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Variant of bluing.
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(ˈbluːɪŋ) or


1. (Dyeing) a blue material, such as indigo, used in laundering to counteract yellowing
2. (Hairdressing & Grooming) the formation of a film of blue oxide on a steel surface
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or blue•ing

(ˈblu ɪŋ)

a substance, as indigo, used to whiten clothes or give them a bluish tinge.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blueing - used to whiten laundry or hair or give it a bluish tinge
dye, dyestuff - a usually soluble substance for staining or coloring e.g. fabrics or hair
2.blueing - a process that makes something blue (or bluish)
chemical action, chemical change, chemical process - (chemistry) any process determined by the atomic and molecular composition and structure of the substances involved
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There is also the rapid and relentless "blueing" of the world's low coastal regions as sea levels steadily rise.
When the mixed liquid was slightly blueing, the reaction was then maintained for 15 min.
Many approaches have been applied to increase time resolution using spectral inversion (Castano et al., 2011) or by spectral blueing with relative success (Kazemeini at al., 2010).
Nobody gave her anything and day after day, she would be in the brewus maiding and dollying, blueing and rinsing and making sure that her own kids wore clothes that were as spotless as were those she cleaned for the better off.
Cosma, "Enhancing seismic data resolution using the prestack blueing technique: an example from the Ketzin C[O.sub.2] injection site, Germany," Geophysics, vol.
I fancied the thick, lacquered, high-gloss finish of the wood, the rich blueing of the metal, and the overall graceful lines.
It teaches how to rework worn edges, dings, scuffs, and scratches with laster welding, TIG welding, brazing, stoning, blueing, and polishing.
However, Jaipur is naturally pink because of widespread use of terracotta, and in Jodhpur the residents got out their paintbrushes voluntarily, whereas the West Bengal state government is spending a reported 800 million rupees ($16 million) on the blueing of Calcutta.
Intrigued by the unexpected nature of the blueing, Carwyn and his wife Susanna set out to recapture the particular flavour they had inadvertently produced so that the taste could be recreated, and found they had another hit on their hands.
The gun has good 100% blueing, and is in excellent shape.