Webster 1913 Edition
blæc; akin to Icel.
blakkrdark, swarthy, Sw.
blach, LG. & D.
blakento burn with a black smoke. Not akin to AS.
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;
blackhair or eyes
O night, with hue so
In a less literal sense: Enveloped or shrouded in darkness; very dark or gloomy;
blacknight; the heavens
I spy a
black, suspicious, threatening cloud.
Fig.: Dismal, gloomy, or forbidding, like darkness; destitute of moral light or goodness; atrociously wicked; cruel; mournful; calamitous; horrible.“This day’s black fate.” “Black villainy.” “Arise, black vengeance.” “Black day.” “Black despair.”
Expressing menace, or discontent; threatening; sullen; foreboding;
as, to regard one with.
☞ Black is often used in self-explaining compound words; as, black-eyed, black-faced, black-haired, black-visaged.
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.–
a fish of the West Indies and Florida (–
Holacanthus tricolor), with the head and tail yellow, and the middle of the body black.
the black sulphide of antimony,–
Sb2S3, used in pyrotechnics, etc.
the common American bear (–
the common large cockroach (–
the black-headed bunting (–
Embriza Schœniclus) of Europe.
a disease in turnips and other crops, produced by a species of caterpillar.–
the fisher, a quadruped of North America allied to the sable, but larger. See–
any bovine cattle reared for slaughter, in distinction from dairy cattle.
the palm cockatoo. See–
a cathartic medicine, composed of senna and magnesia.–
vinegar of opium; a narcotic preparation consisting essentially of a solution of opium in vinegar.–
mold; earth of a dark color.
the flag of a pirate, often bearing in white a skull and crossbones; a signal of defiance.–
a flea beetle (–
Haltica nemorum) injurious to turnips.
a mixture of carbonate of potash and charcoal, obtained by deflagrating tartar with half its weight of niter.
Brande & C.–
[a translation of G.,
a forest in Baden and Würtemburg, in Germany; a part of the ancient Hercynian forest.–
Black game, or
a grasslike rush of the species–
Juncus Gerardi, growing on salt marshes, and making good hay.
an American tree, the tupelo or pepperidge. See–
Black Hamburg (grape)
a sweet and juicy variety of dark purple or “black” grape.–
a fish of the Mississippi valley (–
Cycleptus elongatus), of the sucker family; the Missouri sucker.
Lemurnigerof Madagascar; the
acoumboof the natives.
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–
the black oxide of manganese,–
the close wagon in which prisoners are carried to or from jail.–
the chimney swift. See–
the common so-called long moss of the southern United States. See–
a very fine, light carbonaceous substance, or lampblack, prepared chiefly for the manufacture of printers' ink. It is obtained by burning common coal tar.–
sheet iron before it is tinned.
malignant anthrax with engorgement of a shoulder or quarter, etc., as of an ox.–
one of the species of rats (–
Mus rattus), commonly infesting houses.
a disease of wheat, in which a black, moist matter is deposited in the fissures of the grain.–
one in a family or company who is unlike the rest, and makes trouble.–
Black and tan,
black mixed or spotted with tan color or reddish brown; – used in describing certain breeds of dogs.–
tin ore (cassiterite), when dressed, stamped and washed, ready for smelting. It is in the form of a black powder, like fine sand.
an American hawk (
Syn. – Dark; murky; pitchy; inky; somber; dusky; gloomy; swart; Cimmerian; ebon; atrocious.
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.
Blackis the badge of hell,
The hue of dungeons, and the suit of night.
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
Mourning garments of a black color; funereal drapery.
Friends weeping, and
blacks, and obsequies, and the like show death terrible.
That was the full time they used to wear
blacksfor the death of their fathers.
Sir T. North.
The part of a thing which is distinguished from the rest by being black.
blackor sight of the eye.
Sir K. Digby.
A stain; a spot; a smooch.
Defiling her white lawn of chastity with ugly
Black and white,
writing or print;–
as, I must have that statement in.
black and white
a pigment of a blue black color.–
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.–
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To make black; to blacken; to soil; to sully.
They have their teeth
blacked, both men and women, for they say a dog hath his teeth white, therefore they will black theirs.
To make black and shining, as boots or a stove, by applying blacking and then polishing with a brush.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Of the color of night; destitute of light; dark.
2.Darkened by clouds; as the heavens black with clouds.
3.Sullen; having a cloudy look or countenance.
4.Atrociously wicked; horrible; as a black deed or crime.
5.Dismal; mournful; calamitous.
Black and blue, the dark color of a bruise in the flesh, which is accompanied with a mixture of blue.
1.A negro; a person whose skin is black.
2.A black dress, or mourning; as, to be clothed in black.