(a.) Destitute of light, or incapable of reflecting it; of the color of soot or coal; of the darkest or a very dark color, the opposite of white; characterized by such a color; as, black cloth; black hair or eyes.
(a.) In a less literal sense: Enveloped or shrouded in darkness; very dark or gloomy; as, a black night; the heavens black with clouds.
(a.) Fig.: Dismal, gloomy, or forbidding, like darkness; destitute of moral light or goodness; atrociously wicked; cruel; mournful; calamitous; horrible.
(a.) Expressing menace, or discontent; threatening; sullen; foreboding; as, to regard one with black looks.
(a.) To make black; to blacken; to soil; to sully.
(a.) To make black and shining, as boots or a stove, by applying blacking and then polishing with a brush.
(adv.) Sullenly; threateningly; maliciously; so as to produce blackness.
(n.) That which is destitute of light or whiteness; the darkest color, or rather a destitution of all color; as, a cloth has a good black.
(n.) A black pigment or dye.
(n.) A negro; a person whose skin is of a black color, or shaded with black; esp. a member or descendant of certain African races.
(n.) A black garment or dress; as, she wears black
(n.) Mourning garments of a black color; funereal drapery.
(n.) The part of a thing which is distinguished from the rest by being black.
(n.) A small sailing vessel, commonly rigged as a sloop, used chiefly in the coasting and fishing trade.
(n.) To have a smack; to be tinctured with any particular taste.
(n.) To have or exhibit indications of the presence of any character or quality.
(n.) To kiss with a close compression of the lips, so as to make a sound when they separate; to kiss with a sharp noise; to buss.
(n.) To make a noise by the separation of the lips after tasting anything.
(v. i.) Taste or flavor, esp. a slight taste or flavor; savor; tincture; as, a smack of bitter in the medicine. Also used figuratively.
(v. i.) A small quantity; a taste.
(v. i.) A loud kiss; a buss.
(v. i.) A quick, sharp noise, as of the lips when suddenly separated, or of a whip.
(v. i.) A quick, smart blow; a slap.
(v. t.) To kiss with a sharp noise; to buss.
(v. t.) To open, as the lips, with an inarticulate sound made by a quick compression and separation of the parts of the mouth; to make a noise with, as the lips, by separating them in the act of kissing or after tasting.
(v. t.) To make a sharp noise by striking; to crack; as, to smack a whip.
(a.) A large pile of hay, grain, straw, or the like, usually of a nearly conical form, but sometimes rectangular or oblong, contracted at the top to a point or ridge, and sometimes covered with thatch.
(a.) A pile of poles or wood, indefinite in quantity.
(a.) A pile of wood containing 108 cubic feet.
(a.) A number of flues embodied in one structure, rising above the roof. Hence:
(a.) Any single insulated and prominent structure, or upright pipe, which affords a conduit for smoke; as, the brick smokestack of a factory; the smokestack of a steam vessel.
(a.) A section of memory in a computer used for temporary storage of data, in which the last datum stored is the first retrieved.
(a.) A data structure within random-access memory used to simulate a hardware stack; as, a push-down stack.
(n.) To lay in a conical or other pile; to make into a large pile; as, to stack hay, cornstalks, or grain; to stack or place wood.