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  • v. Present participle of brown.
  • n. The act or operation of giving a brown colour, as to gun barrels, etc.
  • n. A smooth coat of brown mortar, usually the second coat, and the preparation for the finishing coat of plaster.


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  • What's the rePort?

    March 25, 2013

  • "n. The act of making brown. Specifically, the process of darkening the polished surfaces of gun-barrels and other metallic objects. Chlorid or butter of antimony, called bronzing-salt, is used in the process.

    n. A preparation of sugar, port wine, spices, etc., for coloring and flavoring meat and made dishes.

    n. In plastering, the second coat. The first coat, called the scratch coat, is generally deeply scored to receive and hold the browning.

    n. In botany, the discoloration which takes place in vegetable cells when they are injured, as by cutting. It is probably due to chemical changes."

    -- From the Century Dictionary entry over on Browning

    March 24, 2013