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    Black - (a.) Destitute of light, or incapable of reflecting it; of the color of soot or coal; of the darkest or a very dark color, the opposite of white; characterized by such a color; as, black cloth; black hair or eyes.
    Black - (a.) In a less literal sense: Enveloped or shrouded in darkness; very dark or gloomy; as, a black night; the heavens black with clouds.
    Black - (a.) Fig.: Dismal, gloomy, or forbidding, like darkness; destitute of moral light or goodness; atrociously wicked; cruel; mournful; calamitous; horrible.
    Black - (a.) Expressing menace, or discontent; threatening; sullen; foreboding; as, to regard one with black looks.
    Black - (adv.) Sullenly; threateningly; maliciously; so as to produce blackness.
    Black - (n.) That which is destitute of light or whiteness; the darkest color, or rather a destitution of all color; as, a cloth has a good black.
    Black - (n.) A black pigment or dye.
    Black - (n.) A negro; a person whose skin is of a black color, or shaded with black; esp. a member or descendant of certain African races.
    Black - (n.) A black garment or dress; as, she wears black
    Black - (n.) Mourning garments of a black color; funereal drapery.
    Black - (n.) The part of a thing which is distinguished from the rest by being black.
    Black - (n.) A stain; a spot; a smooch.
    Black - (a.) To make black; to blacken; to soil; to sully.
    Black - (a.) To make black and shining, as boots or a stove, by applying blacking and then polishing with a brush.
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    Blacked - (imp. & p. p.) of Black
    Blacking - (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Black
    Blackamoor - (n.) A negro or negress.
    Black art - () The art practiced by conjurers and witches; necromancy; conjuration; magic.
    Black-a-vised - (a.) Dark-visaged; swart.
    Blackball - (n.) A composition for blacking shoes, boots, etc.; also, one for taking impressions of engraved work.
    Blackball - (n.) A ball of black color, esp. one used as a negative in voting; -- in this sense usually two words.
    Blackballed - (imp. & p. p.) of Blackball
    Blackballing - (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Blackball
    Blackball - (v. t.) To vote against, by putting a black ball into a ballot box; to reject or exclude, as by voting against with black balls; to ostracize.
    Blackball - (v. t.) To blacken (leather, shoes, etc.) with blacking.
    Blackband - (n.) An earthy carbonate of iron containing considerable carbonaceous matter; -- valuable as an iron ore.
    Black bass - () An edible, fresh-water fish of the United States, of the genus Micropterus. the small-mouthed kind is M. dolomiei; the large-mouthed is M. salmoides.
    Black bass - () The sea bass. See Blackfish, 3.
    Blackberry - (n.) The fruit of several species of bramble (Rubus); also, the plant itself. Rubus fruticosus is the blackberry of England; R. villosus and R. Canadensis are the high blackberry and low blackberry of the United States. There are also other kinds.
    Blackbird - (n.) In England, a species of thrush (Turdus merula), a singing bird with a fin note; the merle. In America the name is given to several birds, as the Quiscalus versicolor, or crow blackbird; the Agelaeus phoeniceus, or red-winged blackbird; the cowbird; the rusty grackle, etc. See Redwing.
    Blackboard - (n.) A broad board painted black, or any black surface on which writing, drawing, or the working of mathematical problems can be done with chalk or crayons. It is much used in schools.
    Black book - () One of several books of a political character, published at different times and for different purposes; -- so called either from the color of the binding, or from the character of the contents.
    Black book - () A book compiled in the twelfth century, containing a description of the court of exchequer of England, an official statement of the revenues of the crown, etc.
    Black book - () A book containing details of the enormities practiced in the English monasteries and religious houses, compiled by order of their visitors under Henry VIII., to hasten their dissolution.
    Black book - () A book of admiralty law, of the highest authority, compiled in the reign of Edw. III.
    Black book - () A book kept for the purpose of registering the names of persons liable to censure or punishment, as in the English universities, or the English armies.
    Black book - () Any book which treats of necromancy.
    Black-browed - (a.) Having black eyebrows. Hence: Gloomy; dismal; threatening; forbidding.
    Blackburnian warbler - () A beautiful warbler of the United States (Dendroica Blackburniae). The male is strongly marked with orange, yellow, and black on the head and neck, and has an orange-yellow breast.
    Blackcap - (n.) A small European song bird (Sylvia atricapilla), with a black crown; the mock nightingale.
    Blackcap - (n.) An American titmouse (Parus atricapillus); the chickadee.
    Blackcap - (n.) An apple roasted till black, to be served in a dish of boiled custard.
    Blackcap - (n.) The black raspberry.
    Blackcoat - (n.) A clergyman; -- familiarly so called, as a soldier is sometimes called a redcoat or a bluecoat.
    Blackcock - (n.) The male of the European black grouse (Tetrao tetrix, Linn.); -- so called by sportsmen. The female is called gray hen. See Heath grouse.
    Black death - () A pestilence which ravaged Europe and Asia in the fourteenth century.
    Blackened - (imp. & p. p.) of Blacken
    Blackening - (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Blacken
    Blacken - (v. t.) To make or render black.
    Blacken - (v. t.) To make dark; to darken; to cloud.
    Blacken - (v. t.) To defame; to sully, as reputation; to make infamous; as, vice blackens the character.
    Blacken - (v. i.) To grow black or dark.
    Blackener - (n.) One who blackens.
    Black-eyed - (a.) Having black eyes.
    Black-faced - (a.) Having a black, dark, or gloomy face or aspect.
    Blackfeet - (n. pl.) A tribe of North American Indians formerly inhabiting the country from the upper Missouri River to the Saskatchewan, but now much reduced in numbers.
    Blackfin - (n.) See Bluefin.
    Blackfish - (n.) A small kind of whale, of the genus Globicephalus, of several species. The most common is G. melas. Also sometimes applied to other whales of larger size.
    Blackfish - (n.) The tautog of New England (Tautoga).
    Blackfish - (n.) The black sea bass (Centropristis atrarius) of the Atlantic coast. It is excellent food fish; -- locally called also black Harry.
    Blackfish - (n.) A fish of southern Europe (Centrolophus pompilus) of the Mackerel family.
    Blackfish - (n.) The female salmon in the spawning season.
    Blackfoot - (a.) Of or pertaining to the Blackfeet; as, a Blackfoot Indian.
    Blackfoot - (n.) A Blackfoot Indian.
    Black friar - () A friar of the Dominican order; -- called also predicant and preaching friar; in France, Jacobin. Also, sometimes, a Benedictine.
    Blackguard - (n.) The scullions and lower menials of a court, or of a nobleman's household, who, in a removal from one residence to another, had charge of the kitchen utensils, and being smutted by them, were jocularly called the "black guard"; also, the servants and hangers-on of an army.
    Blackguard - (n.) The criminals and vagrants or vagabonds of a town or community, collectively.
    Blackguard - (n.) A person of stained or low character, esp. one who uses scurrilous language, or treats others with foul abuse; a scoundrel; a rough.
    Blackguard - (n.) A vagrant; a bootblack; a gamin.
    Blackguarded - (imp. & p. p.) of Blackguard
    Blackguarding - (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Blackguard
    Blackguard - (v. t.) To revile or abuse in scurrilous language.
    Blackguard - (a.) Scurrilous; abusive; low; worthless; vicious; as, blackguard language.
    Blackguardism - (n.) The conduct or language of a blackguard; ruffianism.
    Blackguardly - (adv. & a.) In the manner of or resembling a blackguard; abusive; scurrilous; ruffianly.
    Blackhead - (n.) The scaup duck.
    Blackheart - (n.) A heart-shaped cherry with a very dark-colored skin.
    Black-hearted - (a.) Having a wicked, malignant disposition; morally bad.
    Black hole - () A dungeon or dark cell in a prison; a military lock-up or guardroom; -- now commonly with allusion to the cell (the Black Hole) in a fort at Calcutta, into which 146 English prisoners were thrust by the nabob Suraja Dowla on the night of June 20, 17656, and in which 123 of the prisoners died before morning from lack of air.
    Blacking - (n.) Any preparation for making things black; esp. one for giving a black luster to boots and shoes, or to stoves.
    Blacking - (n.) The act or process of making black.
    Blackish - (a.) Somewhat black.
    Black-jack - (n.) A name given by English miners to sphalerite, or zinc blende; -- called also false galena. See Blende.
    Black-jack - (n.) Caramel or burnt sugar, used to color wines, spirits, ground coffee, etc.
    Black-jack - (n.) A large leather vessel for beer, etc.
    Black-jack - (n.) The Quercus nigra, or barren oak.
    Black-jack - (n.) The ensign of a pirate.
    Black lead - () Plumbago; graphite. It leaves a blackish mark somewhat like lead. See Graphite.
    Blacklead - (v. t.) To coat or to polish with black lead.
    Blackleg - (n.) A notorious gambler.
    Blackleg - (n.) A disease among calves and sheep, characterized by a settling of gelatinous matter in the legs, and sometimes in the neck.
    Black letter - () The old English or Gothic letter, in which the Early English manuscripts were written, and the first English books were printed. It was conspicuous for its blackness. See Type.
    Black-letter - (a.) Written or printed in black letter; as, a black-letter manuscript or book.
    Black-letter - (a.) Given to the study of books in black letter; that is, of old books; out of date.
    Black-letter - (a.) Of or pertaining to the days in the calendar not marked with red letters as saints' days. Hence: Unlucky; inauspicious.
    Blacklist - (v. t.) To put in a black list as deserving of suspicion, censure, or punishment; esp. to put in a list of persons stigmatized as insolvent or untrustworthy, -- as tradesmen and employers do for mutual protection; as, to blacklist a workman who has been discharged. See Black list, under Black, a.
    Blackly - (adv.) In a black manner; darkly, in color; gloomily; threateningly; atrociously.
    Blackmail - (n.) A certain rate of money, corn, cattle, or other thing, anciently paid, in the north of England and south of Scotland, to certain men who were allied to robbers, or moss troopers, to be by them protected from pillage.
    Blackmail - (n.) Payment of money exacted by means of intimidation; also, extortion of money from a person by threats of public accusation, exposure, or censure.
    Blackmail - (n.) Black rent, or rent paid in corn, flesh, or the lowest coin, a opposed to "white rent", which paid in silver.
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    Black - adj. 1 reflecting no light, colourless from lack of light (like coal or soot); completely dark. 2 (black) of the human group with dark-coloured skin, esp. African. 3 (of the sky etc.) Heavily overcast. 4 angry; gloomy (black look, mood). 5 implying disgrace etc. (in his black books). 6 wicked, sinister, deadly. 7 portending trouble (things look black). 8 comic but sinister (black comedy). 9 (of tea or coffee) without milk. 10 (of industrial labour or its products) boycotted, esp. By a trade union, in a strike etc. n. 1 black colour or pigment. 2 black clothes or material (dressed in black). 3 a (in a game) black piece, ball, etc. B player of this. 4 credit side of an account (in the black).
    Black - adj. 1 reflecting no light, colourless from lack of light (like coal or soot); completely dark. 2 (black) of the human group with dark-coloured skin, esp. African. 3 (of the sky etc.) Heavily overcast. 4 angry; gloomy (black look, mood). 5 implying disgrace etc. (in his black books). 6 wicked, sinister, deadly. 7 portending trouble (things look black). 8 comic but sinister (black comedy). 9 (of tea or coffee) without milk. 10 (of industrial labour or its products) boycotted, esp. By a trade union, in a strike etc. n. 1 black colour or pigment. 2 black clothes or material (dressed in black). 3 a (in a game) black piece, ball, etc. B player of this. 4 credit side of an account (in the black). 5 (black) member of a dark-skinned race, esp. An african. v. 1 make black (blacked his boots). 2 declare (goods etc.) black. black out 1 effect a blackout on. 2 undergo a blackout. [old english]
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    Black and blue - adj. Bruised.
    Black and white - n. Writing or printing (in black and white). adj. 1 (of a film etc.) Monochrome. 2 consisting of extremes only, oversimplified.
    Black art - n. = *black magic.
    Blackball - v. Reject (a candidate) in a ballot.
    Black beetle - n. The common cockroach.
    Black belt - n. 1 highest grade of proficiency in judo, karate, etc. 2 holder of this grade, entitled to wear a black belt.
    Blackberry - n. (pl. -ies) black fleshy edible fruit of the bramble.
    Blackbird - n. Common thrush of which the male is black with an orange beak.
    Blackboard - n. Board with a smooth dark surface for writing on with chalk.
    Black box - n. Flight-recorder.
    Blackcap - n. Small warbler, the male of which has a black-topped head.
    Black country - n. (prec. By the) industrial area of the midlands.
    Blackcurrant - n. 1 cultivated flowering shrub. 2 its small dark edible berry.
    Black death - n. (prec. By the) 14th-c. Plague in europe.
    Black economy - n. Unofficial and untaxed trade.
    Blacken - v. 1 make or become black or dark. 2 defame, slander.
    Black eye - n. Bruised skin around the eye.
    Black flag - n. Flag of piracy.
    Blackfly - n. 1 dark coloured thrips or aphid. 2 these collectively.
    Black forest gateau - n. Chocolate sponge with cherries and whipped cream.
    Black friar - n. Dominican friar.
    Blackguard n. Villain, scoundrel. blackguardly adj. [originally = menial] -
    Blackhead - n. Black-topped pimple on the skin.
    Black hole - n. Region of space from which matter and radiation cannot escape.
    Black ice - n. Thin hard transparent ice on a road etc.
    Blacking - n. Black polish, esp. For shoes.
    Blackjack - n. = *pontoon1.
    Blacklead - n. Graphite.
    Blackleg - n. Derog. Person refusing to join a strike etc. v. (-gg-) act as a blackleg.
    Blacklist - n. List of people in disfavour etc. v. Put on a blacklist.
    Black magic - n. Magic supposed to invoke evil spirits.
    Blackmail - n. 1 a extortion of payment in return for silence. B payment so extorted. 2 use of threats or moral pressure. v. 1 (try to) extort money etc. From by blackmail. 2 threaten, coerce. blackmailer n. [obsolete mail rent]
    Black maria - n. Slang police van.
    Black mark - n. Mark of discredit.
    Black market - n. Illicit trade in rationed, prohibited, or scarce commodities. black marketeer n.
    Black mass - n. Travesty of the mass, in worship of satan.
    Blackout - n. 1 temporary loss of consciousness or memory. 2 loss of electric power, radio reception, etc. 3 compulsory darkness as a precaution against air raids. 4 temporary suppression of news. 5 sudden darkening of a theatre stage.
    Black pepper - n. Pepper made by grinding the whole dried pepper berry including the outer husk.
    Black power - n. Movement for black rights and political power.
    Black pudding - n. Sausage of pork, dried pig's blood, suet, etc.
    Black rod - n. Principal usher of the house of lords etc.
    Black sheep - n. Colloq. Member of a family, group, etc. Regarded as a disgrace or failure.
    Blackshirt - n. Hist.member of a fascist organization.
    Blacksmith - n. Smith who works in iron.
    Black spot - n. 1 place of danger or trouble. 2 plant disease producing black spots.
    Black tea - n. Tea that is fully fermented before drying.
    Blackthorn - n. Thorny shrub bearing white blossom and sloes.
    Black tie - n. 1 black bow-tie worn with a dinner jacket. 2 colloq. Man's formal evening dress.
    Black velvet - n. Mixture of stout and champagne.
    Black watch - n. (prec. By the) royal highland regiment.
    Black widow - n. Venomous spider of which the female devours the male.
    Bootblack - n. Us person who polishes boots and shoes.
    Jet black - adj. & n. (as adj. Often hyphenated) deep glossy black.
    Lampblack - n. Pigment made from soot.
    Penny black - n. First adhesive postage stamp (1840, price one penny).
    Pitch-black - adj. (also pitch-dark) very or completely dark.

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