meaning of black

1. To make black; to blacken; to soil; to sully.
To make black and shining, as boots or a stove, by applying blacking and then polishing with a brush.
The art practiced by conjurers and witches; necromancy; conjuration; magic.
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.
The sea bass. See Blackfish, 3.
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.
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.
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.
A book of admiralty law, of the highest authority, compiled in the reign of Edw. III.
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.
Any book which treats of necromancy.
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.
In a less literal sense: Enveloped or shrouded in darkness; very dark or gloomy; as, a black night; the heavens black with clouds.
Fig. : Dismal, gloomy, or forbidding, like darkness; destitute of moral light or goodness; atrociously wicked; cruel; mournful; calamitous; horrible.
Expressing menace, or discontent; threatening; sullen; foreboding; as, to regard one with black looks.
Sullenly; threateningly; maliciously; so as to produce blackness.
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.
A black pigment or dye.
A negro; a person whose skin is of a black color, or shaded with black; esp. a member or descendant of certain African races.
A black garment or dress; as, she wears black
Mourning garments of a black color; funereal drapery.
The part of a thing which is distinguished from the rest by being black.
A stain; a spot; a smooch.
A pestilence which ravaged Europe and Asia in the fourteenth century.
A friar of the Dominican order; -- called also predicant and preaching friar; in France, Jacobin. Also, sometimes, a Benedictine.
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.
Plumbago; graphite. It leaves a blackish mark somewhat like lead. See Graphite.
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.
A kind of sausage made of blood, suet, etc. , thickened with meal.
the usher to the Chapter of the Garter, so called from the black rod which he carries. He is of the kings chamber, and also usher to the House of Lords.
An usher in the legislature of British colonies.
Easter Monday, so called from the severity of that day in 1360, which was so unusual that many of Edward III. s soldiers, then before Paris, died from the cold.
The first Monday after the holidays; -- so called by English schoolboys.
A Benedictine monk.
Crude potash.
Alt. of Blacksnake
A copious vomiting of dark-colored matter; or the substance so discharged; -- one of the most fatal symptoms in yellow fever.
Alt. of Blackwash
black clothing worn as a sign of mourning; "the widow wore ">black"

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