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tint n : a quality of a given color that differs slightly from a primary color; "after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted" [syn: shade, tincture, tone] v : dye with a color [syn: tinct, bepaint, tinge, touch]

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English

Pronunciation

  • /tɪnt/
    Rhymes with: -ɪnt

Noun

  1. A slight coloring.
  2. A pale or faint tinge of any color; especially, a variation of a color obtained by adding white (contrast shade).
  3. A color considered with reference to other very similar colors; as, red and blue are different colors, but two shades of scarlet are different tints.
  4. A shaded effect produced by the juxtaposition of many fine parallel lines.

Verb

  1. In the context of "transitive|intransitive": To shade, to color.

See also

Dutch

Noun

  1. hue

Estonian

Noun

  1. ink

French

Pronunciation

  • /tɛ̃/ ,/tE~/

Verb

  1. , (s/he) held

Livonian

Noun

  1. ink

Scots

Verb

tint

Extensive Definition

“Tint” redirects here. For other uses, see tint (disambiguation)
In color theory, a tint is the mixture of a color with white (also called a pastel color) , and a shade is the mixture of a color with black. Mixing with white increases lightness, while mixing with black reduces it. Mixing with any neutral color, including black and white, reduces chroma or colorfulness, leaving hue unchanged.
When mixing colored light (additive color models), the achromatic mixture of spectrally balanced red, green and blue (RGB) is always white, not gray or black. When we mix colorants, such as the pigments in paint mixtures, a color is produced which is always darker and lower in chroma, or saturation, than the parent colors. This moves the mixed color toward a neutral color—a gray or near-black. Lights are made brighter or dimmer by adjusting their brightness, or energy level; in painting, lightness is adjusted through mixture with white, black or a color's complement.
It is common among some painters to darken a paint color by adding black paint—producing colors called shades—or lighten a color by adding white—producing colors called tints. However it is not always the best way for representational painting, as an unfortunate result is for colors to also shift in hue. For instance, darkening a color by adding black can cause colors such as yellows, reds and oranges, to shift toward the greenish or bluish part of the spectrum. Lightening a color by adding white can cause a shift towards blue when mixed with reds and oranges. Another practice when darkening a color is to use its opposite, or complementary, color (e.g. purplish-red added to yellowish-green) in order to neutralize it without a shift in hue, and darken it if the additive color is darker than the parent color. When lightening a color this hue shift can be corrected with the addition of a small amount of an adjacent color to bring the hue of the mixture back in line with the parent color (e.g. adding a small amount of orange to a mixture of red and white will correct the tendency of this mixture to shift slightly towards the blue end of the spectrum).
[[|600px|center|An extension of the color wheel: the color sphere. Colors nearest the center or the poles are most achromatic. Colors of the same lightness and saturation are of the same nuance. Colors of the same hue and saturation, but of different lightness, are said to be tints and shades. Colors of the same hue and lightness, but of varying saturation, are called tones.]]'''

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Munsell chroma, achromatism, affect, apply paint, bedaub, bedizen, begild, besmear, brightness, brush on paint, burr, calcimine, cartoon, cast, chalk, charcoal, chiseling, chroma, chromatic color, chromaticity, chromatism, chromism, coat, color, color balance, color harmony, color quality, color scheme, colorant, coloration, colorimetric quality, coloring, complexion, cool color, copy, cover, crayon, cross-hatching, crosshatch, dab, dash, dash off, daub, decorator color, deep-dye, delineate, demitint, depict, design, diagram, dip, distemper, doodle, double-dye, draft, draw, dye, emblazon, enamel, engild, engravement, engraving, etch, etching, face, fast-dye, fresco, gem-engraving, gild, glass-cutting, glaze, gloss, glyptic, grain, graving, half tint, hatch, hatching, hint, hue, illuminate, imbue, incision, influence, infusion, ingrain, inkling, inscript, inscription, intimation, japan, key, lacquer, lay on color, lightness, limn, line, lining, marking, natural color, neutral color, paint, paint a picture, pallor, parget, pencil, picture, picturize, pigment, pigmentation, portray, prime, purity, rinse, saturation, sauce, score, scoring, scratch, scratching, scumble, seasoning, shade, shadow, shellac, sketch, skin color, slash, slashing, slop on paint, smack, smear, soupcon, spice, sprinkling, stain, stencil, stipple, stippling, suggestion, suspicion, taint, tempering, thought, tinct, tincture, tinge, tone, tooling, touch, touch up, trace, type-cutting, undercoat, undercolor, value, varnish, vestige, warm color, wash, whitewash
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