Definition of blacklead in English:

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blacklead

Pronunciation: /ˈblaklɛd/

noun

another term for graphite.
Example sentences
  • Strand upon strand bonded to the blacklead with a binding agent known only to few.
  • Works can be rendered in blacklead or metallic pencil or in colour using various mediums or in monotone or duotone or in black and white.
  • The grate will need no other cleaning, but will merely require dusting every day, and occasionally brushing with a dry blacklead brush.

verb

[with object]
Polish (metal, especially cast iron) with graphite: the kitchen range hadn’t been blackleaded for ages
More example sentences
  • When they are required, the bars, cheeks, and back of the grate will need blackleading in the usual manner.
  • The fireplace dates from about 1840 and needed regular blackleading and polishing.
  • Windows were cleaned, grates were blackleaded, furniture polished and the front doorstep and flags were whitened.

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