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coloring (n.)

early 15c., "action of applying color, painting, dyeing," also "way something is colored," noun of action from color (v.). Figurative use "misrepresentation, concealment" is from mid-15c. Meaning "a combination of colors, hues collectively" is from 1706. From 1762 in figurative or transferred sense "peculiar character or effect analogous to the effect of hue or tint." The children's coloring-book is from 1926.

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Definitions of coloring from WordNet

coloring (n.)
a digestible substance used to give color to food;
Synonyms: colouring / food coloring / food colouring / food color / food colour
coloring (n.)
the act or process of changing the color of something;
Synonyms: colouring
coloring (n.)
a visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect;
Synonyms: color / colour / colouring
From wordnet.princeton.edu