from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Present participle of blacken.
- n. The act of turning black in colour; a black stain or mark.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any preparation used to render the surface of iron, leather, etc., black. See blacking.
- Blackish; approaching black: as, in lichens, a biatorine exciple is colored or blackening, but not coal-black.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. changing to a darker color
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Finally, the vampire can wait no longer, skin blackening and sloughing off his arms.
Yet one can go too far in blackening the name of a man who did such an excellent job of blackening it on his own.
Biography, Michael Shelden expended effort in blackening the character of
I have no resentment of animosity against the gentleman [Jefferson] and abhor the idea of blackening his character or transmitting him in odious colors to posterity.
This is the period when "blackening," a technique for aggressively seasoning meat or fish before cooking it on a super-hot surface, went viral.
• Check all lights for any signs of damage, fraying or "blackening" to the socket.
My biggest problem with this is how much is made of it, far more press than any of the other notable (and more devious / dishonest) retouching stories over the past few years - from the "blackening" of OJ for the cover of TIME to the repeated AP photos, no one cares about those but this celebrity / glamour shot is earth shattering.
Less murderous blackening of Italians was common as well.
The guts, of course, ended up as sausage, blackening under the rafters that covered the outdoor cooking table.
While the rest of the country suffered beneath the blackening clouds of recession, Silicon Valley buzzed with giddy anticipation that “cleantech,” in local parlance, represents the next great economic boom.