(Black"mail`), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Blackmailed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Blackmailing.] To extort
money from by exciting fears of injury other than bodily harm, as injury to reputation, distress of mind,
etc.; as, to blackmail a merchant by threatening to expose an alleged fraud. [U. S.]
(Black"mail`er) n. One who extorts, or endeavors to extort, money, by black mailing.
(Black"mail`ing), n. The act or practice of extorting money by exciting fears of injury other
than bodily harm, as injury to reputation.
1. Easter Monday, so called from the severity of that day in 1360, which was so unusual that many of
Edward III.'s soldiers, then before Paris, died from the cold. Stow.
Then it was not for nothing that my nose fell a bleeding on Black Monday last.
2. The first Monday after the holidays; so called by English schoolboys. Halliwell.
(Black" monk`) A Benedictine monk.
(Black"moor) n. See Blackamoor.
(Black"-mouthed`) a. Using foul or scurrilous language; slanderous.
(Black"ness), n. The quality or state of being black; black color; atrociousness or enormity in
They're darker now than blackness.
(Black"poll`) n. [Black + poll head.] (Zoöl.) A warbler of the United States
(Black" pud"ding) A kind of sausage made of blood, suet, etc., thickened with meal.
And fat black puddings, proper food,
For warriors that delight in blood.
(Black" Rod`) (a) the usher to the Chapter of the Garter, so called from the black rod which
he carries. He is of the king's chamber, and also usher to the House of Lords. [Eng.] (b) An usher in
the legislature of British colonies. Cowell.
Committed to the custody of the Black Rod.
(Black"root`), n. (Bot.) See Colicroot.
(Blacks) n. pl.