• WordNet 3.6
    • n sootiness the state of being dirty with soot
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sootiness The quality or state of being sooty; fuliginousness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sootiness The state or property of being sooty.
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In literature:

A little sooty dust fell.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
The female differs in colour: being sooty black above, and having a large white disc on the abdomen.
"The Ocean Waifs" by Mayne Reid
It was jes' daylight and I was all black and sooty and scratched and my arm was broken.
"A Budget of Christmas Tales by Charles Dickens and Others" by Various
Dismal, sooty, raven-coloured robes of the Eumenides!
"Hypolympia" by Edmund Gosse
Dorothy Harper and the mule she rode were moving somewhere through this world of sooty obscurity.
"The Roof Tree" by Charles Neville Buck
Perdition to their faithless sooty Souls, I'd let 'em know at once to keep their Distance.
"Ponteach" by Robert Rogers
The petrels are sooty black.
"Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad" by Various
They took no notice of my entrance, for many other visitors, burly, sooty creatures, were constantly straggling in and out.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
This species is entirely sooty brown except the white eyelids.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
As she passed, a sooty figure waved a salutation, and the whistle screeched thrice.
"Mrs. Tree" by Laura E. Richards

In poetry:

These terraced buildings sooty black
Are travesties of one
The Tewas laid upon the track
Between War God and Sun.
"Notan" by Norman MacLeod
An' mony a bairn first saw the licht
Aneath thy sooty, strang roof-tree—
That leev'd an' lov'd, an' toil'd, an there
Lay doun in faith an' hope to dee.
"Sheepieknowe: A Ballad" by Janet Hamilton
And the sooty faces, they try to recall....
As they gather around in their spell-struck rings....
But nobody knows that singer at all
Or the curious old-time air he sings:--
"The Chimney-Sweeps Of Cheltenham" by Alfred Noyes
Lady, we are dancing, as we danced in old England
When the may was more than may, very long ago:
As for our may-coats, it was your white hands, lady,
Filled our sooty hearts and minds with blossom, white as snow.
"The Chimney-Sweeps Of Cheltenham" by Alfred Noyes
Many a little lad had we, chirruping in the chimney-tops,
Twirling out a sooty broom, a blot against the blue.
Ah, but when we called to him, and when he saw and ran to her,
All our winter ended, and our world was made anew.
"The Chimney-Sweeps Of Cheltenham" by Alfred Noyes
And fie upon the wicked folks who did this cruel thing!
I wish some mighty nobleman would go and tell the king;
For to steal him from his house and home must be a crying sin,
Though he was a little negro boy, and had a sooty skin.
"The Little Negro" by Ann Taylor

In news:

Worse, they create the sticky honeydew on which sooty mold grows.
The Sooty Tern uses its body to cast a shadow in order to protect its young chick from the blazing equatorial sun.
Cold, sooty air and heightened avalanche danger.
1 in 3 Americans breathing sooty air.
Reader photos of Puerto Rican Tody, Barn Swallow, Sunbittern, American Robin, Sooty Shearwater, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown Jay, Rough-legged Hawk, Yellow Warbler, and other birds.
These whiteflies will produce "honeydew," a sugary substance, which causes the growth of sooty mold.
Woodsmoke is the prime culprit driving spikes in sooty, toxic air that's leaving Seattle and Tacoma residents gasping for breath.
Updating a list made in 2004, the EPA has added 15 cities to the sooty air list, mostly in states like Alaska, Utah, Idaho and Wisconsin.
A genetic study suggests that Nevada has both subgroups (sooty and dusky).
He really does have a great head o' hair and whoever taught him how to line his eyes in sooty black kohl had mad skills.
Gus Ben David has had multiple calls from people who have found sooty owls and other wildlife in their houses or have heard strange noises coming from their fireplaces.
The adult birds may be almost entirely black, especially in spring, while younger and winter-plumaged birds are white or nearly so below, with varying amounts of sooty black above and silver underwings.
When, at last, she lit a lamp to discover what was tormenting him, she saw his tongue was black -- scorched and sooty.
Out of that sooty workspace, things lovely, fragile and colorful are born.