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green•ness  (grēnnis),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the quality or state of being green.
  2. green vegetation, grass, or the like;
    verdure or verdancy.
  3. lack of maturity or experience;
  4. the state or quality of being naive;
  • Middle English, Old English grēnnes. See green, -ness bef. 900

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green /grin/USA pronunciation   adj.,  -er, -est, n. 
  1. of the color of growing plants, between yellow and blue:green leaves.
  2. covered with growing plants or foliage:green fields.
  3. consisting of green, usually leafy vegetables, as lettuce, spinach, or chicory:[usually: before a noun]a green salad.
  4. not fully developed or matured;
    unripe:green fruit.
  5. immature in age or judgment;
    inexperienced:green recruits.
  6. having a sickly or pale appearance:to turn green with nausea.
  7. Ecology, advocating or promoting environmentalism:[before a noun;  often: Green]a green political party.

  1. Physicsa color between yellow and blue, found in nature as the color of most grasses and leaves while growing: [uncountable]The room was painted in green.[countable]The room was painted a pale green.
  2. greens, [plural]
    • Foodthe leaves and stems of certain plants, as spinach, kale, or lettuce, eaten as a vegetable.
    • fresh leaves or branches of evergreen trees:a room decorated with Christmas greens.
  3. [countable] grassy land;
    a plot of grassy ground, esp. in the center of a town.
  4. Sport[countable] Also called putting green. the area of closely cut grass surrounding each hole on a golf course.
  5. Slang Terms[uncountable;  usually: the + ~]money.
  1. Idiomsgreen with envy, [be + ~] extremely jealous.

green•ish, adj. 
green•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
green  (grēn),USA pronunciation adj.,  -er, -est, n., v. 
  1. of the color of growing foliage, between yellow and blue in the spectrum:green leaves.
  2. covered with herbage or foliage;
    verdant:green fields.
  3. characterized by the presence of verdure.
  4. made of green vegetables, as lettuce, spinach, endive, or chicory:a green salad.
  5. not fully developed or perfected in growth or condition;
    not properly aged:This peach is still green.
  6. unseasoned;
    not dried or cured:green lumber.
  7. immature in age or judgment;
    inexperienced:a green worker.
  8. simple;
    easily fooled.
  9. fresh, recent, or new:an insult still green in his mind.
  10. having a sickly appearance;
    wan:green with fear; green with envy.
  11. full of life and vigor;
    young:a man ripe in years but green in heart.
  12. environmentally sound or beneficial:green computers.
  13. Wine(of wine) having a flavor that is raw, harsh, and acid, due esp. to a lack of maturity.
  14. freshly slaughtered or still raw:green meat.
  15. not fired, as bricks or pottery.
  16. (of cement or mortar) freshly set and not completely hardened.
  17. [Foundry.]
    • Metallurgy(of sand) sufficiently moist to form a compact lining for a mold without further treatment.
    • Metallurgy(of a casting) as it comes from the mold.
    • Metallurgy(of a powder, in powder metallurgy) unsintered.

  1. Physicsa color intermediate in the spectrum between yellow and blue, an effect of light with a wavelength between 500 and 570 nm;
    found in nature as the color of most grasses and leaves while growing, of some fruits while ripening, and of the sea.
  2. Fine Art[Art.]a secondary color that has been formed by the mixture of blue and yellow pigments.
  3. green coloring matter, as paint or dye.
  4. green material or clothing:to be dressed in green.
  5. greens: 
    • fresh leaves or branches of trees, shrubs, etc., used for decoration;
    • Foodthe leaves and stems of plants, as spinach, lettuce, or cabbage, used for food.
    • Militarya blue-green uniform of the U.S. Army.
  6. grassy land;
    a plot of grassy ground.
  7. a piece of grassy ground constituting a town or village common.
  8. SportAlso called  putting green. [Golf.]the area of closely cropped grass surrounding each hole.
  9. SportSee  bowling green. 
  10. Sporta shooting range for archery.
  11. Informal TermsSee  green light (def. 1).
  12. Slang Termsmoney;
    greenbacks (usually prec. by the):I'd like to buy a new car but I don't have the green.
  13. Government(cap.) a member of the Green party (in Germany).
  14. Sport, Idiomsread the green, to inspect a golf green, analyzing its slope and surface, so as to determine the difficulties to be encountered when putting.

v.i., v.t. 
  1. to become or make green.
  2. Informal Termsto restore the vitality of:Younger executives are greening corporate managements.
greenage, n. 
greenly, adv. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English, Old English grēne; cognate with German grün; akin to grow

Green  (grēn),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. BiographicalHenrietta Howland Robinson ("Hetty''), 1835–1916, U.S. financier.
  2. BiographicalHenry (Henry Vincent Yorke), 1905–73, English novelist.
  3. BiographicalJohn Richard, 1837–83, English historian.
  4. BiographicalJulian, born 1900, U.S. writer.
  5. BiographicalPaul Eliot, 1894–1981, U.S. playwright, novelist, and teacher.
  6. BiographicalWilliam, 1873–1952, U.S. labor leader: president of the A.F.L. 1924–52.
  7. Place Namesa river flowing S from W Wyoming to join the Colorado River in SE Utah. 730 mi. (1175 km) long.

green, +adj. 
  • Ecology,
    • environmentally sound or beneficial:green computers.

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