photo challenge ~ color
Color. Have you ever looked the word up in the dictionary?
I did. Just before starting this blog post I typed it in to the iMac’s dictionary…
color |ˈkələr| ( Brit. colour)
1 the property possessed by an object of producing different sensations on the eye as a result of the way the object reflects or emits light : the lights flickered and changed color.
• one, or any mixture, of the constituents into which light can be separated in a spectrum or rainbow, sometimes including (loosely) black and white : a rich brown color | a range of bright colors.
• the use of all colors, not only black, white, and gray, in photography or television : he has shot the whole film in color | [as adj. ] color television.
• a substance used to give something a particular color : lip color.
• figurative a shade of meaning : many events in her past had taken on a different color.
• figurative character or general nature : the hospitable color of his family.
• Heraldry any of the major conventional colors used in coats of arms (gules, vert, sable, azure, purpure), esp. as opposed to the metals, furs, and stains.
2 the appearance of someone’s skin; in particular
• pigmentation of the skin, esp. as an indication of someone’s race : discrimination on the basis of color.
• a group of people considered as being distinguished by skin pigmentation : all colors and nationalities.
• rosiness of the complexion, esp. as an indication of someone’s health : there was some color back in his face.
• redness of the face as a manifestation of an emotion, esp. embarrassment or anger : color flooded her skin as she realized what he meant.
3 vividness of visual appearance resulting from the presence of brightly colored things : for color, plant groups of winter-flowering pansies.
• figurative picturesque or exciting features that lend a particularly interesting quality to something : a town full of color and character.
• figurative variety of musical tone or expression : orchestral color.
4 ( colors) an item or items of a particular color or combination of colors worn to identify an individual or a member of a school, group, or organization; in particular
• the clothes or accoutrements worn by a jockey or racehorse to indicate the horse’s owner.
• the flag of a regiment or ship.
• a national flag.
• the armed forces of a country, as symbolized by its flag : he was called to the colors during the war.
5 Physics a quantized property of quarks which can take three values (designated blue, green, and red) for each flavor.
6 Mining a particle of gold remaining in a mining pan after most of the mud and gravel have been washed away.
1 [ trans. ] change the color of (something) by painting or dyeing it with crayons, paints, or dyes.
• [ intrans. ] take on a different color : the foliage will not color well if the soil is too rich.
• use crayons to fill (a particular shape or outline) with color : color the head, eyes, and bill with crayons.
• figurative make vivid or picturesque : he has colored the dance with gestures from cabaret and vaudeville.
2 [ intrans. ] (of a person or their skin) show embarrassment or shame by becoming red; blush : everyone stared at him, and he colored slightly.
• [ trans. ] cause (a person or their skin) to change in color : rage colored his pale complexion.
• [ trans. ] (of a particular color) imbue (a person’s skin) : a faint pink flush colored her cheeks.
• [ trans. ] figurative (of an emotion) imbue (a person’s voice) with a particular tone : surprise colored her voice.
3 [ trans. ] influence, esp. in a negative way; distort : the experiences had colored her whole existence.
• misrepresent by distortion or exaggeration : witnesses might color evidence to make a story saleable.
lend (or give) color to make something seem true or probable : this lent color and credibility to his defense.
person of color see person of color .
show one’s true colors reveal one’s real character or intentions, esp. when these are disreputable or dishonorable.
under color of under the pretext of.
with flying colors see flying .
ORIGIN Middle English (as colo(u)r): from Old French colour (noun), colourer (verb), from Latin color (noun), colorare (verb).
Whoa, Mr. computer.
I’m okay with that. Especially ’cause those Froot Loops were on sale. For a mom who doesn’t usually buy sugary cereal, I got a twofer… happy kids and a photo challenge shot out of it.
Next week is umm… “sign”. Yes, that’s it. For now head on over to the Flickr group to see the other “color” submissions. I’m gonna go check it out myself.
Until next time,