Definition of bluing in English:


Line breaks: blu¦ing
Pronunciation: /ˈbluːɪŋ
(also blueing)


[mass noun]
  • 1chiefly • historical Blue powder used to preserve the whiteness of laundry.
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    • Take care when using bluing or laundry bleaches or hair dyes and rinses.
    • No longer do we have to deal with hot bluing or boiled linseed oil.
    • Whiteners can be either bleach or bluing agents.
  • 2A greyish-blue finish on metal produced by heating.
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    • Highly polished bluing - probably the most beautiful of all the finishes - is no longer financially feasible in the small gun shop.
    • Similarly, when you are retouching worn spots on areas like floor plates, frames or barrels, the color of the original bluing can vary greatly.
    • Other manufacturers may make rifles with fancier stocks, brighter bluing, better checkering and polishing.

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