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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 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.
USAGE 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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