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cadmium yellow Tweet Definition of cadmium yellow Like Definition of cadmium yellow on Facebook
noun
  1. cadmium sulphide when used as a pigment
calligraphy Tweet Definition of calligraphy Like Definition of calligraphy on Facebook
noun
  1. The art of writing letters and words with decorative strokes.
Calvary Tweet Definition of Calvary Like Definition of Calvary on Facebook
proper noun
  1. The hill outside Jerusalem which is traditionally held to be the location of the crucifixion of Jesus.
carmine Tweet Definition of carmine Like Definition of carmine on Facebook
noun
  1. A purplish-red pigment made from dye obtained from the cochineal beetle; carminic acid or any of its derivatives
  2. A purplish-red colour.
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adjective
  1. (colour) Of a purplish red colour.
carrier Tweet Definition of carrier Like Definition of carrier on Facebook
noun
  1. A person or object that carry, carries someone or something else.
aircraft carrier
armored personnel carrier
  1. A company in the business of shipping freight.
  2. A person or animal that transmits a disease to others without itself contracting the disease.
  3. A signal such as radio, sound, or light that is modulated to transmit information.
  4. A mobile network operator; wireless carrier
cartoon Tweet Definition of cartoon Like Definition of cartoon on Facebook
noun
  1. A humorous drawing, often with a caption, or a strip of such drawings.
  2. A drawing satirise, satirising current public figures.
  3. An artist's preliminary sketch.
  4. An animated cartoon.
  5. A diagram in a scientific concept.
cartouche Tweet Definition of cartouche Like Definition of cartouche on Facebook
noun
  1. (architecture) an ornamental figure, often on an oval shield
  2. (Egyptian hieroglyphics) an oval figure containing characters that represent the names of royal or divine people
  3. a paper cartridge
charcoal Tweet Definition of charcoal Like Definition of charcoal on Facebook
noun
  1. impure carbon obtained by heating wood or other organic matter in the absence of oxygen.
  2. a stick of black carbon material used for drawing.
  3. a drawing made with charcoal.
  4. (colour) a very dark gray colour.
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adjective
  1. (colour) of a dark gray colour.
chartreuse Tweet Definition of chartreuse Like Definition of chartreuse on Facebook
nounchartreuse
  1. a yellow or green liqueur made by Carthusian monks
  2. (colour) a greenish yellow colour
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adjective
  1. (colour) of a bright yellowish-green colour.
chiaroscuro Tweet Definition of chiaroscuro Like Definition of chiaroscuro on Facebook
noun
  1. An artistic technique developed during the Renaissance, referring to the use of exaggerated light contrasts in order to create the illusion of volume.
  2. A monochrome picture made by using several different shades of the same color.
  3. A photographic technique in which one side of a face (for example) is well lit and the other is in shadow; Rembrandt lighting
Chinese boxes Tweet Definition of Chinese boxes Like Definition of Chinese boxes on Facebook
noun
  1. A set of boxes, of different sizes, each fitting inside the next larger one.
  2. Something that resembles a set of Chinese boxes, especially in complexity.
classical Tweet Definition of classical Like Definition of classical on Facebook
adjective ((compar): more classical, (superl): most classical)
  1. Of or relating to the first class or rank, especially in literature or art.
  2. Of or pertaining to the ancient Greeks and Romans, esp. to Greek or Roman authors of the highest rank, or of the period when their best literature was produced; of or pertaining to places inhabited by the ancient Greeks and Romans, or rendered famous by their deeds.
  3. Conforming to the best authority in literature and art; chaste; pure; refined; as, a classical style.
collage Tweet Definition of collage Like Definition of collage on Facebook
noun
  1. a picture made by sticking other pictures onto a surface
collection Tweet Definition of collection Like Definition of collection on Facebook
noun
  1. A set of items or objects procured by an individual.
  2. Multiple related objects associated as a group.
  3. The activity of collecting.
Collection of trash will occur every Thursday.
colorist Tweet Definition of colorist Like Definition of colorist on Facebook
noun
  1. One who colors; an artist has a talent for coloring
color wheel Tweet Definition of color wheel Like Definition of color wheel on Facebook
noun
  1. alternative spelling of colour wheel
complementary Tweet Definition of complementary Like Definition of complementary on Facebook
adjective
  1. acting as a complement
  2. (genetics) of the specific pairings of the bases in DNA and RNA
compose Tweet Definition of compose Like Definition of compose on Facebook
verb (compos, ing)
  1. (transitive) To make something by merging parts.
The editor composed a historical journal from many individual letters.
Try to your thoughts.
  1. (transitive) To make up the whole; to constitute.
A church is composed of its members.
The members the church.
  1. (transitive, nonstandard) To comprise.
  2. (transitive, or, intransitive) To construct by mental labor; to think up; particularly, to produce or create a literary or musical work.
The orator composed his speech over the week prior.
Nine numbered symphonies, including the Fifth, were composed by Beethoven.
It's difficult to without absolute silence.
  1. (reflexive) To calm oneself down.
The defendant couldn't herself and was found in contempt.
  1. To arrange the elements of a photograph or other picture.
composition Tweet Definition of composition Like Definition of composition on Facebook
noun
  1. The combining of different parts to make a whole.
  2. The general makeup of something.
  3. A mixture or compound; the result of composing
  4. A work of music, literature or art.
  5. An essay.
  6. {Linguistics) The formation of compound words from separate words.
  7. (printing) typesetting.
conceptual art Tweet Definition of conceptual art Like Definition of conceptual art on Facebook
noun
  1. A genre of art in which the transmission of ideas is more important than the creation of an art object
construction paper Tweet Definition of construction paper Like Definition of construction paper on Facebook
noun
  1. Thick colored paper that people cut out to make designs, models, etc
constructivism Tweet Definition of constructivism Like Definition of constructivism on Facebook
noun
  1. a Russian movement in modern art characterized by the creation of nonrepresentational geometric objects using industrial materials
  1. (mathematics) a philosophy that asserts the need to construct a mathematical object to prove it exists
    1. a theory of learning
contrast Tweet Definition of contrast Like Definition of contrast on Facebook
noun
  1. (uncountable) A difference in lightness, brightness and/or hue between two colours that makes them more or less distinguishable.
  2. (uncountable) The degree of this difference.
The red and the orange don't have much contrast between them &mdash; I can hardly tell them apart.
  1. (countable) A difference between two objects, people or concepts.
Israel is a country of many contrasts.
  1. (uncountable) A control on a television, etc, that adjusts the amount of contrast in the images being displayed.
verb
  1. (transitive) To set in opposition in order to show the difference or differences between.
crayon Tweet Definition of crayon Like Definition of crayon on Facebook
noun
  1. a stick of colored chalk or wax used for drawing
verb
  1. to draw with a crayon
crucifixion Tweet Definition of crucifixion Like Definition of crucifixion on Facebook
noun
  1. execution by being nailed or tied to an upright cross and left to hang there until dead.
  2. (the Crucifixion) The death on a cross of Christ.
cubism Tweet Definition of cubism Like Definition of cubism on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, often, capitalized) An artistic movement in the early 20th Century characterized by the depiction of natural forms as geometric structures of planes.

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