coloring

noun
col·​or·​ing | \ ˈkə-lə-riŋ How to pronounce coloring (audio) \

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
d : change of appearance (as by adding color)

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Synonyms for coloring

Synonyms

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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Since then, the entire city has maintained its terra-cotta pink coloring, much to the delight of Instagram-happy travelers. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019 Size: 4 to 6 feet tall and wide USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 Golden Dream (Buxus microphylla 'Golden Dream') With its lime coloring, this plant is a pretty contrast to the other deep greens in your landscape. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "20 Best Boxwood Shrubs to Plant in Your Garden," 14 Feb. 2019 Stone first unveiled her new coloring earlier this weekend at a Golden State Warriors versus Los Angeles Clippers game (alongside boyfriend Dave McCary), but last night’s outing marked its official debut on the step and repeat. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Emma Stone Embraces a Darker Dye Job for Winter," 20 Jan. 2019 Gray hair—fake or natural—must jive with your coloring to work. Rory Satran, WSJ, "The Hottest Hair Color of the Moment is...Gray," 17 Jan. 2019 Add vanilla and food coloring during last 2 minutes. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Get your craft on: Make marshmallow chicks (Peeps) for your Easter treats," 26 Mar. 2018 Mix the cocoa, food coloring, and vanilla together in a small bowl and set aside. Country Living, "Red Velvet Cupcakes," 1 Aug. 2012 Add a few drops of food coloring to frosting and stir twice to create a swirl pattern; carefully transfer to a piping bag. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "White Hot Chocolate," 11 Dec. 2018 Assemble silo: Attach pairs of large pretzel sticks together with royal icing that has been dyed brown with brown food gel coloring. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Gingerbread Barn," 19 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of coloring

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

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coloring

noun

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

coloring

noun
col·​or·​ing | \ ˈkə-lə-riŋ How to pronounce coloring (audio) \

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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