dressed in black;

‘a black knight’; ‘black friars’;

Blackadjective

soiled with dirt or soot;

‘with feet black from playing outdoors’; ‘his shirt was black within an hour’;

Blackadjective

of the very darkest colour owing to the absence of or complete absorption of light; the opposite of white

‘her long black hair’; ‘black smoke’;

Blackadjective

(of the sky or night) completely dark owing to the sun, moon, or stars not being visible

‘the sky was moonless and black’;

Blackadjective

deeply stained with dirt

‘the walls were black with age and dirt’;

Blackadjective

(of a plant or animal) dark in colour as distinguished from a lighter variety

‘Japanese black pine’;

Blackadjective

(of coffee or tea) served without milk

‘Doyle took his coffee black’; ‘a mug of black coffee’;

Blackadjective

of or denoting the suits spades and clubs in a pack of cards.

Blackadjective

(of a ski run) of the highest level of difficulty, as indicated by black markers positioned along it.

Blackadjective

belonging to or denoting any human group having dark-coloured skin, especially of African or Australian Aboriginal ancestry

‘black adolescents of Jamaican descent’;

Blackadjective

relating to black people

‘black culture’;

Blackadjective

characterized by tragic or disastrous events; causing despair or pessimism

‘the future looks black’; ‘five thousand men were killed on the blackest day of the war’;

Blackadjective

(of a person's state of mind) full of gloom or misery; very depressed

‘Jean had disappeared and Mary was in a black mood’;

Blackadjective

(of humour) presenting tragic or harrowing situations in comic terms

‘‘Good place to bury the bodies,’ she joked with black humour’;

Blackadjective

full of anger or hatred

‘Rory shot her a black look’;

Blackadjective

very evil or wicked

‘my soul is steeped in the blackest sin’;

Blackadjective

denoting a covert military procedure

‘clearance for black operations came from the highest political level’;

Blackadjective

(of goods or work) not to be handled or undertaken by trade union members, especially so as to express support for an industrial dispute elsewhere

‘the union declared the ship black’;

Blacknoun

black colour or pigment

‘a tray decorated in black and green’;

Blacknoun

black clothes or material, typically worn as a sign of mourning

‘only one or two of the mourners were in black’;

Blacknoun

darkness, especially of night or an overcast sky

‘the only thing visible in the black was the light of the torch’;

Blacknoun

the player of the black pieces in chess or draughts

‘Black's king's defences are somewhat weakened’;

Blacknoun

a black thing, in particular the black ball in snooker.

Blacknoun

a member of a dark-skinned people, especially one of African or Australian Aboriginal ancestry

‘they tend to identify strongly with other blacks’;

Blacknoun

the situation of not owing money to a bank or of making a profit in a business operation

‘it is hoped the club will be back in the black by the end of the season’; ‘an insurance company operating in the black will be able to pay for further growth’; ‘I managed to break even in the first six months—quite a short time for a small business to get into the black’;

Blacknoun

blackcurrant cordial

‘a rum and black’;

Blackverb

make (something) black, especially with polish

‘the steps of the house were neatly blacked’;

Blackverb

make (one's face and other visible parts) black with polish or make-up so as not to be seen at night or to play the role of a black person in a play or film

‘white extras blacking up their faces to play Ethiopians’;

Blackverb

refuse to handle (goods), undertake (work), or have dealings with (a person or business) as a way of taking industrial action

‘the union blacked the film because overtime was not being paid’;

Black

Black is a color which results from the absence or complete absorption of visible light. It is an achromatic color, without hue, like white and gray.

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