the newspapers … took on the former coloration of the magazine—L. B. Seltzer
: aspect suggesting an attitude
the chameleon talent for taking on the intellectual coloration of whatever idea he happened to fasten onto—Budd Schulberg
: subtle variation of intensity or quality of tone
a wide range of coloration from the orchestra
Examples of coloration in a Sentence
the coloration of a flower
the bright yellow coloration of the curtains
wine glasses with circle designs and blue and green colorations
He attempted to give a religious coloration to the war.
Recent Examples on the WebDehydration can manifest through various signs such as dry mouth, excessive thirst, fatigue, dizziness, dark urine coloration, and muscle cramps.—Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 28 Aug. 2023 These anthocyanins are responsible for giving red-orange and blue-violet coloration to flowers, vegetables, beans, and fruits.—Karen Asp, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 July 2023 This is disappointing, but not shocking given Virginia’s blue coloration.—The Editors, National Review, 9 Nov. 2023 The suitcase is also designed to gracefully flex under stress and conceal scratches and scuffs with its clever brush-stroke coloration and texture.—Staff Author, Travel + Leisure, 10 Oct. 2023 In addition to its coloration, C. natanicharum stands out among tarantulas because of its ability to live in both arboreal and terrestrial burrows in evergreen forests.—Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Oct. 2023 The name also derives from the yellow or light-orange coloration of their bellies, back legs and occasionally front legs.—Jeremy Childs, Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2023 Genuine leathers, as a natural product, will vary in coloration and texture.—Samantha S. Thorpe, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Oct. 2023 Each individual’s coloration pattern is unique, like a human fingerprint.—Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Aug. 2023 See More
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borrowed from Middle French & Late Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Late Latin colōrātiōn-, colōrātiō, from Latin colōrāre "to color entry 2" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action