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black-and-white

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noun

    1. a photograph, picture, sketch, etc, in black, white, and shades of grey rather than in colour
    2. (as modifier)   ⇒ black-and-white film
  1. the neutral tones of black, white, and intermediate shades of grey Compare colour (sense 2)
  2. See in black and white

black and white1 (blæk ənd waɪt)  or black-and-white

Definitions

The abbreviation for black and white is B & W or B/W

adjective

  1. (of an image) not in colour   ⇒ a black-and-white photo of the two of us together   ⇒ old black and white film footage
  2. only transmitting images in black and white   ⇒ They watched the ceremony on a flickering black-and-white television set.
  3. in which it is possible to draw clear boundaries or make absolute judgements   ⇒ But this isn't a simple black and white affair, Marianne.

black and white2 (blæk ənd waɪt)  or black-and-white

Definitions

The abbreviation for black and white is B & W or B/W

noun

  1. to be in black and white (photography) of an image, only using shades of black, white, and grey   ⇒ The pictures were in black and white.
  2. in black and white You say that something is in black and white when it has been written or printed, and not just said.   ⇒ He'd seen the proof in black and white.   ⇒ Maybe you don't want to read about Doug's death in black and white.   ⇒ There it is in black and white.
  3. to see sth in black and white to believe that there is only one possible judgement to be made about a situation   ⇒ She saw things in black and white.

Translations for 'black-and-white'

  • British English: black and whiteblack-and-white In a black and white photograph or film, everything is shown in black, white, and grey. ADJECTIVE...a black and white photo of the two of us together.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: em preto e branco
  • Chinese: 黑白图像的黑白图圖像的
  • European Spanish: en blanco y negro
  • French: en noir et blanc
  • German: Schwarz-Weiß-
  • Italian: in bianco e nero
  • Japanese: 白黒の
  • Korean: 흑백의
  • Portuguese: a preto e branco
  • Spanish: en blanco y negro

Example Sentences Including 'black-and-white'

A lovely black-and-white engraving shows a cheetah sharing a cot with its keeper.
India Today (1996)
A soldier holding a gun, watching frightened, fleeing figures in a fuzzy black-and-white photograph in a history book.
Sara MacDonald SEA MUSIC (2003)
I watched'Little Mo' Maureen Connolly on a flickering black-and-white television set but she still lit up the screen.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
On night seven, the target picture was again a black-and-white photograph of a nursing infant whose mother was nude from the waist up.
Van de Castle, Robert L. Our Dreaming Mind
She'd seen her flickering black-and-white picture on some late-night movie channel.
Clive Barker COLDHEART CANYON (2001)
Technicians strove to maintain the cinematic quality of the black-and-white source.
Globe and Mail (2003)
The Bush administration likes to operate in a black-and-white world, where conviction and clarity trump nuance and diplomacy.
Globe and Mail (2003)
There were available: the handsome tabby; a long-haired black-and-white cat; a white cat with grey patches.
Doris Lessing ON CATS (2002)

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