- 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.
- In a less literal sense: Enveloped or shrouded in darkness;
very dark or gloomy; as, a black night; the heavens black with clouds.
- Fig.: Dismal, gloomy, or forbidding, like darkness;
destitute of moral light or goodness; atrociously wicked; cruel;
mournful; calamitous; horrible.
- Expressing menace, or discontent; threatening; sullen;
foreboding; as, to regard one with black looks.
- To make black; to blacken; to soil; to sully.
- To make black and shining, as boots or a stove, by applying
blacking and then polishing with a brush. - Sullenly; threateningly; maliciously; so as to produce
blackness. - That which is destitute of light or whiteness; the darkest
color, or rather a destitution of all color; as, a cloth has a good
- A black pigment or dye.
- A negro; a person whose skin is of a black color, or shaded
with black; esp. a member or descendant of certain African races.
- A black garment or dress; as, she wears black
- Mourning garments of a black color; funereal drapery.
- The part of a thing which is distinguished from the rest by
- A stain; a spot; a smooch.