Meaning of BLACK in English

BLACK

I. adjective

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a black comedy (= about serious subjects, especially death )

There are several murders in this black comedy set in Florida.

a black mark

There were black marks all over the floor.

a black mood British English (= very angry or sad )

His earlier black mood seemed to have gone.

a black/grey cloud

Black clouds usually mean rain.

a dark/black shadow

She saw the dark shadow of a man in the doorway.

a white/black/red etc patch

The bird has a large black patch on each side of its neck.

as black as pitch (= very dark )

The night was as black as pitch .

be black with dirt (= be very dirty )

Jack came in from the garden, his hands black with dirt.

black and blue

If you do that again, I’ll beat you black and blue.

black and white

black and white photos

black art

black belt

Sandy’s a black belt in judo.

black box

black comedy

Black Death, the

black economy

black eye

Jack looked like someone had given him a black eye .

black gold

black hole

I’m worried that the project could become a financial black hole.

black humour

black ice (= a layer of thin ice on a road that is very difficult to see )

Black ice on the roads is making driving conditions very dangerous.

black ice

Driving conditions are dangerous, with black ice in many areas.

black magic (= intended to harm people )

The candles had been used for black magic.

black magic

black market

There was a thriving black market in foreign currency.

black marketeer

Black Muslim

black pepper

black pudding

black sheep

Amy’s always been the black sheep of the family .

black widow

black

his long black hair

black (= without milk )

He went up to the counter and ordered a black coffee.

black (= without milk )

I ordered black tea and toast.

black/blue/white/grey smoke

Black smoke poured out of the engine.

black/brown etc

Her shoes and handbag were brown.

black/dark comedy (= about subjects that are usually sad or serious, especially death )

The plot contains plenty of black comedy.

black/dark humour (= jokes, funny stories etc about the unpleasant parts of life )

The tone of the film is light but there are moments of black humour.

dark/black

Fireworks burst up into the dark sky.

dark/brown/black

a girl with beautiful dark skin

dye sth black/blue/blonde etc

Priscilla’s hair was dyed jet black.

given...black eye

Jack looked like someone had given him a black eye .

golden/dark/black etc curls

a little boy with a tangle of blond curls

jet black literary (= completely black )

She had shiny jet black hair, and skin as white as snow.

on the black market

Many foods were only available on the black market .

prejudice against women/black people etc

There is still a lot of prejudice against women in positions of authority.

the black economy especially BrE (= business activity in which people buy and sell goods illegally, without paying tax )

Illegal immigrants have to seek work in the black economy.

the black sheep of the family

Amy’s always been the black sheep of the family .

the black/white population (= black or white people who live in a place )

Unemployment is greater among the black population.

the black/white/Asian etc community

The city has a large Asian community.

wear black/white/red etc

Usually I wear black, grey, or brown.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ NOUN

bean

Heat a wok or heavy-based pan, add the black bean sauce and heat gently.

Combine salsa with spices and black beans .

Specialities include black bean soup, seafood crepes, chicken enchilada and filet mignon.

Enchiladas verdes con pollo with black beans and rice.

Hardly surprising then, that there's rather more to our Chicken in Blackbean Sauce than just chicken and black beans .

The chicken version is filled with corn, black beans , peppers, onions, melted cheese and of course, chicken.

Huge tubs hold bubbling black beans -- no lard, no lie.

Place chicken on top of pasta, then ladle black beans on top.

box

They're still looking for his black box .

This plant also builds complex black boxes .

It was a small black box , rather like the Thing, mounted on little treads.

New investigative techniques have opened up the black box of the brain and have begun to shed light on its inner workings.

Claire jams the black box into her shoulder bag.

Just about everybody else I know of who watched it owns one of those black boxes .

A long black box passed at their feet.

coffee

I no longer drank black coffee nor smoked, so I could only chew my almonds and sip my herb tea.

That morning he stretched his back and sipped black coffee and enjoyed the sudden, urgent peristalsis of a much younger man.

Amy leaned forward and put her mug on the black coffee table. ` She's right, you know.

She served us each a small cup of thick black coffee and poured one for herself.

Whereas traditional politicians offer visitors green tea, the Reform of Heisei serves black coffee .

Crusty white bread, aromatic black coffee with thick sweet cream and buttery cheese had accompanied them.

I hollered for fortified wines and drank quarts of tongue-frazzling black coffee .

comedy

And then there is black comedy .

Even black comedies should be taken seriously by their makers.

I thought it was a campy black comedy .

This haunting black comedy touches and menaces in equal parts.

Alternatively the violation can be inverted; like a black comedy , or the assertion of a stark revenge or retribution.

This was on-the-edge black comedy that dispelled any vestige of condescension that might have been felt towards the performers.

community

It seems that reasonable cars and the black community , at least in the eyes of the police, do not go together.

They are trying to slight the black community .

It is said that there is now a comic for everyone and indeed the gay and black communities have thriving titles.

But we knew there was a market in the black community for Richard.

The case has again focused attention on tension between Miami's police force and the city's black community .

And prophylactic drug use soared, particularly in the black community .

The first step was to research the needs and attitudes of the black community by contacting community groups that represent them.

Such patterns have helped fuel questions in the black community about whether the vote was fair on Election Day.

dress

I settled on one of my favourites-a simple black dress .

She was singing on a stage in back of the bar and was wearing a black dress .

Biddy, in her neat little black dress , was busy serving food.

She is wearing a black dress and pearls, and a stole is strewn on the front seat.

Rose was wearing a dull black cardigan over a black dress .

The women wore severe black dresses or full-length black kimono.

The streets flowed with rivers of women dressed in their plain black dresses, all on their way to work.

eye

Several congressmen went home with black eyes and serious neck injuries.

I saw the whites of his black eyes as he rolled them up at me.

A pair of sharp black eyes looked her up and down out of the most wasted features Miss Kyte had ever seen.

He came home one day with a black eye .

Fernando Serra's black eyes narrowed angrily at her and then settled on the waiter.

She cringed from the stare of those wide, black eyes that demanded nothing of her except that she not see him.

It also has a black eye stripe and one at the rear.

Her somnolent black eyes and tenderly pursed pink lips intrude upon the eggshell delicacy of her face with the most delicate affection.

mark

The former Shah's advocacy of a collective security pact was a further black mark against the Gulf scheme.

Still, you could almost see the black mark being registered against the name of the man who had asked the question.

A mini-breakdown was less of a black mark than a criminal record if he should ever choose to emigrate.

They reduced his manuscript to a patchwork of black marks .

Irina had put a black mark against him with Rakovsky.

But there is one black mark .

Why is not immediately obvious but sufficiently worrying to put a black mark against the program.

You get a black mark next to your name that may show up in your next evaluation.

market

For the first time the black market has been upstaged-and, ironically, brought into the official fold.

They have blamed high taxes for the growth of a black market in cigarettes.

Apart from drugs, detectives believe money is laundered from a variety of black market deals involving arms and high technology.

In doing so it creates a black market , which radically inflates profits for producers and traffickers.

Another consequence of the artificially stimulated excess demand for food was the creation of black markets .

Take the black market for foreign luxury cars, Chan said.

Here items in short supply are sold at inflated prices - but still generally lower than on the black market .

The black market for hot art now ranks third behind drug smuggling and the trade in illicit guns.

pepper

Scatter the freshly chopped herbs over the tomatoes and lightly season with salt and black pepper . 3.

Sprinkle with the cheese, black pepper and bread crumbs.

At the last moment, add the lemon juice and black pepper to the bacon.

Add coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper .

Tuck wings behind back and lightly season quail inside and out with salt and black pepper .

Season with salt and ground black pepper . 6 Spoon into large ovenproof dish.

Add mushrooms, onions, walnuts, salt, black pepper and thyme.

tie

Hal was thin, his long black tie didn't help him look any plumper but he didn't want to.

Mr Alsop generally wore a velvet smoking jacket to dinner; the young men wore black tie .

Dressed in a smart, grey suit and black tie , the former Beatle looked very happy.

If the invitation says black tie optional, take the option.

Connon, rather pale but perfectly composed, wearing a dark suit and a black tie , stood in the open doorway.

He wore a navy-blue suit, white shirt and black tie .

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

(a case of) the pot calling the kettle black

It was a bit like the pot calling the kettle black.

black-bellied/fat-bellied/big-bellied etc

black/elegant etc (little) number

the black/Jewish/middle-class etc vote

Another astute electoral move helped to win 70% of the black vote for Kennedy.

Ashcroft also addressed concerns raised about allegations of voter intimidation and other problems in Florida that may have depressed the black vote .

Christie Whitman got 25 percent of the black vote in New Jersey.

George Allen received 22 percent of the black vote .

One of the keys to the Republican victory was the black vote .

Q: Can the Democratic Party afford to take the black vote for granted?

The drop in the black vote was estimated to be more than one hundred thousand.

the black/female/Russian etc experience

It must recognize the validity of the black experience in a white-dominated world.

The male experience is seen as a universal experience, while the female experience is put in a different pigeonhole.

The powers that be were not interested in continuing that serious focus on the black experience .

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a black -hearted villain

a shiny black car

contemporary Black music

Denise gave me a black look.

Do you take your coffee black ?

Most of the people in my neighborhood are black .

My hands were black from working on the car.

The letters were white on a black background.

Tony was in a black mood.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Bonnie Raitt in illusion lace with black beading.

Books portraying black men in a positive light are simply not part of the growth industry.

How can we support black individuals who feel powerless and isolated?

If I remember, he was a dark young fellow, black hair and a squint in his right eye.

Mary's uncle had black hair with some white in it, and high, crooked shoulders.

Singed shrubbery rose from pastures that appeared like black velvet.

II. noun

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

(a case of) the pot calling the kettle black

It was a bit like the pot calling the kettle black.

black and white

"Is the film 'Casablanca' in colour?'' "No, it's in black and white.''

Black and white TV sets are now very cheap to buy.

an exhibition of black and white photos

A small black and white quarter horse was nibbling grass among the trees.

Co. are responding in stark black and white.

More than 350 colour and black and white photos, and illustrations.

Razor bills are black and white with deep, square bills.

That perception of inferiority in turn means that some sort of caste barrier is erected between black and white.

The black and white feeds in a narrow range of tree species and when none is fruiting it eats leaves.

There are now genuine friendships among black and white leaders and there has been progress.

This allows real-life 3-D objects to be digitised in both black and white and colour.

black/elegant etc (little) number

in black and white

The rules are there in black and white for everyone to see.

the black/Jewish/middle-class etc vote

Another astute electoral move helped to win 70% of the black vote for Kennedy.

Ashcroft also addressed concerns raised about allegations of voter intimidation and other problems in Florida that may have depressed the black vote .

Christie Whitman got 25 percent of the black vote in New Jersey.

George Allen received 22 percent of the black vote .

One of the keys to the Republican victory was the black vote .

Q: Can the Democratic Party afford to take the black vote for granted?

The drop in the black vote was estimated to be more than one hundred thousand.

the black/female/Russian etc experience

It must recognize the validity of the black experience in a white-dominated world.

The male experience is seen as a universal experience, while the female experience is put in a different pigeonhole.

The powers that be were not interested in continuing that serious focus on the black experience .

token woman/black etc

We shouldn't accept the analysis of the token woman.

You have to be both token woman and superwoman to come anywhere near a shortlist that disenfranchises most of the male population.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Black is his favorite color.

Put some more black around your eyes.

The laws were used to discriminate against blacks.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

I remember this time after school there was a fight between blacks and whites.

In the end, four whites and seventeen blacks were hanged; thirteen blacks were burned-at the stake.

It sees them as little more than rural ghettoes designed by previous hated white regimes to keep blacks and whites apart.

Minimalist in beige, black and cement with big arrangements of fresh flowers.&.

Most blacks were illiterate; even those who were educated were oppressed.

So soul, with the uncompromising Aretha as its star, was enjoyed and purchased by whites and blacks.

The president's unilateral reforms will achieve little if he does not talk to blacks.

III. verb

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

(a case of) the pot calling the kettle black

It was a bit like the pot calling the kettle black.

black and white

"Is the film 'Casablanca' in colour?'' "No, it's in black and white.''

Black and white TV sets are now very cheap to buy.

an exhibition of black and white photos

A small black and white quarter horse was nibbling grass among the trees.

Co. are responding in stark black and white.

More than 350 colour and black and white photos, and illustrations.

Razor bills are black and white with deep, square bills.

That perception of inferiority in turn means that some sort of caste barrier is erected between black and white.

The black and white feeds in a narrow range of tree species and when none is fruiting it eats leaves.

There are now genuine friendships among black and white leaders and there has been progress.

This allows real-life 3-D objects to be digitised in both black and white and colour.

black-bellied/fat-bellied/big-bellied etc

black/elegant etc (little) number

in black and white

The rules are there in black and white for everyone to see.

the black/Jewish/middle-class etc vote

Another astute electoral move helped to win 70% of the black vote for Kennedy.

Ashcroft also addressed concerns raised about allegations of voter intimidation and other problems in Florida that may have depressed the black vote .

Christie Whitman got 25 percent of the black vote in New Jersey.

George Allen received 22 percent of the black vote .

One of the keys to the Republican victory was the black vote .

Q: Can the Democratic Party afford to take the black vote for granted?

The drop in the black vote was estimated to be more than one hundred thousand.

the black/female/Russian etc experience

It must recognize the validity of the black experience in a white-dominated world.

The male experience is seen as a universal experience, while the female experience is put in a different pigeonhole.

The powers that be were not interested in continuing that serious focus on the black experience .

token woman/black etc

We shouldn't accept the analysis of the token woman.

You have to be both token woman and superwoman to come anywhere near a shortlist that disenfranchises most of the male population.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Her head was dashed on the rock below and she blacked out.

Soon after that I blacked out.

The face relaxed and slid from view, the brick wall clouded and the screen blacked.

Longman DOCE5 Extras English vocabulary.      Дополнительный английский словарь Longman DOCE5.