Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See fuchsin.
  • n. A purplish red, one of the subtractive primary colors.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A light purple, purplish-red, or pinkish purple colour obtained by mixing red and blue light (thus a secondary colour), but primary in the CMYK colour system used in printing.
  • adj. having the colour of fuchsia, fuchsine, light purple.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An aniline dye obtained as an amorphous substance having a green bronze surface color, which dissolves to a shade of red; also, the color; -- so called from Magenta, in Italy, in allusion to the battle fought there about the time the dye was discovered. Called also fuchsin, fuchsine, roseïne, etc.
  • n. The purplish-red color of magenta.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rich and somewhat glaring red pigment. Also called aniline red and fuchsin.
  • n. The color given by the pigment.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a primary subtractive color for light; a dark purple-red color; the dye for magenta was discovered in 1859, the year of the battle of Magenta
  • adj. of deep purplish red
  • n. a battle in 1859 in which the French and Sardinian forces under Napoleon III defeated the Austrians under Francis Joseph I

Etymologies

After Magenta, a town of northwest Italy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named in 1859 by Edward Chambers Nicholson after the Battle of Magenta, fought earlier that year. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • -- creating normalized set, copy values from settable create table normalset (id int not null default 0, val char (8), key (id)); insert into normalset SELECT id, 'cyan' FROM settable WHERE s like '% cyan%'; insert into normalset SELECT id, 'yellow' FROM settable WHERE s like '% yellow%'; insert into normalset SELECT id, 'magenta' FROM settable WHERE s like '% magenta%'; insert into normalset SELECT id, 'black' FROM settable WHERE s like '% black%';

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  • If that's too severe and you are looking for simplicity with a hit of color, try the square-necked, front-pleated Gali wool dress with silk-blend trim in magenta (£ 1,250).

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  • I wrote my first story at age 3 in magenta crayon on green-bar computer paper!

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  • Two dress up in magenta dresses and gold-trimmed aprons with heavy pots strapped to their backs.

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  • In the glass, it's a bright ruby red with a thin magenta rim.

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  • Rooms fill with light and glow in magenta, green, and endless shades of white with subtle changes in variations as one moves from source to the margins of the enclosing space.

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  • On the brilliant screen appeared a modern site, highlighted in magenta, that is updated almost daily.

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  • A low divan, covered with satin of the disagreeable color known as magenta, surrounded the room on all sides.

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  • It seems that Musashi's hair was, prior, the same color as Crayola's "magenta" colored pencil, while now the color of Kodak's "magenta" colored pencil.

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  • In a nod toward more optimism and daring in consumer spending, hot pink hues such as magenta and fuchsia are fall's breakout color trend.

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  • An extra-spectral colour! Sweet.

    October 7, 2007