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Azure (color wheel)
Judea 2 by David Shankbone.jpg
About these coordinates About these coordinates
— Color coordinates —
Hex triplet #007FFF
RGBB (r, g, b) (0, 127, 255)
HSV (h, s, v) (210°, 100%, 100[1]%)
Source [Unsourced]
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Azure is a blue-cyan color on the HSV color wheel (Hue, Saturation, Value), also known as the RGB color wheel, at 210 degrees. Azure is the hue that is halfway between blue and cyan. Azure is one of the tertiary colors on the HSV color wheel. Its complementary color is orange.[2]

The word Azure is a near synonym for the color blue. Commonly it refers to a bright blue, resembling the sky on a bright, clear day.

The term azure derives from the Persian لاژورد (lazhward), which was the name of a place in modern Turkestan known for its deposits of lapis lazuli (“stone of lazhward”). The word was adopted into Old French by the twelfth century.

From the French it was adopted into English as a near synonym for "blue". The first recorded use of azure as a color name in English was in 1374.[3]

The use of the term spread through the practice of heraldry, where “azure” represents a blue color in the system of tinctures. In engravings, it is represented as a region of parallel horizontal lines, or by the abbreviation az. or b. In practice, azure has been represented by any number of shades of blue. In later heraldic practice a lighter blue, called bleu celeste (“sky blue”), is sometimes specified.

Azure also describes the color of the mineral azurite, both in its natural form and as a pigment in various paint formulations. In order to preserve its deep color, azurite was ground coarsely. Fine-ground azurite produces a lighter, washed-out color. Traditionally, the pigment was considered unstable in oil paints, and was sometimes isolated from other colors and not mixed. Modern investigation of old paintings, however, shows that the pigment is very stable unless exposed to sulfur fumes.[4]

In some color systems, azure is defined more specifically. In the X11 color system which became a standard for early Web colors, azure is a pale blue color.

"United Nations blue", as it's called by the United Nations,[5] is the light blue color of the Flag of the United Nations and of the helmets worn by the United Nations peacekeeping forces.

In Russian, "голубой" (goluboj, azure or cyan) and "синий" (sinij, blue or navy blue) are not two shades of the same color, but distinguished in the way red and pink are distinct colors in English. A similar distinction exists between "azzurro" (azure, but used to indicate various shades of light blue) and "blu" (blue) in Italian and "ฟ้า (fah, sky blue) and น้ำเงิน (nam ngoen, blue) in Thai.[citation needed]

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Variations of azure

Azure mist (web color azure)

Azure (web color)
About these coordinates About these coordinates
— Color coordinates —
Hex triplet #F0FFFF
RGBB (r, g, b) (240, 255, 255)
HSV (h, s, v) (180°, 6%, 100[6]%)
Source X11
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Displayed at right is the web color called azure; in actuality it is a pale pastel tint of cyan, as can be ascertained by noting its hue angle of 180 degrees (cyan).

In an artistic context, this color would be called azure mist.

Columbia blue

Columbia blue
About these coordinates About these coordinates
— Color coordinates —
Hex triplet #9BDDFF
RGBB (r, g, b) (155, 221, 255)
HSV (h, s, v) (200°, 39%, 100%)
Source Internet
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Displayed at right is the color Columbia blue.

Light sky blue

Light Sky Blue
About these coordinates About these coordinates
— Color coordinates —
Hex triplet #87CEFA
RGBB (r, g, b) (135, 206, 250)
HSV (h, s, v) (203°, 46%, 98%)
Source X11 color names
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Displayed at right is the web color light sky blue.

Sky blue

Sky Blue
 — Common connotations —
boys, daylight, water, air, paleness
About these coordinates About these coordinates
— Color coordinates —
Hex triplet #87CEEB
RGBB (r, g, b) (135, 206, 235)
HSV (h, s, v) (197°, 43%, 92%)
Source X11 color names
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Displayed at right is the web color sky blue.

The first recorded use of sky blue as a colour name in English was in 1728; before that, since 1586, the color had been called simply sky. [7]

French blue

French Blue
About these coordinates About these coordinates
— Color coordinates —
Hex triplet #0072BB
RGBB (r, g, b) (0, 114, 187)
HSV (h, s, v) (143°, 255%, 88%)
Source [Unsourced]
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Displayed at right is the color french blue

French blue is a medium blue color commonly used in men's dress shirts


Maya blue

Maya Blue
About these coordinates About these coordinates
— Color coordinates —
Hex triplet #73C2FB
sRGBB (r, g, b) (115, 194, 251)
HSV (h, s, v) (205°, 54%, 98%)
Source Internet
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Displayed at right is the color Maya blue.

United Nations blue

United Nations Blue
Flag of the United Nations.svg
About these coordinates About these coordinates
— Color coordinates —
Hex triplet #5B92E5
RGBB (r, g, b) (91, 146, 229)
HSV (h, s, v) (210°, 60%, 90%)
Source Vexillological
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Displayed at right is the color United Nations blue.

Cornflower blue

Cornflower Blue
About these coordinates About these coordinates
— Color coordinates —
Hex triplet #6495ED
RGBB (r, g, b) (100, 149, 237)
HSV (h, s, v) (219°, 58%, 93%)
Source X11
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

At right is displayed the web color cornflower blue.

Dodger blue

Dodger Blue
About these coordinates About these coordinates
— Color coordinates —
Hex triplet #1E90FF
RGBB (r, g, b) (30, 144, 255)
HSV (h, s, v) (210°, 88%, 100%)
Source X11
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

At right is displayed the color dodger blue.

Celestial blue

Celestial Blue
About these coordinates About these coordinates
— Color coordinates —
Hex triplet #4997D0
RGBB (r, g, b) (73, 151, 208)
HSV (h, s, v) (205°, 65%, 81[8]%)
Source Plochere
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Displayed at right is the color celestial blue.

The first recorded use of celestial blue as a color name in English was in 1535. [9]

The source of this color is the Plochere Color System, a color system formulated in 1948 that is widely used by interior designers. [10]


Wild blue yonder

Wild Blue Yonder
About these coordinates About these coordinates
— Color coordinates —
Hex triplet #A2ADD0
RGBB (r, g, b) (162, 173, 208)
HSV (h, s, v) (226°, 22%, 81[11]%)
Source Crayola
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Displayed at right is the color wild blue yonder.

This Crayola color was formulated in 2003. Apparently, it represents the color of the sky on a cloudy, stormy day.


Air Force blue

Air Force blue
About these coordinates About these coordinates
— Color coordinates —
Hex triplet #5D8AA8
sRGBB (r, g, b) (93, 138, 168)
HSV (h, s, v) (204°, 45%, 66%)
Source Internet
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

At right is displayed the color Air Force blue.

Royal azure

Royal Azure
About these coordinates About these coordinates
— Color coordinates —
Hex triplet #0038A8
RGBB (r, g, b) (0, 56, 168)
HSV (h, s, v) (220°, 100%, 66[12]%)
Source Vexillological
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Displayed at right is the color royal azure.

This is the shade of azure used in the bisexual pride flag. This color is specified as Pantone color #286—Royal.


Azure in nature

Insects
  • Appalachian Azure (Celastrina neglectamajor), butterfly in the gossamer wings family, Lycaenidae
  • Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella), damselfly found in Europe
  • Azure Hawker (Aeshna caerulea), dragonfly in the family Aeshnidae
Birds

Azure in human culture

Astronomy

Automobiles

Cloud Computing

Computer Games

  • In the computer game Diablo using an eldritch shrine will give you the message Crimson and Azure becomes as the sun.
  • In the classic first person shooter Quake, a level is titled "Azure Agony", and features a blue color scheme.
  • Azure Kite is one of the main supporting characters in .hack.
  • In the first .hack// game series on PS2, two of the friends of the main character, Kite, are known by special names. They are Orca of the Azure Sea and Balmung of the Azure Sky.
  • In the fighting game series Soul Calibur, the character Nightmare is nicknamed the Azure Knight.

Geography

  • Azure Coast (Côte d'Azur) is a name commonly used for the French Riviera, part of France's southeastern coast on the Mediterranean.

Music

Mythology

Panelology

  • Azure Blue is a fictional character who was created by Carl Barks for The Walt Disney Company.
  • In the comic book Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose, Azure is a villainous dark elf whose attempts at uncovering immortality turned him into a maddened vampire-elf.

Religion

Sports

Vexillology

Video Games

References

  1. ^ web.forret.com | Color Conversion Tool set to hex code of color #007FFF (Azure):
  2. ^ RGB/HSV color wheel:
  3. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 190
  4. ^ Rutherford J. Gettens and George L. Stout (1942) Painting Materials: A Short Encyclopedia, New York: Van Nostrand
  5. ^ (January 1967.) "The United Nations flag code and regulations" United Nations website. Retrieved on 2007-10-16.
  6. ^ web.forret.com | Color Conversion Tool set to hex code of color #F0FFFF (Azure (web color)):
  7. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 204; Color Sample of Sky Blue: Page 89 Plate 33 Color Sample E6
  8. ^ web.forret.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code of color #4997D0 (Celestial Blue):
  9. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 192; Color Sample of Celestial blue: Page 93 Plate 35 Color Sample D3
  10. ^ Plochere Color System:
  11. ^ web.forret.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code of color #A2ADD0 (Wild Blue Yonder):
  12. ^ web.forrett.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code of color #0038A8 (Royal Azure):
  13. ^ Microsoft to Launch Azure Cloud Service in 2010:New York Times 17 November 2009
  14. ^ Norman, Ernst and Ruth The Voice of Venus 1954 Unarius Academy of Science
  15. ^ "Symbols and Emblems of NSW" New South Wales Government website. Retrieved on 2009-08-14.
  16. ^ Coat of Arms of the House of Muhammad Ali of Egypt:

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