Pronunciation: (red), [key]
n., adj., red•der, red•dest.

1. any of various colors resembling the color of blood; the primary color at one extreme end of the visible spectrum, an effect of light with a wavelength between 610 and 780 nm.
2. something red.
3. (often cap.) a radical leftist in politics, esp. a communist.
4. Informal.See red light (def. 1).
5. wine: a glass of red.
6. Also called red devil, red bird. Slang.a capsule of the drug secobarbital, usually red in color.
7. in the red, operating at a loss or being in debt (opposed to in the black): The newspaper strike put many businesses in the red.
8. paint the town red. See paint (def. 16).
9. see red, become very angry; become enraged: Snobs make her see red.

1. of the color red.
2. having distinctive areas or markings of red: a red robin.
3. of or indicating a state of financial loss or indebtedness: the red column in the ledger.
4. radically left politically.
5. (often cap.) communist.
6. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of North American Indian peoples: no longer in technical use.


Pronunciation: (red), [key]
v.t., red, red•ding.


Pronunciation: (red), [key]
a male or female given name.


var. of re- before a vowel or h in some words: redintegrate.


a native English suffix, denoting condition, formerly used in the formation of nouns: hatred; kindred.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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