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v. black·ened, black·en·ing, black·ens
1. To make black.
2. To sully or defame: a scandal that blackened the mayor's name.
3. To coat (fish or meat, for example) with pepper and other spices and then quickly sear in a very hot skillet, thereby producing meat that is black on the outside but tender on the inside.
To become dark or black: The day blackened into night.

black′en·er n.


 shoemakers collectively. See also bleche.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Blackening - changing to a darker colorblackening - changing to a darker color    
change of color - an act that changes the light that something reflects
obfuscation - darkening or obscuring the sight of something
References in classic literature ?
The glare of the flames had sunk into a fitful, flashing light; and the gentle stars, invisible till now, looked down upon the blackening heap.
But, at last, above the subsiding red of the fire, above the streaming masses of black smoke and the whitening and blackening tree stumps, and the diminishing numbers of these dim creatures, came the white light of the day.
This paper explores the role played by costume in two pre-wedding rituals practiced by women in Northern Scotland, the blackening and hen party, and how that role has changed since the 1940s.
Not just grilled after being lightly dusted with some blackening spice.
Presto Black is recommended for blackening cold and hot rolled steels, alloy steels, tool steels, as well as cast iron, forged steels and powdered metal.
We all raved about the blackening seasoning on The Sandbar's grouper sandwich--it stood out from the first bite, but didn't overpower the flavor of the fresh fish and was mild enough for kids to enjoy, too.
Still touring on the back of 2007's incredible career high, Grammy-nominated The Blackening, the only question facing Machine Head is what to do next.
Machine Head has come a very long way in the last three years though, enjoying a significant step up in stature since releasing their sixth album, The Blackening, in 2007, regarded by many as a masterpiece of metal.
To modify Flynn's assessment of the situation a bit, things are a little different from previous Machine Head tours as the band is now packing "The Blackening," the best - and darkest - album of its career.
The blackening service is available off-the-shelf for most of Edmund's TECH-SPEC VIS 0[degrees] achromatic lenses.
Simon says: "This blackening mix brings a bland bit of meat or fish to life, but when you use it with a scrummy piece of halibut like I have here well, it's awesome.