Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pathological condition of plants in which the leaves become yellow. It may be due to various causes, such as an excess of carbon dioxid in the air, an excess of water about the roots of the plant, or the presence of poisonous or acid gases in the soil or air.
- n. In pin-manuf., the operation of boiling the pins in an acid solution preparatory to nurling or tinning.
- v. present participle of yellow.
- n. The act of becoming yellow and/or of losing brightness
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act or process of making yellow.
“The brown tinge of the paper, which we call yellowing because our eyes cannot believe in color, indicate that the paper is acidic, degrading.”
“Embrace the viral social phenomenon that occurs every time the sound of glass breaking pierces the steady drone of wine banter and take part in yellowing “ohhhh” along with your neighbor.”
“Our young-old faces, chiseled and gaunt from the fever and the heat and the sleepless nights, now stare back at us, lost and damned strangers, frozen in yellowing snapshots packed away in cardboard boxes with our medals and our ribbons.”
“What his family did have were fragments of his young, short life and his valiant service, stored in yellowing envelopes and dusty boxes: His prized record collection, a handwritten description of his dream car, his letters from Vietnam, two Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star.”
“These new bulbs always seem to me to cast a kind of yellowing gloom rather than light, the color approximately of the pages of bad-quality paper in old books, reminiscent - perhaps not coincidentally - of artificial illumination in the Eastern Europe of the good old days.”
“They're well used, and I actually bought them with all of their "yellowing" on the inside -- don't worry, they're clean as toothpaste, and I've reflected their "almost vintage" - ness in the price.”
“We are seeing more leaf and soil tests highlighting low levels of sulphur in grass crops, combined in many cases with physical indications of sulphur deficiencies, such as yellowing of the younger leaves, and poor response to nitrogen application.”
“Many decades later, his son, now president, would hold the yellowing case file in his hand, inspect its fading purple ink, its crumbling onionskin pages with their misspelled denunciations, and remember that spring night.”
“Apart from blights poxing horse-chestnut and sycamore leaves, the yellowing of many beech and the crispy curling of some ash were due to drought.”
“Hedge berries had been ripening, seeds setting and leaf colours yellowing.”
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