col·or·less | \ ˈkə-lər-ləs \

Definition of colorless 

: lacking color: such as

a : pallid, blanched a colorless complexion

b : dull, uninteresting colorless prose

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Other words from colorless

colorlessly adverb
colorlessness noun

Examples of colorless in a Sentence

since we can't decide what color to paint the doghouse, our latest home project remains colorless for the time being page after page of colorless prose without even one neat turn of phrase

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Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, depriving the heart, brain and other vital organs of oxygen. New York Times, "Deadly Convenience: Keyless Cars and Their Carbon Monoxide Toll," 13 May 2018 In addition to the eight people killed, hundreds were injured by the colorless, odorless nerve gas. Author: Stuart Biggs, Gearoid Reidy, Anchorage Daily News, "Japan executes cult leader and 6 others for deadly 1995 sarin attack," 6 July 2018 The dangers of formaldehyde have long been known Formaldehyde is a colorless gas that’s used to make building materials like particleboard, plywood, and fiberboard — so it’s found in our houses and furniture. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Formaldehyde causes cancer. The EPA doesn’t want to acknowledge it.," 6 July 2018 One end has a clear balm that adds colorless shine. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "This Is the Best Highlighter of All Time," 2 July 2018 Borrowed from Denis Diderot’s 18th-century encyclopedia, the expansive yet colorless landscape touches off yearning. Cate Mcquaid,, "Liz Shepherd and Michelle Lougee make the mundane memorable," 27 June 2018 Here, the sky often looks colorless and the water strikingly, formidably gray. New York Times, "Review: In ‘Breath,’ Tasty Waves and Gnomic Truths," 31 May 2018 In addition, leaking natural gas is something of an economic waste, too: any amount of the colorless, odorless gas that escapes obviously can't be sold. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Study: US oil and gas methane emissions have been dramatically underestimated," 22 June 2018 Picture a beige expanse of desert and dust ringed by high fences and packed with rectangular temporary buildings and trailers, all equally colorless. Estelle Hanania, Allure, "Sky Warriors: A Day in the Life of Women in the U.S. Air Force," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of colorless

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of colorless

: lacking color

: dull or boring : not interesting


col·or·less | \ ˈkə-lər-ləs \

Kids Definition of colorless

1 : having no color

3 : dull entry 1 sense 3 Her face had a colorless expression.

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