Hypertext Webster Gateway: "colored"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Color \Col"or\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Colored}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Coloring}.] [F. colorer.]
1. To change or alter the hue or tint of, by dyeing,
staining, painting, etc.; to dye; to tinge; to paint; to

The rays, to speak properly, are not colored; in
them there is nothing else than a certain power and
disposition to stir up a sensation of this or that
color. --Sir I.

2. To change or alter, as if by dyeing or painting; to give a
false appearance to; usually, to give a specious
appearance to; to cause to appear attractive; to make
plausible; to palliate or excuse; as, the facts were
colored by his prejudices.

He colors the falsehood of [AE]neas by an express
command from Jupiter to forsake the queen. --Dryden.

3. To hide. [Obs.]

That by his fellowship he color might Both his
estate and love from skill of any wight. --Spenser.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Colored \Col"ored\, a.
1. Having color; tinged; dyed; painted; stained.

The lime rod, colored as the glede. --Chaucer.

The colored rainbow arched wide. --Spenser.

2. Specious; plausible; adorned so as to appear well; as, a
highly colored description. --Sir G. C. Lewis.

His colored crime with craft to cloke. --Spenser.

3. Of some other color than black or white.

4. (Ethnol.) Of some other color than white; specifically
applied to negroes or persons having negro blood; as, a
colored man; the colored people.

5. (Bot.) Of some other color than green.

Colored, meaning, as applied to foliage, of some
other color than green. --Gray.

Note: In botany, green is not regarded as a color, but white
is. --Wood.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: having color or a certain color; sometimes used in
combination; "colored crepe paper"; "the film was in
color"; "amber-colored heads of grain" [syn: {coloured},
{in color(p)}, {colorful}] [ant: {uncolored}]
2: having skin rich in melanin pigments; "National Association
for the Advancement of Colored People"; "the dark races";
"dark-skinned peoples" [syn: {coloured}, {dark}, {dark-skinned}]
3: favoring one person or side over another; "a biased account
of the trial"; "a decision that was partial to the
defendant" [syn: {biased}, {coloured}, {one-sided}, {slanted}]
4: (used of color) artificially produced; not natural; "a
bleached blonde" [syn: {bleached}, {coloured}, {dyed}]
n : a United States term for Blacks that is now considered
offensive [syn: {colored person}]

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