Definitions

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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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Examples

  • It was after a lot of headaches and copious administration of minyok rima (Tiger balm) did I suspect that blakeng came from the English word "blacking".

    Di Bawah Rang Ikang Kering

  • - Speedway Motorsports Inc. chairman Bruton Smith proposed the idea of blacking out races in the markets of venues that SMI owns, that do not sell out NASCAR races.

    The MotorSportsNews.Net(work)

  • Nevertheless, his mission was a success and we are now in possession of numerous files that outline several potential plans for the further "blacking" of Senator Obama.

    Giving Obama a Black Eye

  • From Monday workers would stage demonstrations, factory occupations and "blacking" actions were being developed against companies that dismissed workers.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Had Tom even invented a new kind of blacking, or if Dan had started a newspaper, it might have been encouraging for those among the listeners who were thinking of engaging in similar professions.

    The Art of the Story-Teller

  • Had _Tom_ even invented a new kind of blacking, or if _Dan_ had started a newspaper, it might have been encouraging for those among the listeners who were thinking of engaging in similar professions.

    The Art of the Story-Teller

  • I was put to do all sorts of unpleasant work, such as blacking down the rigging, greasing the masts, and helping Dirty Dick to clean the caboose and sweep out the forecastle.

    Tales of the Sea And of our Jack Tars

  • That's why, when I was getting into my 5Ks, I'd get through about two miles of them and just start kind of blacking out just from not getting oxygen.

    Runner\'s World Racing News

  • As for "blacking" up to resemble Moors, most Moroccans are of a "cafe au lait" hue.

    Army Rumour Service

  • Earlier, Italy's government said it planned to rush out new measures such as blacking out hate sites on the Internet to protect politicians following the weekend assault on the prime minister.

    ireland.com Breaking News

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