from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Variant of bister.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A brown pigment made from soot.
- n. A mid-to-dark brown color resembling the pigment.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See bister.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See bister, bistered.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a water-soluble brownish-yellow pigment made by boiling wood soot
Reddish-brown, marone, bistre with a golden light in it, suited her to perfection.
We're victims, we say: mere vessels, drinking the vanilla scent of this one's skin, the lustre of another's eyes so skilfully darkened with bistre.
Viewed from the harbour, it is a long line of buildings, whose painful whiteness is set off by a sky-like cobalt and a sea-like indigo; behind it lies the flat, here of a bistre-brown, there of a lively tawny; whilst the background is formed by dismal Radhwah,
Since he used to meet her in the house of the Rue Cassini, she had grown stout, and now had a double chin; but her hair was still unbleached, and her bistre complexion preserved its tinge as of old.
The chin-lines were sharpened, the eyes more sunken, while the shadows beneath them were as dark as though they were plastered on with bistre.
His drawings are generally in pen outline, with a wash of bistre, or other warm colour; sometimes he makes use of black and red chalk; they are seldom finished with colours, but have often portions rendered lighter and broader by means of a wash of white.
Rembrandt and His Works Comprising a Short Account of His Life; with a Critical Examination into His Principles and Practice of Design, Light, Shade, and Colour. Illustrated by Examples from the Etchings of Rembrandt.
Various brown inks, principally solutions of bistre and sepia, were adopted in sketching by Claude, Rembrandt, and many of the old masters.
According to Bouvier, a colour similar to that of bistre, and rivalling asphaltum in transparency, is produced by partially charring a moderately dark Prussian blue; neither one too intense, which gives a heavy and opaque brownish-red, nor one too aluminous and bright, which yields a feeble and yellowish tint.
Raw sienna compounded with cobalt, indigo, or Prussian blue, and a very little bistre, yields good sea greens, that with indigo being the most fugitive.
A substance of this kind collects at the back of fire-places in cottages where peat is the constant fuel burnt; which, purified by solution and evaporation, yields a fine bistre, similar to the Scotch.
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