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- another term for graphite
- ‘Strand upon strand bonded to the blacklead with a binding agent known only to few.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Slate is composed of clay, lime, quartz and blacklead, which because of thousands of years of pressure, have melted together.’
- ‘The blacklead pencils have HB lead that is extremely tough and able to withstand a great deal of maltreatment!’
- ‘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.’
Polish (metal, especially cast iron) with graphite:‘the kitchen range hadn't been blackleaded for ages’
- ‘When they are required, the bars, cheeks, and back of the grate will need blackleading in the usual manner.’
- ‘Blacklead brushes and polish were used to blacklead the kitchen range every morning after the fire had been cleaned out.’
- ‘Windows were cleaned, grates were blackleaded, furniture polished and the front doorstep and flags were whitened.’
- ‘It is made of cast iron and would have been blackleaded every week.’
- ‘The fireplace dates from about 1840 and needed regular blackleading and polishing.’
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