Black vs. Dark

Black vs. Dark — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Black and Dark

Blackadjective

Being of the color black, producing or reflecting comparatively little light and having no predominant hue.

Darkadjective

Lacking or having very little light

a dark corner.

Blackadjective

Having little or no light

a black, moonless night.

Darkadjective

Lacking brightness

a dark day.

Blackadjective

Of or belonging to a racial group having brown to black skin, especially one of African origin

the black population of South Africa.

Darkadjective

Reflecting only a small fraction of incident light; tending toward black

dark clothing.

Blackadjective

Of or belonging to an American ethnic group descended from African peoples having dark skin; African American.

Darkadjective

Served without milk or cream

dark coffee.

Blackadjective

Very dark in color

rich black soil.black, wavy hair.

Darkadjective

Being or having a complexion that is not light in color.

Blackadjective

Being a trail, as for skiing, marked with a sign having a black diamond, indicating a high level of difficulty.

Darkadjective

Sullen or threatening

a dark scowl.

Blackadjective

Soiled, as from soot; dirty

feet black from playing outdoors.

Darkadjective

Characterized by gloom or pessimism; dismal or bleak

a dark day for the economy.dark predictions of what lies in store.

Blackadjective

Evil; wicked

the pirates' black deeds.

Darkadjective

Being or characterized by morbid or grimly satiric humor.

Blackadjective

Cheerless and depressing; gloomy

black thoughts.

Darkadjective

Unknown or concealed; mysterious

a dark secret.the dark workings of the unconscious.

Blackadjective

Being or characterized by morbid or grimly satiric humor

a black comedy.

Darkadjective

Lacking enlightenment, knowledge, or culture

a dark age in the history of education.

Blackadjective

Marked by anger or sullenness

gave me a black look.

Darkadjective

Evil in nature or effect; sinister

"churned up dark undercurrents of ethnic and religious hostility" (Peter Maas).

Blackadjective

Attended with disaster; calamitous

a black day.the stock market crash on Black Friday.

Darkadjective

Morally corrupt; vicious

dark deeds.a dark past.

Blackadjective

Deserving of, indicating, or incurring censure or dishonor

“Man ... has written one of his blackest records as a destroyer on the oceanic islands” (Rachel Carson).

Darkadjective

Having richness or depth

a dark, melancholy vocal tone.

Blackadjective

Wearing clothing of the darkest visual hue

the black knight.

Darkadjective

Not giving performances; closed

The movie theater is dark on Mondays.

Blackadjective

Served without milk or cream

black coffee.

Darkadjective

(Linguistics) Pronounced with the back of the tongue raised toward the velum. Used of the sound (l) in words like full.

Blackadjective

Appearing to emanate from a source other than the actual point of origin. Used chiefly of intelligence operations

black propaganda.black radio transmissions.

Darknoun

Absence of light.

Blackadjective

Disclosed, for reasons of security, only to an extremely limited number of authorized persons; very highly classified

black programs in the Defense Department.the Pentagon's black budget.

Darknoun

A place having little or no light.

Blackadjective

Chiefly British Boycotted as part of a labor union action.

Darknoun

Night; nightfall

home before dark.

Blacknoun

The achromatic color value of minimum lightness or maximum darkness; the color of objects that absorb nearly all light of all visible wavelengths; one extreme of the neutral gray series, the opposite being white. Although strictly a response to zero stimulation of the retina, the perception of black appears to depend on contrast with surrounding color stimuli.

Darknoun

A deep hue or color.

Blacknoun

A pigment or dye having this color value.

Darknoun

darks Pieces of laundry having a dark color.

Blacknoun

Complete or almost complete absence of light; darkness.

Darkadjective

Having an absolute or (more often) relative lack of light.

The room was too dark for reading.

Blacknoun

Clothing of the darkest hue, especially such clothing worn for mourning.

Darkadjective

(of a source of light) Extinguished.

Dark signals should be treated as all-way stop signs.

Blacknoun

A member of a racial group having brown to black skin, especially one of African origin.

Darkadjective

Deprived of sight; blind.

Blacknoun

An American descended from peoples of African origin having brown to black skin; an African American.

Darkadjective

(of colour) Dull or deeper in hue; not bright or light.

my sister's hair is darker than mine;her skin grew dark with a suntan

Blacknoun

Something that is colored black.

Darkadjective

Hidden, secret, obscure.

Blacknoun

The black-colored pieces, as in chess or checkers.

Darkadjective

Not clear to the understanding; not easily through; obscure; mysterious; hidden.

Blacknoun

The player using these pieces.

Darkadjective

Having racing capability not widely known.

Blacknoun

The condition of making or operating at a profit

worked hard to get the business back into the black.

Darkadjective

Without moral or spiritual light; sinister, malign.

a dark villain;a dark deed

Blackverb

To make black

blacked their faces with charcoal.

Darkadjective

Conducive to hopelessness; depressing or bleak.

the Great Depression was a dark time;the film was a dark psychological thriller

Blackverb

To apply blacking to

blacked the stove.

Darkadjective

Lacking progress in science or the arts; said of a time period.

Blackverb

Chiefly British To boycott as part of a labor union action.

Darkadjective

With emphasis placed on the unpleasant aspects of life; said of a work of fiction, a work of nonfiction presented in narrative form or a portion of either.

The ending of this book is rather dark.

Blackverb

To become black.

Darknoun

A complete or (more often) partial absence of light.

Dark surrounds us completely.

Blackadjective

(of an object) Absorbing all light and reflecting none; dark and hueless.

Darknoun

(uncountable) Ignorance.

We kept him in the dark.The lawyer was left in the dark as to why the jury was dismissed.

Blackadjective

(of a place, etc) Without light.

Darknoun

(uncountable) Nightfall.

It was after dark before we got to playing baseball.

Blackadjective

(sometimes capitalized) Of or relating to any of various ethnic groups having dark pigmentation of the skin.

Darknoun

A dark shade or dark passage in a painting, engraving, etc.

Blackadjective

Designated for use by those ethnic groups which have dark pigmentation of the skin.

black drinking fountain; black hospital

Darkverb

(intransitive) To grow or become dark, darken.

Blackadjective

Of the spades or clubs suits. Compare of the hearts or diamonds suit

I got two red queens, he got one of the black queens.

Darkverb

(intransitive) To remain in the dark, lurk, lie hidden or concealed.

Blackadjective

Bad; evil; ill-omened.

Darkverb

(transitive) To make dark, darken; to obscure.

Blackadjective

Expressing menace, or discontent; threatening; sullen.

He shot her a black look.

Darknoun

absence of light or illumination

Blackadjective

Illegitimate, illegal or disgraced.

Darknoun

absence of moral or spiritual values;

the powers of darkness

Blackadjective

Overcrowded.

Darknoun

an unilluminated area;

he moved off into the darkness

Blackadjective

(of coffee or tea) Without any cream, milk, or creamer.

Jim drinks his coffee black, but Ellen prefers it with creamer.

Darknoun

the time after sunset and before sunrise while it is dark outside

Blackadjective

Of or relating to the playing pieces of a board game deemed to belong to the "black" set (in chess the set used by the player who moves second) often regardless of the pieces' actual colour.

The black pieces in this chess set are made of dark blue glass.

Darknoun

an unenlightened state;

he was in the dark concerning their intentionshis lectures dispelled the darkness

Blackadjective

(typography) Said of a symbol or character that is solid, filled with color. Compare said of a character or symbol outline, not filled with color.

Darkadjective

devoid or partially devoid of light or brightness; shadowed or black or somber-colored;

sitting in a dark cornera dark daydark shadowsthe theater is dark on Mondaysdark as the inside of a black cat

Blackadjective

(politics) Related to the Christian Democratic Union of Germany.

After the election, the parties united in a black-yellow alliance.

Darkadjective

(used of color) having a dark hue;

dark greendark glassesdark colors like wine red or navy blue

Blackadjective

Relating to an initiative whose existence or exact nature must remain withheld from the general public.

5 percent of the Defense Department funding will go to black projects.Originally "the Black North" meant west Ulster,

Darkadjective

brunet (used of hair or skin or eyes);

dark eyes

Blackadjective

Used in the vernacular name of a species to indicate that it has one or more features that is black or dark, especially in comparison to another species with the same base name.

black birch, black locust, black rhino

Darkadjective

stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable;

black deedsa black liehis black heart has concocted yet another black deedDarth Vader of the dark sidea dark purposedark undercurrents of ethnic hostilitythe scheme of some sinister intelligence bent on punishing him

Blacknoun

The colour/color perceived in the absence of light, but also when no light is reflected, but rather absorbed.

Darkadjective

causing dejection;

a blue daythe dark days of the wara week of rainy depressing weathera disconsolate winter landscapethe first dismal dispiriting days of Novembera dark gloomy daygrim rainy weather

Blacknoun

A black dye or pigment.

Darkadjective

secret;

keep it darkthe dark mysteries of Africa and the fabled wonders of the East

Blacknoun

(countable) A pen, pencil, crayon, etc., made of black pigment.

Darkadjective

showing a brooding ill humor;

a dark scowlthe proverbially dour New England Puritana glum, hopeless shrughe sat in moody silencea morose and unsociable mannera saturnine, almost misanthropic young geniusa sour tempera sullen crowd

Blacknoun

(in the plural) Black cloth hung up at funerals.

Darkadjective

lacking enlightenment or knowledge or culture;

this benighted countrybenighted ages of barbarism and superstitionthe dark agesa dark age in the history of education

Blacknoun

A person of African, Aborigine, or Maori descent; a dark-skinned person.

Darkadjective

marked by difficulty of style or expression;

much that was dark is now quite clear to methose who do not appreciate Kafka's work say his style is obscure

Blacknoun

The black ball.

Darkadjective

having skin rich in melanin pigments;

National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoplethe dark racesdark-skinned peoples

Blacknoun

The edge of home plate

Darkadjective

not giving performances; closed;

the theater is dark on Mondays

Blacknoun

A type of firecracker that is really more dark brown in colour.

Blacknoun

Blackcurrant syrup (in mixed drinks, e.g. snakebite and black, cider and black).

Blacknoun

The person playing with the black set of pieces.

At this point black makes a disastrous move.

Blacknoun

(countable) Part of a thing which is distinguished from the rest by being black.

Blacknoun

A stain; a spot.

Blackverb

To make black, to blacken.

Blackverb

To apply blacking to something.

Blackverb

(British) To boycott something or someone, usually as part of an industrial dispute.

Blacknoun

the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)

Blacknoun

total absence of light;

they fumbled around in total darknessin the black of night

Blacknoun

British chemist who identified carbon dioxide and who formulated the concepts of specific heat and latent heat (1728-1799)

Blacknoun

popular child actress of the 1930's (born 1927)

Blacknoun

a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa)

Blacknoun

(board games) the darker pieces

Blacknoun

black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning);

the widow wore black

Blackverb

make or become black;

The smoke blackened the ceilingThe ceiling blackened

Blackadjective

being of the achromatic color of maximum darkness; having little or no hue owing to absorption of almost all incident light;

black leather jacketsas black as coalrich black soil

Blackadjective

of or belonging to a racial group having dark skin especially of sub-Saharan African origin;

a great people--a black people--...injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization

Blackadjective

marked by anger or resentment or hostility;

black looksblack words

Blackadjective

stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable;

black deedsa black liehis black heart has concocted yet another black deedDarth Vader of the dark sidea dark purposedark undercurrents of ethnic hostilitythe scheme of some sinister intelligence bent on punishing him

Blackadjective

offering little or no hope;

the future looked blackprospects were bleakLife in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficulttook a dim view of things

Blackadjective

(of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin;

the stock market crashed on Black Fridaya calamitous defeatthe battle was a disastrous end to a disastrous campaignsuch doctrines, if true, would be absolutely fatal to my theoryit is fatal to enter any war without the will to win ita fateful error

Blackadjective

(of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood;

a face black with fury

Blackadjective

extremely dark;

a black moonless nightthrough the pitch-black woodsit was pitch-dark in the celler

Blackadjective

harshly ironic or sinister;

black humora grim jokegrim laughterfun ranging from slapstick clowning ... to savage mordant wit

Blackadjective

(of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading;

black propaganda

Blackadjective

distributed or sold illicitly;

the black economy pays no taxes

Blackadjective

(used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame;

Man...has written one of his blackest records as a destroyer on the oceanic islandsan ignominious retreatinglorious defeatan opprobrious monument to human greeda shameful display of cowardice

Blackadjective

(of coffee) without cream or sugar

Blackadjective

dressed in black;

a black knightblack friars

Blackadjective

soiled with dirt or soot;

with feet black from playing outdoorshis shirt was black within an hour