Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Sphalerite; zincblende.
  • n. Caramel or burnt sugar, used to colour wines, spirits, ground coffee, etc.
  • n. A large leather vessel for beer, etc.
  • n. The Quercus nigra, or barren oak.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A name given by English miners to sphalerite, or zinc blende; -- called also false galena. See blende.
  • n. Caramel or burnt sugar, used to color wines, spirits, ground coffee, etc.
  • n. A large leather vessel for beer, etc.
  • n. The Quercus nigra, or barren oak.
  • n. The ensign of a pirate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A capacious drinking-cup or can formerly made of waxed leather, but now of thin metal, the outside being japanned black, except the edge, which is left bright, in imitation of the ancient leathern black-jacks with silver rims.
  • n. The ensign of a pirate.
  • n. A Cornish miners' term for the common ferruginous zinc sulphid, of which the mineralogical name is sphalerite, and the common name blende. Also called false galena.
  • n. Caramel or burnt sugar used for coloring spirits, vinegar, coffee, etc.
  • n. A trade-name for adulterated butter.
  • n. A local English name of the coalfish, Pollachius virens.
  • n. A common name in the United States for a species of oak, Quercus nigra, and also, in the Gulf States, for Q. Catesb√¶i, small trees of little value except for fuel.
  • n. The larva of a sawfly, Athalia centifolia or A. spinarum, one of the Tenthredinid√¶, destructive to turnips. Also called nigger.
  • n. A kind of hand-weapon consisting of a short elastic shaft having at one end a heavy metal head cased in netting, leather, etc.
  • n. Candy made of dark molasses.

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Examples

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  • Trapbois how he did, by the familiar title of old Peter Pillory, and then, seizing upon the black-jack, emptied it off at a draught, to the health of the last and youngest freeman of Alsatia, the noble and loving master

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  • He walks by a black-jack table and the gambler is busted.

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  • From a back pocket he withdrew an article not normally carried by racing drivers -- a woven leather black-jack with a wrist thong.

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  • The black-jack made contact just below and behind my left ear with what must have been considerable force or accuracy or both for the agony and the oblivion were separated by only a hairsbreadth in time.

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  • I heard a slight noise behind me and started to twist but I was far too late, the black-jack must have been chopping down even as I heard the sound.

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  • The black-jack made contact just below and behind my left ear with what must have been considerable force or accuracy, or both, for the agony and the oblivion were separated by only a hairsbreadth in time.

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  • "Take it easy, pal," the larger of his thought-screened captors advised, dandling the black-jack suggestively before his eyes.

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  • Jim's horse on "The Wild Wild West" was named this.

    August 21, 2012