American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Fine soot collected from incompletely burned carbonaceous materials, used as a pigment and in matches, explosives, lubricants, and fertilizers. Also called blacking.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fine black pigment consisting of particles of carbon, pure or almost pure, used for making paints and ink. It reflects only about two per cent of the incident light. It was formerly made by burning crude oils with the least supply of air possible for combustion, in order to produce a smoky flame, the soot being collected in a receptacle called a lampblack-furnace, and was prepared for use by being heated to redness in iron boxes. It is now generally made by allowing gas-flames to impinge on cylinders of iron chilled by a stream of cold water flowing through them, The lampblack collects on the cold surfaces, and is removed and collected by machinery. This form of lampblack is known as carbonblack or gas-black.
- To treat with lampblack; coat with lampblack.
- n. An amorphous form of carbon made from incompletely burned organic matter; used to make pigments and inks.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- n. a black colloidal substance consisting wholly or principally of amorphous carbon and used to make pigments and ink
- lamp + black (Wiktionary)
“To a tea cup of molasses stir in lampblack until it is black, then add the white of two eggs, well beaten, and to this add a pint of vinegar or whiskey, and put it in a bottle for use.”
“However, he doesn't mention the effort to press premium audiophile LPs out of clear vinyl without the addition of the lampblack, which is said to result in the same enhancement of the sonics.”
“That in starting the fire it did not smoke and cover the tire with carbon or "lampblack," which is a non-conductor of heat.”
“In 1834, a beauty book from the period stated that some people used, "lampblack," commonly known as soot.”
“Anodynes of theft and memory's feeding tongues all neatly razored at the root defy our lampblack salt.”
“On the night of Dec. 16, 1773, dozens of men wrapped themselves in blankets and covered their faces in lampblack and soot.”
“The oil lamps had recent lampblack, so the boy spent a lot of time here.”
“One of the tricks whalers used when they became icebound was to mix lampblack with oil and paint a path out of the ice with it.”
“Egyptian kohl and sometimes ordinary soot or lampblack was used in eye makeup.”
“Like the first, his arms were bare, and he had a mask of ink or lampblack.”
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