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black art

noun

Definition of black art

  1. :  a skill or ability that seems mysterious or magical —often used humorously <She's trying to master the black art of setting up a computer network.>



Word by Word Definitions

blackplay
  1. :  of the color black

    :  very dark in color

    :  having a very deep or low register

  1. :  a black pigment or dye

    :  one consisting largely of carbon

    :  the achromatic color of least lightness characteristically perceived to belong to objects that neither reflect nor transmit light

  1. :  to become black

    :  to make black

    :  to declare (as a business or industry) subject to boycott by trade-union members

  1. : archaic present 2d singular of be

  1. :  skill acquired by experience, study, or observation

    :  a branch of learning:

    :  one of the humanities

  1. :  produced as an artistic effort or for decorative purposes

  1. : article

    : artificial

    : artillery


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