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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MotoMod compatibility means the phones all have to essentially share the same body, so the Z2, Z3, and Z4 are all stuck coloring within the lines set up by the original Moto Z, which were laid out in 2016. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "The Moto Z4 launches as a $500 mid-range smartphone with 5G upgradability," 31 May 2019 The M41 Walker Bulldog light tank, on display in West Virginia, is now bright yellow thanks to a coloring mistake. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Look What Star Trek Fans Accidentally Did to This M41 Walker Bulldog Tank," 23 May 2019 Intense coloring can leave your ends seriously fried. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "5 Things You Need To Know Before Going Platinum," 17 Dec. 2018 In any event, the coloring and shape usually returns to their original appearance when your hormones and blood flow level out after birth. Kristi Kellogg, Glamour, "Your Vagina After Birth: 10 Things to Expect," 29 Apr. 2019 Although the move was meant to be temporary, the idea was so successful in attracting tourists that locals voted to keep the distinctive coloring. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019 Its procession of march rhythms, dark woodwind colorings and angular piano interjections has a cinematic quality that suggests Price’s early work as an organist for silent films. Brian Wise, WSJ, "Florence Price in Concert and on Disc: A Harvest of Rediscovery," 5 Dec. 2018 Both the subtle colorings and pummeling intensity came through in the compelling performance the conductor Michael Christie drew from the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. New York Times, "A Soldier’s Racially Charged Suicide Becomes a Powerful Opera," 13 June 2018 Using a spatula, fold in brown butter and red food coloring and fold just to blend. Alison Roman, The Cut, "Forget Engagement Chicken. Meet Breakup Steak.," 6 June 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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