Black - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |blæk|  American pronunciation of the word black
Brit.  |blak|  British pronunciation of the word black

noun

- the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white) (syn: blackness, inkiness)
- total absence of light(syn: blackness, lightlessness)
- British chemist who identified carbon dioxide and who formulated the concepts of specific heat and latent heat (1728-1799)
- popular child actress of the 1930's (born in 1928)
- a person with African ancestry, (syn: african-american, negro, negroid)
- (board games) the darker pieces
- black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning)

verb

- make or become black(syn: blacken, melanise, melanize)

adjective

- marked by anger or resentment or hostility
- offering little or no hope(syn: bleak, dim)
- stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable(syn: dark, sinister)
- (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin (syn: calamitous, disastrous, fatal, fateful)
- (of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood(syn: blackened)
- extremely dark(syn: pitch-black, pitch-dark)
- harshly ironic or sinister(syn: grim, mordant)

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Examples

His hand were black with grime.

...a little black dress blends into the night very well...

The wall was painted in black.

A mixture of grays and blacks

She was dressed in black.

He blacked his boots with polish.

Labor union members have blacked the company.

I shall never be guilty of such black ingratitude.

The black is an essential color.

If you see a black on my nose, tell me so.

It was still pitch black (=very dark) out.

Over half the students are black.

Black and Asian music

Black coffee, no sugar, please.

It's been another black day for the car industry with more job losses announced.

Phrasal verbs

black out  — obliterate or extinguish

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: black
he/she/it: blacks
present participle: blacking
past tense: blacked
past participle: blacked
noun
singular: black
plural: blacks
adjective
comparative: blacker
superlative: blackest
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