from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various coloring agents used to counteract the yellowing of laundered fabrics.
- n. A rinsing agent used to give a silver tint to gray or graying hair.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Present participle of blue.
- n. A substance used in laundry to whiten clothes; blue
- n. Any of several processes to protect steel against rust
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of rendering blue.
- n. Something, as indigo or other preparations, used to give a bluish tint, especially to white clothing when being washed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of making blue; specifically, the process of giving a blue color to iron and other metals by heating.
- n. A blue tint given to iron by boiling in a bath of hyposulphite of soda and acetate of lead.
- n. The indigo, soluble Prussian blue, or other material, used in the laundry to give a bluish tint to linen. Also spelled blueing.
- n. A disease of pine timber which causes it to assume a blue color. It is due to the pyrenomycetous fungus, Ceratostomella pilifera.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a process that makes something blue (or bluish)
- n. used to whiten laundry or hair or give it a bluish tinge
blue + -ing (Wiktionary)