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BLUE (bluer, bluest)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does blue mean? 

BLUE (noun)
  The noun BLUE has 7 senses:

1. blue color or pigment; resembling the color of the clear sky in the daytime
2. blue clothing
3. any organization or party whose uniforms or badges are blue
4. the sky as viewed during daylight
5. used to whiten laundry or hair or give it a bluish tinge
6. the sodium salt of amobarbital that is used as a barbiturate; used as a sedative and a hypnotic
7. any of numerous small butterflies of the family Lycaenidae

  Familiarity information: BLUE used as a noun is common.


BLUE (adjective)
  The adjective BLUE has 8 senses:

1. of the color intermediate between green and violet; having a color similar to that of a clear unclouded sky
2. used to signify the Union forces in the American Civil War (who wore blue uniforms)
3. low in spirits
4. characterized by profanity or cursing
5. suggestive of sexual impropriety
6. belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy
7. morally rigorous and strict
8. causing dejection

  Familiarity information: BLUE used as an adjective is common.


BLUE (verb)
  The verb BLUE has 1 sense:

1. turn blue

  Familiarity information: BLUE used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BLUE (noun)


Sense 1blue [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Blue color or pigment; resembling the color of the clear sky in the daytime

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

blueness; blue

Context example:

he had eyes of bright blue

Hypernyms ("blue" is a kind of...):

chromatic color; chromatic colour; spectral color; spectral colour (a color that has hue)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "blue"):

ultramarine (a vivid blue to purple-blue color)

purplish blue; royal blue (a shade of blue tinged with purple)

aqua; aquamarine; cobalt blue; greenish blue; peacock blue; turquoise (a shade of blue tinged with green)

dark blue; navy; navy blue (a dark shade of blue)

Prussian blue (a dark greenish-blue color)

steel blue (a greyish blue color)

powder blue (a dusty pale blue color)

azure; cerulean; lazuline; sapphire; sky-blue (a light shade of blue)


Sense 2blue [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Blue clothing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Context example:

she was wearing blue

Hypernyms ("blue" is a kind of...):

article of clothing; clothing; habiliment; vesture; wear; wearable (a covering designed to be worn on a person's body)


Sense 3blue [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any organization or party whose uniforms or badges are blue

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Context example:

the Union army was a vast blue

Hypernyms ("blue" is a kind of...):

organisation; organization (a group of people who work together)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "blue"):

Union Army (the northern army during the American Civil War)


Sense 4blue [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The sky as viewed during daylight

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

blue air; blue sky; wild blue yonder; blue

Context example:

he shot an arrow into the blue

Hypernyms ("blue" is a kind of...):

sky (the atmosphere and outer space as viewed from the earth)


Sense 5blue [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Used to whiten laundry or hair or give it a bluish tinge

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Synonyms:

bluing; blueing; blue

Hypernyms ("blue" is a kind of...):

dye; dyestuff (a usually soluble substance for staining or coloring e.g. fabrics or hair)


Sense 6blue [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The sodium salt of amobarbital that is used as a barbiturate; used as a sedative and a hypnotic

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

amobarbital sodium; Amytal; blue angel; blue devil; blue

Hypernyms ("blue" is a kind of...):

amobarbital (a barbiturate with sedative and hypnotic effects; used to relive insomnia and as an anticonvulsant)


Sense 7blue [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any of numerous small butterflies of the family Lycaenidae

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("blue" is a kind of...):

lycaenid; lycaenid butterfly (any of various butterflies of the family Lycaenidae)

Holonyms ("blue" is a member of...):

genus Lycaena; Lycaena (type genus of the Lycaenidae; small slender butterflies with upper surface of wings usually metallic blue or green or copper)


BLUE (adjective)


Sense 1blue [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of the color intermediate between green and violet; having a color similar to that of a clear unclouded sky

Synonyms:

bluish; blueish; blue

Context examples:

October's bright blue weather / a blue flame / blue haze of tobacco smoke

Similar:

chromatic (being or having or characterized by hue)


Sense 2blue [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Used to signify the Union forces in the American Civil War (who wore blue uniforms)

Context example:

a ragged blue line

Similar:

northern (in or characteristic of a region of the United States north of (approximately) the Mason-Dixon line)


Sense 3blue [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Low in spirits

Synonyms:

low-spirited; downhearted; down in the mouth; dispirited; downcast; depressed; blue; down; low

Context examples:

lonely and blue in a strange city / depressed by the loss of his job / a dispirited and resigned expression on her face / downcast after his defeat / feeling discouraged and downhearted

Similar:

dejected (affected or marked by low spirits)


Sense 4blue [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by profanity or cursing

Synonyms:

profane; blasphemous; blue

Context examples:

foul-mouthed and blasphemous / blue language / profane words

Similar:

dirty ((of behavior or especially language) characterized by obscenity or indecency)


Sense 5blue [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Suggestive of sexual impropriety

Synonyms:

risque; gamey; gamy; naughty; spicy; racy; juicy; blue

Context examples:

a blue movie / blue jokes / he skips asterisks and gives you the gamy details / a juicy scandal / a naughty wink / naughty words / racy anecdotes / a risque story / spicy gossip

Similar:

sexy (marked by or tending to arouse sexual desire or interest)


Sense 6blue [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy

Synonyms:

aristocratic; aristocratical; blue-blooded; patrician; gentle; blue

Context examples:

an aristocratic family / aristocratic Bostonians / aristocratic government / a blue family / blue blood / the blue-blooded aristocracy / of gentle blood / patrician landholders of the American South / aristocratic bearing / aristocratic features / patrician tastes

Similar:

noble (of or belonging to or constituting the hereditary aristocracy especially as derived from feudal times)


Sense 7blue [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Morally rigorous and strict

Synonyms:

puritan; puritanic; puritanical; blue

Context examples:

blue laws / the puritan work ethic / puritanic distaste for alcohol / she was anything but puritanical in her behavior

Similar:

nonindulgent; strict (characterized by strictness, severity, or restraint)


Sense 8blue [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Causing dejection

Synonyms:

dreary; depressing; drear; dismal; gloomy; dispiriting; disconsolate; dingy; drab; grim; sorry; dark; blue

Context examples:

a blue day / the dark days of the war / a week of rainy depressing weather / a disconsolate winter landscape / the first dismal dispiriting days of November / a dark gloomy day / grim rainy weather

Similar:

cheerless; uncheerful (lacking cheer; depressing)


BLUE (verb)


Sense 1blue [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Turn blue

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Hypernyms (to "blue" is one way to...):

color; colour; discolor; discolour (change color, often in an undesired manner)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


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