false color


Definition of 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

Examples of false color in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Focus assist, false color, and an array of scopes help in composing the perfect shot, while a mirror-mode is a nice nod to bloggers. Popular Science, 20 Apr. 2020 Satellite imagery for false color images of Cape Town from Landsat 5 and Landsat 8 via USGS EarthExplorer. Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of false color

1968, in the meaning defined above

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“False color.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/false%20color. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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