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Accidental colors

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Accidental colors (Opt) colors depending on the hypersensibility of the retina of the eye for complementary colors. They are purely subjective sensations of color which often result from the contemplation of actually colored bodies.
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Usage

In literature:

Our differences of color, like our differences of speech, are accidental, they are due to climatic and other influences.
"America Through the Spectacles of an Oriental Diplomat" by Wu Tingfang
In our walk we accidentally met a colored man, whom we had heard mentioned on several occasions as a superior architect.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 2 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
In our walk we accidentally met a colored man, whom we had heard mentioned on several occasions as a superior architect.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
It is at first a delicate blue, as if an accidental color of the prevailing yellow.
"Lippincott's Magazine Of Popular Literature And Science, No. 23, February, 1873, Vol. XI. No. 23." by Various
Maybe it blended with the color behind it, or maybe somebody had accidentally kicked it out of place.
"The Enormous Room" by Horace Leonard Gold
When color of a piece of goods has been accidentally or otherwise destroyed by acid.
"The Copeland Method" by Vanness Copeland
The color thus substituted by the exhausted retina is called a physiological or accidental color.
"A Treatise on Physiology and Hygiene" by Joseph Chrisman Hutchison
Classed with Accidental Visitants in first edition of 'Color Key.
"Color Key to North American Birds" by Frank M. Chapman
Owing to impurities contained in the materials from which glasses are made, accidental coloration or discoloration is often produced.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 1" by Various
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In news:

The two bottles are the same size, shape and color and accidentally got stocked next to each other.
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