Blacking to Blanch
1. Any preparation for making things black; esp. one for giving a black luster to boots and shoes, or to
2. The act or process of making black.
(Black"ish), a. Somewhat black.
1. (Min.) A name given by English miners to sphalerite, or zinc blende; called also false galena.
2. Caramel or burnt sugar, used to color wines, spirits, ground coffee, etc.
3. A large leather vessel for beer, etc. [Obs.]
4. (Bot.) The Quercus nigra, or barren oak.
5. The ensign of a pirate.
(Black` lead") Plumbago; graphite. It leaves a blackish mark somewhat like lead. See Graphite.
(Black`lead"), v. t. To coat or to polish with black lead.
1. A notorious gambler. [Colloq.]
2. A disease among calves and sheep, characterized by a settling of gelatinous matter in the legs, and
sometimes in the neck. [Eng.]
(Black" let`ter) The old English or Gothic letter, in which the Early English manuscripts were
written, and the first English books were printed. It was conspicuous for its blackness. See Type.
1. Written or printed in black letter; as, a black-letter manuscript or book.
2. Given to the study of books in black letter; that is, of old books; out of date.
Kemble, a black-letter man!
3. Of or pertaining to the days in the calendar not marked with red letters as saints' days. Hence: Unlucky; inauspicious.
(Black"list`) v. t. To put in a black list as deserving of suspicion, censure, or punishment; esp.
to put in a list of persons stigmatized as insolvent or untrustworthy, as tradesmen and employers
do for mutual protection; as, to blacklist a workman who has been discharged. See Black list, under
If you blacklist us, we will boycott you.
(Black"ly), adv. In a black manner; darkly, in color; gloomily; threateningly; atrociously. "Deeds so
blackly grim and horrid." Feltham.
(Black"mail`) n. [Black + mail a piece of money.]