• WordNet 3.6
    • v blacken make or become black "The smoke blackened the ceiling","The ceiling blackened"
    • v blacken burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color "The cook blackened the chicken breast","The fire charred the ceiling above the mantelpiece","the flames scorched the ceiling"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Blacken To defame; to sully, as reputation; to make infamous; as, vice blackens the character.
    • v. i Blacken To grow black or dark.
    • Blacken To make dark; to darken; to cloud. "Blackened the whole heavens."
    • Blacken To make or render black. "While the long funerals blacken all the way."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • blacken To grow black or dark.
    • blacken To make black; darken.
    • blacken Figuratively, to sully; make infamous; defame; cause to appear immoral or vile: as, vice blackens the character.
    • blacken In founding, to coat (the face of a mold) with graphite, or any mixture used for the purpose, in order to create a surface which will gasify under the heat of the molten metal. The thin film of gas so produced prevents any impression of the grain of the mold-surface being made and gives a smooth finish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Blacken to make black: to defame
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  • Hitopadesa
    “No one should form an acquaintance with one who has an evil character. A piece of coal, if it is hot burns, and if it's cold, blackens the hands.”
  • Joseph Addison
    “Our disputants put me in mind of the cuttlefish that, when he is unable to extricate himself, blackens the water about him till he becomes invisible.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Black (a.), and cf. Black (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. blac, blæc, black.


In literature:

Stumps of building still stood, blackened down their surface, as if lightning had visited them.
"Young Hilda at the Wars" by Arthur Gleason
It had evidently extended further than it did, for a blackened space showed where a fire had been lighted to destroy it.
"Masters of the Wheat-Lands" by Harold Bindloss
Discard all parts blackened by shot.
"Choice Cookery" by Catherine Owen
What was once California, Sansome, and Montgomery streets was a labyrinth of grim blackened walls.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
In the suburbs were found a few Russians of both sexes, covered with garments scorched and blackened by the fire.
"The Two Great Retreats of History" by George Grote
The watchmen are dead, blackened corpses.
"Saronia" by Richard Short
Then, being careful not to move the rifle, blacken the sights and make another triangle.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
In a final frenzy, the Gel whipped clear, lay, a great blackened shape of melting rubber, twitching, then still.
"It Could Be Anything" by John Keith Laumer
You have blackened my whole life.
"Humorous Ghost Stories" by Dorothy Scarborough
Clothes torn, face blackened with smoke, it presented a truly pitiful picture.
"The Boy Ranchers on Roaring River" by Willard F. Baker

In poetry:

Oh! they think that my heart is cold,
Under my gown;
Not till I blacken into mould
Will it cease to burn.
"The Abbot Of Unreason" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
My pictures blacken in their frames
As night comes on,
And youthful maids and wrinkled dames
Are now all one.
"Ianthe" by Walter Savage Landor
Yea, and the fish-river clear
Never shall blacken below
Spear and the shadow of spear,
Bow and the shadow of bow.
"Aboriginal Death Song" by Henry Kendall
On the waste road through the plain,
As I rode,
At my back he whirled like rain;
On the tempest-blackened plain,
As I rode.
"The Headless Horseman" by Madison Julius Cawein
At length I saw a little cloud
Arise in that sky of flame,
A little cloud—but it grew and grew,
And blackened as it came.
"The Old Man's Story" by Mary Botham Howitt
So the brow fear never clouded
Blackens now 'neath anger's pall,
And the lips, to speak disdaining,
Whiten at revenge's call!
"Loch Buy" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell

In news:

More than 300 firefighters made progress Tuesday on a brush fire that blackened 1,500 acres on the edge of Reno after burning dangerously close to more than 150 homes.
Geese Blacken the Sky.
Final Is Blackened by Too Much Yellow.
Blackened ribeye and maple sweet potato mash paired with 18th-Anniversary Wood-Aged Double IPA from Denver's Great Divide Brewing Co.
Police were called to the Blackened Moon concert hall in the 3200 block of South Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard at about 11:30 PM Monday.
Aubry's lawyer attached several photos to the filing to show his blackened, swollen eyes, cut lip and bruised face.
A small brushfire blackened a hillside north of Interstate 10 Thursday morning in Whitewater, outside Cabazon.
Thomas developed a devastating infection, which left 80 percent of his scalp blackened and purpled.
Trees blackened by the High Park fire rise above Whale Rock Road near the mouth of Rist Canton west of Bellvue.
The home team, from left: Michele Scherer, Marcy Blacken, Linda Embree (holding the turkey), Becky Cabral, Natalyn Embree, Stacie Brown, Mia Bieniemy and LaShonda Kennedy.
A burning structure on the outskirts of an East County campground sparked a brush fire that blackened about 30 open acres this afternoon before crews got it under control.
Not only has the band launched their own record label , Blackened Recordings, but as of today, Metallica have taken ownership of all of their master recordings.
Metallica is launching its own record label , Blackened Recordings, as the band takes control of all its master recordings, accord to Rolling Stone.
Specialties include the Real Reuben, the Hearts of Palm Salad, and the Blackened Fish Tacos.
Melted the plastic, blackened the wood.

In science:

The cell aligns the optical axis of lens and fibers. A blackened aperture mask in front of the lens cell restricts the beam to be slower than f/1.19, and will prevent excess light, caused by FRD, to shine directly on the grating without being collimated.
Prototype development of the Integral-Field unit for VIRUS
One end of the counter was viewed by a phototube and the opposite end was blackened to avoid reflection.
The Cherenkov Correlated Timing Detector: Beam Test Results from Quartz and Acrylic Bars