in black and white

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of in black and white

1 :in written or printed form
  • I want to see it in black and white.
2 :in a way that involves a simple choice between two opposite things (such as good and bad or right and wrong)
  • She sees everything in black and white.
3 :using equipment that produces only black-and-white pictures
  • a movie filmed in black and white.

Word by Word Definitions

black play
  1. : of the color black (see 2black 2)

  2. : very dark in color

  3. : having a very deep or low register (see 1register 4b)

  1. : a pigment or dye of the color black : a black pigment or dye

  2. : the achromatic (see achromatic 3) color of least lightness characteristically perceived to belong to objects that neither reflect nor transmit light

  3. : something that is black: such as

  1. : to become black (see 1black)

  2. : to make black

  3. : to declare (something, such as a business or industry) subject to boycott by trade-union members

white play
  1. : free from color

  2. : of the color of new snow or milk

  3. : light or pallid in color

  1. : the achromatic object color of greatest lightness characteristically perceived to belong to objects that reflect diffusely nearly all incident energy throughout the visible spectrum

  2. : a white or light-colored part of something: such as

  3. : a mass of albuminous material surrounding the yolk of an egg

  1. : whiten


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