green(grēn),USA pronunciationadj.,-er, -est,n., v. adj.
of the color of growing foliage, between yellow and blue in the spectrum:green leaves.
covered with herbage or foliage; verdant:green fields.
characterized by the presence of verdure.
made of green vegetables, as lettuce, spinach, endive, or chicory:a green salad.
not fully developed or perfected in growth or condition; unripe; not properly aged:This peach is still green.
unseasoned; not dried or cured:green lumber.
immature in age or judgment; untrained; inexperienced:a green worker.
simple; unsophisticated; gullible; easily fooled.
fresh, recent, or new:an insult still green in his mind.
having a sickly appearance; pale; wan:green with fear; green with envy.
full of life and vigor; young:a man ripe in years but green in heart.
environmentally sound or beneficial:green computers.
Wine(of wine) having a flavor that is raw, harsh, and acid, due esp. to a lack of maturity.
freshly slaughtered or still raw:green meat.
not fired, as bricks or pottery.
(of cement or mortar) freshly set and not completely hardened.
Metallurgy(of sand) sufficiently moist to form a compact lining for a mold without further treatment.
Metallurgy(of a casting) as it comes from the mold.
Metallurgy(of a powder, in powder metallurgy) unsintered.
Physicsa color intermediate in the spectrum between yellow and blue, an effect of light with a wavelength between 500 and 570 nm; found in nature as the color of most grasses and leaves while growing, of some fruits while ripening, and of the sea.
Fine Art[Art.]a secondary color that has been formed by the mixture of blue and yellow pigments.
green coloring matter, as paint or dye.
green material or clothing:to be dressed in green.
fresh leaves or branches of trees, shrubs, etc., used for decoration; wreaths.
Foodthe leaves and stems of plants, as spinach, lettuce, or cabbage, used for food.
Militarya blue-green uniform of the U.S. Army.
grassy land; a plot of grassy ground.
a piece of grassy ground constituting a town or village common.
SportAlso called putting green.[Golf.]the area of closely cropped grass surrounding each hole.
SportSee bowling green.
Sporta shooting range for archery.
Informal TermsSee green light (def. 1).
Slang Termsmoney; greenbacks (usually prec. by the):I'd like to buy a new car but I don't have the green.
Government(cap.) a member of the Green party (in Germany).
Sport, Idiomsread the green, to inspect a golf green, analyzing its slope and surface, so as to determine the difficulties to be encountered when putting.
to become or make green.
Informal Termsto restore the vitality of:Younger executives are greening corporate managements.
bef. 900; Middle English, Old English grēne; cognate with German grün; akin to grow
BiographicalHenrietta Howland Robinson ("Hetty''), 1835–1916, U.S. financier.
BiographicalHenry (Henry Vincent Yorke), 1905–73, English novelist.
BiographicalJohn Richard, 1837–83, English historian.
BiographicalJulian, born 1900, U.S. writer.
BiographicalPaul Eliot, 1894–1981, U.S. playwright, novelist, and teacher.
BiographicalWilliam, 1873–1952, U.S. labor leader: president of the A.F.L. 1924–52.
Place Namesa river flowing S from W Wyoming to join the Colorado River in SE Utah. 730 mi. (1175 km) long.
environmentally sound or beneficial:green computers.
any of a group of colours, such as that of fresh grass, that lie between yellow and blue in the visible spectrum in the wavelength range 575–500 nanometres. Green is the complementary colour of magenta and with red and blue forms a set of primary colours
Related adjective(s): verdant
a dye or pigment of or producing these colours
something of the colour green
a small area of grassland, esp in the centre of a village
an area of ground used for a purpose: a putting green
(plural) the edible leaves and stems of certain plants, eaten as a vegetable
freshly cut branches of ornamental trees, shrubs, etc, used as a decoration
(sometimes capital) a person, esp a politician, who supports environmentalist issues (see sense 13)
of the colour green
greenish in colour or having parts or marks that are greenish
(sometimes capital) concerned with or relating to conservation of the world's natural resources and improvement of the environment
vigorous; not faded: a green old age
envious or jealous
immature, unsophisticated, or gullible
characterized by foliage or green plants: a green wood, a green salad
fresh, raw, or unripe: green bananas
unhealthily pale in appearance: he was green after his boat trip
denoting a unit of account that is adjusted in accordance with fluctuations between the currencies of the EU nations and is used to make payments to agricultural producers within the EU: green pound
(of meat) not smoked or cured; unprocessed: green bacon
(of timber) freshly felled; not dried or seasoned
to make or become green
Etymology: Old English grēne; related to Old High German gruoni; see grow
Henry, real name Henry Vincent Yorke. 1905–73, British novelist: author of Living (1929), Loving (1945), and Back (1946)
John Richard. 1837–83, British historian; author of A Short History of the English People (1874)
T(homas) H(ill). 1836–82, British idealist philosopher. His chief work, Prolegomena to Ethics, was unfinished at his death