gray scale


Definition of gray scale

: a series of regularly spaced tones ranging from black to white through intermediate shades of gray also : an image composed solely of gray scale tones

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grayscale \ ˈgrā-​ˌskāl How to pronounce grayscale (audio) \ adjective

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What the ad says: The one-minute ad opens in gray scale images and paints a dismal portrait of Maryland before Hogan was elected. Erin Cox,, "Ad Watch: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan inflates tax relief claims in campaign commercial," 30 May 2018 Water and nourishment enter through the gray scales on their leaves, so these plants don’t need soil to survive. Karen Dardick,, "Bromeliads create garden drama," 17 May 2018 The wearer sits calmly, her face and body rendered in gray scale — without any color. Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "Michelle Obama’s Mount Rushmore Moment," 14 Feb. 2018 Her images play black and white against color in different ways, most obviously in the skin tones, which are painted on the gray scale. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Why the Obamas’ Portrait Choices Matter," 16 Oct. 2017 David Ferri’s sterile lighting casts a glow on the chalky floor, which has white lines drawn here and there that travel up the dancers legs and torsos in random stripes across their gray scale costumes. Lauren Warnecke,, "Shen Wei Dance Arts radically restrained in Chicago debut," 25 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of gray scale

circa 1939, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gray scale was circa 1939

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