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. The act of applying color to; also, that which produces color.
2. Change of appearance as by addition of color; appearance; show; disguise; misrepresentation.
Tell the whole story without coloring or gloss. --Compton Reade.
Dead coloring. See under Dead.
n 1: a digestible substance used to give color to food; "food
color made from vegetable dyes" [syn: colouring, food
coloring, food colouring, food color, food colour]
2: a visual attribute of things that results from the light
they emit or transmit or reflect; "a white color is made
up of many different wavelengths of light" [syn: color,
colour, colouring] [ant: colorlessness]
3: the act or process of changing the color of something [syn: