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Fine soot collected from incompletely burned carbonaceous materials, used as a pigment and in matches, explosives, lubricants, and fertilizers. Also called blacking.


(Elements & Compounds) a finely divided form of almost pure carbon produced by the incomplete combustion of organic compounds, such as natural gas, used in making carbon electrodes and dynamo brushes and as a pigment



a fine black pigment consisting of almost pure carbon collected as soot from the smoke of burning carbonaceous materials.
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Noun1.lampblack - a black colloidal substance consisting wholly or principally of amorphous carbon and used to make pigments and inklampblack - a black colloidal substance consisting wholly or principally of amorphous carbon and used to make pigments and ink
atomic number 6, carbon, C - an abundant nonmetallic tetravalent element occurring in three allotropic forms: amorphous carbon and graphite and diamond; occurs in all organic compounds


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Our pilgrims would have liked very well to get out their lampblack and stencil-plates and paint their names on that rock, together with the names of the villages they hail from in America, but the priests permit nothing of that kind.
The outline of the engraving was emphasised using black ink, tar, soot and lampblack.
In 1804, Leslie reported that the emission of surfaces depended on their nature and established the primacy of lampblack as a blackbody surface [6].
In the application of PIV-2100, the air was seeded with oil soot (lampblack) aerosol particles for the laser light to be scattered and measured.
Later he would incise the tooth from dot to dot with his knife, leaving fine trenches that he would later fill with lampblack or maybe just soot and a little water, rubbing away the excess to leave the final image in the tiny trenches.
(1) Ninety-three years later, in 1698, Barton Booth's performance of Othello faced similar problems with the materials that recreated blackness; Booth smeared the cosmetics, lost the mask, and eventually resorted to lampblack to blacken his face.
smeared with lampblack by a maid whom he had insulted.
Ford asked his friend Charles Goodyear to find a way to make them black and he added enough lampblack (soot) to color them black.
Values range from 1.0 for lampblack down to 0.02 for polished silver.
With lontar, as is well known, the writing itself is created by colourless incisions which are only subsequently made visible by the application of oily lampblack or a similar soot-based blackener.
A portrait from a wall in a private home is a slow-developing accumulation piece about coal heat, gaslight, and lampblack. The cotton of the canvas of a fake Fernand Leger, supposedly painted in 1913, carries "bomb peak" levels of carbon 14, the residue of postwar atmospheric nuclear testing--making it a picture of the skies over New Mexico and Novaya Zemlya in the 1950s that also happens to have a knockoff "Contraste de formes" on it.
in Mackenzie 8), a reference to "desperadoes" wearing "a little lampblack on their faces" in an editorial in the Canadian Freeman (qtd.