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 for colour
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Colour \Col"our\, n.
     See Color. [Brit.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Color \Col"or\ (k[u^]l"[~e]r), n. [Written also colour.] [OF.
     color, colur, colour, F. couleur, L. color; prob. akin to
     celare to conceal (the color taken as that which covers). See
     Helmet.]
     1. A property depending on the relations of light to the eye,
        by which individual and specific differences in the hues
        and tints of objects are apprehended in vision; as, gay
        colors; sad colors, etc.
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     Note: The sensation of color depends upon a peculiar function
           of the retina or optic nerve, in consequence of which
           rays of light produce different effects according to
           the length of their waves or undulations, waves of a
           certain length producing the sensation of red, shorter
           waves green, and those still shorter blue, etc. White,
           or ordinary, light consists of waves of various lengths
           so blended as to produce no effect of color, and the
           color of objects depends upon their power to absorb or
           reflect a greater or less proportion of the rays which
           fall upon them.
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     2. Any hue distinguished from white or black.
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     3. The hue or color characteristic of good health and
        spirits; ruddy complexion.
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              Give color to my pale cheek.          --Shak.
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     4. That which is used to give color; a paint; a pigment; as,
        oil colors or water colors.
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     5. That which covers or hides the real character of anything;
        semblance; excuse; disguise; appearance.
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              They had let down the boat into the sea, under color
              as though they would have cast anchors out of the
              foreship.                             --Acts xxvii.
                                                    30.
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              That he should die is worthy policy;
              But yet we want a color for his death. --Shak.
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     6. Shade or variety of character; kind; species.
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              Boys and women are for the most part cattle of this
              color.                                --Shak.
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     7. A distinguishing badge, as a flag or similar symbol
        (usually in the plural); as, the colors or color of a ship
        or regiment; the colors of a race horse (that is, of the
        cap and jacket worn by the jockey).
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              In the United States each regiment of infantry and
              artillery has two colors, one national and one
              regimental.                           --Farrow.
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     8. (Law) An apparent right; as where the defendant in
        trespass gave to the plaintiff an appearance of title, by
        stating his title specially, thus removing the cause from
        the jury to the court. --Blackstone.
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     Note: Color is express when it is averred in the pleading,
           and implied when it is implied in the pleading.
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     Body color. See under Body.
  
     Color blindness, total or partial inability to distinguish
        or recognize colors. See Daltonism.
  
     Complementary color, one of two colors so related to each
        other that when blended together they produce white light;
        -- so called because each color makes up to the other what
        it lacks to make it white. Artificial or pigment colors,
        when mixed, produce effects differing from those of the
        primary colors, in consequence of partial absorption.
  
     Of color (as persons, races, etc.), not of the white race;
        -- commonly meaning, esp. in the United States, of negro
        blood, pure or mixed.
  
     Primary colors, those developed from the solar beam by the
        prism, viz., red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and
        violet, which are reduced by some authors to three, --
        red, green, and violet-blue. These three are sometimes
        called fundamental colors.
  
     Subjective color or Accidental color, a false or spurious
        color seen in some instances, owing to the persistence of
        the luminous impression upon the retina, and a gradual
        change of its character, as where a wheel perfectly white,
        and with a circumference regularly subdivided, is made to
        revolve rapidly over a dark object, the teeth of the wheel
        appear to the eye of different shades of color varying
        with the rapidity of rotation. See Accidental colors,
        under Accidental.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  colour
      adj 1: having or capable of producing colors; "color film"; "he
             rented a color television"; "marvelous color
             illustrations" [syn: color, colour] [ant: black and
             white(p), black-and-white]
      n 1: any material used for its color; "she used a different
           color for the trim" [syn: coloring material, colouring
           material, color, colour]
      2: a race with skin pigmentation different from the white race
         (especially Blacks) [syn: color, colour, people of
         color, people of colour]
      3: (physics) the characteristic of quarks that determines their
         role in the strong interaction; "each flavor of quarks comes
         in three colors" [syn: color, colour]
      4: interest and variety and intensity; "the Puritan Period was
         lacking in color"; "the characters were delineated with
         exceptional vividness" [syn: color, colour, vividness]
      5: the timbre of a musical sound; "the recording fails to
         capture the true color of the original music" [syn: color,
         colour, coloration, colouration]
      6: 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,
         coloring, colouring] [ant: achromaticity,
         achromatism, colorlessness, colourlessness]
      7: an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately
         misleading; "he hoped his claims would have a semblance of
         authenticity"; "he tried to give his falsehood the gloss of
         moral sanction"; "the situation soon took on a different
         color" [syn: semblance, gloss, color, colour]
      8: the appearance of objects (or light sources) described in
         terms of a person's perception of their hue and lightness (or
         brightness) and saturation [syn: color, colour]
      v 1: modify or bias; "His political ideas color his lectures"
           [syn: color, colour]
      2: decorate with colors; "color the walls with paint in warm
         tones" [syn: color, colour, emblazon]
      3: give a deceptive explanation or excuse for; "color a lie"
         [syn: color, colour, gloss]
      4: affect as in thought or feeling; "My personal feelings color
         my judgment in this case"; "The sadness tinged his life"
         [syn: tinge, color, colour, distort]
      5: add color to; "The child colored the drawings"; "Fall colored
         the trees"; "colorize black and white film" [syn: color,
         colorize, colorise, colourise, colourize, colour,
         color in, colour in] [ant: discolor]
      6: change color, often in an undesired manner; "The shirts
         discolored" [syn: discolor, discolour, colour, color]

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  colour
  color
  
      (US "color") Colours are usually represented as
     RGB triples in a digital image because this corresponds
     most closely to the electronic signals needed to drive a
     CRT.++Several+equivalent+systems+("{colour+models">CRT.  Several equivalent systems ("{colour models") exist,
     e.g. HSB.  A colour image may be stored as three separate
     images, one for each of red, green, and blue, or each pixel
     may encode the colour using separate bit-fields for each
     colour component, or each pixel may store a logical colour
     number which is looked up in a hardware colour palette to
     find the colour to display.
  
     Printers may use the CMYK or Pantone representations of
     colours as well as RGB.
  
     (1999-08-02)
  

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Colour
     The subject of colours holds an important place in the
     Scriptures.
     
       White occurs as the translation of various Hebrew words. It is
     applied to milk (Gen. 49:12), manna (Ex. 16:31), snow (Isa.
     1:18), horses (Zech. 1:8), raiment (Eccl. 9:8). Another Hebrew
     word so rendered is applied to marble (Esther 1:6), and a
     cognate word to the lily (Cant. 2:16). A different term, meaning
     "dazzling," is applied to the countenance (Cant. 5:10).
     
       This colour was an emblem of purity and innocence (Mark 16:5;
     John 20:12; Rev. 19:8, 14), of joy (Eccl. 9:8), and also of
     victory (Zech. 6:3; Rev. 6:2). The hangings of the tabernacle
     court (Ex. 27:9; 38:9), the coats, mitres, bonnets, and breeches
     of the priests (Ex. 39:27,28), and the dress of the high priest
     on the day of Atonement (Lev. 16:4,32), were white.
     
       Black, applied to the hair (Lev. 13:31; Cant. 5:11), the
     complexion (Cant. 1:5), and to horses (Zech. 6:2,6). The word
     rendered "brown" in Gen. 30:32 (R.V., "black") means properly
     "scorched", i.e., the colour produced by the influence of the
     sun's rays. "Black" in Job 30:30 means dirty, blackened by
     sorrow and disease. The word is applied to a mourner's robes
     (Jer. 8:21; 14:2), to a clouded sky (1 Kings 18:45), to night
     (Micah 3:6; Jer. 4:28), and to a brook rendered turbid by melted
     snow (Job 6:16). It is used as symbolical of evil in Zech. 6:2,
     6 and Rev. 6:5. It was the emblem of mourning, affliction,
     calamity (Jer. 14:2; Lam. 4:8; 5:10).
     
       Red, applied to blood (2 Kings 3;22), a heifer (Num. 19:2),
     pottage of lentils (Gen. 25:30), a horse (Zech. 1:8), wine
     (Prov. 23:31), the complexion (Gen. 25:25; Cant. 5:10). This
     colour is symbolical of bloodshed (Zech. 6:2; Rev. 6:4; 12:3).
     
       Purple, a colour obtained from the secretion of a species of
     shell-fish (the Murex trunculus) which was found in the
     Mediterranean, and particularly on the coasts of Phoenicia and
     Asia Minor. The colouring matter in each separate shell-fish
     amounted to only a single drop, and hence the great value of
     this dye. Robes of this colour were worn by kings (Judg. 8:26)
     and high officers (Esther 8:15). They were also worn by the
     wealthy and luxurious (Jer. 10:9; Ezek. 27:7; Luke 16:19; Rev.
     17:4). With this colour was associated the idea of royalty and
     majesty (Judg. 8:26; Cant. 3:10; 7:5; Dan. 5:7, 16,29).
     
       Blue. This colour was also procured from a species of
     shell-fish, the chelzon of the Hebrews, and the Helix ianthina
     of modern naturalists. The tint was emblematic of the sky, the
     deep dark hue of the Eastern sky. This colour was used in the
     same way as purple. The ribbon and fringe of the Hebrew dress
     were of this colour (Num. 15:38). The loops of the curtains (Ex.
     26:4), the lace of the high priest's breastplate, the robe of
     the ephod, and the lace on his mitre, were blue (Ex. 28:28, 31,
     37).
     
       Scarlet, or Crimson. In Isa. 1:18 a Hebrew word is used which
     denotes the worm or grub whence this dye was procured. In Gen.
     38:28,30, the word so rendered means "to shine," and expresses
     the brilliancy of the colour. The small parasitic insects from
     which this dye was obtained somewhat resembled the cochineal
     which is found in Eastern countries. It is called by naturalists
     Coccus ilics. The dye was procured from the female grub alone.
     The only natural object to which this colour is applied in
     Scripture is the lips, which are likened to a scarlet thread
     (Cant. 4:3). Scarlet robes were worn by the rich and luxurious
     (2 Sam. 1:24; Prov. 31:21; Jer. 4:30. Rev. 17:4). It was also
     the hue of the warrior's dress (Nah. 2:3; Isa. 9:5). The
     Phoenicians excelled in the art of dyeing this colour (2 Chr.
     2:7).
     
       These four colours--white, purple, blue, and scarlet--were
     used in the textures of the tabernacle curtains (Ex. 26:1, 31,
     36), and also in the high priest's ephod, girdle, and
     breastplate (Ex. 28:5, 6, 8, 15). Scarlet thread is mentioned in
     connection with the rites of cleansing the leper (Lev. 14:4, 6,
     51) and of burning the red heifer (Num. 19:6). It was a crimson
     thread that Rahab was to bind on her window as a sign that she
     was to be saved alive (Josh. 2:18; 6:25) when the city of
     Jericho was taken.
     
       Vermilion, the red sulphuret of mercury, or cinnabar; a colour
     used for drawing the figures of idols on the walls of temples
     (Ezek. 23:14), or for decorating the walls and beams of houses
     (Jer. 22:14).
     

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