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black

1. of the colour of jet or carbon black, having no hue due to the absorption of all or nearly all incident light
2. Chess Draughts
a. a black or dark-coloured piece or square
b. the player playing with such pieces
3. a black ball in snooker, etc
4. (in roulette and other gambling games) one of two colours on which players may place even bets, the other being red
5. Archery a black ring on a target, between the outer and the blue, scoring three points

Black

1
1. Sir James (Whyte). born 1924, British biochemist. He discovered beta-blockers and drugs for peptic ulcers: Nobel prize for physiology or medicine 1988
2. Joseph. 1728--99, Scottish physician and chemist, noted for his pioneering work on carbon dioxide and heat

Black

2
Sometimes derogatory a member of a dark-skinned race, esp someone of Negroid or Australoid origin

black

a term used to refer to a variety of non-white ethnic groups. Black is a preferred form, especially among ethnic groups of African origins, reflecting a pride and identity in being black. The use of the term is associated with the rise of black political activism in the US in the 1960s, and is reflected in the slogan ‘Black is Beautiful’. Other terms to describe black people, such as coloured, Negro or Negress, are now generally considered offensive.

In the UK (and elsewhere), however, there is controversy about the use of the term to describe ‘non-white’ persons of Asian origin. Many Asians object to the use of the word ‘black’ to describe them and argue that this usage confuses the identity of a large number of very different ethnic groups such as Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Indians, West Indians, Africans and so on. The counter argument is that ‘non-white’ persons in the UK can be subject to DISCRIMINATION and institutionalized RACISM whatever their ethnic or national origins. In this sense, groups of both African and Asian origin share, to a significant extent, a common experience. See also BLACK POWER MOVEMENT, NEGRITUDE.

black

[blak]
(chemistry)
Fine particles of impure carbon that are made by the incomplete burning of carbon compounds, such as natural gas, naphthas, acetylene, bones, ivory, and vegetables.
(communications)
(optics)
Quality of an object which uniformly absorbs large percentages of light of all visible wavelengths.

black

Western color for mourning. [Christian Color Symbolism: Leach, 242; Jobes, 357]
See: Death

black

symbol of sin and badness. [Color Symbolism: Jobes, 357]
See: Evil
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Writer and mastermind Geoff Johns, however, does an impressive job letting readers in with the core volume of Blackest Night, setting scenes and revealing the essence of characters quickly.
One of the blackest parts of Canada's history was the way in which Aboriginal children were treated in residential schools.
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ISLAMABAD -- Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Mohammad Yasin Malik has said November 6, 1947 was the blackest day in human history when lakhs of Muslims were massacred in Jammu.
Srinagar -- In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman Yasin Malik said that the massacre of lakh Muslims in Jammu on November 6, 1947, is the blackest day in human history.
WHO would have thought the second series of Fargo (Channel 4, Monday) - the blackest of black comedy dramas - could be as gripping as the first?
Only the blackest of black lashes will do for this sultry look.
More than a year removed from the blackest day, Richard Ings is still grasping at straws and pressuring the agency to produce results.
Yet such a move would be the ultimate display of contempt for the Football League's outrageous decision to allow the original Wimbledon to relocate to Buckinghamshire in 2003 - one of the blackest days in the history of the English game.
1 year ago TONY Mowbray used the anniversary of the blackest day in Boro's history to stress the need to build for the future.
It went down in history as the blackest day of the British Army.