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Adjective, Noun


Noun blue has 7 senses

Adjective blue has 8 senses

Verb blue has 1 sense


bluea. [OE. bla, blo, blew, blue, livid, black, fr. Icel.bl livid; akin to Dan. blaa blue, Sw. bl, D. blauw, OHG. bl, G. blau; but influenced in form by F. bleu, from OHG. blāo.].
  •  Having the color of the clear sky, or a hue resembling it, whether lighter or darker; as, the deep, blue sea; as blue as a sapphire; blue violets.  Milton.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Pale, without redness or glare, -- said of a flame; hence, of the color of burning brimstone, betokening the presence of ghosts or devils; as, the candle burns blue; the air was blue with oaths.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Low in spirits; melancholy; as, to feel blue.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Suited to produce low spirits; gloomy in prospect; as, thongs looked blue.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Severe or over strict in morals; gloom; as, blue and sour religionists; suiting one who is over strict in morals; inculcating an impracticable, severe, or gloomy mortality; as, blue laws.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Literary; -- applied to women; -- an abbreviation of bluestocking.  [1913 Webster]
    "The ladies were very blue and well informed."  [1913 Webster]
    "For his religion . . .
    'T was Presbyterian, true blue.
    "  [1913 Webster]
Blue asbestus. See Crocidolite. -- Blue black, of, or having, a very dark blue color, almost black. -- Blue blood. See under Blood. -- Blue buck (Zoöl.), a small South African antelope (Cephalophus pygmæus); also applied to a larger species (Ægoceras leucophæus); the blaubok. -- Blue cod (Zoöl.), the buffalo cod. -- Blue crab (Zoöl.), the common edible crab of the Atlantic coast of the United States (Callinectes hastatus). -- Blue curls (Bot.), a common plant (Trichostema dichotomum), resembling pennyroyal, and hence called also bastard pennyroyal. -- Blue devils, apparitions supposed to be seen by persons suffering with delirium tremens; hence, very low spirits. “Can Gumbo shut the hall door upon blue devils, or lay them all in a red sea of claret?” Thackeray. -- Blue gage. See under Gage, a plum. -- Blue gum, an Australian myrtaceous tree (Eucalyptus globulus), of the loftiest proportions, now cultivated in tropical and warm temperate regions for its timber, and as a protection against malaria. The essential oil is beginning to be used in medicine. The timber is very useful. See Eucalyptus. -- Blue jack, Blue stone, blue vitriol; sulphate of copper. -- Blue jacket, a man-of war's man; a sailor wearing a naval uniform. -- Blue jaundice. See under Jaundice. -- Blue laws, a name first used in the eighteenth century to describe certain supposititious laws of extreme rigor reported to have been enacted in New Haven; hence, any puritanical laws. [U. S.] -- Blue light, a composition which burns with a brilliant blue flame; -- used in pyrotechnics and as a night signal at sea, and in military operations. -- Blue mantle (Her.), one of the four pursuivants of the English college of arms; -- so called from the color of his official robes. -- Blue mass, a preparation of mercury from which is formed the blue pill. McElrath. -- Blue mold or Blue mould, the blue fungus (Aspergillus glaucus) which grows on cheese. Brande & C. -- Blue Monday, (a) a Monday following a Sunday of dissipation, or itself given to dissipation (as the Monday before Lent). (b) a Monday considered as depressing because it is a workday in contrast to the relaxation of the weekend. -- Blue ointment (Med.), mercurial ointment. -- Blue Peter (British Marine), a blue flag with a white square in the center, used as a signal for sailing, to recall boats, etc. It is a corruption of blue repeater, one of the British signal flags. -- Blue pill. (Med.) (a) A pill of prepared mercury, used as an aperient, etc. (b) Blue mass. -- Blue ribbon. (a) The ribbon worn by members of the order of the Garter; -- hence, a member of that order. (b) Anything the attainment of which is an object of great ambition; a distinction; a prize. “These [scholarships] were the blue ribbon of the college.” Farrar. (c) The distinctive badge of certain temperance or total abstinence organizations, as of the Blue ribbon Army. -- Blue ruin, utter ruin; also, gin. [Eng. Slang] Carlyle. -- Blue spar (Min.), azure spar; lazulite. See Lazulite. -- Blue thrush (Zoöl.), a European and Asiatic thrush (Petrocossyphus cyaneas). -- Blue verditer. See Verditer. -- Blue vitriol (Chem.), sulphate of copper, a violet blue crystallized salt, used in electric batteries, calico printing, etc. -- Blue water, the open ocean. -- Big Blue, the International Business Machines corporation. [Wall Street slang.] PJC -- To look blue, to look disheartened or dejected. -- True blue, genuine and thorough; not modified, nor mixed; not spurious; specifically, of uncompromising Presbyterianism, blue being the color adopted by the Covenanters.
  •  One of the seven colors into which the rays of light divide themselves, when refracted through a glass prism; the color of the clear sky, or a color resembling that, whether lighter or darker; a pigment having such color.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A pedantic woman; a bluestocking.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Low spirits; a fit of despondency; melancholy.  [1913 Webster]
Berlin blue, Prussian blue. -- Mineral blue. See under Mineral. -- Prussian blue. See under Prussian.
bluev. t. 
     To make blue; to dye of a blue color; to make blue by heating, as metals, etc.  [1913 Webster]


blue, adj., n., & v.
1 having a colour like that of a clear sky.
2 sad, depressed; (of a state of affairs) gloomy, dismal (feel blue; blue times).
3 indecent, pornographic (a blue film).
4 with bluish skin through cold, fear, anger, etc.
5 Brit. politically conservative.
6 having blue as a distinguishing colour (blue jay).
1 a blue colour or pigment.
2 blue clothes or material (dressed in blue).
3 Brit. a a person who has represented a university in a sport, esp. Oxford or Cambridge. b this distinction.
4 Brit. a supporter of the Conservative party.
5 any of various small blue-coloured butterflies of the family Lycaenidae.
6 blue powder used to whiten laundry.
7 Austral. sl. a an argument or row. b (as a nickname) a red-headed person.
8 a blue ball, piece, etc. in a game or sport.
9 (prec. by the) the clear sky.
--v.tr. (blues, blued, bluing or blueing)
1 make blue.
2 treat with laundering blue.

blue baby a baby with a blue complexion from lack of oxygen in the blood due to a congenital defect of the heart or great vessels. blue bag a lawyer's brief-bag. blue blood noble birth. blue-blooded of noble birth. Blue Book a report issued by Parliament or the Privy Council. blue cheese cheese produced with veins of blue mould, e.g. Stilton and Danish Blue. blue-chip (attrib.) of shares of reliable investment, though less secure than gilt-edged stock. blue-collar (attrib.) of manual or unskilled work. blue dahlia something rare or impossible. blue ensign see ENSIGN. blue-eyed boy esp. Brit. colloq. usu. derog. a favoured person; a favourite. blue funk esp. Brit. colloq. a state of great terror or panic. blue-green alga = CYANOBACTERIUM. blue ground = KIMBERLITE. blue in the face in a state of extreme anger or exasperation. blue metal broken blue stone used for road-making. blue mould a bluish fungus growing on food and other organic matter. blue-pencil (-pencilled, -pencilling; US -penciled, -penciling) censor or make cuts in (a manuscript, film, etc.). Blue Peter a blue flag with a white square raised on board a ship leaving port. blue ribbon
1 a high honour.
2 Brit. the ribbon of the Order of the Garter. blue rinse a preparation for tinting grey hair. blue roan see ROAN(1). blue rock = rock-dove (see ROCK(1)). blue stone (or vitriol) copper sulphate crystals. blue tit a common tit, Parus caeruleus, with a distinct blue crest on a black and white head. blue water open sea. blue whale a rorqual, Balaenoptera musculus, the largest known living mammal. once in a blue moon very rarely. out of the blue unexpectedly.
blueness n.
blue, v.tr. (blues, blued, bluing or blueing) sl. squander (money).

perh. var. of BLOW(1)



Alice blue, Amytal, Amytal pill, Brunswick blue, Caelus, Capri blue, Chinese blue, Copenhagen blue, Demerol, Dolophine, Dresden blue, Fescennine, French blue, Gobelin blue, H, Luminal, Luminal pill, M, Mickey Finn, Nembutal, Nembutal pill, Persian blue, Pompeian blue, Prussian blue, Rabelaisian, Saxe blue, Seconal, Seconal pill, Tuinal, Tuinal pill, Wedgwood blue, X, absolute, air, alcohol, amobarbital sodium, analgesic, aniline blue, anodyne, aquamarine, atrabiliar, atrabilious, azo blue, azulene, azure, azure-blue, azure-colored, azurean, azured, azureness, azureous, azurite blue, baby blue, bad, barb, barbiturate, barbiturate pill, bawdy, benzoazurine, beryl, beryl-blue, berylline, bice, black, black stuff, bleu celeste, blue angel, blue devil, blue heaven, blue sky, blue turquoise, blue velvet, blueness, blueprint, bluish, bluishness, brine, briny, broad, cadaverous, cadet blue, caelum, calamine blue, calmative, canopy, canopy of heaven, cerulean, ceruleous, cerulescent, chloral hydrate, ciba blue, coarse, cobalt, codeine, codeine cough syrup, cold-type proof, color proof, complete, computer proof, cope, cornflower, corpselike, crestfallen, cyan, cyanean, cyanine blue, cyanosis, dark-blue, deadly, deathlike, deathly, deathly pale, deep, deep-blue, dejected, delft blue, depressant, depressed, depressor, despondent, dirty, disconsolate, dismal, dispirited, dolly, down, downcast, downer, downhearted, downright, drink, eerie, empyrean, erotic, ether, filthy, firmament, foul, foul-mouthed, foul-spoken, foul-tongued, foundry proof, fulsome, funky, galley, galley proof, garter blue, ghastly, ghostlike, ghostly, glaucous blue, gloomy, glum, goofball, grisly, gruesome, haggard, hard stuff, heaven, heavens, heroin, hop, horse, hyacinth, hyaline, hypnotic, improper, impure, indecent, indelicate, indigo, indigo white, infernal, isamine blue, ithyphallic, jouvence blue, junk, knockout drops, lapis lazuli blue, laudanum, lavender blue, lewd, lift, lifts, light-blue, lightish-blue, liquor, livid, lividity, lividness, lotus, low, low-spirited, lurid, macabre, madder blue, main, marine blue, melancholic, melancholy, meperidine, methadone, methylene azure, methylene blue, morose, morphia, morphine, mortuary, narcotic, nasty, navy, navy blue, new blue, obscene, off color, off-color, offensive, old blue, opiate, opium, out-and-out, pacifier, page proof, pain killer, pale, paregoric, pavonian, pavonine, peacock blue, peacock-blue, pen yan, pensive, perfect, phenobarbital, phenobarbital sodium, plate proof, pompadour green, pornographic, positive, powder blue, press proof, progressive proof, proof, proof sheet, pull, purple, purple heart, quietener, racy, rainbow, raunchy, red, regular, repro proof, revise, ribald, risque, sad, salacious, salty, sapphire, sapphirine, scag, scurrile, scurrilous, sea, sea blue, secobarbital sodium, sedative, sexy, shady, shit, sky, sky blue, sky-blue, sky-colored, sky-dyed, sleep-inducer, sleeper, sleeping draught, sleeping pill, slip, smack, smalt, smoke blue, smoking-room, smutty, sodium thiopental, somnifacient, soother, soothing syrup, soporific, spicy, starry heaven, steel blue, stone proof, suggestive, sultry, tar, the blue, the blue serene, titillating, tranquilizer, trial impression, tristful, trypan blue, turps, turquoise, ultramarine, uncanny, unchaste, unclean, unearthly, unhappy, unprintable, unrepeatable, vandyke, vault, vault of heaven, vile, vulgar, wan, weird, welkin, white stuff, wicked, wistful, woad, woebegone, yellow, yellow jacket, zaffer




N blueness, blue, garter-blue, watchet, ultramarine, smalt, cobalt, cyanogen, Prussian blue, syenite blue, bice, indigo, zaffer, lapis lazuli, sapphire, turquoise, indicolite, blueness, bluishness, bloom, blue, azure, cerulean, sky-blue, sky-colored, sky-dyed, cerulescent, powder blue, bluish, atmospheric, retiring, cold, blueness, blue, garter-blue, watchet, ultramarine, smalt, cobalt, cyanogen, Prussian blue, syenite blue, bice, indigo, zaffer, lapis lazuli, sapphire, turquoise, indicolite, blueness, bluishness, bloom, blue, azure, cerulean, sky-blue, sky-colored, sky-dyed, cerulescent, powder blue, bluish, atmospheric, retiring, cold.


N knowledge, cognizance, cognition, cognoscence, acquaintance, experience, ken, privity, insight, familiarity, comprehension, apprehension, recognition, appreciation, intuition, conscience, consciousness, perception, precognition, acroamatics, light, enlightenment, glimpse, inkling, glimmer, glimmering, dawn, scent, suspicion, impression, discovery, system of knowledge, body of knowledge, science, philosophy, pansophy, acroama, theory, aetiology, etiology, circle of the sciences, pandect, doctrine, body of doctrine, cyclopedia, encyclopedia, school, tree of knowledge, republic of letters, erudition, learning, lore, scholarship, reading, letters, literature, book madness, book learning, bookishness, bibliomania, bibliolatry, information, general information, store of knowledge, education, culture, menticulture, attainments, acquirements, acquisitions, accomplishments, proficiency, practical knowledge, liberal education, dilettantism, rudiments, deep knowledge, profound knowledge, solid knowledge, accurate knowledge, acroatic knowledge, acroamatic knowledge, vast knowledge, extensive knowledge, encyclopedic knowledge, encyclopedic learning, omniscience, pantology, march of intellect, progress of science, advance of science, advance of learning, schoolmaster abroad, scholar, knowing, cognitive, acroamatic, aware of, cognizant of, conscious of, acquainted with, made acquainted with, privy to, no stranger to, au fait with, au courant, in the secret, up to, alive to, behind the scenes, behind the curtain, let into, apprized of, informed of, undeceived, proficient with, versed with, read with, forward with, strong with, at home in, conversant with, familiar with, erudite, instructed, leaned, lettered, educated, well conned, well informed, well read, well grounded, well educated, enlightened, shrewd, savant, blue, bookish, scholastic, solid, profound, deep-read, book- learned, accomplished, omniscient, self-taught, known, ascertained, well-known, recognized, received, notorious, noted, proverbial, familiar, familiar as household words, familiar to every schoolboy, hackneyed, trite, trivial, commonplace, cognoscible, cognizable, to one's knowledge, to the best of one's knowledge, one's eyes being opened, ompredre tout c'est tout pardonner, to know all is to pardon all, empta dolore docet experientia, gnothi seauton, half our knowledge we must snatch not take, Jahre lehren mehr als Bucher, years teach more than books, knowledge comes but wisdom lingers, knowledge is power, les affaires font les hommes, nec scire fas est omnia, the amassed thought and experience of innumerable, was ich nicht weiss macht mich nicht heiss.

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