Col·or v. t. [imp. & p. p. Colored p. pr. & vb. n. Coloring.]
1. To change or alter the hue or tint of, by dyeing, staining, painting, etc.; to dye; to tinge; to paint; to stain.
The rays, to speak properly, are not colored; in them there is nothing else than a certain power and disposition to stir up a sensation of this or that color. --Sir I. Newton.
2. To change or alter, as if by dyeing or painting; to give a false appearance to; usually, to give a specious appearance to; to cause to appear attractive; to make plausible; to palliate or excuse; as, the facts were colored by his prejudices.
He colors the falsehood of Æneas by an express command from Jupiter to forsake the queen. --Dryden.
3. To hide. [Obs.]
That by his fellowship he color might
Both his estate and love from skill of any wight. --Spenser.
1. Having color; tinged; dyed; painted; stained.
The lime rod, colored as the glede. --Chaucer.
The colored rainbow arched wide. --Spenser.
2. Specious; plausible; adorned so as to appear well; as, a highly colored description.
His colored crime with craft to cloke. --Spenser.
3. Of some other color than black or white.
4. Ethnol. Of some other color than white; having a skin color darker than that of caucasian people; mostly applied to negroes or persons having negro blood; as, a colored man; the colored people. Opposite of white and caucasian.
Syn: -- coloured, dark-skinned.
5. Bot. Of some other color than green.
Colored, meaning, as applied to foliage, of some other color than green. --Gray.
Note: ☞ In botany, green is not regarded as a color, but white is.
adj 1: having color or a certain color; sometimes used in
combination; "colored crepe paper"; "the film was in
color"; "amber-colored heads of grain" [syn: coloured,
colorful] [ant: uncolored]
2: having skin rich in melanin pigments; "National Association
for the Advancement of Colored People"; "the dark races";
"dark-skinned peoples" [syn: coloured, dark, dark-skinned]
3: favoring one person or side over another; "a biased account
of the trial"; "a decision that was partial to the
defendant" [syn: biased, coloured, one-sided, slanted]
4: (used of color) artificially produced; not natural; "a
bleached blonde" [syn: bleached, coloured, dyed]
n : a United States term for Blacks that is now considered
offensive [syn: colored person]