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blues \blues\ n. a type of folk song that originated among Black Americans at the beginning of the 20th century; has a melancholoy sound from repeated used of blue notes.

2. a state of depression; as, he had a bad case of the blues.

Syn: megrims.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

as a music form featuring flatted thirds and sevenths, possibly c.1895 (though officially 1912, in W.C. Handy's "Memphis Blues"); meaning "depression, low spirits" goes back to 1741, from adjectival blue "low-spirited," late 14c.


n. 1 (plural of blue English)Category:English plurals 2 (context informal English) A feeling of sadness or depression. 3 (context singular or plural informal English) One's particular life experience, particularly including the hardships one has faced. 4 A musical form, African-American in origin, generally featuring an eight-bar or twelve-bar structure and using the blues scale. 5 (context music always singular English) A musical composition following blues forms. 6 A uniform made principally of a blue fabric. 7 (context sports English) Any of a number of sports teams which wear blue kit. 8 # (context Australian rules football English) http://en.wikipedi

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    2. (en-third-person singular of: blue)

  1. n. a type of folksong that originated among Black Americans at the beginning of the 20th century; has a melancholy sound from repeated use of blue notes

  2. a state of depression; "he had a bad case of the blues" [syn: blue devils, megrims, vapors, vapours]


BLUES is the abbreviation for the German "Bremer Luft UEberwachungs System" (which means literally "Air monitoring system of Bremen"). It is a monitoring system for air pollution and is being managed by the environmental authority in the German federal state of Bremen.

Currently there are ten fixed locations in the state of Bremen to collect meteorological data and the following measurements:

  • Particulates
  • Nitrogen oxides
  • Ozone
  • Sulfur dioxide
  • Carbon monoxide

These measurements are automatically detected and sent to the Network Management Centre. After the data processing, they are sent to the Federal Environment Agency in Germany. As part of the Bremer Environmental Information System, the results are also published in the Internet since 1999.

The monitoring network was set up in 1987 following the German smog directive. Two fixed stations were operated to monitor the emissions of traffic. There was also a measuring vehicle in use until 2005.

Blues (Super Rugby)

The Blues (formerly known as the Auckland Blues until 2000) are a professional rugby union team based in Auckland, New Zealand who play in the Super Rugby competition. Like New Zealand's four other Super Rugby regional franchises, the Blues were established by the NZRU in 1996. One of the most successful teams in Super Rugby history, the Blues won the competition in each of its first two seasons, 1996 and 1997, and again in 2003. Additionally, the team were finalists in 1998 and semi-finalists in 2007 and 2011. The team is captained by Jerome Kaino and coached by Tana Umaga.

Blues (Jimi Hendrix album)

Blues is a posthumous compilation album by musician Jimi Hendrix, released April 26, 1994, on MCA Records. The album contains eleven blues songs recorded by Hendrix between 1966 and 1970. Out of these eleven, six were previously unreleased. The tracks include seven of Hendrix's compositions along with covers of famous blues songs such as " Born Under a Bad Sign" and " Mannish Boy". Most of the album's material consists of leftover studio tapes that Hendrix might have never intended to release.

Compiled by MCA and released in 1994, Blues was met with favorable criticism and multiple chart success, selling over 500,000 copies in its first two years of release. On February 6, 2001, Blues was certified platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album was re-released on Experience Hendrix Records in 1998, following the Hendrix family's acquisition of the musician's recordings.

This collection was re-released again in October 2010 as part of the Hendrix family's project to remaster Jimi's discography.

Blues (disambiguation)

The blues is a vocal and instrumental form of music based on the use of the blue notes and a repetitive pattern. The word is also often used in musical contexts to refer to the twelve-bar blues, a particular blues song form, or talking blues, a form of country music.

Blues or The Blues may also refer to:

Blues (Eric Clapton album)

Blues is a blues rock compilation album by Eric Clapton released in 1999. The release features songs from Clapton's 1970s RSO albums, as well as some unreleased material from the same era. The second disc features live recordings.

Blues (Bob Dylan album)

Blues is a single-disc compilation album by Bob Dylan, released on June 27, 2006 and distributed exclusively by Barnes & Noble. By November 2011 it also became available to members of the Jazz Heritage Society through their Review, Release # 564.

Blues (Breakout album)

Blues is the fourth studio album by Polish blues rock band Breakout. It was released on February 1971 in Poland through Polskie Nagrania "Muza", and re-released by the same label in 1986, 2005 (CD) and 2007. Another CD version of the album was released in 2000 through Yesterday Records. The cover art and photos was created by Marek A. Karewicz. Blues is often considered the best album of Breakout's career.

Blues is considered to be one of the most important albums in the history of Polish rock.

Usage examples of "blues".

Wool dyes best in a slightly acid bath, and this may be taken advantage of in dyeing the yellows and blues of this group by adding a small quantity of acetic acid.

The men will be adequately recompensed by the reds and blues and silver streaks we have introduced into the gray tusche of their lives.

Cerryl forced his senses onto the road, even as Teras sent forth a line of Gallosian cavalry to pursue the blues, who swung around the curve in the road that brought it more eastward.

And the following spring and summer would only bring more difficulty with the blues and their near-mythical commander.

I take a force through that underbrush without a road, the blues will take out most of my lancers before I can even see or sense them.

The paving stones looked normal enough, and the low stone walls were set back more than ten cubits from the edge of the paving stones, The walls were just a shade less than two cubits high, hardly tall enough to harbor the invisible knives that the blues had placed in more wooded areas.

The blues knifed through the remaining Gallosian horse, and sunlight glittered on their blades, blades that rose and fell with swiftness.

Eliasar inspected the barracks, the ones we took over from the blues, every six-day.

Gately would do Blues, which had to be injected, only when no oral narcs were to be got and he was face to face with early Withdrawal.

LXXXIX The Captain-Commander of Mirror Lancers sees a figure in shimmering merchanter blues and angles across the wide corridor before the vacant Great Hall of the Palace of Eternal Light, his steps gauged so that his path intercepts that of the shorter man.

CXXI The trim and muscular man who wears shimmercloth blues, with a deep-blue slash across each sleeve of his tunic, steps into the second office on the second floor of the clan building.

His blues should not be remarked, for most know that the dwelling belongs to a trader.

The cathedral domes were bright with colored swirls of mosaic tiles in rich reds, purples, and blues, and bristled with golden spires.

Behind the bar a stained glass window of liquor bottles glowed: the blues of English gin, the deep reds of claret and Madeira, the tawny browns of scotch and bourbon.

In addition to the brick-colored final coat there were others: dabs of green to control redness, pinks to add blush, blues above the eyes.