Definition of blacklead in English:

blacklead

Line breaks: black|lead
Pronunciation: /ˈblaklɛd
 
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noun

  • another term for graphite.
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    • 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

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  • Polish (metal, especially cast iron) with graphite: the kitchen range hadn’t been blackleaded for ages
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    • 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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