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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
shrinking violet
▪ Not all candidates are shrinking violets.
▪ After incubation for 3 days at 35.8°C, each microtitre plate was stained with 0.05% crystal violet in 25% ethyl alcohol.
▪ Cherries turn up again in a buttermilk pudding tricked out with rose petals and violets.
▪ He then unfolded and mounted his own, circular, of gentian violet gently banded with the lovely Dior gold.
▪ I sprinkled water in front of the altar, and put some flowers on it, violets and dogwood.
▪ Just walking down the hall was enough to make even the bravest shy violet hide her petals under her leaves.
▪ She was looking at the posy of Neapolitan violets that had just arrived from Alfred.
▪ She wore her corsage of violets and primroses pinned to the lapel of her grey suit.
▪ Where the two colours meet there is often a soft misty violet which gives the image a feeling of air and space.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Violet \Vi"o*let\, a. [Cf. F. violet. See Violet, n.] Dark blue, inclining to red; bluish purple; having a color produced by red and blue combined.

Violet shell (Zo["o]l.), any species of Ianthina; -- called also violet snail. See Ianthina.

Violet wood, a name given to several kinds of hard purplish or reddish woods, as king wood, myall wood, and the wood of the Andira violacea, a tree of Guiana.


Violet \Vi"o*let\, n. [F. violette a violet (cf. violet violet-colored), dim. of OF. viole a violet, L. viola; akin to Gr. ?. Cf. Iodine.]

  1. (Bot.) Any plant or flower of the genus Viola, of many species. The violets are generally low, herbaceous plants, and the flowers of many of the species are blue, while others are white or yellow, or of several colors, as the pansy ( Viola tricolor).

    Note: The cultivated sweet violet is Viola odorata of Europe. The common blue violet of the eastern United States is Viola cucullata; the sand, or bird-foot, violet is Viola pedata.

  2. The color of a violet, or that part of the spectrum farthest from red. It is the most refrangible part of the spectrum.

  3. In art, a color produced by a combination of red and blue in equal proportions; a bluish purple color.

  4. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small violet-colored butterflies belonging to Lyc[ae]na, or Rusticus, and allied genera.

    Corn violet. See under Corn.

    Dame's violet. (Bot.) See Damewort.

    Dogtooth violet. (Bot.) See under Dogtooth.

    Water violet (Bot.), an aquatic European herb ( Hottonia palustris) with pale purplish flowers and pinnatifid leaves.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

small wild plant with purplish-blue flowers, c.1300, from Old French violete (12c.), diminutive of viole "violet," from Latin viola "the violet, a violet color," cognate with Greek ion (see iodine), probably from a pre-Indo-European Mediterranean language. The color sense (late 14c.) developed from the flower.


a. Having a bluish-purple colour. n. 1 A blue-purple colour. 2 ''Viola'', a genus of fragrant plants with white, purple or yellow flowers. 3 Any of several plants that look like the plants of the genus ''Viola'' but are taxonomically unrelated to them.

  1. n. any of numerous low-growing small-flowered violas

  2. a variable color that lies beyond blue in the spectrum [syn: reddish blue]


adj. of a color midway between red and blue [syn: purple, purplish]

Violet, LA -- U.S. Census Designated Place in Louisiana
Population (2000): 8555
Housing Units (2000): 2918
Land area (2000): 4.057589 sq. miles (10.509108 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.483687 sq. miles (1.252743 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 4.541276 sq. miles (11.761851 sq. km)
FIPS code: 78855
Located within: Louisiana (LA), FIPS 22
Location: 29.901244 N, 89.896860 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 70092
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Violet, LA

Violet may refer to:

  • Violet (color), a spectral color with wavelengths less than blue
  • One of a list of plants known as violet, particularly:
    • Viola (plant), a genus of flowering plants
  • Violet (name), a given name for girls
Violet (musical)

Violet is a musical with music by Jeanine Tesori and libretto by Brian Crawley based on the short story "The Ugliest Pilgrim" by Doris Betts. It tells the story of a young disfigured woman who embarks on a journey by bus from her farm in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, all the way to Tulsa, Oklahoma in order to be healed. The musical premiered Off-Broadway in 1997 and won the Drama Critics' Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award as Best Musical.

Violet (The Birthday Massacre album)

Violet is an album by The Birthday Massacre. It was first released as an extended play (EP) in October 25, 2004, then commercially released in August 9, 2005 as a long play (LP) through Metropolis Records (North America/UK), Repo Records (Europe) and Hellion Records (Brazil). The LP version included four re-recorded and slightly reworked tracks from their Nothing and Nowhere album: "Happy Birthday", "Horror Show", "Video Kid" and "The Dream".

Violet (1981 film)

Violet is a 1981 short film, starring Didi Conn and directed by Shelley Levinson. It won the Best Short Subject in 1982. The film is based on the Doris Betts short story, "The Ugliest Pilgrim," first published in the collection "Beasts of the Southern Wild and Other Stories," in 1973 (Harper & Row Publishers).

Violet (color)

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Violet as a tertiary color

Violet is the color of amethyst, lavender and beautyberries. It takes its name from the violet flower.

Violet is the color at the end of the visible spectrum of light between blue and the invisible ultraviolet. Violet color has a predominant light wavelength of roughly 380-450 nanometers (in experiments under special conditions, people have so far seen to 310 nm). Light with a shorter wavelength than violet but longer than X-rays and gamma rays is called ultraviolet. In the color wheel historically used by painters, it is located between blue and purple. On the screens of computer monitors and television sets, a color which looks similar to violet is made, with the RGB color model, by mixing red and blue light, with the blue twice as bright as the red. This is not true violet, since it is composed of multiple longer wavelengths rather than a single wavelength shorter than that of blue light.

Violet and purple look very similar; but violet is a true color, with its own set of wavelengths on the spectrum of visible light, while purple is a composite color, made by combining blue and red.

In history, violet and purple have long been associated with royalty and majesty. The emperors of Rome wore purple togas, as did the Byzantine emperors. During the Middle Ages violet was worn by bishops and university professors and was often used in art as the color of the robes of the Virgin Mary.

According to surveys in Europe and the United States, violet is the color people most often associate with extravagance and individualism, the unconventional, the artificial, and ambiguity.

In Chinese painting, the color violet represents the harmony of the universe because it is a combination of red and blue ( Yin and yang respectively). In Hinduism and Buddhism violet is associated with the Crown Chakra.

Violet (Peanuts)

Violet Gray is a fictional character featured in the long-running syndicated daily and Sunday comic strip Peanuts, created by Charles M. Schulz. She was initially a major character, until she began to fade into the background.

Violet is best known as a jealous girl who likes bragging and, along with her friends Patty (her best friend) and Lucy (the ringleader of the trio), often teases and torments Charlie Brown.

In addition to the comic strip, Violet has appeared alongside other Peanuts characters in numerous Peanuts television specials, cinematic movies, theatrical plays, and video games.

Violet (Hole song)

"Violet" is a song by American alternative rock band Hole, written by vocalist and guitarist Courtney Love and guitarist Eric Erlandson. The song was written in mid-1991, and was performed live between 1991 and 1992 during Hole's earlier tours, eventually appearing as the opening track on the band's second studio album Live Through This (1994). The song was released as the group's seventh single and the third from that album in January 1995 after Kristen Pfaff's death in June 1994.

Courtney Love has stated several times that the song was written about her relationship with Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan in 1990, and the lyrics speak from the point of view of an angry narrator who has abandoned a romance. The song also explores themes of sexual exploitation and self-abasement.

"Violet" peaked at number 29 on the Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks after the album's release in 1994, and is arguably one of Hole's most well-known and critically recognized songs. It charted at number 116 on The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born list by Blender magazine in 2005. The cover artwork for the single features a Victorian mourning portrait of a deceased young girl which was taken from the historical archives of Stanley B. Burns.

Violet (Seal song)

"Violet" is a song by Seal. It was released as the fifth and final single from his debut album Seal.

Violet (Closterkeller album)

Violet is the third studio album by Polish gothic rock band Closterkeller. It was released on September, 1993 in Poland through Izabelin Studio. The album was recorded at Izabelin Studio from April to September, 1993. The cover art was created by Marta Dziubalska and Łukasz Dziubalski.

Violet (1978 film)

Violet (Ljubica) is a Croatian film directed by Krešo Golik. It was released in 1978.

Violet (1921 film)

Violet is a 1921 German silent drama film directed by Artur Holz and starring Olga Tschechowa, Hans Kuhnert and Eugen Burg. The film was based on a novel by Kurt Aram. It premiered at the cinema in the Tauentzienpalast on 11 November 1921.

Violet (name)

Violet is a given name for girls which comes from the eponymous flower. As with other such names, its popularity has varied dramatically over time. Flower names were commonly used from about 1880 through about 1910 in the United States, with usage dropping throughout the next 80 years or so; Violet was the 88th most frequent girls' given name in 1900, dropping below position 1000 by 1960. In 1990, the name appeared again in the top 1000 at position 289 and subsequently increased in popularity; it was the 69th most popular girls' name in 2013.

The cognates in other languages are Viola, Violeta, Violetta, or Violette. These are also common girls' given names, whose popularity varies by time and country.

Violet (video game)

Violet is a work of interactive fiction by Jeremy Freese. It is a one-room puzzle game. It took first place in the 2008 Interactive Fiction Competition with an average score of 8.53. That score is the highest of any Interactive Fiction Competition entry from 1999 through 2012. Violet was selected as the best interactive fiction game for 2008 by both the Jay Is Games staff and audience. Violet took 35.1% of the vote in the Jay Is Games audience award, compared to 18.7% for the second place winner, Lost Pig. Violet won four awards in the 2008 XYZZY Awards: Best game, writing, individual puzzle ("Disconnecting the Internet in Violet/Getting rid of the key in Violet"), and individual NPC (Violet, the eponymous character).

The protagonist of Violet is a graduate student trying to write 1,000 words for his dissertation. The protagonist's girlfriend, Violet, threatens to leave otherwise. The protagonist faces a stream of distractions, including a window with a view of the campus, and a computer with access to blogs and webcomics. In the course of the game, the protagonist must "reconsider—and risk wrecking—" his career and relationship.

A reviewer for The A.V. Club described the puzzles as "smart but logical" and "fit[ting] thematically into the story." The reviewer also called out the ability to disable "'heteronormativity,' so you can play as Violet’s girlfriend" as something that makes the game "Worth playing for". A second review also observes this option, noting that at least one puzzle changes based on the choice.

A writer for Jay Is Games called out Violet for "succeed[ing] in the difficult task of capturing the intricacies of a dynamic relationship." The writer also praised the game for succeeding at engaging the player at "the core emotional level", again noting how difficult this is. Emily Short, in a review on Jay Is Games, noted the strength of the implementation, pointing to the breadth of "interesting responses even to silly or unexpected actions." Short felt that the characters were "seemingly-real" and "their problem is plausible and serious."

Violet (ship)

The Violet was a ship used to deport Acadians from Ile St Jean ( Prince Edward Island) to France, as part of the Ile Saint-Jean Campaign during the Seven Years' War. The ship sank in the North Atlantic on December 12, 1758, with the loss of 280–400 lives.

The Violet was a ship of 315 tons and 8 cannons, under command of captain Benjamin Suggit.

Together with the Duke William, John, Samuel, Neptune, Ruby, Yarmouth and an other unknown ship, the Violet was part of a fleet that left on November 25 from Port-la-Joye for France. On board the Violet were some 360 Acadian civilians.

A few days later, the fleet encountered a storm which dispersed the ships. Stormy weather continued for several weeks. On December 10, the Duke William caught sight of the Violet, and discovered that she was in difficulties, taking in water fast. The Violet sank two days later with all hands lost.

According to historian Earle Lockerby, 90 passengers had already died before from the appalling conditions on board. In the following days, the Duke William and Ruby also foundered, with great loss of life.

Category:Maritime incidents in 1758 Category:Acadia Category:Acadian history

Violet (opera)

thumb|upright=0.6| Ethel Smyth, who is played in the opera by a baritoneViolet is a 2005 opera by Roger Scruton to a libretto by the composer, based on the biography of Violet Gordon-Woodhouse by her great-niece, Jessica Douglas-Home. The composer has said that "it tells the remarkable story of this woman who lived with four men – it was a story about the history of music, the history of England, about sex, and the difference between the old culture of sex and the new one, and how it all came together in the life of this peculiar woman". The two-act opera was given the first of two performances on 30 November 2005 at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, directed by Tess Gibbs and conducted by Clive Timms.

Usage examples of "violet".

Arums and acanthus and ivy filled every hollow, roses nodded from over every gate, while a carpet of violets and cyclamen and primroses stretched over the fields and freighted every wandering wind with fragrance.

Violet said, smiling through her tears as she took his hand and pressed it affectionately in hers.

He was indefatigable when it came to crushing bitter almond seeds in the screw press or mashing musk pods or mincing dollops of grey, greasy ambergris with a chopping knife or grating violet roots and digesting the shavings in the finest alcohol.

From its great humped bony-ridged back there streams an irresistible radiance, a mysterious shimmering amethystine glow that fills the sky and stains the water a deep violet.

The banks were lined with flowering peach, and chiching trees with violet flowers growing directly from the trunks and branches, and behind them was a shady bamboo grove, and then the pear trees, and then a thousand apricot trees that were flaming with a million scarlet blossoms.

A three-colored velvet violet, of which she had done an aquarelle on the eve, considered him from its fluted crystal.

Violet led the way up the stairs to Veblen Hall and grabbed the doorknob without a thought to the ashy smear she would leave on its polished surface.

Magenta, Auramine, Methyl Violet or Brilliant Green, and with acid dyes like Acid Green, Formyl Violets, Azo Scarlet or Acid Yellow.

They form the commercial dye-stuffs Magenta, Saffranine, Thioflavine T, Auramine, Benzoflavine, Brilliant green, Methyl violet, etc.

It includes Alkali Blue, Naphthylamine Blacks, Naphthol Green B, Indian Yellow, Croceine A Z, Croceine Orange, Orange R, Brilliant Croceine M, Rose Bengale, Thiocarmine R, Soluble Blue, Formyl Violet S 4 B, Acid Green, Croceine Orange G, Carmoisin, Acid Violet 5 B, Fast Acid Violet 10 B, Fast Green Bluish, Rhodamine, Silk Blue, Victoria Black, Archil, Turmeric, Safranine, Auramine, Quinoline Yellow, Azoflavine, Victoria Blue and Bismarck Brown.

Boats containing the heavy ammunition and a regiment of conscripts were battered upon the rocks, and hundreds of the invaders found an unquiet grave upon the Banc des Violets.

The tide was high, and the ragged rocks of the Banc des Violets in the south and the Corbiore in the west were all but hidden.

The blue and violet blacks may be converted to jet shades by adding to the dye-bath some yellow dye-stuff, such as Azo Yellow, Alizarine Yellow, or Gambine Yellow, which will resist the action of the bichrome in the developing bath.

Violet and Tate ran with him, ran directly away from the Blimp, hoping to spread out enough to allow each to be picked up.

His edicts when he published them were most imposing: no one would be uninspected, no one would be cosseted, no one would buy his way out with bribery, the jury roster would smell sweeter than a bank of violets in Campania.