Definition of blacklead in English:



  • another term for graphite
    • ‘Strand upon strand bonded to the blacklead with a binding agent known only to few.’
    • ‘Works can be rendered in blacklead or metallic pencil or in colour using various mediums or in monotone or duotone or in black and white.’
    • ‘The blacklead pencils have HB lead that is extremely tough and able to withstand a great deal of maltreatment!’
    • ‘Slate is composed of clay, lime, quartz and blacklead, which because of thousands of years of pressure, have melted together.’
    • ‘The grate will need no other cleaning, but will merely require dusting every day, and occasionally brushing with a dry blacklead brush.’
    • ‘My mom used to blacklead the stove - we lived in a council house which had a Yorkshire Range and she polished it with blacklead out of a tin.’


[with object]
  • Polish (metal, especially cast iron) with graphite.

    ‘the kitchen range hadn't been blackleaded for ages’
    • ‘It is made of cast iron and would have been blackleaded every week.’
    • ‘When they are required, the bars, cheeks, and back of the grate will need blackleading in the usual manner.’
    • ‘The fireplace dates from about 1840 and needed regular blackleading and polishing.’
    • ‘Windows were cleaned, grates were blackleaded, furniture polished and the front doorstep and flags were whitened.’
    • ‘Blacklead brushes and polish were used to blacklead the kitchen range every morning after the fire had been cleaned out.’