red

The color red is a primary hue found at the end of the spectrum. You might turn red with embarrassment. It also represents financial loss, as in the term "red ink."

The word red goes back to before 900, and we can see its roots in the Old English rēad. The idea of red as a signal to stop came in 1849. The color has been associated with rebellion as far back as the 13th Century, and in 1917, the Russian Bolsheviks adopted the color as their symbol. When the movement became the political party of Communism, the members became known as "Reds."

Primary Meanings of red

1.
nadj
red color or pigment; the chromatic color resembling the hue of blood
of a color at the end of the color spectrum (next to orange); resembling the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies
2.
n
emotionally charged terms used to refer to extreme radicals or revolutionaries
3.
n
the amount by which the cost of a business exceeds its revenue
Full Definitions of red
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n red color or pigment; the chromatic color resembling the hue of blood

Synonyms:
redness
Types:
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sanguine
a blood-red color
chrome red
a red pigment used in paints; basic lead chromate
Turkey red, alizarine red
a bright orange-red color produced in cotton cloth with alizarine dye
cardinal, carmine
a variable color averaging a vivid red
crimson, deep red, ruby
a deep and vivid red color
dark red
a red color that reflects little light
purplish red, purplish-red
a red with a tinge of purple
cerise, cherry, cherry red
a red the color of ripe cherries
orange red, scarlet, vermilion
a variable color that is vivid red but sometimes with an orange tinge
burgundy
a dark purplish-red to blackish-red color
claret
a dark purplish-red color
oxblood red
a dark brownish-red color
wine, wine-colored, wine-coloured
a red as dark as red wine
magenta
a primary subtractive color for light; a dark purple-red color; the dye for magenta was discovered in 1859, the year of the battle of Magenta
fuschia
a dark purplish-red color
maroon
a dark purplish-red to dark brownish-red color
Type of:
chromatic color, chromatic colour, spectral color, spectral colour
a color that has hue

adj of a color at the end of the color spectrum (next to orange); resembling the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies

Synonyms:
blood-red, carmine, cerise, cherry, cherry-red, crimson, reddish, ruby, ruby-red, ruddy, scarlet
chromatic
being or having or characterized by hue

adj (especially of the face) reddened or suffused with or as if with blood from emotion or exertion

“turned red from exertion”
red-faced and violent”
Synonyms:
crimson, flushed, red-faced, reddened
colored, colorful, coloured
having color or a certain color; sometimes used in combination

adj characterized by violence or bloodshed

“"convulsed with red rage"- Hudson Strode”
Synonyms:
crimson, violent
bloody
having or covered with or accompanied by blood
2

n emotionally charged terms used to refer to extreme radicals or revolutionaries

Synonyms:
Bolshevik, Marxist, bolshie, bolshy
Type of:
radical
a person who has radical ideas or opinions
3

n the amount by which the cost of a business exceeds its revenue

“the company operated in the red last year”
Synonyms:
loss, red ink
Antonyms:
gain
the amount by which the revenue of a business exceeds its cost of operating
Types:
paper loss
an unrealized loss on an investment calculated by subtracting the current market price from the investor's cost
squeeze
a situation in which increased costs cannot be passed on to the customer
Type of:
amount, amount of money, sum, sum of money
a quantity of money

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