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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
hue and cry
▪ But the success the agency has enjoyed, though different in hue, looks unlikely to fade.
▪ In the fall, Boston ivy vines take on red hues.
▪ The Prince wore majestic robes of a rich purple hue.
▪ Bales of material of every type and hue were spread before her for her approval.
▪ Colourful seaweeds are found in a variety of hues.
▪ Forbes' insistent call for a 17 percent flat tax has altered the debate, giving it more of an economic hue.
▪ The darker green hues found in this medieval pottery were produced by using copper and brass filings.
▪ The galvanized finish of the steel blends with the silvery hues of the canopy branches.
▪ The piled fibres absorb and reflect the light, alternating deep and pale hues and giving the cloth its unique lustre.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Tone \Tone\ (t[=o]n), n. [F. ton, L. tonus a sound, tone, fr. Gr. to`nos a stretching, straining, raising of the voice, pitch, accent, measure or meter, in pl., modes or keys differing in pitch; akin to tei`nein to stretch or strain. See Thin, and cf. Monotonous, Thunder, Ton fashion, Tune.]

  1. Sound, or the character of a sound, or a sound considered as of this or that character; as, a low, high, loud, grave, acute, sweet, or harsh tone.

    [Harmony divine] smooths her charming tones.

    Tones that with seraph hymns might blend.

  2. (Rhet.) Accent, or inflection or modulation of the voice, as adapted to express emotion or passion.

    Eager his tone, and ardent were his eyes.

  3. A whining style of speaking; a kind of mournful or artificial strain of voice; an affected speaking with a measured rhythm ahd a regular rise and fall of the voice; as, children often read with a tone.

  4. (Mus.)

    1. A sound considered as to pitch; as, the seven tones of the octave; she has good high tones.

    2. The larger kind of interval between contiguous sounds in the diatonic scale, the smaller being called a semitone as, a whole tone too flat; raise it a tone.

    3. The peculiar quality of sound in any voice or instrument; as, a rich tone, a reedy tone.

    4. A mode or tune or plain chant; as, the Gregorian tones.

      Note: The use of the word tone, both for a sound and for the interval between two sounds or tones, is confusing, but is common -- almost universal.

      Note: Nearly every musical sound is composite, consisting of several simultaneous tones having different rates of vibration according to fixed laws, which depend upon the nature of the vibrating body and the mode of excitation. The components (of a composite sound) are called partial tones; that one having the lowest rate of vibration is the fundamental tone, and the other partial tones are called harmonics, or overtones. The vibration ratios of the partial tones composing any sound are expressed by all, or by a part, of the numbers in the series 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc.; and the quality of any sound (the tone color) is due in part to the presence or absence of overtones as represented in this series, and in part to the greater or less intensity of those present as compared with the fundamental tone and with one another. Resultant tones, combination tones, summation tones, difference tones, Tartini's tones (terms only in part synonymous) are produced by the simultaneous sounding of two or more primary (simple or composite) tones.

  5. (Med.) That state of a body, or of any of its organs or parts, in which the animal functions are healthy and performed with due vigor.

    Note: In this sense, the word is metaphorically applied to character or faculties, intellectual and moral; as, his mind has lost its tone.

  6. (Physiol.) Tonicity; as, arterial tone.

  7. State of mind; temper; mood.

    The strange situation I am in and the melancholy state of public affairs, . . . drag the mind down . . . from a philosophical tone or temper, to the drudgery of private and public business.

    Their tone was dissatisfied, almost menacing.
    --W. C. Bryant.

  8. Tenor; character; spirit; drift; as, the tone of his remarks was commendatory.

  9. General or prevailing character or style, as of morals, manners, or sentiment, in reference to a scale of high and low; as, a low tone of morals; a tone of elevated sentiment; a courtly tone of manners.

  10. The general effect of a picture produced by the combination of light and shade, together with color in the case of a painting; -- commonly used in a favorable sense; as, this picture has tone.

  11. (Physiol.) Quality, with respect to attendant feeling; the more or less variable complex of emotion accompanying and characterizing a sensation or a conceptual state; as, feeling tone; color tone.

  12. Color quality proper; -- called also hue. Also, a gradation of color, either a hue, or a tint or shade.

    She was dressed in a soft cloth of a gray tone.
    --Sir G. Parker.

  13. (Plant Physiol.) The condition of normal balance of a healthy plant in its relations to light, heat, and moisture.

    Tone color. (Mus.) see the Note under def. 4, above.

    Tone syllable, an accented syllable.
    --M. Stuart.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"color," Old English hiw "color, form, appearance, beauty," earlier heow, hiow, from Proto-Germanic *hiwam (cognates: Old Norse hy "bird's down," Swedish hy "skin, complexion," Gothic hiwi "form, appearance"), from PIE *kei-, a color adjective of broad application (cognates: Sanskrit chawi "hide, skin, complexion, color, beauty, splendor," Lithuanian šyvas "white"). A common word in Old English, squeezed into obscurity after c.1600 by color, but revived 1850s in chemistry and chromatography.


"a shouting," mid-13c., from Old French hue "outcry, noise, war or hunting cry," probably of imitative origin. Hue and cry is late 13c. as an Anglo-French legal term meaning "outcry calling for pursuit of a felon." Extended sense of "cry of alarm" is 1580s.


Etymology 1 alt. 1 (context obsolete English) form; appearance; guise. 2 A color, or shade of color; tint; dye. 3 The characteristic related to the light frequency that appears in the color, for instance red, yellow, green, cyan, blue or magenta. 4 (context figuratively English) A character; aspect. n. 1 (context obsolete English) form; appearance; guise. 2 A color, or shade of color; tint; dye. 3 The characteristic related to the light frequency that appears in the color, for instance red, yellow, green, cyan, blue or magenta. 4 (context figuratively English) A character; aspect. Etymology 2

n. (context obsolete English) A shout or cry.

  1. n. the quality of a color as determined by its dominant wavelength [syn: chromaticity]

  2. v. take on color or become colored; "In highlights it hued to a dull silver-grey"

  3. suffuse with color [syn: imbue, tinge]


Huế Northern accent Huế is a city in central Vietnam that was the seat of Nguyen Dynasty emperors and the national capital from 1802-1945. A major attraction is its vast, 19th-century Citadel, surrounded by a moat and thick stone walls. It encompasses the Imperial City, with palaces and shrines; the Forbidden Purple City, once the emperor’s home; and a replica of the Royal Theater.


Hue is one of the main properties (called color appearance parameters) of a color, defined technically (in the CIECAM02 model), as "the degree to which a stimulus can be described as similar to or different from stimuli that are described as red, green, blue, and yellow" (the unique hues). Orange and violet (purple) are the other hues, for a total of six, as in the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet. The other color appearance parameters are colorfulness, chroma, saturation, lightness, and brightness.

Usually, colors with the same hue are distinguished with adjectives referring to their lightness and/or colorfulness, such as with "light blue", "pastel blue", "vivid blue". Exceptions include brown, which is a dark orange, and pink, a light red with reduced chroma.

In painting color theory, a hue refers to a pure color—one without tint or shade (added white or black pigment, respectively). A hue is an element of the color wheel. Hues are first processed in the brain in areas in the extended V4 called globs.

Hue (wargame)

Hue is a board wargame first published in 1973 by Simulations Design Corporation in Conflict #6 and again in 1977 as Battle for Hue, and subsequently published by Mayfair Games in 1982 under the one-word title. It is a Vietnam War-era tactical-level game set in Huế, the capital of a Vietnamese province.

In January and February 1968, the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) and the Viet Cong (VC) battled the 1st Division of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) and elements of the United States Marine Corps (USMC).

In the battle for Huế, a medieval city was attacked with modern weapons. The attackers were armed with fully automatic weapons but still had to contend with moats and walls, making it "a combination of World War II street fighting and medieval siege warfare", according to the game's introduction.

Hue (disambiguation)

Hue is the gradation of color.

Hue may also refer to:

Hue (name)

Hue is a surname and given name and occasionally a nickname. Notable people with the name include:


  • Armand Thomas Hue de Miromesnil (1723-1796), French government minister
  • Clement Hue (1778 or 1779–1861), British physician
  • Douglas Sang Hue (born 1931), Jamaican cricket umpire
  • Georges Hüe (1858-1948), French composer
  • Jermaine Hue (born 1978), Jamaican footballer
  • José de Carvajal y Hué (1835-1899), Spanish lawyer, economist, writer and politician
  • Robert Hue (born 1946), French communist politician
  • Steevy Chong Hue (born 1990), Tahitian footballer
  • Young Soon Hue (born 1963), South Korean ballet choreographer

Given name:

  • Hue de Rotelande, late 12th century Cambro-Norman poet
  • Hue de la Ferté (fl. 1220–35), French troubadour
  • Hue Hollins (born 1942), former National Basketball Association referee
  • Hue Lee (born 1922), Chinese singer
  • Hue Montgomery, singer of the Foundations


  • Huey Hue Jackson (born 1965), American National Football League head coach
Hue (Hadoop)

Hue is an open-source Web interface that supports Apache Hadoop and its ecosystem, licensed under the Apache v2 license.

Usage examples of "hue".

The blue flowers of the slender-leaved flax, combined with the bright hues of the scarlet acanthus, a flower peculiar to the country.

The laird stood his ground with much ado, though his face was often crimsoned over with the hues of shame and anger.

Which fills this vapour, as the aereal hue Of fountain-gazing roses fills the water, Flows from thy mighty sister.

Like a glow-worm golden In a dell of dew, Scattering unbeholden Its aereal hue Among the flowers and grass, which screen it from the view!

He watched as she strode directly toward Alienor, the pretty pouting demoiselle with hair of raven hue.

For instance, his eyes were of a dark brown hue seldom seen on Stratos, set anomalously far apart.

In a less strenuous mode, his mother painted countless aquarelles for him, as she had since he was an infant, but although he remained emotionally indebted to her melting hues, his own experiments only made the paper warp and curl.

Upon the hypothesis that annihilation is the fate of man, they are not satisfied merely to take away from the present all the additional light, incentive, and comfort imparted by the faith in a future existence, but they arbitrarily remove all the alleviations and glories intrinsically belonging to the scene, and paint it in the most horrible hues, and set it in a frame of midnight.

Its clothing was singular, to say the leasthigh-topped brogans of black leather, baggy pantaloons and baggier shirt of what looked to be a good-quality cloth in the hue of a dark-green olive, what might have been a broad sword belt cinching the waist, but no visible weapons and no armor except the close-fitting helmet.

None was of any color worth boasting about, and the insignificant differences of hue served only as one more basis for their abhorring each other.

It had an air of somewhat gloomy respectability, and was presided over by an angular lady whose appearance carried the suggestion that she must be in mourning for a near relation, since she wore a bombasine dress of sombre hue, without frills, or lace, or even a ribbon to lighten its sobriety.

At certain seasons the wind from the north that was called the Chafer scoured the stuff free and hurled it high overhead, where it stained the clouds for days, and tinted the rainfall a fine lavender hue.

Basically, a process called metamorphism caused the basalts in Shenandoah to recrystallize with new minerals, such as chlorite, epidote, and albite, which help give the rocks their greenish hue.

Her face had caught the hues of the lily and the rose, and had an air of happiness I could not help admiring.

When they bleed the ground soaks with the cuprous hue of lobster juice.