What does black mean?

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  1. (of an object) Absorbing all light and reflecting none; dark and hueless.
  2. (of a place, etc) Without light.
  3. (capitalized) Of or relating to any of various ethnic groups having dark pigmentation of the skin.
  4. (chiefly historical) Designated for use by those ethnic groups which have dark pigmentation of the skin.
  5. (card game) Of the spades or clubs suits. Compare red (“of the hearts or diamonds suit”)
  6. Bad; evil; ill-omened.
  7. Expressing menace, or discontent; threatening; sullen.
  8. Illegitimate, illegal or disgraced.
  9. (Ireland, informal) Overcrowded.
  10. (coffee) Without any cream, milk, or creamer.
  11. (board games, chess) Of or relating to the playing pieces of a board game deemed to belong to the "black" set (in chess the set used by the player who moves second) (often regardless of the pieces' actual colour).
  12. (typography) Said of a symbol or character that is solid, filled with color. Compare white (“said of a character or symbol outline, not filled with color”).
  13. (politics) Related to the Christian Democratic Union of Germany.
  14. Relating to an initiative whose existence or exact nature must remain withheld from the general public.
  1. (countable and uncountable) The colour/color perceived in the absence of light, but also when no light is reflected, but rather absorbed.
  2. (countable and uncountable) A black dye or pigment.
  3. (countable) A pen, pencil, crayon, etc., made of black pigment.
  4. (plural) Black cloth hung up at funerals.
  5. (sometimes capitalised, countable) A person of African, Aborigine, or Maori descent; a dark-skinned person.
  6. (billiards, snooker, pool, with the, countable) The black ball.
  7. (baseball, countable) The edge of home plate
  8. (Britain, countable) a type of firecracker that is really more dark brown in colour.
  9. (informal, countable) blackcurrant syrup (in mixed drinks, e.g. snakebite and black, cider and black).
  10. (in chess and similar games, countable) The person playing with the black set of pieces.
  11. (countable) Part of a thing which is distinguished from the rest by being black.
  12. (obsolete, countable) A stain; a spot.
  1. To make black, to blacken.
  2. To apply blacking to something.
  3. (Britain) To boycott something or someone, usually as part of an industrial dispute.
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