Definition of coloration in English:

coloration

noun

  • 1A visual appearance with regard to color.

    ‘some bacterial structures take on a purple coloration’
    • ‘The remaining water was soupy-yellow, and a matching coloration stained the sides of the tub an inch or two above the water.’
    • ‘The lesions fade gradually in order of appearance, leaving a residual yellow-tan coloration.’
    • ‘But such people love to alter their appearance with bleach and henna and contact lenses of bizarre colouration.’
    • ‘Dyes can provide strong, primary coloration while chemical stains provide ‘earth tone’ colorations.’
    • ‘He wanted to know what was causing the colouration and the reason for it.’
    • ‘And before we go elsewhere, focus on the colors, in particular the distinct colorations of the buildings in the city.’
    • ‘The lake's deep green coloration derives from its high concentration of cobalt and other minerals, and is particularly striking when the frequent winds bluster the surface into a froth.’
    • ‘Especially stunning are the Tiffany stained glass windows on the east side which have a particularly intense coloration.’
    • ‘In the last book I used the brown coloration: not full color, but monochromatic color, largely because I wanted to create a mood.’
    paint, pigment, colourant, coloration, dye, stain, tint, wash
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    1. 1.1 The natural color or variegated markings of animals or plants.
      ‘the red coloration of many maples’
      • ‘However, egg coloration has gone through considerable evolution in different species of cowbirds.’
      • ‘He further enhances the image with color choices that reflect his artistic interests rather than simply imitating the natural coloration of zebras.’
      • ‘Broadbills are small to medium-sized birds with a big head, a wide bill and often bright coloration (greens, reds, blues, etc.).’
      • ‘Bright coloration of males in many animal species has inspired researchers for more than a century.’
      • ‘This colouration is not always present on the plants and does not correlate with the ability of the root system to survive dehydration.’
      • ‘Electric eels range from gray to brownish-black in color with some yellowish coloration on the anterior ventral portion of the body.’
      • ‘Plumage coloration ranges from light or dark brown to gray, often with dark spotted or barred patterns.’
      • ‘Spot coloration can be red, yellow or orange and can often times be a combination of the three.’
      • ‘The normal head coloration is black, and the body, green with yellow feathers on the chest area.’
      • ‘Plumage coloration is among the most widespread and conspicuous of ornamental traits in birds.’
      • ‘Red coloration is associated with aggression in many animals.’
      • ‘They do not have the bright coloration typical of some birds.’
      • ‘These observations suggest that males may pursue alternative parental and competitive tactics based on their plumage coloration.’
      • ‘Plumage coloration, not length or symmetry of tail-streamers, is a sexually selected trait in North American barn swallows.’
      • ‘They are rightly named for their brilliant distinct rainbow coloration of blue, red, green, yellow, orange and purple.’
      • ‘Its natural coloration allows it to blend in seamlessly with its environment, making it more difficult for its prey to visually spot it.’
      • ‘A striking creature, the hoopoe has bright cinnamon pink coloration and a crest of black-tipped feathers that, when erect, resembles an Indian headdress.’
      • ‘We used virtual stickleback males that differed either in red throat coloration, courtship intensity, body size, or in combinations of these traits.’
      • ‘When predators are absent, female preference results in the evolution of brighter coloration.’
      • ‘The ventral coloration is as distinctive and unique in these whales as fingerprints are in humans.’
      • ‘Several representatives of this family of small, diurnal frogs are famous for their bright skin coloration and associated toxins.’
      • ‘The bright coloration is usually on the birds' underparts or is hidden when their wings are folded.’
    2. 1.2 A scheme or method of applying color.
      ‘the coloration of the drawing’
      • ‘As in Mantegna, whom he admired, Burne-Jones's drawing and coloration are sharp and pellucid.’
      • ‘Black washes can also be applied to mask sharp differences in coloration and bring everything together.’
      • ‘Robert Hughes, the art critic, has pointed to Matisse, because of the delicacy of the outlining and colouration.’
  • 2A specified pervading character or tone of something.

    ‘the productions have taken on a political coloration’
    • ‘The decade immediately preceding Picasso's turn to ceramics saw the century-old debate about craft and society in France take on emphatic new political colorations, first of a leftist cast, and then of a rightist.’
    • ‘There is no possibility of a centralized cabal that could appoint people of only one political coloration.’
    • ‘It should be noted that the Copenhagen Consensus is not a group with any particular political coloration.’
    • ‘Besides, while individual investors are turned off, Europe's governments, whatever their political coloration, are totally hooked on the markets.’
    • ‘Perhaps the political coloration of his lecture is accidental, but it is hard to overlook the congruity of his theoretical exegesis with a familiar political posture in the contemporary scene.’
    • ‘Since the foundation of the state of Israel, Labour has been central to the Zionist project, giving a democratic and even socialist colouration to what was always a fundamentally reactionary programme.’
    • ‘In the 1990s it also shed its socialist ideological coloration.’
    • ‘While Zionism attempted to give itself a socialist colouration, its differences with socialism were of a fundamental character.’
    1. 2.1 A variety of musical or vocal expression.
      ‘the subtle colorations of big-box speakers’
      ‘a skillful singer can do much with coloration’
      • ‘These sharply observed vignettes of heartbreak and regret, framed by orchestra, horns and subtle coloration can overwhelm when least expected.’
      • ‘It is a complete performance, dramatic but not histrionic, with a range of vocal colouration some much better known singers would do well to emulate.’
      • ‘Feerick's simple melodies sound much more apt with subtle coloration instead of overkill.’
      • ‘The sheer technical control was staggering - the seamless transitions from head to chest registers, the fine thread of focused tone floating on the breath, the subtle coloration of words.’
      • ‘Technically, she was very sound, with a range of vocal colouration and good control in the lower registers.’
      • ‘What Ellington provided was a rich variety of moods, textures and rhythmic structures laced with emotional coloration that enhanced choreographic expression.’
      • ‘Gibson's new offering uses digital technology to separate the sound from each string and send out a digital signal that can be manipulated with reverb, distortion, coloration and other effects.’
      • ‘The composer's subtle sense of instrumental coloration is very much in evidence in this dance-theater piece.’
      • ‘Her commanding musicality and tonal coloration are impressively displayed on her 1716 Stradivarius - the Gold Standard.’
      • ‘His dramatic vocal colorations leave no one in doubt that as Emperor of the Tartars he can command an army.’
      • ‘This performance was far too sober and lacked tonal coloration and variety.’

Origin

Early 17th century: from late Latin coloratio(n-), from colorare to color.

Pronunciation:

coloration

/ˌkələˈrāSH(ə)n/