American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A water-soluble, yellowish-brown pigment.
- n. A grayish to yellowish brown.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In painting, a brown pigment extracted from the soot of wood. To prepare it, soot (that of beech is the best) is put into water in the proportion of two pounds to a gallon, and boiled half an hour; after standing to settle, and while hot, the clearer part of the fluid must be poured off to remove the salts, and the sediment (which is bister) evaporated to dryness. It has been much used as a watercolor, particularly by the old masters, for tinting drawings and shading sketches, before India ink came into general use for such work. In oil it dries very slowly.
- Of the color of bister; blackish-brown.
- n. alternative spelling of bistre.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Paint.) A dark brown pigment extracted from the soot of wood.
- n. a water-soluble brownish-yellow pigment made by boiling wood soot
- French bistre. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“( "bister") and Cogenhoe ( "cook-no"), I am very tolerant of eccentric local pronunciations.”
“Joanna could see the lines of sleeplessness on his face beneath a thick coating of rice powder and rouge; the dark rings of bister and fatigue made the queer eyes even paler.”
“Those great eyes, smudged in with bister — aha, pools to drown love in!”
“Well, then, observe me; note the bister about my eyes, the swollen lips, the shaking hand.”
“She looked white and spent; there were bister circles round her eyes.”
“She had remarked that Francois 'forehead was stained or dyed of a bister color, his eyes were bloodshot and encircled with blue lines, his lips marked with furrows, like the impression which burning sulphur leaves on living flesh.”
“Kraften, de goda gudarnas gåva, bister som bärsärk biter i sköld.”
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