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: of the color whose hue is that of the clear sky : of the color blue (see blue entry 2 sense 1)
a blue jacket
her bright blue eyes
The house is blue with white shutters.
the blue haze of tobacco smoke
: discolored by or as if by bruising
blue with cold
: bluish gray
a blue cat
: low in spirits : melancholy
has been feeling blue
: marked by low spirits : depressing
a blue funk
things looked blue
: wearing blue
the blue team
US politics : tending to support Democratic candidates or policies
As has become increasingly clear over the past few general elections, with their red states and blue states, an American Presidential campaign is no longer truly national.—Hendrik Hertzbergcompare purple sense 3, red sense 5
: a color whose hue is that of the clear sky or that of the portion of the color spectrum lying between green and violet
Blue is his favorite color.
shades of blue
: a pigment or dye that colors blue
adding blue to the laundry
: blue clothing or cloth
will be wearing blue
blues plural : a blue costume or uniform
wearing their dress blues
: a Union soldier in the American Civil War
often capitalized : the Union army
the Blue versus the Gray
: a blue object
biology : any of numerous small chiefly blue butterflies (family Lycaenidae)
physics : one of the three colors (see color entry 1 sense 15) that quarks have in the theory of quantum chromodynamics
One cannot have a single quark on its own because it would have a color (red, green, or blue). Instead, a red quark has to be joined to a green and a blue quark by a "string" of gluons (red + green + blue = white). Such a triplet constitutes a proton or a neutron.—Stephen Hawking
blued; blueing or bluing; blues
: to make (something) blue in color: such as
: to dye, tint, or paint (something) blue
Last, the generation of the grandmothers, in immaculately blued hair …—John Updike
Tattoos blued his upper arms.—Jerry Spinelli
: to heat (iron or steel) to about 550 to 600 degrees Fahrenheit so that it acquires a protective bluish coating
the blued barrel of the gun
Between banks shrouded with snow, the river gleamed darkly, like blued steel with gold chips of sunlight dancing on each riffle.—Pete Bodo
: to turn blue
their blueing fingers
Adjective was shocked at the blue banter on that satellite-radio talk show a cold, dreary day always leaves me blue Noun Her favorite color is blue. a mixture of blues and greens They sailed off into the blue.
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AdjectiveAnd with the exception of a green stripe oxford and a solid navy, every one of them is either light blue, white, or some combination of these two. —Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 15 Mar. 2023 In the video, their kids Eva, Mateo, Alana and Cristiano Jr. pop balloons to reveal pink and blue confetti. —Adrianna C. Freedman, Peoplemag, 15 Mar. 2023 With a sleek black watch face and either green, blue, or red accents, this is a striking timepiece. —Joel Balsam, Travel + Leisure, 14 Mar. 2023 The velvet is available in emerald forest green, rust, blush rosa, dark blue, dark gray, and light gray. —Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Mar. 2023 Yet for all scientists have learned about these charismatic leviathans, no one knows how baleen whales (a group that includes humpback, blue, fin and sei whales, among others) find their food in the first place. —Kate Wong, Scientific American, 13 Mar. 2023 Black 19-inch wheels are standard, and the 20th Anniversary R is offered in blue, black, or white. —Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 10 Mar. 2023 The silvery grommets and distinct colorways, including light blue, geranium and mango, make this an eye-catching addition to your wardrobe. —The Editors, Los Angeles Times, 9 Mar. 2023 Teslas, by and large, are not known for their customization options ex-factory: The Model Y comes in just five exterior colors—white, blue, black, red, and silver. —Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 9 Mar. 2023
NounOn Wednesday morning the storms had broken, the sky had lifted to reveal a brilliant blue but thousands of Bay Area residents were still without power. —Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Mar. 2023 At 64, Buckley had a curtain of straight blond hair, and her eyes were the pale blue of faded denim. —Longreads, 8 Mar. 2023 The glass bottle transitions from dark blue to black, and has a sleek silver label. —Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Dec. 2022 Available in a wide range of mix-and-match colors (rich amber, berry pink, electric blue—to name a few), this kitchen essentials set comes complete with four dishwasher- and microwave-safe plates, four side bowls, and four 12-ounce tumblers. —Sara Coughlin, SELF, 28 Nov. 2022 The Farmers, with breathtaking cliffside vistas framing gliders soaring above the bobbing blue of the Pacific, is a destination. —Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Nov. 2022 During the final days on our trip, my boyfriend and I were back to sitting on the beach, like everyone else, getting lost in the psychedelic blue of the water and drinking watery aperol spritzes. —Siobhan Reid, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Sep. 2022 The Equinox EV has been spotted under Upcoming Vehicles on Chevy's website dressed in, fittingly, electric blue. —Sasha Richie, Car and Driver, 21 July 2022 Hermetically sealed from the wider world, the city is illuminated entirely artificially, with the warm hue of lamps and Chinese-looking lanterns or the cold blue of computer screens. —Lewis Gordon, Vulture, 19 July 2022 See More
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