secondary color


Definition of secondary color

: a color formed by mixing two primary colors in equal or equivalent quantities

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The design for all 30 teams is identical: a solid color crown and visor with the team’s name and small logo inside a basketball with just a sliver of the team’s secondary colors in the corner., "Here’s the hat the Cavaliers’ draft picks will be wearing, whoever they are," 13 June 2019 For the secondary color, a blue-green hue like Meteorological, N430-6 is guaranteed to bring a beautiful oceanic tone that compliments the white. 2. Alexis Jonnson, Good Housekeeping, "3 Nature-Inspired Ways to Transform Your Home," 18 July 2018 Pay attention to the undertone, a secondary color that showcases itself such as a beige that shows a hint of pink. Brian Sodoma, azcentral, "Choosing the right paint colors before you move into your new home," 10 May 2018 For the previous few years, the secondary color at Texas was tape red. Andy Staples,, "Mud Pits, Red Tape and the Texas Turnaround Long in Coming," 9 Apr. 2018 The secondary color, which is made by mixing red and blue, is popular among cartoon characters, clothing and logos, partly thanks to its association with characteristics including leadership, royalty and courage. Time, "Google Doodle Celebrates William Henry Perkins, Who Made the World More Purple," 12 Mar. 2018 His eyebrows and handlebar mustache have been dyed bright yellow, the Vikings secondary color. George Dohrmann,, "Inside the Viking World Order, the Exclusive Club of Minnesota Vikings Superfans," 17 Jan. 2018 The official colors are orange and white, though teams also wear black as a secondary color. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Teacher suspended after kneeling for national anthem at school rally | The Sacramento Bee," 16 Oct. 2017 The Lego House, which opens Sept. 28 in Billund, Denmark, is a hybrid museum and play center devoted to the ubiquitous toys, and is, of course, a mound of interconnected blocks with a roof-scape of primary and secondary colors. Reed Kroloff, New York Times, "A Generation of Architects Making Its Mark at Dizzying Speed," 8 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of secondary color

1831, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of secondary color was in 1831

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English Language Learners Definition of secondary color

: a color (such as green, orange, or purple) that is formed by mixing two primary colors

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Medical Definition of secondary color

: a color formed by mixing primary colors in equal or equivalent quantities

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