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BLACK, adjective

1. Of the color of night; destitute of light; dark.

2. Darkened by clouds; as the heavens black with clouds.

3. Sullen; having a cloudy look or countenance.

4. Atrociously wicked; horrible; as a black deed or crime.

5. Dismal; mournful; calamitous.

BLACK and blue, the dark color of a bruise in the flesh, which is accompanied with a mixture of blue.

BLACK, noun 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

1. A negro; a person whose skin is black

2. A black dress, or mourning; as, to be clothed in black

BLACK, verb transitive To make black; to blacken; to soil.

BLACK'-ACT, noun [black and act.] The English statute 9.Geo.I. which makes it felony to appear armed in any park or warren, etc., or

to hunt or steal deer, etc., with the face blacked or disguised.

BLACK'-BALL, noun [black and ball.] A composition for blacking shoes.

BLACK'-BALL, verb transitive To reject or negative in choosing, by putting black balls into a ballot-box.

BLACK'-BAR, noun [black and bar.] A plea obliging the plaintiff to assign the place of trespass.

BLACK'-BERRY, noun The berry of the bramble or rubus; a popular name applied, in different places, to different species, or varieties of this fruit.