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Black vs. White

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Blackadjective

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

Whiteadjective

Bright and colourless; reflecting equal quantities of all frequencies of visible light.

‘Write in black ink on white paper.’;

Blackadjective

(of a place, etc) Without light.

Whiteadjective

(sometimes capitalized) Of or relating to Caucasians, people of European descent with light-coloured skin.

Blackadjective

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

Whiteadjective

Designated for use by Caucasians.

‘white drinking fountain;’; ‘white hospital’;

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Blackadjective

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

‘black drinking fountain; black hospital’;

Whiteadjective

Relatively light or pale in colour.

‘white wine;’; ‘white grapes’;

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.’;

Whiteadjective

Pale or pallid, as from fear, illness, etc.

Blackadjective

Bad; evil; ill-omened.

Whiteadjective

Lacking coloration (tan) from ultraviolet light; not tanned.

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Blackadjective

Expressing menace, or discontent; threatening; sullen.

‘He shot her a black look.’;

Whiteadjective

(of coffee or tea) Containing cream, milk, or creamer.

Blackadjective

Illegitimate, illegal or disgraced.

Whiteadjective

The standard denomination of the playing pieces of a board game deemed to belong to the white set, no matter what the actual colour.

‘The white pieces in this set are in fact made of light green glass.’;

Blackadjective

Overcrowded.

Whiteadjective

Pertaining to an ecclesiastical order whose adherents dress in white habits; Cistercian.

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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.’;

Whiteadjective

Honourable, fair; decent.

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.’;

Whiteadjective

Grey, as from old age; having silvery hair; hoary.

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.

Whiteadjective

(archaic) Characterized by freedom from that which disturbs, and the like; fortunate; happy; favourable.

Blackadjective

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

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

Whiteadjective

(obsolete) Regarded with especial favour; favourite; darling.

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,’;

Whiteadjective

(politics) Pertaining to constitutional or anti-revolutionary political parties or movements.

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’;

Whiteadjective

(of tea) Made from immature leaves and shoots.

Blacknoun

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

Whiteadjective

(typography) Not containing characters; see white space.

Blacknoun

A black dye or pigment.

Whiteadjective

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

Blacknoun

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

Whiteadjective

Characterised by the presence of snow

Blacknoun

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

Whitenoun

The color/colour of snow or milk; the colour of light containing equal amounts of all visible wavelengths.

Blacknoun

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

Whitenoun

A person of European descent with light-coloured skin.

Blacknoun

The black ball.

Whitenoun

The albumen of bird eggs (egg white).

Blacknoun

The edge of home plate

Whitenoun

(anatomy) The sclera, white of the eye.

Blacknoun

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

Whitenoun

Any butterfly of the Pieris genus.

Blacknoun

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

Whitenoun

The cue ball in cue games.

Blacknoun

The person playing with the black set of pieces.

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

Whitenoun

White wine.

Blacknoun

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

Whitenoun

Cocaine

Blacknoun

A stain; a spot.

Whitenoun

(archery) The central part of the butt, which was formerly painted white; the centre of a mark at which a missile is shot.

Blackverb

To make black, to blacken.

Whitenoun

The snow- or ice-covered "green" in snow golf.

Blackverb

To apply blacking to something.

Whitenoun

A white pigment.

‘Venice white’;

Blackverb

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

Whitenoun

(countable) Anything that is of the color white.

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!’;

Whitenoun

The enclosed part of a letter of the alphabet, especially when handwritten.

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.’;

Whiteverb

(transitive) To make white; to whiten; to bleach.

Blackadjective

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

Whiteadjective

Reflecting to the eye all the rays of the spectrum combined; not tinted with any of the proper colors or their mixtures; having the color of pure snow; snowy; - the opposite of black or dark; as, white paper; a white skin.

‘White as the whitest lily on a stream.’;

Blackadjective

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

Whiteadjective

Destitute of color, as in the cheeks, or of the tinge of blood color; pale; pallid; as, white with fear.

‘Or whispering with white lips, "The foe!They come! they come!"’;

Blackadverb

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

Whiteadjective

Having the color of purity; free from spot or blemish, or from guilt or pollution; innocent; pure.

‘White as thy fame, and as thy honor clear.’; ‘No whiter page than Addison's remains.’;

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.’;

Whiteadjective

Gray, as from age; having silvery hair; hoary.

‘Your high engendered battles 'gainst a headSo old and white as this.’;

Blacknoun

A black pigment or dye.

Whiteadjective

Characterized by freedom from that which disturbs, and the like; fortunate; happy; favorable.

‘On the whole, however, the dominie reckoned this as one of the white days of his life.’;

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.

Whiteadjective

Regarded with especial favor; favorite; darling.

‘Come forth, my white spouse.’; ‘I am his white boy, and will not be gullet.’; ‘Driving their cattle continually with them, and feeding only upon their milk and white meats.’; ‘A pistol charged with white powder.’;

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.’;

Whitenoun

The color of pure snow; one of the natural colors of bodies, yet not strictly a color, but a composition of all colors; the opposite of black; whiteness. See the Note under Color, n., 1.

‘Finely attired in a of white.’;

Blacknoun

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

‘The black or sight of the eye.’;

Whitenoun

Something having the color of snow; something white, or nearly so; as, the white of the eye.

Blacknoun

A stain; a spot; a smooch.

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

Whitenoun

Specifically, the central part of the butt in archery, which was formerly painted white; the center of a mark at which a missile is shot.

‘'T was I won the wager, though you hit the white.’;

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.’;

Whitenoun

A person with a white skin; a member of the white, or Caucasian, races of men.

Blackverb

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

Whitenoun

A white pigment; as, Venice white.

Blacknoun

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

Whitenoun

Any one of numerous species of butterflies belonging to Pieris, and allied genera in which the color is usually white. See Cabbage butterfly, under Cabbage.

Blacknoun

total absence of light;

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

Whiteverb

To make white; to whiten; to whitewash; to bleach.

‘Whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of . . . uncleanness.’; ‘So as no fuller on earth can white them.’;

Blacknoun

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

Whitenoun

a member of the Caucasoid race

Blacknoun

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

Whitenoun

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

Blacknoun

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

Whitenoun

Australian writer (1912-1990)

Blacknoun

(board games) the darker pieces

Whitenoun

United States political journalist (1915-1986)

Blacknoun

black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning);

‘the widow wore black’;

Whitenoun

United States architect (1853-1906)

Blackverb

make or become black;

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

Whitenoun

United States writer noted for his humorous essays (1899-1985)

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’;

Whitenoun

United States educator who in 1865 (with Ezra Cornell) founded Cornell University and served as its first president (1832-1918)

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’;

Whitenoun

a tributary of the Mississippi River that flows southeastward through northern Arkansas and southern Missouri

Blackadjective

marked by anger or resentment or hostility;

‘black looks’; ‘black words’;

Whitenoun

(board games) the lighter pieces

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’;

Whitenoun

(usually in the plural) trousers

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’;

Whiteverb

turn white;

‘This detergent will whiten your laundry’;

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’;

Whiteadjective

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

‘as white as fresh snow’; ‘a bride's white dress’;

Blackadjective

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

‘a face black with fury’;

Whiteadjective

of or belonging to a racial group having light skin coloration;

‘voting patterns within the white population’;

Blackadjective

extremely dark;

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

Whiteadjective

free from moral blemish or impurity; unsullied;

‘in shining white armor’;

Blackadjective

harshly ironic or sinister;

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

Whiteadjective

marked by the presence of snow;

‘a white Christmas’; ‘the white hills of a northern winter’;

Blackadjective

(of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading;

‘black propaganda’;

Whiteadjective

restricted to whites only;

‘under segregation there were even white restrooms and white drinking fountains’; ‘a lily-white movement which would expel Negroes from the organization’;

Blackadjective

distributed or sold illicitly;

‘the black economy pays no taxes’;

Whiteadjective

glowing white with heat;

‘white flames’; ‘a white-hot center of the fire’;

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’;

Whiteadjective

benevolent; without malicious intent;

‘white magic’; ‘a white lie’; ‘that's white of you’;

Blackadjective

(of coffee) without cream or sugar

Whiteadjective

of a surface; not written or printed on;

‘blank pages’; ‘fill in the blank spaces’; ‘a clean page’; ‘wide white margins’;

Blackadjective

dressed in black;

‘a black knight’; ‘black friars’;

Whiteadjective

(of coffee) having cream or milk added

Blackadjective

soiled with dirt or soot;

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

Whiteadjective

dressed (or especially habited) in white;

‘white nuns’;

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’;

Whiteadjective

(of hair) having lost its color;

‘the white hairs of old age’;

Blackadjective

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

‘the sky was moonless and black’;

Whiteadjective

ash-colored or anemic looking from illness or emotion;

‘a face turned ashen’; ‘the invalid's blanched cheeks’; ‘tried to speak with bloodless lips’; ‘a face livid with shock’; ‘lips...livid with the hue of death’; ‘lips white with terror’; ‘a face white with rage’;

Blackadjective

deeply stained with dirt

‘the walls were black with age and dirt’;

Whiteadjective

of summer nights in northern latitudes where the sun barely sets;

‘white nights’;

Blackadjective

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

‘Japanese black pine’;

White

White is the lightest color and is achromatic (having no hue). It is the color of fresh snow, chalk, and milk, and is the opposite of black.

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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