Definitions for: Blue


[n] any of numerous small chiefly blue butterflies of the family Lycaenidae
[n] the sodium salt of amobarbital that is used as a barbiturate; used as a sedative and a hypnotic
[n] blue clothing; "she was wearing blue"
[n] the color of the clear sky in the daytime; "he had eyes of bright blue"
[n] any organization or party whose uniforms or badges are blue; "the Union army was a vast blue"
[n] the sky as viewed during daylight; "he shot an arrow into the blue"
[n] used to whiten laundry or hair or give it a bluish tinge
[adj] causing dejection; "a blue day"; "the dark days of the war"; "a week of rainy depressing weather"; "a disconsolate winter landscape"; "the first dismal dispiriting days of November"; "a dark gloomy day"; "grim rainy weather"
[adj] having a color similar to that of a clear unclouded sky; "October's bright blue weather"- Helen Hunt Jackson; "a blue flame"; "blue haze of tobacco smoke"
[adj] characterized by or marked with a bluish color; "a blue fox"; "the great blue whale"; "a blue spruce"
[adj] tinged with blue or purple from cold or contusion; "the children's lips are blue from cold"; "a blue bruise"
[adj] characterized by profanity or cursing; "foul-mouthed and blasphemous"; "blue language"; "profane words"
[adj] low in spirits; "lonely and blue in a strange city"; "depressed by the loss of his job"; "a dispirited and resigned expression on her face"; "downcast after his defeat"; "feeling discouraged and downhearted"
[adj] belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy; "an aristocratic family"; "aristocratic Bostonians"; "aristocratic government"; "a blue family"; "blue blood"; "the blue-blooded aristocracy"; "of gentle blood"; "patrician landholders of the American South"; "aristocratic bearing"; "aristocratic features"; "patrician tastes"
[adj] used to signify the Union forces in the Civil War (who wore blue uniforms); "a ragged blue line"
[adj] suggestive of sexual impropriety; "a blue movie"; "blue jokes"; "he skips asterisks and gives you the gamy details"; "a juicy scandal"; "a naughty wink"; "naughty words"; "racy anecdotes"; "a risque story"; "spicy gossip"
[adj] wearing blue; "the painting is called `the blue boy'"; "the blue team"
[v] turn blue



Webster (1913) Definition: Blue, a. [Compar. Bluer; superl. Bluest.] [OE. bla,
blo, blew, blue, Sw. bl?, D. blauw, OHG. bl?o, G. blau; but
influenced in form by F. bleu, from OHG. bl[=a]o.]
1. Having the color of the clear sky, or a hue resembling it,
whether lighter or darker; as, the deep, blue sea; as blue
as a sapphire; blue violets. ``The blue firmament.''
--Milton.

2. Pale, without redness or glare, -- said of a flame; hence,
of the color of burning brimstone, betokening the presence
of ghosts or devils; as, the candle burns blue; the air
was blue with oaths.

3. Low in spirits; melancholy; as, to feel blue.

4. Suited to produce low spirits; gloomy in prospect; as,
thongs looked blue. [Colloq.]

5. Severe or over strict in morals; gloom; as, blue and sour
religionists; suiting one who is over strict in morals;
inculcating an impracticable, severe, or gloomy mortality;
as, blue laws.

6. Literary; -- applied to women; -- an abbreviation of
bluestocking. [Colloq.]

The ladies were very blue and well informed.
--Thackeray.

Blue asbestus. See Crocidolite.

Blue black, of, or having, a very dark blue color, almost
black.

Blue blood. See under Blood.

Blue buck (Zo["o]l.), a small South African antelope
(Cephalophus pygm[ae]us); also applied to a larger
species ([AE]goceras leucoph[ae]us); the blaubok.

Blue cod (Zo["o]l.), the buffalo cod.

Blue crab (Zo["o]l.), the common edible crab of the
Atlantic coast of the United States ({Callinectes
hastatus}).

Blue curls (Bot.), a common plant ({Trichostema
dichotomum}), resembling pennyroyal, and hence called also
bastard pennyroyal.

Blue devils, apparitions supposed to be seen by persons
suffering with delirium tremens; hence, very low
spirits. ``Can Gumbo shut the hall door upon blue devils,
or lay them all in a red sea of claret?'' --Thackeray.

Blue gage. See under Gage, a plum.

Blue gum, an Australian myrtaceous tree ({Eucalyptus
globulus}), of the loftiest proportions, now cultivated in
tropical and warm temperate regions for its timber, and as
a protection against malaria. The essential oil is
beginning to be used in medicine. The timber is very
useful. See Eucalyptus.

Blue jack, Blue stone, blue vitriol; sulphate of copper.


Blue jacket, a man-of war's man; a sailor wearing a naval
uniform.

Blue jaundice. See under Jaundice.

Blue laws, a name first used in the eighteenth century to
describe certain supposititious laws of extreme rigor
reported to have been enacted in New Haven; hence, any
puritanical laws. [U. S.]

Blue light, a composition which burns with a brilliant blue
flame; -- used in pyrotechnics and as a night signal at
sea, and in military operations.

Blue mantle (Her.), one of the four pursuivants of the
English college of arms; -- so called from the color of
his official robes.

Blue mass, a preparation of mercury from which is formed
the blue pill. --McElrath.

Blue mold, or mould, the blue fungus ({Aspergillus
glaucus}) which grows on cheese. --Brande & C.

Blue Monday, a Monday following a Sunday of dissipation, or
itself given to dissipation (as the Monday before Lent).


Blue ointment (Med.), mercurial ointment.

Blue Peter (British Marine), a blue flag with a white
square in the center, used as a signal for sailing, to
recall boats, etc. It is a corruption of blue repeater,
one of the British signal flags.

Blue pill. (Med.)
(a) A pill of prepared mercury, used as an aperient, etc.
(b) Blue mass.

Blue ribbon.
(a) The ribbon worn by members of the order of the Garter;
-- hence, a member of that order.
(b) Anything the attainment of which is an object of great
ambition; a distinction; a prize. ``These
[scholarships] were the --blue ribbon of the
college.'' --Farrar.
(c) The distinctive badge of certain temperance or total
abstinence organizations, as of the --Blue ribbon
Army.

Blue ruin, utter ruin; also, gin. [Eng. Slang] --Carlyle.

Blue spar (Min.), azure spar; lazulite. See Lazulite.

Blue thrush (Zo["o]l.), a European and Asiatic thrush
(Petrocossyphus cyaneas).

Blue verditer. See Verditer.

Blue vitriol (Chem.), sulphate of copper, a violet blue
crystallized salt, used in electric batteries, calico
printing, etc.

Blue water, the open ocean.

To look blue, to look disheartened or dejected.

True blue, genuine and thorough; not modified, nor mixed;
not spurious; specifically, of uncompromising
Presbyterianism, blue being the color adopted by the
Covenanters.



For his religion . . . 'T was Presbyterian, true blue.
--Hudibras.


Blue (bl[=u]), n.
1. One of the seven colors into which the rays of light
divide themselves, when refracted through a glass prism;
the color of the clear sky, or a color resembling that,
whether lighter or darker; a pigment having such color.
Sometimes, poetically, the sky.

2. A pedantic woman; a bluestocking. [Colloq.]

3. pl. [Short for blue devils.] Low spirits; a fit of
despondency; melancholy. [Colloq.]

Berlin blue, Prussian blue.

Mineral blue. See under Mineral.

Prussian blue. See under Prussian.


Blue, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Blued; p. pr. & vb. n.
Bluing.]
To make blue; to dye of a blue color; to make blue by
heating, as metals, etc.

Synonyms: amobarbital sodium, Amytal, aristocratic, aristocratical, blasphemous, blue air, blue angel, blue sky, blue-blooded, blueing, blueish, blueness, bluing, bluish, cheerless, chromatic, colored, colorful, coloured, dark, dark-blue, dejected, depressed, depressing, dirty, disconsolate, dismal, dispirited, dispiriting, down in the mouth, down(p), downcast, downhearted, gamey, gamy, gentle, gloomy, grim, in color(p), juicy, light-blue, low, low-spirited, naughty, noble, northern, patrician, profane, racy, risque, sexy, spicy, uncheerful, wild blue yonder

See Also: amobarbital, apparel, aqua, aquamarine, article of clothing, azure, cerulean, chromatic color, chromatic colour, clothes, clothing, cobalt blue, color, colour, dark blue, discolor, discolour, dye, dyestuff, genus Lycaena, greenish blue, lazuline, Lycaena, lycaenid, lycaenid butterfly, navy, navy blue, organisation, organization, Payne's gray, peacock blue, powder blue, Prussian blue, purplish blue, royal blue, sapphire, sky, sky-blue, spectral color, spectral colour, steel blue, turquoise, ultramarine, Union Army, vesture, wear, wearing apparel

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