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


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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Book readings, live music, and a coloring activity will accompany the book sales, the website says. San Diego Union-Tribune, "New Dr. Seuss book featured next week at UCSD," 30 Aug. 2019 Blood has long been simulated on-screen with corn syrup and food coloring, of course, combined in this case with chunks of material in a pressurized blood rig. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Undead hordes rise from the sea in delightfully campy Zombie Tidal Wave," 16 Aug. 2019 Some of the neighboring buildings are decked out in party hats, notably the Pru, topped with its coloring-book version of a Zen temple. Robert Campbell,, "One Dalton, Boston’s commanding new skyscraper, conjures architectural magic," 29 June 2019 Ultimately, around 80 percent of the larvae—both blindfolded and not—opted to rest on sticks most closely matching their body coloring. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "These Caterpillars Can Detect Color Using Their Skin Not Their Eyes," 27 Aug. 2019 Lazure first saw Jett in 2011 and immediately noted his all-black coloring and his enthusiasm for chasing toys. Emily Brindley,, "West Hartford police dog Jett’s handler remembers impressive career," 17 Aug. 2019 With tender-loving care, Price nursed the entire egg-to larvae (caterpillar)-to pupa stages that ultimately yield the butterfly with its distinctive black and orange coloring. Lenny Megliola,, "Sending the magnificent monarchs on a journey from Natick to Mexico," 15 Aug. 2019 And if a graph is two-colorable, the coloring of the graph naturally determines the two groups. Quanta Magazine, "Color Me Polynomial," 13 Aug. 2019 The orange coloring, simply, offered the back light to create the especially beautiful visual. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "What was with those crazy clouds over Denver Monday night?," 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of coloring

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

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The first known use of coloring was in the 15th century

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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 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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