One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for graphite
- ‘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.’
- ‘Slate is composed of clay, lime, quartz and blacklead, which because of thousands of years of pressure, have melted together.’
- ‘Strand upon strand bonded to the blacklead with a binding agent known only to few.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The blacklead pencils have HB lead that is extremely tough and able to withstand a great deal of maltreatment!’
- ‘The grate will need no other cleaning, but will merely require dusting every day, and occasionally brushing with a dry blacklead brush.’
Polish (metal, especially cast iron) with graphite.‘the kitchen range hadn't been blackleaded for ages’
- ‘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.’
- ‘When they are required, the bars, cheeks, and back of the grate will need blackleading in the usual manner.’
- ‘It is made of cast iron and would have been blackleaded every week.’
- ‘Blacklead brushes and polish were used to blacklead the kitchen range every morning after the fire had been cleaned out.’
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