Black appears in many tongue twisters:
- black back bat
- Black Rock Brain Lock
- Black background, brown background.
Black appears in the following pangrams (sentences using every letter of the alphabet at least once):
- Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow. (Used by Adobe InDesign when providing samples of all fonts; 29 letters)
- Few black taxis drive up major roads on quiet hazy nights. (47 letters)
- Freight to me sixty dozen quart jars and twelve black pans. (48 letters)
Black appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):
- "Eda, Emil's red roses suck!" Cal Black cusses, orders tram.
Usage statistics for the adjective black:
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- Definition of the verb black
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Definition of the adjective black
What does black mean as an attribute of a noun?
adjective - degrees: blacker | blackest
- being of the achromatic color of maximum darkness; having little or no hue owing to absorption of almost all incident light
- of or belonging to a racial group especially of sub-Saharan African origin
- marked by anger or resentment or hostility
- examples: black looks | black words
- similar: angry
- offering little or no hope
- stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable
- (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin
- (of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood
- extremely dark
- harshly ironic or sinister
- (of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading
- example: black propaganda
- similar: covert
- distributed or sold illicitly
- (used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame
- (of coffee) without cream or sugar
- similar: undiluted
- soiled with dirt or soot
Alternative definition of the adjective black
- [context: of an object] absorbing all light and reflecting none; dark and colourless.
- [context: of a place, etc] without light.
- [context: sometimes capitalize] Relating to persons of (usually noticeable) negroid African descent or their culture. Also people of Aborigine or Maori descent.
- Bad; evil; ill-omened.
- Illegitimate, illegal or disgraced.
- [context: Ireland, informal] Overcrowded.
- [context: of coffee or tea] Without any cream, milk, or creamer.
- [context: board games, chess] The standard denomination of the playing pieces of a board game deemed to belong to the "black" set, no matter what the actual colour.
Definition of the noun black
What does black mean as a name of something?
noun - plural:
- black: blacks
- Black: Blacks
- the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)
- lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
- synonyms of black: blackness / inkiness
- antonym of black: white
- more generic terms: achromatic color / achromatic colour = a color lacking hue
- more specific terms: pitch black / coal black / soot black / jet black / ebony / sable = a very dark black
- total absence of light
- a person with African ancestry,
- lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
- synonyms of Black: African-American / Negro / Negroid
- more generic words: individual / mortal / person / somebody / someone / soul = a human being
- more specific terms:
- (board games) the darker pieces
- black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning)
Alternative definition of the noun black
- The colour/color perceived in the absence of light.
- antonym: [colour, dye, pen] white
- A black dye, pigment.
- synonym: blackness
- A pen, pencil, crayon, etc., made of black pigment.
- [context: in plural] Black cloth hung up at funerals.
- [context: sometimes capitalised] A person of African descent, Aborigine or Maori.
- synonym: [usually derogatory] Negro
- [context: billiards, snooker, pool, with the] The black ball.
- [baseball] The edge of home plate
- [British] a type of firecracker that is really more dark brown in colour.
- [informal] blackcurrant syrup (in mixed drinks, e.g. snakebite and black, cider and black).
Definition of the verb black
What does black mean as a doing word?
verb - inflections: blacked | blacking | blacks
- make or become black
Syntactic formula Example for the syntactic formula [Agent - being] [Verb] [Destination] Lora buttered the toast [Agent - being] [Verb] [Destination] with [Theme] Lora buttered the toast with unsalted butter
Verbs of Putting (with the same syntax): aromatize, asphalt, bait, blanket, blindfold, board, bread, brick, bridle, bronze, butter, buttonhole, calk, cap, carpet, caulk, chrome, clay, cloak, cork, crown, diaper, dope, drug, feather, fence, flour, forest, frame, fuel, gag, garland, glaze, glove, graffiti, gravel, grease, groove, halter, harness, heel, ink, label, leash, leaven, lipstick, lubricate, mantle, mulch, muzzle, nickel, oil, ornament, paint, panel, paper, parquet, patch, pepper, perfume, plank, plaster, poison, polish, pomade, poster, postmark, powder, putty, robe, roof, rosin, rouge, rut, saddle, salt, salve, sand, seed, sequin, shawl, shingle, shoe, shutter, silver, slate, slipcover, sod, sole, spice, stain, starch, stopper, stress, string, stucco, sugar, sulphur, tag, tar, tarmac, tassel, thatch, ticket, tile, top, turf, varnish, veil, veneer, wallpaper, water, wax, whitewash, wreathe, yoke.
- lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
- synonyms of black: blacken / melanise / melanize
- more generic words: color / colour / discolor / discolour = change color, often in an undesired manner
- Black a.k.a. Jasmine Black is a pornographic actress.
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- Black a.k.a. Catherine Black is a Canadian film, TV and stage actress. Black is best known for starring opposite Peter Weller in one episode of the science fiction Showtime series, Odyssey 5, playing Vanden, opposite Christian Bale, in the 2000 cult thriller American Psycho, directed by Mary Harron, and starring with Crispin Glover in the 2009 period drama, The Donner Party. Black won a Best Actress award at the 2014 Madrid International FIlm Festival for her performance in "De Puta Madre A Love Story", a short film that she also wrote and directed. The short film was also nominated for a Best Story and Best Short Film.
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- Black appeared in the 2007 film City of Men.
- profession: Actor
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Phrases with Black
- Black op
- black art
- black ash
- Black Bag
- black bee
- black box
- Black Cab
- black cat
- Black Cod
- black eye
- black fly
- black fox
- black gum
- Black Hat
- black haw
- black ice
- Black Law
- Black Man
- black oak
- to black
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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Black
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Graded Lessons in English (1897)
An Elementary English Grammar, Consisting of One Hundred Practical Lessons, Carefully Graded and Adapted to the Class-room by Alonzo Reed, Brainerd Kellogg
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Usage statistics about black
The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.
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- Black Squirrel
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- Pink and black
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- Black beauty
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- Black and Gold.
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- Black Squirrel
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- Black Phoebe
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- Black Squirrel
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- Black Macaque
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- Black Swan
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- Repaze Black
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- Black Sawfly
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- Black Mountain Tower
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Video language resources about Black
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- Black Color Meaning
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- Black Country Dialect
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- Black Communities and the Police: On the Meaning of Ferguson
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- Carbon black Meaning
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- Black magic Meaning
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- The Red Crayola with Art & Language - Black Snakes
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- Black and White in Color Wins Foreign Language Film: 1977 Oscars
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- BLACK AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE
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Quotes about Black
One black cat on the porch.
One black cat on the floor.
One black cat on the fence.
One black cat by the door.
I see two black cats.
Now I see two more.
I count black cats,
One, two, three, four.
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Scrabble value of B3L1A1C3K5
The value of this 5-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.
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