• WordNet 3.6
    • n lampblack a black colloidal substance consisting wholly or principally of amorphous carbon and used to make pigments and ink
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Lampblack The fine impalpable soot obtained from the smoke of carbonaceous substances which have been only partly burnt, as in the flame of a smoking lamp. It consists of finely divided carbon, with sometimes a very small proportion of various impurities. It is used as an ingredient of printers' ink, and various black pigments and cements.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lampblack A fine black pigment consisting of particles of carbon, pure or almost pure, used for making paints and ink. It reflects only about two per cent of the incident light. It was formerly made by burning crude oils with the least supply of air possible for combustion, in order to produce a smoky flame, the soot being collected in a receptacle called a lampblack-furnace, and was prepared for use by being heated to redness in iron boxes. It is now generally made by allowing gas-flames to impinge on cylinders of iron chilled by a stream of cold water flowing through them, The lampblack collects on the cold surfaces, and is removed and collected by machinery. This form of lampblack is known as carbonblack or gas-black.
    • lampblack To treat with lampblack; coat with lampblack.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Lampblack the black substance formed by the smoke of a lamp: the soot or amorphous carbon obtained by burning bodies rich in that element, such as resin, petroleum, and tar, or some of the cheap oily products obtained from it
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Lamp, + black,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. lampe—Gr. lampas, -adoslampein, to shine.


In literature:

Unbleached shellac and a small quantity of lampblack is then stirred in.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 1157, March 5, 1898" by Various
Chlorate of potassia, 6 parts; pure lampblack, 4 parts; sulphur, 1 part.
"Practical Mechanics for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
The one we use is three of resin, one of beeswax, and lampblack and a little bit of linseed oil.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Fifth Annual Meeting" by Various
A quantity of glue is melted and then lampblack is added.
"Elements of Plumbing" by Samuel Dibble
Signboards which displayed the King's portrait were framed with crape, and Queen Adelaide's likeness was disfigured with lampblack.
"Lord John Russell" by Stuart J. Reid
The earlier printing inks were made of lampblack and linseed oil.
"Books Before Typography" by Frederick W. Hamilton
For lampblack the oil is simply burnt in iron pans set in ovens, and the sooty smoke conducted into condensing chambers.
"Coal" by Raphael Meldola
What would I not give for a little bucket of oil-paint, only common lampblack!
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen
Linklater had covered the door-handle with lampblack, and Mr. Bradshaw's favourite mannerism had done the rest.
""Pip"" by Ian Hay
Quitting the room, she returned presently with a box of lampblack in one hand, and the mustard-pot in the other.
"Sharing Her Crime" by May Agnes Fleming
Its gravity, 1.09, is lower than that of lampblack, which shows a gravity of 1.8.
"Paint Technology and Tests" by Henry A. Gardner
He sat one night thinking about the problem, unconsciously fingering a bit of lampblack mixed with tar which he had used in his telephone.
"The Story of Great Inventions" by Elmer Ellsworth Burns
To reblacken brasses, mix a little lampblack with spirit varnish.
"The Determined Angler and the Brook Trout" by Charles Bradford
Lampblack and vermilion are the favourite colours.
"The Fijians" by Basil Thomson
Paint, made of lampblack, to which a little spirits of turpentine is first added, and then diluted with linseed or lard oil, is also used.
"Sheep, Swine, and Poultry" by Robert Jennings
Turner at once covered his picture with lampblack, thereby spoiling it for the public view.
"Famous European Artists" by Sarah K. Bolton
Lampblack, which may absorb between 98 to 99% of the incident radiation, is generally taken as the type of a black body.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 2" by Various
One side of each vane is covered with lampblack, the other being highly polished.
"Physics" by Willis Eugene Tower
A sheet and a little lampblack will make a very good ghost.
"Lord Montagu's Page" by G. P. R. James
Therefore I tried a mixture in water of linseed oil, soap, and lampblack which met my demands better.
"The Invention of Lithography" by Alois Senefelder

In news:

"The times are here to debunk Gershwin's lampblack Negroisms," said Duke Ellington after the 1935 Broadway premiere of Porgy and Bess.

In science:

Vierordt affixed a feather on the head of his subjects above of which was a sheet covered with lampblack (fine soot).
Review of Nonlinear Methods and Modelling