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Definitions of black-and-white




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



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

Example Sentences Including 'black-and-white'

There were available: the handsome tabby; a long-haired black-and-white cat; a white cat with grey patches.
Doris Lessing ON CATS (2002)
She'd seen her flickering black-and-white picture on some late-night movie channel.
Clive Barker COLDHEART CANYON (2001)
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)


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