black-and-white definition

  • adjective:
    • Partially black colored and partly white: a black-and-white cow.
    • becoming written down or print: black-and-white evidence.
    • Rendered in black and white or in achromatic colors: a black-and-white drawing.
    • Of or concerning the reproduction or presentation of visual images in black-and-white: black-and-white tv; black-and-white photography.
    • Expressing, acknowledging, or according to two mutually exclusive units of ideas or values: black-and-white groups; a black-and-white viewpoint.
    • Of art, a photograph or photography, using shades of grey/gray without colour/color.
    • Of a television or monitor, displaying images in tones of grey/gray in place of colour/color.
    • depicted only in monochrome colors, or perhaps in colors of grey; also known as monochromatic and monochrome; -- of pictures. Opposite of shade or in shade, and contrasting with polychrome technicolor three-color.
    • of a situation which sharply split into mutually exclusive groups
    • devoid of or otherwise not with the capacity of creating colors
    • lacking hue or tones of grey; component white and component black
  • noun:
    • printing or writing, particularly the results of the printing process.

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