Pronunciation: blăk
a.1.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!
- Shak.
2.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.
- Shak.
3.Fig.: Dismal, gloomy, or forbidding, like darkness; destitute of moral light or goodness; atrociously wicked; cruel; mournful; calamitous; horrible.
4.Expressing menace, or discontent; threatening; sullen; foreboding; as, to regard one with black looks.
Black act
the English statute 9 George I, which makes it a felony to appear armed in any park or warren, etc., or to hunt or steal deer, etc., with the face blackened or disguised. Subsequent acts inflicting heavy penalties for malicious injuries to cattle and machinery have been called black acts.
Black angel
(Zool.) a fish of the West Indies and Florida (Holacanthus tricolor), with the head and tail yellow, and the middle of the body black.
Black antimony
(Chem.) the black sulphide of antimony, Sb2S3, used in pyrotechnics, etc.
Black bear
(Zool.) the common American bear (Ursus Americanus).
Black beast
See Bête noire.
Black beetle
(Zool.) the common large cockroach (Blatta orientalis).
Black bonnet
(Zool.) the black-headed bunting (Embriza Schœniclus) of Europe.
Black canker
a disease in turnips and other crops, produced by a species of caterpillar.
Black cat
(Zool.) the fisher, a quadruped of North America allied to the sable, but larger. See Fisher.
Black cattle
any bovine cattle reared for slaughter, in distinction from dairy cattle.
Black cherry
See under Cherry.
Black cockatoo
(Zool.) the palm cockatoo. See Cockatoo.
Black copper
Same as Melaconite.
Black currant
(Bot.) See Currant.
Black diamond
(Min.) See Carbonado.
Black draught
(Med.) a cathartic medicine, composed of senna and magnesia.
Black drop
(Med.) vinegar of opium; a narcotic preparation consisting essentially of a solution of opium in vinegar.
Black earth
mold; earth of a dark color.
Black flag
the flag of a pirate, often bearing in white a skull and crossbones; a signal of defiance.
- Woodward.
Black flea
(Zool.) a flea beetle (Haltica nemorum) injurious to turnips.
Black flux
a mixture of carbonate of potash and charcoal, obtained by deflagrating tartar with half its weight of niter.
Black Forest
a forest in Baden and Würtemburg, in Germany; a part of the ancient Hercynian forest.
- Brande & C.
Black game
(Zool.) See Blackcock, Grouse, and Heath grouse.
Black grass
(Bot.) a grasslike rush of the species Juncus Gerardi, growing on salt marshes, and making good hay.
Black gum
(Bot.) an American tree, the tupelo or pepperidge. See Tupelo.
Black Hamburg (grape
(Bot.) a sweet and juicy variety of dark purple or "black" grape.
Black horse
(Zool.) a fish of the Mississippi valley (Cycleptus elongatus), of the sucker family; the Missouri sucker.
Black lemur
(Zool.) the Lemurniger of Madagascar; the acoumbo of the natives.
Black list
a list of persons who are for some reason thought deserving of censure or punishment; - esp. a list of persons stigmatized as insolvent or untrustworthy, made for the protection of tradesmen or employers. See Blacklist, v. t.
Black manganese
(Chem.) the black oxide of manganese, MnO2.
Black Maria
the close wagon in which prisoners are carried to or from jail.
Black martin
(Zool.) the chimney swift. See Swift.
Black moss
(Bot.) the common so-called long moss of the southern United States. See Tillandsia.
Black oak
See under Oak.
Black ocher
See Wad.
Black pigment
a very fine, light carbonaceous substance, or lampblack, prepared chiefly for the manufacture of printers' ink. It is obtained by burning common coal tar.
Black plate
sheet iron before it is tinned.
Black quarter
malignant anthrax with engorgement of a shoulder or quarter, etc., as of an ox.
- Knight.
Black rat
(Zool.) one of the species of rats (Mus rattus), commonly infesting houses.
Black rent
See Blackmail, n., 3.
Black rust
a disease of wheat, in which a black, moist matter is deposited in the fissures of the grain.
Black sheep
one in a family or company who is unlike the rest, and makes trouble.
Black silver
(Min.) See under Silver.
Black and tan
black mixed or spotted with tan color or reddish brown; - used in describing certain breeds of dogs.
Black tea
See under Tea.
Black tin
(Mining) tin ore (cassiterite), when dressed, stamped and washed, ready for smelting. It is in the form of a black powder, like fine sand.
Black walnut
See under Walnut.
- Knight.
Black warrior
(Zool.) an American hawk (Buteo Harlani).
adv.1.Sullenly; threateningly; maliciously; so as to produce blackness.
n.1.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.
2.A black pigment or dye.
3.A negro; a person whose skin is of a black color, or shaded with black; esp. a member or descendant of certain African races.
4.A black garment or dress; as, she wears black
5.The part of a thing which is distinguished from the rest by being black.
The black or sight of the eye.
- Sir K. Digby.
6.A stain; a spot; a smooch.
Black and white
writing or print; as, I must have that statement in black and white.
Blue black
a pigment of a blue black color.
Ivory black
a fine kind of animal charcoal prepared by calcining ivory or bones. When ground it is the chief ingredient of the ink used in copperplate printing.
Berlin black
See under Berlin.
v. t.1.To make black; to blacken; to soil; to sully.
Sins which black thy soul.
- J. Fletcher.
2.To make black and shining, as boots or a stove, by applying blacking and then polishing with a brush.
Noun1.Blackblack - the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)
Synonyms: blackness
whiteness, white - the quality or state of the achromatic color of greatest lightness (bearing the least resemblance to black)
2.black - total absence of light; "they fumbled around in total darkness"; "in the black of night"
3.Black - British chemist who identified carbon dioxide and who formulated the concepts of specific heat and latent heat (1728-1799)
Synonyms: Joseph Black
4.Black - popular child actress of the 1930's (born 1927)
5.BlackBlack - a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa)
6.black - (board games) the darker pieces
white - (board games) the lighter pieces
7.black - black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning); "the widow wore black"
Verb1.black - make or become black; "The smoke blackened the ceiling"; "The ceiling blackened"
Adj.1.black - 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"
Synonyms: achromatic
achromatic, white - 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"
2.black - 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"- Martin Luther King Jr.
caucasian, white - of or belonging to a racial group having light skin coloration; "voting patterns within the white population"
3.black - marked by anger or resentment or hostility; "black looks"; "black words"
4.black - 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"-Thomas Hardy
Synonyms: sinister, dark
5.black - offering little or no hope; "the future looked black"; "prospects were bleak"; "Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult"- J.M.Synge; "took a dim view of things"
Synonyms: bleak, dim
6.black - (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"- Charles Darwin; "it is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it"- Douglas MacArthur; "a fateful error"
7.black - (of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood; "a face black with fury"
Synonyms: blackened
8.black - extremely dark; "a black moonless night"; "through the pitch-black woods"; "it was pitch-dark in the celler"
9.black - harshly ironic or sinister; "black humor"; "a grim joke"; "grim laughter"; "fun ranging from slapstick clowning ... to savage mordant wit"
Synonyms: mordant, grim
10.black - (of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading; "black propaganda"
11.black - distributed or sold illicitly; "the black economy pays no taxes"
12.black - (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"- Rachel Carson; "an ignominious retreat"; "inglorious defeat"; "an opprobrious monument to human greed"; "a shameful display of cowardice"
13.black - (of coffee) without cream or sugar
14.black - dressed in black; "a black knight"; "black friars"
15.black - soiled with dirt or soot; "with feet black from playing outdoors"; "his shirt was black within an hour"
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