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The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.
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Etymology

From Old French bleu, from Germanic *blewaz, from PIE *bhle-wo- (a suffixed form of *bhel-, 'to shine').

Adjective

blue (comparative blu, superlative er)

Positive
blue

Comparative
blu

Superlative
er

  1. Having a color shade close to blue.
  2. (informal) Depressed, melancholic, sad.
    The phrase "feeling blue" was coined from a custom among old deepwater ships to fly blue flags or have a blue band painted along the hull if the vessel lost a captain or officers during a voyage.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Pornographic.
  4. (US, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Used of states or other political entities tending to vote for the Democratic Party.
    Many of the traditionally 'blue' states are on the east and west coasts.
    Congress turned 'blue' in the mid-term elections.
  5. (astronomy) Of the higher-frequency region of the part of the electromagnetic spectrum which is relevant in the specific observation.

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Noun

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Singular
blue

Plural
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blue ({{{1}}})
  1. The colour of the clear sky or the deep sea, between green and violet in the visible spectrum, and one of the primary additive colours for transmitted light; the colour obtained by subtracting red and green from white light using magenta and cyan filters.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) One of the colour balls used in snooker with a value of 5 points.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) An argument.

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Verb

Infinitive
to blue

Third person singular
blues

Simple past
blued

Past participle
-

Present participle
blueing or bluing

to blue (third-person singular simple present blues, present participle blueing or bluing, simple past and past participle blued)
  1. (transitive) To make blue.
  2. (transitive) (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To treat the surface of steel so that it is passivated chemically and becomes more resistant to rust.
    See Wikipedia article on bluing steel: bluing (steel)
  3. (intransitive) To turn blue.

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