American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A blue pigment made from powdered lapis lazuli.
- n. A similar pigment made synthetically by heating clay, sodium carbonate, and sulfur together.
- n. A vivid or strong blue to purplish blue.
- adj. Of the color ultramarine.
- adj. Of or from a place beyond the sea.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A beautiful natural blue pigment, obtained from the mineral lapis lazuli, a variety of haüyne. This stone occurs in Siberia, Persia, Tibet, and some other localities. (See
lapis lazuli, under lapis.) Small golden specks of iron pyrites are usually scattered through it. To prepare the pigment, selected pieces are heated, and cooled in water, producing disintegration. The powder is then purified by repeated washings, the several wash-waters depositing pigments of different depths of color, the gray powder known as ultramarine ash being the last and least valuable product. Ultramarine is very permanent under all conditions, and is, in color, the purest blue available. Its use is limited, however, by its great cost, and also by the fact that artificial ultramarine is practically as valuable. The color of both natural and artificial ultramarine is a rather dark and intensely chromatic violet blue. The natural ultramarine is only slightly violet, the artificial is very much so. Also called lazulite-blue.
- n. Azure-stone.
- Situated or being beyond the sea.
- n. a brilliant blue pigment that is either extracted from mineral deposits or made synthetically.
- n. colour a brilliant pure dark blue or slightly purplish colour.
- adj. having a brilliant blue colour.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Situated or being beyond the sea.
- n. (Chem.) A blue pigment formerly obtained by powdering lapis lazuli, but now produced in large quantities by fusing together silica, alumina, soda, and sulphur, thus forming a glass, colored blue by the sodium polysulphides made in the fusion. Also used adjectively.
- n. blue pigment made of powdered lapis lazuli
- n. a vivid blue to purple-blue color
- adj. of a brilliant pure blue to purplish blue color
- From Medieval Latin ultrāmarīnus, from beyond the sea : Latin ultrā, ultra- + Latin marīnus, of the sea (from mare, sea; see mori- in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Another method of purifying the ultramarine from the cement may be used, which is the pricking the yolks of eggs with a pin, and moistening the matter to be purified with the soft part that will run out, and working them together in a glass or flint mortar; after which the mixture must be put into the lixivium, and proceeded with as is above directed.”
“Then he looked at the third, whereon he found written in ultramarine these two couplets,”
“The use of an expensive coloring source or coloring material was reasonable, for example, when substitutes were not good enough, when the area to be covered was small but central to the design, or when the quantity of coloring material produced was large in proportion to the amount of coloring source used. reference True ultramarine is a brilliant, beautiful, and reasonably durable pigment.”
“When so ground, it forms the stable and magnificent colour, _genuine_ ultramarine, which is the finest and purest blue on the artist's palette, but owing to its extremely high price its use is not in very great demand, especially as many excellent chemical substitutes of equal permanence are obtainable at little cost.”
“Blue as the veins o'er the Madonna's breast," from which the beautiful pigment called ultramarine is extracted.”
“One entry might explain how to repeat Newton's experiments with prisms; others might describe materials and techniques needed to produce certain colors, such as ultramarine reference, verdet, or carmine. 16 Descriptions of such processes as painting or enameling might also include ingredient lists and production details.”
“1828 M. Guimet succeeded in making an artificial ultramarine, known now extensively as French ultramarine, which is little, if at all, inferior in beauty to lazurite.”
“Colours for painting, not only those used by artists, such as ultramarine,  carmine,  and lake;  Antwerp blue,  chrome yellow,  and Indian ink;  but also the coarser colours used by the common house-painter are more or less adulterated.”
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