from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A method adopted in Western Australia, of freeing pounded gold ore from the powdered matter when water is not available.


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  • Many traces of prospectors were visible here -- the last to be seen for many a day -- shallow dry-blowing holes and little heaps of sieved dirt, and the tracks of camels and horses.

    Spinifex and Sand

  • The gold is extracted from these depths by crushing and dry-blowing.

    Spinifex and Sand

  • But the very lowest depths of despair, cannot compare with the heights of satisfaction, attained after a successful day's "dry-blowing."

    Spinifex and Sand

  • A slight rain had fallen, insufficient to leave much water about, and yet enough to so moisten the soil as to make dry-blowing impossible in the ordinary way.

    Spinifex and Sand

  • A part of the timber had already been cleared to admit of "dry-blowing" operations -- a process adopted for the separation of gold from alluvial soil in the waterless parts of Australia.

    Spinifex and Sand

  • In Coolgardie the dry-blowing had been confined to a very shallow depth, and yet close to Coolgardie -- in Rollo's Bore -- there was evidence of the existence of a very deep valley.

    Spinifex and Sand

  • The melted lumps of solder thus formed were collected by the ordinary process of dry-blowing, and sold to tinsmiths and others engaged in the manufacture of condensers.

    Spinifex and Sand

  • This we did, dry-blowing in the ranges with no payable results.

    Reminiscences of Queensland 1862-1869

  • If, brufh'd from Ruffian wilds, a cutting gale Rife not, and fcatter from liis humid wings The clammy mildew; or, dry-blowing, breathe 1 1 j Untimely froft j before whofe baleful blaft The full-blown Spring through all her foliage fhrinks, joylefs and dead, a wide-dejet-led wafte.

    The works of the English poets; with prefaces, biographical and critical


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