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blue - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'blue' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Blue [ n.]
- 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.
- A pedantic woman; a bluestocking.
2 . Blue [ pl.]
- Low spirits; a fit of despondency; melancholy.
3 . Blue [ superl.]
- 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.
- 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.
- Low in spirits; melancholy; as, to feel blue.
- Suited to produce low spirits; gloomy in prospect; as, thongs looked blue.
- 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.
- Literary; -- applied to women; -- an abbreviation of bluestocking.
4 . Blue [ v. t.]
- To make blue; to dye of a blue color; to make blue by heating, as metals, etc.

Meaning of 'blue' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . blue [ n]
Meaning (1):
- blue color or pigment; resembling the color of the clear sky in the daytime
Example in sentence:
  • he had eyes of bright blue
Meaning (2):
- the sky as viewed during daylight
Example in sentence:
  • he shot an arrow into the blue
Meaning (3):
- blue clothing
Example in sentence:
  • she was wearing blue
Meaning (4):
- any organization or party whose uniforms or badges are blue
Example in sentence:
  • the Union army was a vast blue
5 . blue [ s]
Meaning (5):
- causing dejection
Example in sentence:
  • a blue day;
  • a dark gloomy day;
  • a disconsolate winter landscape;
  • a week of rainy depressing weather;
  • grim rainy weather;
  • the dark days of the war;
  • the first dismal dispiriting days of November
Meaning (6):
- belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy
Example in sentence:
  • a blue family;
  • an aristocratic family;
  • aristocratic bearing;
  • aristocratic Bostonians;
  • aristocratic features;
  • aristocratic government;
  • blue blood;
  • of gentle blood;
  • patrician landholders of the American South;
  • patrician tastes;
  • the blue-blooded aristocracy
Meaning (7):
- of the color intermediate between green and violet; having a color similar to that of a clear unclouded sky
Example in sentence:
  • a blue flame;
  • blue haze of tobacco smoke;
  • October's bright blue weather
Meaning (8):
- suggestive of sexual impropriety
Example in sentence:
  • a blue movie;
  • a juicy scandal;
  • a naughty wink;
  • a risque story;
  • blue jokes;
  • he skips asterisks and gives you the gamy details;
  • naughty words;
  • racy anecdotes;
  • spicy gossip
Meaning (9):
- filled with melancholy and despondency
Example in sentence:
  • a dispirited and resigned expression on her face;
  • a gloomy silence;
  • depressed by the loss of his job;
  • downcast after his defeat;
  • feeling discouraged and downhearted;
  • gloomy at the thought of what he had to face;
  • gloomy predictions;
  • lonely and blue in a strange city;
  • the darkening mood;
  • took a grim view of the economy
Meaning (10):
- used to signify the Union forces in the American Civil War (who wore blue uniforms)
Example in sentence:
  • a ragged blue line
Meaning (11):
- characterized by profanity or cursing
Example in sentence:
  • blue language;
  • foul-mouthed and blasphemous;
  • profane words
Meaning (12):
- morally rigorous and strict
Example in sentence:
  • blue laws;
  • puritanic distaste for alcohol;
  • she was anything but puritanical in her behavior