Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A white clay suitable for making pipes, and also used for whitening leatherwork, especially by soldiers.
- To whiten with pipe-clay.
- To blot out or wipe off; square or settle: Said of accounts.
GNU Webster's 1913
- A plastic, unctuous clay of a grayish white color, -- used in making tobacco pipes and various kinds of earthenware, in scouring cloth, and in cleansing soldiers' equipments.
- v. To whiten or clean with pipe clay, as a soldier's accouterments.
- v. Slang, Eng. To clear off.
- v. whiten or clean with pipe-clay
- n. fine white clay used in making tobacco pipes and pottery and in whitening leather
“When a group of natives have been robbed of them by thoughtless white men and have found the sacred store-house empty, they have tried to kill the traitor who betrayed the hallowed spot to the strangers, and have remained in camp for a fortnight weeping and wailing for the loss and plastering themselves with pipeclay, which is their token of mourning for the dead. [”
“It was formed only of slabs and bark; yet the interstices of the walls being filled in with mud, and the whole of the interior whitewashed with pipeclay, of which there was abundance near, it produced no despicable effect by candlelight.”
“There was no pipeclay here to be caked onto crossbelts and musket slings, no blackball to be used on boots and no grease and powder to be slathered on the hair.”
“Morning after morning, at the dawn inspection, Sergeant Lynch would find a speck of mud on Marriott's pipeclay and the Sergeant's voice would snap at the terrified man.”
“The master-at-arms, scarlet-uniformed, his white pipeclay trimming resplendent, stamped out of the guard cabin.”
“As a soldier learns more in a week of war than in years of parades and pipeclay, so, cut off from all distractions, moving from bivouac to precarious bivouac, and depending, to some extent, for my life on my muscles and wits, I rapidly learnt my work and gained a certain dexterity.”
“For this purpose any good pipeclay may be employed.”
“Since the glass or pipeclay will contaminate the quartz which has been fused on to it, it is necessary to discard the end pieces at the close of the operation.”
“Hanging over the window-sills, or suspended from nails in the wall, were the belts, which the soldiers had profited by the day's halt -- no very frequent occurrence with them -- to clean and pipeclay, and then had hung to dry in the sun.”
“He cut a glorious calomel pill out of pipeclay, and then we concocted a black-draught of salts and bottled stout, with a little patent boot-polish.”
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