What is color?

  • (noun): The timbre of a musical sound.
    Example: "The recording fails to capture the true color of the original music"
    Synonyms: colour, coloration, colouration
    See also — Additional definitions below


Color or colour (see spelling differences) is the visual perceptual property corresponding in humans to the categories called red, green, blue, and others. Color derives from the spectrum of light (distribution of light power versus wavelength) interacting in the eye with the spectral sensitivities of the light receptors. Color categories and physical specifications of color are also associated with objects, materials, light sources, etc., based on their physical properties such as light absorption, reflection, or emission spectra. By defining a color space, colors can be identified numerically by their coordinates.

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Some articles on color:

Color - Additional Terms
... Colorfulness, chroma, purity, or saturation how "intense" or "concentrated" a color is ... terms, and others related to light and color are internationally agreed upon and published in the CIE Lighting Vocabulary ... Hue the color's direction from white, for example in a color wheel or chromaticity diagram ...
Jonquil (color)
... It is the color of the interior of the central cylindrical tubular projection of the jonquil flower ... The color takes its name from a species of plant, Narcissus jonquilla, which has clusters of small fragrant yellow flowers, and is native to the ... The first known recorded use of jonquil as a color name in English was in 1789 ...

More definitions of "color":

  • (verb): Affect as in thought or feeling.
    Example: "My personal feelings color my judgment in this case"
    Synonyms: tinge, colour, distort
  • (verb): Modify or bias.
    Example: "His political ideas color his lectures"
    Synonyms: colour
  • (adj): Having or capable of producing colors.
    Example: "Color film"; "he rented a color television"; "marvelous color illustrations"
    Synonyms: colour
  • (verb): Decorate with colors.
    Example: "Color the walls with paint in warm tones"
    Synonyms: colour, emblazon
  • (noun): A visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect.
    Example: "A white color is made up of many different wavelengths of light"
    Synonyms: colour, coloring, colouring
  • (noun): An outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading.
    Example: "The situation soon took on a different color"
    Synonyms: semblance, gloss, colour
  • (noun): Interest and variety and intensity.
    Example: "The Puritan Period was lacking in color"
    Synonyms: colour, vividness
  • (noun): (physics) the characteristic of quarks that determines their role in the strong interaction; each flavor of quarks comes in three colors.
    Synonyms: colour
  • (verb): Gloss or excuse.
    Example: "Color a lie"
    Synonyms: colour, gloss
  • (noun): The appearance of objects (or light sources) described in terms of a person's perception of their hue and lightness (or brightness) and saturation.
    Synonyms: colour

Famous quotes containing the word color:

    The most refined skills of color printing, the intricate techniques of wide-angle photography, provide us pictures of trivia bigger and more real than life. We forget that we see trivia and notice only that the reproduction is so good. Man fulfils his dream and by photographic magic produces a precise image of the Grand Canyon. The result is not that he adores nature or beauty the more. Instead he adores his camera—and himself.
    Daniel J. Boorstin (b. 1914)

    Gradually I regained my usual composure. I reread Pale Fire more carefully. I liked it better when expecting less. And what was that? What was that dim distant music, those vestiges of color in the air? Here and there I discovered in it and especially, especially in the invaluable variants, echoes and spangles of my mind, a long ripplewake of my glory.
    Vladimir Nabokov (1899–1977)

    Since the quarrel
    Will bear no color for the thing he is,
    Fashion it thus: that what he is, augmented,
    Would run to these and these extremities.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)