col·​or·​ing | \ˈkə-lə-riŋ \

Definition of coloring 

1a : the act of applying colors

b : something that produces color or color effects

c(1) : the effect produced by applying or combining colors

(2) : natural color

(3) : complexion, coloration

d : change of appearance (as by adding color)

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Synonyms for coloring


color, colorant, dye, dyestuff, pigment, stain

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Examples of coloring in a Sentence

Her favorite activities include playing with stuffed animals and coloring. Our product contains no artificial coloring or flavoring. She added some blue food coloring to the icing. This scarf will look great with your coloring. He has very light coloring.
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Instead of the normal silver and green coloring, the Platinum models feature a two-tone silver and gray tent package, and gray and charcoal accent colors throughout. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Versatile travel trailer camps four and hauls gear for $10K," 29 Nov. 2018 With spatial frequency reuse, coloring allows a device to decide whether simultaneous transmission is permissible. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Downloading the newest Wi-Fi protocols: 802.11ax and 802.11ay explained," 27 Nov. 2018 The whole coloring-to-blowout process took about three hours. Alexandra Engler, Harper's BAZAAR, "I Got My Hair Colored Like Jennifer Aniston At An Invite-Only Hollywood Salon," 29 Aug. 2018 When two different colors of water mix, the food-coloring dyes combine to form a third color. Ben Finio, Scientific American, "Walking Water," 3 May 2018 There are multiple coloring lounges and dozens of opportunities to request that Google’s voice assistant perform strange tasks for you. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Why Google wants to sell its gadgets in Goop stores," 17 Oct. 2018 Guests can pose for a sketch by Cyrille Diatkine, get a coloring done by artist Edouard Baribeaud, watch illustrations by Virginie Jamin, or listen to Alice Shirley share her creative process. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Hermès Is Launching Its Newest Pop-Up, A Carré Club in New York City," 13 Sep. 2018 Rocketbook Color The Rocketbook Color has all the amazing reusability of the Everlast, only it's made specifically for coloring. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "10 Best Notebooks to Help You Crush Your Classes This Semester," 5 Sep. 2018 Rotate the sheet halfway through baking for even coloring. 11. Noelle Carter, charlotteobserver, "Grilling burgers this summer? Up your game with these homemade bun recipes," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of coloring

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of coloring

: the act of adding colors to something (such as a picture in a coloring book)

: something that produces color

: the color of a person's skin and hair


col·​or·​ing | \ˈkə-lə-riŋ \

Kids Definition of coloring

1 : the act of applying colors His favorite activities are doing puzzles and coloring.

2 : something that produces color This cookie has no artificial coloring.

3 : the effect produced by the use of color His paintings are famous for their bright coloring.

4 : natural color The cat has beautiful coloring.

5 : complexion That red shirt looks great with your coloring.

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