Definition of color bar in US English:

color bar


  • 1A social system in which black and other nonwhite people are denied access to the same rights, opportunities, and facilities as white people.

    • ‘You can't fight the colour bar merely by telling people it exists.’
    • ‘A color bar was established that defined what jobs a black worker could and could not do: white workers inevitably won the better jobs, and in 1913 white workers received trade-union recognition.’
    • ‘This is especially true of course when one considers the legislation that used to exist in South Africa with regard to sex across the colour bar and homosexuality.’
    • ‘He upheld customary usages and institutions in Goa, reduced anti-Hindu discrimination, promoted education and tolerance, and abolished the colour bar.’
    • ‘Jackie Robinson had to suffer injustice before following his pathway to dreams when he surmounted baseball's colour bar in 1945.’
    • ‘So although marriage across the colour bar was unlawful in apartheid South Africa, a priest who married a black man and a white woman was not engaged in an act of corruption.’
    • ‘It features Clive Rowe, a black actor who has proved there is no colour bar to taking over and excelling in roles written for Caucasians.’
    • ‘Although he lifted the colour bar, he sent telegrams to every embassy telling them to find ‘administrative means’ to reject black volunteers.’
    • ‘Although the colour bar lasted only a few seasons, football in Darwin was tainted with racist exclusion until the end of the war.’
    • ‘A formal colour bar in employment was introduced in 1934, under the Industrial Conciliation Act.’
    • ‘Hertzog's government and subsequent governments progressively entrenched the colour bar.’
    • ‘Given that colour bars have practically disappeared, it appears that much of Asian social segregation is not so much because of racism, but rather is voluntary.’
    • ‘He lost his job when he sided with the white (largely Afrikaner) workers in their dispute over the abandonment of the colour bar.’
    • ‘In a generation it has become a truly racially harmonious place, wiping away centuries of colour bar.’
    • ‘In sixth grade, for example, my teacher selected me to write a sports column for the class newsletter, and I wrote about Jackie Robinson's drive to break the colour bar and become the first Black American in the major leagues.’
    • ‘Clubs which openly operated a colour bar were a considerable problem in the 1960s, and there were several cases under the Race Relations Act 1968 dealing with this.’
    • ‘It was also a time when employers could operate a colour bar, hotels or guest houses could display ‘no coloureds’ notices, and a private citizen was free to discriminate or not as he chose on any grounds in any area of life.’
    • ‘Unlike other parts of the Empire, Britain's 1914 and 1948 Nationality Acts affirmed that there was no colour bar to British citizenship.’
  • 2A strip on printed material or a screen display showing a range of colors, used to ensure that all colors are printed or displayed correctly.

    • ‘It includes color bars so the viewer can adjust his or her screen settings for best effect.’
    • ‘But it was only noticeable when I put up the color bars and gave the set its regular calibration.’
    • ‘Two full minutes of color bars precede the feature, as does a split-second flash of the feature's exact running time.’
    • ‘The thing I found most interesting was not the different testcards or colour bars, but the ones that were the same as ours.’
    • ‘Both discs contain color bars so that everyone can calibrate the picture properly.’
    • ‘‘The color bars are to help you get a reasonable picture out of your TV,’ Fincher says.’


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