Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Fine soot collected from incompletely burned carbonaceous materials, used as a pigment and in matches, explosives, lubricants, and fertilizers. Also called blacking.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An amorphous form of carbon made from incompletely burned organic matter; used to make pigments and inks.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The fine impalpable soot obtained from the smoke of carbonaceous substances which have been only partly burnt, as in the flame of a smoking lamp. It consists of finely divided carbon, with sometimes a very small proportion of various impurities. It is used as an ingredient of printers' ink, and various black pigments and cements.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To treat with lampblack; coat with lampblack.
  • n. A fine black pigment consisting of particles of carbon, pure or almost pure, used for making paints and ink.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a black colloidal substance consisting wholly or principally of amorphous carbon and used to make pigments and ink

Etymologies

lamp + black (Wiktionary)

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