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adjective /blӕk/
of the colour/color in which these words are printed
black paint.
without light
negro, oscuro
a black night The night was black and starless.
His hands were black with engine grease.
without milk
black coffee.
negro, negra
black magic.
belonging to or relating to a race of people with dark skin
black activism/culture/music.
blackness noun
negrura, oscuridad
the blackness of the night sky.
blacken verb to make or become black
ennegrecer, volverse negro, oscurecerse
The sky blackened before the storm.
to make to seem bad
pintar mal a alguien o algo, mostrar el lado negativo
The scandal had blackened his reputation.
to clean with black polish
He blackened his boots.
black art/magic noun magic performed for evil reasons
magia negra
It was rumoured/rumored that she practised black magic.
blackberry noun ( plural blackberries) a small soft black fruit that grows on a bush which has thorns
They went out picking blackberries (also adjective) blackberry jam/pie.
blackbird noun a dark-coloured bird of the thrush family.
blackboard noun a dark-coloured/-colored board for writing on in chalk (used especially in schools)
The teacher wrote the title of the essay on the blackboard.
blackbody noun ( plural blackbodies) (physics) a hypothetical object that could absorb all the radiation that falling on it.
Cuerpo Negro
There is no material that can truly be a blackbody.
black box noun a built-in machine for automatic recording of the details of a plane’s flight
caja negra
They found the black box two miles away from the wreckage of the crashed plane.
blackcurrant noun a small soft edible black berry that grows in bunches on a bush
Grosellero Negro
The bushes were bursting with juicy blackcurrants (also adjective) blackcurrant jam.
the Black Death noun the plague that killed large numbers of people in Europe in the 14th to 18th centuries
peste negra
the reduction of the rural population after the Black Death.
black economy noun ( plural black economies) (British ) illegal business activity or work that takes place secretly in order to avoid paying tax; underground economy (American)
Mercado Negro
The black economy accounts for a significant proportion of the country’s GDP.
black eye noun an eye with bad bruising around it (eg from a punch)
ojo amoratado/morado/a la funerala/a la virulé
He emerged from the fight with a black eye.
blackhead noun a small black-topped lump in a pore of the skin, especially of the face
punto negro, comedón, espinilla
a facial mask for cleansing blackheads.
black hole noun (physics) an area in outer space where the force of gravity is so strong that it pulls everything nearby into it, including light
Agujero Negro
something that uses a lot of money without bringing any benefits
Agujero Negro
The venture turned out to be a financial black hole.
a situation of sadness and hopelessness
Pozo de desesperación
After his wife’s death he found himself in a black hole of despair.
(computing) a piece of data such as an email that disappears after being sent and does not reach its destination.
Agujero negro
blacklist noun a list of people etc who are out of favour/favor.
lista negra
Countries that failed to cooperate were placed on a blacklist
blackmail verb to obtain money illegally from (a person), usually by threatening to make known something which the victim wants to keep secret
The politician was being blackmailed by an ex-girlfriend.
blackmailer noun
The blackmailer was demanding a sum in excess of one million euros.
Black Maria /məˈraiə/ noun (British, informal ) a prison van; police wagon (American)
coche/furgón celular
The policeman took the three suspects to the police station in a Black Maria.
black market noun (a place for) the illegal buying and selling, at high prices, of goods that are scarce, rationed etc
mercado negro
You can get coffee on the black market.
black marketeer noun a person who sells goods on the black market
estraperlista, traficante en el mercado negro
Blackmarketers are making huge profits by illegally importing the chemical.
blackout noun (also outage) a period of a general power failure
an electricity blackout.
a ban (on news etc)
bloqueo (informativo)
a blackout of news about the coup.
a period of darkness produced by putting out all lights
the wartime blackout.
a period of unconsciousness
amnesia temporal, pérdida de consciencia
He has had several blackouts during his illness.
a brief, temporary loss of memory, as when an actor forgets his/her lines.
lapsus mental; (neurología) desmayo
(in the theatre) the putting out of the stage lights at the end of a scene etc.
black sheep noun a member of a family or group who is unsatisfactory in some way
oveja negra
My brother is the black sheep of the family.
blacksmith noun a person who makes and repairs by hand things made of iron
The blacksmith made a new shoe for the horse.
black and blue adjective badly bruised
amoratado, lleno de moratones, lleno de cardenales
After the fight, the boy was all black and blue.
black out phrasal verb to lose consciousness
estar inconsciente, perder la consciencia
He blacked out for almost a minute.
in black and white in writing or print
por escrito, sobre papel
Would you put that down in black and white?
(Definition of black from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)
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