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nountrademark in US
[mass noun] A process for rustproofing iron or steel by brief immersion in a hot acidic solution of a metal phosphate.
- ‘Most have the nice blue finish instead of parkerizing, and good old fashioned walnut stocks, which my customers like.’
- ‘Finish is a matte black powder coat over parkerizing.’
1920s: from Parker Rust-Proof Company of America (which introduced the process) + -ize + -ing.
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