surface color


Definition of surface color

1a : the color ascribed to an opaque substance or object
b : a color extending no farther than the surface
2 : color determined by selective reflection at the surface (such as the yellow color of gold)
3 : a color localized in the surface of an object and conforming to the orientation, configuration, and texture of that surface — compare bulky color, film color

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