from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See lampblack.
- n. A preparation, such as a shoe or stove polish, that is used to impart a black color.
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- v. Present participle of black.
- n. a preparation, containing lampblack, used to produce a shiny black coating to something
- n. shoe polish
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any preparation for making things black; esp. one for giving a black luster to boots and shoes, or to stoves.
- n. The act or process of making black.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A preparation for blacking boots and shoes, usually made of powdered bone-black, spermor linseed-oil, molasses, sour beer or vinegar, oil of vitriol, and copperas.
- n. In leather-working, any one of a number of preparations used in dyeing or staining leather black.
- n. The name given by founders to a black wash, composed of clay, water, and powdered charcoal, with which cores and loam-molds are coated, to give the requisite smoothness to the surfaces which come into contact with the melted metal.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a substance used to produce a shiny protective surface on footwear
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