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Definizione monolingua e traduzione black



Inglese grammatica

black


Verb

black (third-person singular simple present blacks, present participle blacking, simple past and past participle blacked)


  1. To make black, to blacken.
    • 1859, Oliver Optic, Poor and Proud; or, The Fortunes of Katy Redburn, a Story for Young Folks [1]
      ""I dont want to fight; but you are a mean, dirty blackguard, or you wouldnt have treated a girl like that,"" replied Tommy, standing as stiff as a stake before the bully.
      ""Say that again, and Ill black your eye for you.""
    • 1911, Edna Ferber, Buttered Side Down [2]
      Ted, you can black your face, and dye your hair, and squint, and some fine day, sooner or later, somebodyll come along and blab the whole thing.
    • 1922, John Galsworthy, A Family Man: In Three Acts [3]
      I saw red, and instead of a cab I fetched that policeman. Of course father did black his eye.
  2. To apply blacking to something.
    • 1853, Harriet Beecher Stowe, The Key to Uncle Toms Cabin [4]
      ...he must catch, curry, and saddle his own horse; he must black his own brogans (for he will not be able to buy boots).
    • 1861, George William Curtis, Trumps: A Novel [5]
      But in a moment he went to Greenidges bedside, and said, shyly, in a low voice, ""Shall I black your boots for you?""
    • 1911, Max Beerbohm, Zuleika Dobson [6]
      Loving you, I could conceive no life sweeter than hers -- to be always near you; to black your boots, carry up your coals, scrub your doorstep; always to be working for you, hard and humbly and without thanks.
  3. (UK) To boycott something or someone, usually as part of an industrial dispute.
Noun

black (plural blacks)


  1. The colour/color perceived in the absence of light.
    black colour:    
  2. A black dye, pigment.
  3. A pen, pencil, crayon, etc., made of black pigment.
  4. (in the plural) Black cloth hung up at funerals.
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, ""Of Death"", Essays:
      Groans, and convulsions, and a discolored face, and friends weeping, and blacks, and obsequies, and the like, show death terrible.
  5. (sometimes capitalised) A person of African descent, Aborigine or Maori.
  6. (billiards, snooker, pool, with the) The black ball.
  7. (baseball) The edge of home plate
  8. (UK) a type of firecracker that is really more dark brown in colour.
  9. (informal) blackcurrant syrup (in mixed drinks, e.g. snakebite and black, cider and black).
  10. In chess and similar games, the person playing with the black set of pieces.
    At this point black makes a disastrous move.
Adjective

black (comparative blacker, superlative blackest)


  1. (of an object) absorbing all light and reflecting none; dark and colourless.
  2. (of a place, etc) without light.
  3. (sometimes capitalize) Relating to persons of (usually noticeable) negroid African descent or their culture. Also people of Aborigine or Maori descent.
  4. Bad; evil; ill-omened.
    • 1655, Benjamin Needler, Expository notes, with practical observations; towards the opening of the five first chapters of the first book of Moses called Genesis. London: N. Webb and W. Grantham, page 168.
      ...what a black day would that be, when the Ordinances of Jesus Christ should as it were be excommunicated, and cast out of the Church of Christ.
  5. Illegitimate, illegal or disgraced.
    • 1866, The Contemporary Review, London: A. Strahan, page 338.
      Foodstuffs were rationed and, as in other countries in a similar situation, the black market was flourishing.
  6. (Ireland, informal) Overcrowded.
  7. (of coffee or tea) Without any cream, milk, or creamer.
    Jim drinks his coffee black, but Ellen prefers it with creamer.
  8. (board games, chess) The standard denomination of the playing pieces of a board game deemed to belong to the ""black"" set, no matter what the actual colour.
    The black pieces in this set are in fact made of dark blue glass.
Traduzione italiano nero |nera |negro |annerire |buio |lugubre |nìro |nìru |oscuro |scuro |triste |


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