What is black?

  • (adj): Soiled with dirt or soot.
    Example: "With feet black from playing outdoors"; "his shirt was black within an hour"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Black

Black is the color of coal, ebony, and the night sky. It is the very darkest color, the result of the absence of or complete absorption of light. It is the opposite of white.

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Black - Idioms and Expressions
... In the United States, "Black Friday" (the day after Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in November) is traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year ... Later an alternative explanation began to be offered that "Black Friday" indicates the point in the year that retailers begin to turn a profit, or are "in the black", because of the large ... "In the black" means profitable ...
Garnet Group Endmember Species - Ugrandite Group – Calcium in X Site - Andradite
... is of variable composition and may be red, yellow, brown, green or black ... varieties are topazolite (yellow or green), demantoid (green) and melanite (black) ... Topazolite is a golden-yellow variety and melanite is a black variety ...
Burzum
... Tolkien's doubly artificial language the Black Speech ... The project quickly became prominent within the early Norwegian black metal scene ... is considered one of the most influential acts in black metal in Metal A Headbanger's Journey, director Sam Dunn described Vikernes as "the most notorious metal ...
Nothing But A Man
... The story is about a black railroad worker, who falls in love with a black school teacher, who is the town’s preacher’s daughter ... But a Man is one of the most sensitive films about black life ever made in this country” ...
Black Hole - Properties and Structure
... that, once it achieves a stable condition after formation, a black hole has only three independent physical properties mass, charge, and angular momentum ... Any two black holes that share the same values for these properties, or parameters, are indistinguishable according to classical (i.e ... These properties are special because they are visible from outside a black hole ...

More definitions of "black":

  • (adj): Marked by anger or resentment or hostility.
    Example: "Black looks"; "black words"
  • (adj): Of or belonging to a racial group having dark skin especially of sub-Saharan African origin.
    Example: "A great people--a black people--...injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization"- Martin Luther King Jr.
  • (adj): Being of the achromatic color of maximum darkness; having little or no hue owing to absorption of almost all incident light.
    Example: "Black leather jackets"; "as black as coal"; "rich black soil"
    Synonyms: achromatic
  • (adj): Stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable.
    Example: "Black deeds"; "a black lie"; "his black heart has concocted yet another black deed"
    Synonyms: dark, sinister
  • (adj): (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin.
    Example: "The stock market crashed on Black Friday"
    Synonyms: calamitous, disastrous, fatal, fateful
  • (adj): Dressed in black.
    Example: "A black knight"; "black friars"
  • (noun): Black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning).
    Example: "The widow wore black"
  • (noun): British chemist who identified carbon dioxide and who formulated the concepts of specific heat and latent heat (1728-1799).
    Synonyms: Joseph Black
  • (adj): (of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading.
    Example: "Black propaganda"
  • (adj): (of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood.
    Example: "A face black with fury"
    Synonyms: blackened
  • (adj): Harshly ironic or sinister.
    Example: "Black humor"
    Synonyms: grim, mordant
  • (adj): Offering little or no hope.
    Example: "The future looked black"
    Synonyms: bleak, dim
  • (adj): (of coffee) without cream or sugar.
  • (noun): The quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white).
    Synonyms: blackness
  • (adj): Extremely dark.
    Example: "A black moonless night"; "through the pitch-black woods"
    Synonyms: pitch-black, pitch-dark
  • (noun): (board games) the darker pieces.

Famous quotes containing the word black:

    Thee for my recitative,
    Thee in the driving storm even as now, the snow, the winter-day
    declining,
    Thee in thy panoply, thy measur’d dual throbbing and thy beat
    convulsive,
    Thy black cylindric body, golden brass and silvery steel,
    Walt Whitman (1819–1892)

    The black cat does not die. Those same books, if I am not mistaken, teach that the black cat is deathless. Deathless as evil. It is the origin of the common superstition of the cat with nine lives.
    Peter Ruric, and Edgar G. Ulmer. Edgar G. Ulmer. Hjalmar Poelzig (Boris Karloff)

    For me chemistry represented an indefinite cloud of future potentialities which enveloped my life to come in black volutes torn by fiery flashes, like those which had hidden Mount Sinai. Like Moses, from that cloud I expected my law, the principle of order in me, around me, and in the world.... I would watch the buds swell in spring, the mica glint in the granite, my own hands, and I would say to myself: “I will understand this, too, I will understand everything.”
    Primo Levi (1919–1987)