false color


: color in an image (such as a photograph) of an object that does not actually appear in the object but is used to enhance, contrast, or distinguish details

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Dark streaks on Mars (presented in false color for clarity) indicate likely flows of salty water on the planet. Corey S Powell, Discover Magazine, 28 Sep. 2015 The animation above consists of natural and false color satellite images acquired yesterday by NASA's Aqua satellite. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 3 Aug. 2014 In the false color scheme (characteristic of what's known as 'Air Mass RGB' imagery), the coldest air is depicted in pale shades of yellow to beige. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 6 Feb. 2019 This false color image, taken in near-infrared light, shows the raging eye of the 1,200-mile-wide storm at Saturn’s north pole. Ernie Mastroianni, Discover Magazine, 9 Aug. 2017 To clearly discern the flooding, the images are false color, employing a combination of visible and shortwave infrared light. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 1 Mar. 2018 This false color animation is also from the Cassini spacecraft. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 28 Apr. 2017 This stacked compilation of three simultaneous sensor readings taken on June 18, 2015, shows wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light in false color yellow and orange hues; sunspots are rendered from visible light. Brian T. Jacobs, National Geographic, 24 Aug. 2021 The lushly green region appears red because this is a false color image. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 7 Jan. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of false color was in 1968

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“False color.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/false%20color. Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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