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  8  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Blue  \Blue\,  a.  [Compar.  {Bluer};  superl.  {Bluest}.]  [OE.  bla, 
  blo,  blew,  blue,  Sw  bl?,  D.  blauw  OHG.  bl?o,  G.  blau;  but 
  influenced  in  form  by  F.  bleu,  from  OHG.  bl[=a]o.] 
  1.  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.  ``The  blue  firmament.'' 
  --Milton. 
 
  2.  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. 
 
  3.  Low  in  spirits;  melancholy;  as  to  feel  blue. 
 
  4.  Suited  to  produce  low  spirits;  gloomy  in  prospect;  as 
  thongs  looked  blue.  [Colloq.] 
 
  5.  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. 
 
  6.  Literary;  --  applied  to  women;  --  an  abbreviation  of 
  bluestocking.  [Colloq.] 
 
  The  ladies  were  very  blue  and  well  informed. 
  --Thackeray. 
 
  {Blue  asbestus}.  See  {Crocidolite}. 
 
  {Blue  black},  of  or  having  a  very  dark  blue  color,  almost 
  black. 
 
  {Blue  blood}.  See  under  {Blood}. 
 
  {Blue  buck}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  small  South  African  antelope 
  ({Cephalophus  pygm[ae]us});  also  applied  to  a  larger 
  species  ({[AE]goceras  leucoph[ae]u}s);  the  blaubok. 
 
  {Blue  cod}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  buffalo  cod. 
 
  {Blue  crab}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  common  edible  crab  of  the 
  Atlantic  coast  of  the  United  States  ({Callinectes 
  hastatus}). 
 
  {Blue  curls}  (Bot.),  a  common  plant  ({Trichostema 
  dichotomum}),  resembling  pennyroyal,  and  hence  called  also 
  {bastard  pennyroyal}. 
 
  {Blue  devils},  apparitions  supposed  to  be  seen  by  persons 
  suffering  with  {delirium  tremens};  hence  very  low 
  spirits.  ``Can  Gumbo  shut  the  hall  door  upon  blue  devils, 
  or  lay  them  all  in  a  red  sea  of  claret?''  --Thackeray. 
 
  {Blue  gage}.  See  under  {Gage},  a  plum. 
 
  {Blue  gum},  an  Australian  myrtaceous  tree  ({Eucalyptus 
  globulus}),  of  the  loftiest  proportions,  now  cultivated  in 
  tropical  and  warm  temperate  regions  for  its  timber,  and  as 
  a  protection  against  malaria.  The  essential  oil  is 
  beginning  to  be  used  in  medicine.  The  timber  is  very 
  useful.  See  {Eucalyptus}. 
 
  {Blue  jack},  {Blue  stone},  blue  vitriol;  sulphate  of  copper. 
 
 
  {Blue  jacket},  a  man-of  war's  man;  a  sailor  wearing  a  naval 
  uniform. 
 
  {Blue  jaundice}.  See  under  {Jaundice}. 
 
  {Blue  laws},  a  name  first  used  in  the  eighteenth  century  to 
  describe  certain  supposititious  laws  of  extreme  rigor 
  reported  to  have  been  enacted  in  New  Haven;  hence  any 
  puritanical  laws.  [U.  S.] 
 
  {Blue  light},  a  composition  which  burns  with  a  brilliant  blue 
  flame;  --  used  in  pyrotechnics  and  as  a  night  signal  at 
  sea,  and  in  military  operations. 
 
  {Blue  mantle}  (Her.),  one  of  the  four  pursuivants  of  the 
  English  college  of  arms;  --  so  called  from  the  color  of 
  his  official  robes. 
 
  {Blue  mass},  a  preparation  of  mercury  from  which  is  formed 
  the  blue  pill.  --McElrath. 
 
  {Blue  mold},  or  mould,  the  blue  fungus  ({Aspergillus 
  glaucus})  which  grows  on  cheese.  --Brande  &  C. 
 
  {Blue  Monday},  a  Monday  following  a  Sunday  of  dissipation,  or 
  itself  given  to  dissipation  (as  the  Monday  before  Lent). 
 
 
  {Blue  ointment}  (Med.),  mercurial  ointment. 
 
  {Blue  Peter}  (British  Marine),  a  blue  flag  with  a  white 
  square  in  the  center,  used  as  a  signal  for  sailing,  to 
  recall  boats,  etc  It  is  a  corruption  of  blue  repeater, 
  one  of  the  British  signal  flags. 
 
  {Blue  pill}.  (Med.) 
  a  A  pill  of  prepared  mercury,  used  as  an  aperient,  etc 
  b  Blue  mass. 
 
  {Blue  ribbon}. 
  a  The  ribbon  worn  by  members  of  the  order  of  the  Garter; 
  --  hence  a  member  of  that  order 
  b  Anything  the  attainment  of  which  is  an  object  of  great 
  ambition;  a  distinction;  a  prize.  ``These 
  [scholarships]  were  the  --blue  ribbon  of  the 
  college.''  --Farrar. 
  c  The  distinctive  badge  of  certain  temperance  or  total 
  abstinence  organizations,  as  of  the  --Blue  ribbon 
  Army. 
 
  {Blue  ruin},  utter  ruin;  also  gin.  [Eng.  Slang]  --Carlyle. 
 
  {Blue  spar}  (Min.),  azure  spar;  lazulite.  See  {Lazulite}. 
 
  {Blue  thrush}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  European  and  Asiatic  thrush 
  ({Petrocossyphus  cyaneas}). 
 
  {Blue  verditer}.  See  {Verditer}. 
 
  {Blue  vitriol}  (Chem.),  sulphate  of  copper,  a  violet  blue 
  crystallized  salt,  used  in  electric  batteries,  calico 
  printing,  etc 
 
  {Blue  water},  the  open  ocean. 
 
  {To  look  blue},  to  look  disheartened  or  dejected. 
 
  {True  blue},  genuine  and  thorough;  not  modified,  nor  mixed; 
  not  spurious;  specifically,  of  uncompromising 
  Presbyterianism,  blue  being  the  color  adopted  by  the 
  Covenanters. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Blue  \Blue\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Blued};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Bluing}.] 
  To  make  blue;  to  dye  of  a  blue  color;  to  make  blue  by 
  heating,  as  metals,  etc 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Blue  \Blue\  (bl[=u]),  n. 
  1.  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. 
 
  2.  A  pedantic  woman;  a  bluestocking.  [Colloq.] 
 
  3.  pl  [Short  for  blue  devils.]  Low  spirits;  a  fit  of 
  despondency;  melancholy.  [Colloq.] 
 
  {Berlin  blue},  Prussian  blue. 
 
  {Mineral  blue}.  See  under  {Mineral}. 
 
  {Prussian  blue}.  See  under  {Prussian}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cod  \Cod\,  n.  [Cf.  G.  gadde,  and  (in  Heligoland)  gadden,  L. 
  gadus  merlangus.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  An  important  edible  fish  ({Gadus  morrhua}),  taken  in  immense 
  numbers  on  the  northern  coasts  of  Europe  and  America.  It  is 
  especially  abundant  and  large  on  the  Grand  Bank  of 
  Newfoundland.  It  is  salted  and  dried  in  large  quantities. 
 
  Note:  There  are  several  varieties;  as  {shore  cod},  from 
  shallow  water;  {bank  cod},  from  the  distant  banks;  and 
  {rock  cod},  which  is  found  among  ledges,  and  is  often 
  dark  brown  or  mottled  with  red.  The  {tomcod}  is  a 
  distinct  species  of  small  size.  The  {bastard},  {blue}, 
  {buffalo},  or  {cultus  cod}  of  the  Pacific  coast  belongs 
  to  a  distinct  family.  See  {Buffalo  cod},  under 
  {Buffalo}. 
 
  {Cod  fishery},  the  business  of  fishing  for  cod. 
 
  {Cod  line},  an  eighteen-thread  line  used  in  catching  codfish. 
  --McElrath. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  blue 
  adj  1:  having  a  color  similar  to  that  of  a  clear  unclouded  sky; 
  "October's  bright  blue  weather"-  Helen  Hunt  Jackson; 
  "a  blue  flame";  "blue  haze  of  tobacco  smoke"  [syn:  {bluish}, 
  {blueish},  {light-blue},  {dark-blue}] 
  2:  used  to  signify  the  Union  forces  in  the  Civil  War  (who  wore 
  blue  uniforms);  "a  ragged  blue  line" 
  3:  wearing  blue;  "the  painting  is  called  `the  blue  boy'";  "the 
  blue  team" 
  4:  low  in  spirits;  "lonely  and  blue  in  a  strange  city"; 
  "depressed  by  the  loss  of  his  job";  "a  dispirited  and 
  resigned  expression  on  her  face";  "downcast  after  his 
  defeat";  "feeling  discouraged  and  downhearted"  [syn:  {depressed}, 
  {dispirited},  {down(p)},  {downcast},  {downhearted},  {low}, 
  {low-spirited}] 
  5:  characterized  by  profanity  or  cursing;  "foul-mouthed  and 
  blasphemous";  "blue  language";  "profane  words"  [syn:  {blasphemous}, 
  {profane}] 
  6:  suggestive  of  sexual  impropriety;  "a  blue  movie";  "blue 
  jokes";  "he  skips  asterisks  and  gives  you  the  gamy 
  details";  "a  juicy  scandal";  "a  naughty  wink";  "naughty 
  words";  "racy  anecdotes";  "a  risque  story";  "spicy  gossip" 
  [syn:  {gamy},  {gamey},  {juicy},  {naughty},  {racy},  {risque}, 
  {spicy}] 
  7:  belonging  to  or  characteristic  of  the  nobility  or 
  aristocracy;  "an  aristocratic  family";  "aristocratic 
  Bostonians";  "aristocratic  government";  "a  blue  family"; 
  "blue  blood";  "the  blue-blooded  aristocracy";  "of  gentle 
  blood";  "patrician  landholders  of  the  American  South"; 
  "aristocratic  bearing";  "aristocratic  features"; 
  "patrician  tastes"  [syn:  {aristocratic},  {aristocratical}, 
  {blue-blooded},  {gentle},  {patrician}] 
  8:  morally  rigorous  and  strict;  "blue  laws";  "the  puritan  work 
  ethic";  "puritanic  distaste  for  alcohol";  "she  was 
  anything  but  puritanical  in  her  behavior"  [syn:  {blue(a)}, 
  {puritan},  {puritanic},  {puritanical}] 
  9:  tinged  with  blue  or  purple  from  cold  or  contusion;  "the 
  children's  lips  are  blue  from  cold";  "a  blue  bruise"  [syn: 
  {bluish},  {blueish}] 
  10:  characterized  by  or  marked  with  a  bluish  color;  "a  blue 
  fox";  "the  great  blue  whale";  "a  blue  spruce" 
  11:  causing  dejection;  "a  blue  day";  "the  dark  days  of  the  war"; 
  "a  week  of  rainy  depressing  weather";  "a  disconsolate 
  winter  landscape";  "the  first  dismal  dispiriting  days  of 
  November";  "a  dark  gloomy  day";  "grim  rainy  weather" 
  [syn:  {dark},  {depressing},  {disconsolate},  {dismal},  {dispiriting}, 
  {gloomy},  {grim}] 
  n  1:  the  color  of  the  clear  sky  in  the  daytime;  "he  had  eyes  of 
  bright  blue"  [syn:  {blueness}] 
  2:  blue  clothing;  "she  was  wearing  blue" 
  3:  any  organization  or  party  whose  uniforms  or  badges  are  blue; 
  "the  Union  army  was  a  vast  blue" 
  4:  the  sky  as  viewed  during  daylight;  "he  shot  an  arrow  into 
  the  blue"  [syn:  {blue  sky},  {blue  air},  {wild  blue  yonder}] 
  5:  used  to  whiten  laundry  or  hair  or  give  it  a  bluish  tinge 
  [syn:  {bluing},  {blueing}] 
  6:  the  sodium  salt  of  amobarbital  that  is  used  as  a  barbiturate 
  used  as  a  sedative  and  a  hypnotic  [syn:  {amobarbital 
  sodium},  {blue  angel},  {Amytal}] 
  7:  any  of  numerous  small  chiefly  blue  butterflies  of  the  family 
  Lycaenidae 
  v  :  turn  blue 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Blue,  AZ 
  Zip  code(s):  85922 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  Blue 
 
  A  language  proposed  by  Softech  to  meet  the  {DoD}  {Ironman} 
  requirements  which  led  to  {Ada}.  ["On  the  BLUE  Language 
  Submitted  to  the  DoD",  E.W.  Dijkstra  SIGPLAN  Notices 
  13(10):10-15  (Oct  1978)]. 
 
 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Blue 
  generally  associated  with  purple  (Ex.  25:4;  26:1,  31,  36,  etc.). 
  It  is  supposed  to  have  been  obtained  from  a  shellfish  of  the 
  Mediterranean,  the  Helix  ianthina  of  Linnaeus.  The  robe  of  the 
  high  priest's  ephod  was  to  be  all  of  this  colour  (Ex.  28:31), 
  also  the  loops  of  the  curtains  (26:4)  and  the  ribbon  of  the 
  breastplate  (28:28).  Blue  cloths  were  also  made  for  various 
  sacred  purposes  (Num.  4:6,  7,  9,  11,  12).  (See  {COLOUR}.) 
 




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