noun Date: 1617 1. a. the state of being colored <
the dark coloration of his skin
b. use or choice of colors (as by an artist) c. arrangement of colors <
the coloration of a butterfly's wing
2. a. characteristic quality <
the newspapers…took on the former coloration of the magazine — L. B. Seltzer
b. aspect suggesting an attitude ; persuasion <
the chameleon talent for taking on the intellectual coloration of whatever idea he happened to fasten onto — Budd Schulberg
3. subtle variation of intensity or quality of tone <
a wide range of coloration from the orchestra

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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