pipeclay

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pipeclay fine white clay used in making tobacco pipes and pottery and in whitening leather
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pipeclay To clear off; as, to pipeclay accounts.
    • Pipeclay To whiten or clean with pipe clay, as a soldier's accouterments.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pipeclay A white clay suitable for making pipes, and also used for whitening leatherwork, especially by soldiers.
    • pipeclay To whiten with pipe-clay.
    • pipeclay To blot out or wipe off; square or settle: Said of accounts.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Pipeclay a fine white plastic clay, very like kaolin, but containing a larger percentage of silica, used for making tobacco-pipes and fine earthenware
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. pípe; Dut. pijp, Ger. pfeife.

Usage

In literature:

When she handled them the white pipeclay came off on her gloves and jacket.
"Jude the Obscure" by Thomas Hardy
To me they seem alike: all scarlet, and feathers, and powder, and pipeclay.
"The Pathfinder" by James Fenimore Cooper
The girls made one last frantic appeal to the man of buckram and pipeclay, but the etiquette of the Saxon Army was inexorable.
"The Angel and the Author - and Others" by Jerome K. Jerome
So, says I, 'Master Dixon, I ax your pardon, but I must pipeclay under your chair.
"Ruth" by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
White pipeclay existed on the bed.
"Australia Twice Traversed, The Romance of Exploration" by Ernest Giles
About six months arter the smoked-out darnce, four or five of us same fellers was campin' on th' Pipeclay agen, an' it was a dry season.
"Children of the Bush" by Henry Lawson
Then Ben swung to the left and round behind the spurs to the school at Old Pipeclay, where he told the schoolmaster.
"The Rising of the Court" by Henry Lawson
He was clad in yellow pajamas, his bare feet in native sandals, and held a well pipeclayed topee in one hand.
"Civilization" by Ellen Newbold La Motte
What business had you with the pipeclay?
"Jacob Faithful" by Captain Frederick Marryat
In the blue of the evening I could not then discern that what I took to be houses were simply heaps of pipeclay.
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles
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In poetry:

Don't tease them with pipeclay; nor drill them too hard;
Nor shave their moustachios away,—
Why shouldn't their beards be "outparding the pard?"—
Nor stiffen their stocks on parade, nor on guard;
Nor scold them by night and by day.
"A Dozen Ballads About White Slavery. IX. Our National Defenders" by Martin Farquhar Tupper