col·​or·​less | \ ˈkə-lər-ləs How to pronounce colorless (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web The offbeat poet or painter with her quirks and bohemian life style—the artiste, as one would say—for whom art is a means of emotional and mental survival in a colorless world. Maya Phillips, The New Yorker, "“Where’d You Go, Bernadette” and the False Dream That Art Will Fulfill You," 22 Aug. 2019 Instead they are cooked up by the brain from mixtures of different wavelengths of colorless electromagnetic radiation. Anil K. Seth, Scientific American, "The Neuroscience of Reality," 27 Aug. 2019 Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that is extremely harmful to humans and can often result in death. Fox News, "Satellite imagery of Amazon rainforest fire shows massive carbon monoxide pollution plume," 27 Aug. 2019 Worldwide, the rocks are believed to contain billions of tons of the odorless, colorless gas, which is a key constituent of natural gas as well as a potent greenhouse gas. Tom Metcalfe, NBC News, "'Massive pool' of methane discovered hidden deep underground," 27 Aug. 2019 Infrared spectrometry identified the ink as a colorless lead carboxylate. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Physicists discover hidden text in what was thought to be blank Egyptian papyri," 22 Aug. 2019 And don’t be misled by the photos of brownish-yellow water coming out of pipes in the famously lead-contaminated city of Flint, Michigan — lead in drinking water is generally colorless, tasteless and odorless. Noah Smith, Twin Cities, "Noah Smith: Clean up lead before it wrecks more American lives," 21 July 2019 Below, a colorless ammonium hydrosulfide layer could be reacting with cosmic rays or solar UV radiation. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Hey, What's Up With Jupiter's Great Red Spot?," 12 Aug. 2019 In the wide-shot photo the cross looms against a colorless sky as a crowd of people, dressed in white and black, huddles nearby, heads lowered. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "Photo Requests from Solitary Confinement," 8 July 2019

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First Known Use of colorless

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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22 Sep 2019

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The first known use of colorless was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of colorless

: lacking color
: dull or boring : not interesting


col·​or·​less | \ ˈkə-lər-ləs How to pronounce colorless (audio) \

Kids Definition of colorless

1 : having no color
3 : dull entry 1 sense 3 Her face had a colorless expression.

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not being in agreement or harmony

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