Black-wash

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Black-wash a lotion of calomel and lime-water: anything that blackens
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. blac, blæc, black.

Usage

In literature:

A Federal battery dashed into position and placed one of its big black-wheeled guns in the front yard of a little white-washed farmhouse.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
But I hope it will wash from me some of the black smoke.
"The Story of a China Cat" by Laura Lee Hope
He washed and scoured and scraped himself, but the tar and soot stuck to him so tight that he keeps his black colour to the present day.
"The Hero of Esthonia and Other Studies in the Romantic Literature of That Country" by William Forsell Kirby
A fine blue black, is obtained which is quite fast to acids, washing and light.
"The Dyeing of Woollen Fabrics" by Franklin Beech
Alfred was too tired and sleepy and the water too cold to wash the black off his face.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
Torture, burning, or the cool wash of a black wave gurgling over one's head?
"Lords of the North" by A. C. Laut
We had no means of washing, so you may imagine we looked like black men in a very short time!
"Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie" by George Brenton Laurie
He then washes off the black paint.
"The Conquest of Canada (Vol. 1 of 2)" by George Warburton
After the lunch hour he washed dishes in soapy water that quickly changed from white to grease-filmed black.
"The Innocents" by Sinclair Lewis
The only blacks who wash every day in the Congo are those who live on the rivers.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
When she had thrown off her blue-black dress to wash her arms and shoulders and neck were bare.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Farther on, he could see the black end of the mole washed by frothy surf.
"Brandon of the Engineers" by Harold Bindloss
Black's my apron, and I'm aye washing 't.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
Wash in iodine solution till dark brown or black.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
Inside, the walls were white-washed, the floor was of clay, the ceiling was black with smoke.
"The Silver Lining" by John Roussel
The water that potatoes has been boiled in is an excellent thing to wash black calicoes in.
"The American Housewife" by Anonymous
When the sheep is so black, when he refuses to be washed, and brings disgrace on innocent heads?
"An Unknown Lover" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
She was sure her eyes were red, and she knew the tears had washed all the white powder off her black nose.
"The Ten-foot Chain" by Achmed Abdullah
Water won't wash off the kind of black you get down here.
"The Shoemaker's Apron" by Parker Fillmore
Over bread and salted fish, washed down by tea, they discussed the black past and the blacker future.
"Eastern Nights - and Flights" by Alan Bott
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In poetry:

The breath of spring within our motherland
Is washing off the winter's traces,
Is washing off black rings and crevices
From tear-worn eyes of Slavic races.
"Spring" by Boris Pasternak
The wild white swords of the search-lights blinded and stabbed them,
The sharp black shadows fought in fantastic wars.
Black waves leapt whitening,
Red decks were washed with lightning.
"The Vindictive" by Alfred Noyes
I wash the black mud from my hands.
On a light given off by the grave
I kneel in the quick of the moon
At the heart of a distant forest
And hold in my arms a child
Of water, water, water.
"The Lifeguard" by James Dickey
Let it no longer be a forlorn hope
To wash an Ethiop :
He's wash'd, his gloomy skin a peaceful shade
For his white soul is made :
And now, I doubt not, the Eternal Dove
A black-faced house will love.
"On the Baptized Ethiopian" by Richard Crashaw
Sweet bad luck on the waves washed to our island
The hooker of that hammerfast viking
And Gall's curse on the day when Eblana bay
Saw his black and tan man-o'-war.
  (Chorus) Saw his man-o'-war
           On the harbour bar.
"The Ballad of Persse O'Reilly" by James Joyce
In an old white-washed pagoda, looking Eastward to the West,
A Burmese girl from Bermondsey sits in a sparrow's nest.
She's as pretty as a picture, though she lost one eye they say,
Through the Black Hole of Calcutta, and the keyhole of Bombay.
"Mandalay 2" by Billy Bennett

In news:

First come dark swirls of black, and then washes of aluminum gray.
He grew up washing Celeryville's famous black soil from its lettuce.
A young man bought a soda from a car wash located at 309 W 230th St, partially unzipped his sweater, pulled a black handgun out of his hoodie and demanded cash, a 21-year-old woman told police Monday.
111 N Robinson St Richmond, Va. Black angus burgers, wraps, barbecue ribs, Baja chicken, vegetarian options and microbrews or imported beers to wash it down.
In the FD Luxe studio, June 5, 7:46 p.m. Molton Brown's "amazing" Re-Charge Black Pepper body wash.
If you've ever sighed over old photos featuring flappers with lacquered marcel waves or a black-and-white movie featuring a straight-talking heroine in a complicated rolled do, you've probably also lamented the rise of wash-and-wear hair.
A man with white supremacist ties who was convicted in a racially motivated attack on a black man in a Vancouver, Wash. Bar has been sentenced to more than four years in prison.
Sean Black Baldwin's Martha Wash will celebrate the 30th anniversary of her hit "It's Raining Men" in September 2012.
"I was in the window washing dishes getting ready to go to bed and all of a sudden I look out and see this black bear standing out in front of me," he said.
Conditioner washing avoids harsh results from frequent washing with shampoos and helps to keep natural black hair soft and manageable.
Red Winged Black Birds were falling from the sky, fish were washing up on riverbanks, and 200 cows were found dead on a farm in Wisconsin.
Last year when I "dressed up" as my Boston June, my body was stained black for at least a week and I ruined several wash clothes trying to get it off.
Color prints are washed just like black and white prints.
Use along with the Wash Wax ALL waterless wash products to remove baked-on bugs, carbon, exhaust soot, and black streaks without scratching.
In other words, Zone 8 and above are washed out, and Zone 2 and below are black.
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In science:

In this latter case the evolution of the air shower after the decay of the black hole washes out the information on small variations in the original multiplicities in the decay.
QCD Supersymmetry and Low Energy Gravity
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