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Black /blæk/ n
  1. a member of a human population having dark pigmentation of the skin
adj
  1. of or relating to a Black person or Black people
Black /blæk/ n
  1. Sir James (Whyte). 1924–2010, British biochemist. He discovered beta-blockers and drugs for peptic ulcers: Nobel prize for physiology or medicine 1988
  2. Joseph. 1728–99, Scottish physician and chemist, noted for his pioneering work on carbon dioxide and heat



black /blæk/ adj
  1. of the colour of jet or carbon black, having no hue due to the absorption of all or nearly all incident light
    Compare white
  2. without light; completely dark
  3. without hope or alleviation; gloomy: the future looked black
  4. very dirty or soiled: black factory chimneys
  5. angry or resentful: she gave him black looks
  6. (of a play or other work) dealing with the unpleasant realities of life, esp in a pessimistic or macabre manner: black comedy
  7. (of coffee or tea) without milk or cream
  8. causing, resulting from, or showing great misfortune: black areas of unemployment
  9. wicked or harmful: a black lie
  10. (in combination): black-hearted
  11. causing or deserving dishonour or censure: a black crime
  12. (of the face) purple, as from suffocation
  13. Brit (of goods, jobs, works, etc) being subject to boycott by trade unionists, esp in support of industrial action elsewhere
n
  1. a black colour
  2. a dye or pigment of or producing this colour
  3. black clothing, worn esp as a sign of mourning
  4. a black or dark-coloured piece or square
  5. (usually capital) the player playing with such pieces
  6. complete darkness: the black of the night
  7. a black ball in snooker, etc
  8. (in roulette and other gambling games) one of two colours on which players may place even bets, the other being red
  9. in the blackin credit or without debt
  10. a black ring on a target, between the outer and the blue, scoring three points
vb
  1. another word for blacken
  2. (transitive) to polish (shoes, etc) with blacking
  3. (transitive) to bruise so as to make black: he blacked her eye
  4. (transitive) Brit Austral NZ (of trade unionists) to organize a boycott of (specified goods, jobs, work, etc), esp in support of industrial action elsewhere

See also blackoutEtymology: Old English blæc; related to Old Saxon blak ink, Old High German blakra to blink

ˈblackish adj ˈblackishly adv ˈblackly adv ˈblackness n



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