Blacked - (imp. & p. p.) of Black
Blacking - (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Black
Blackamoor - (n.) A negro or negress.
Black art - () The art practiced by conjurers and witches; necromancy;
Black-a-vised - (a.) Dark-visaged; swart.
Blackball - (n.) A composition for blacking shoes, boots, etc.; also, one
for taking impressions of engraved work.
Blackball - (n.) A ball of black color, esp. one used as a negative in
voting; -- in this sense usually two words.
Blackballed - (imp. & p. p.) of Blackball
Blackballing - (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Blackball
Blackball - (v. t.) To vote against, by putting a black ball into a
ballot box; to reject or exclude, as by voting against with black
balls; to ostracize.
Blackball - (v. t.) To blacken (leather, shoes, etc.) with blacking.
Blackband - (n.) An earthy carbonate of iron containing considerable
carbonaceous matter; -- valuable as an iron ore.
Black bass - () An edible, fresh-water fish of the United States, of the
genus Micropterus. the small-mouthed kind is M. dolomiei; the
large-mouthed is M. salmoides.
Black bass - () The sea bass. See Blackfish, 3.
Blackberry - (n.) The fruit of several species of bramble (Rubus); also,
the plant itself. Rubus fruticosus is the blackberry of England; R.
villosus and R. Canadensis are the high blackberry and low blackberry
of the United States. There are also other kinds.
Blackbird - (n.) In England, a species of thrush (Turdus merula), a
singing bird with a fin note; the merle. In America the name is given
to several birds, as the Quiscalus versicolor, or crow blackbird; the
Agelaeus phoeniceus, or red-winged blackbird; the cowbird; the rusty
grackle, etc. See Redwing.
Blackboard - (n.) A broad board painted black, or any black surface on
which writing, drawing, or the working of mathematical problems can be
done with chalk or crayons. It is much used in schools.
Black book - () One of several books of a political character, published
at different times and for different purposes; -- so called either from
the color of the binding, or from the character of the contents.
Black book - () A book compiled in the twelfth century, containing a
description of the court of exchequer of England, an official statement
of the revenues of the crown, etc.
Black book - () A book containing details of the enormities practiced in
the English monasteries and religious houses, compiled by order of
their visitors under Henry VIII., to hasten their dissolution.
Black book - () A book of admiralty law, of the highest authority,
compiled in the reign of Edw. III.
Black book - () A book kept for the purpose of registering the names of
persons liable to censure or punishment, as in the English
universities, or the English armies.
Black book - () Any book which treats of necromancy.
Black-browed - (a.) Having black eyebrows. Hence: Gloomy; dismal;
Blackburnian warbler - () A beautiful warbler of the United States
(Dendroica Blackburniae). The male is strongly marked with orange,
yellow, and black on the head and neck, and has an orange-yellow
Blackcap - (n.) A small European song bird (Sylvia atricapilla), with a
black crown; the mock nightingale.
Blackcap - (n.) An American titmouse (Parus atricapillus); the chickadee.
Blackcap - (n.) An apple roasted till black, to be served in a dish of
Blackcap - (n.) The black raspberry.
Blackcoat - (n.) A clergyman; -- familiarly so called, as a soldier is
sometimes called a redcoat or a bluecoat.
Blackcock - (n.) The male of the European black grouse (Tetrao tetrix,
Linn.); -- so called by sportsmen. The female is called gray hen. See
Black death - () A pestilence which ravaged Europe and Asia in the
Blackened - (imp. & p. p.) of Blacken
Blackening - (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Blacken
Blacken - (v. t.) To make or render black.
Blacken - (v. t.) To make dark; to darken; to cloud.
Blacken - (v. t.) To defame; to sully, as reputation; to make infamous;
as, vice blackens the character.
Blacken - (v. i.) To grow black or dark.
Blackener - (n.) One who blackens.
Black-eyed - (a.) Having black eyes.
Black-faced - (a.) Having a black, dark, or gloomy face or aspect.
Blackfeet - (n. pl.) A tribe of North American Indians formerly
inhabiting the country from the upper Missouri River to the
Saskatchewan, but now much reduced in numbers.
Blackfin - (n.) See Bluefin.
Blackfish - (n.) A small kind of whale, of the genus Globicephalus, of
several species. The most common is G. melas. Also sometimes applied to
other whales of larger size.
Blackfish - (n.) The tautog of New England (Tautoga).
Blackfish - (n.) The black sea bass (Centropristis atrarius) of the
Atlantic coast. It is excellent food fish; -- locally called also black
Blackfish - (n.) A fish of southern Europe (Centrolophus pompilus) of the
Blackfish - (n.) The female salmon in the spawning season.
Blackfoot - (a.) Of or pertaining to the Blackfeet; as, a Blackfoot
Blackfoot - (n.) A Blackfoot Indian.
Black friar - () A friar of the Dominican order; -- called also predicant
and preaching friar; in France, Jacobin. Also, sometimes, a
Blackguard - (n.) The scullions and lower menials of a court, or of a
nobleman's household, who, in a removal from one residence to another,
had charge of the kitchen utensils, and being smutted by them, were
jocularly called the "black guard"; also, the servants and hangers-on
of an army.
Blackguard - (n.) The criminals and vagrants or vagabonds of a town or
Blackguard - (n.) A person of stained or low character, esp. one who uses
scurrilous language, or treats others with foul abuse; a scoundrel; a
Blackguard - (n.) A vagrant; a bootblack; a gamin.
Blackguarded - (imp. & p. p.) of Blackguard
Blackguarding - (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Blackguard
Blackguard - (v. t.) To revile or abuse in scurrilous language.
Blackguard - (a.) Scurrilous; abusive; low; worthless; vicious; as,
Blackguardism - (n.) The conduct or language of a blackguard; ruffianism.
Blackguardly - (adv. & a.) In the manner of or resembling a blackguard;
abusive; scurrilous; ruffianly.
Blackhead - (n.) The scaup duck.
Blackheart - (n.) A heart-shaped cherry with a very dark-colored skin.
Black-hearted - (a.) Having a wicked, malignant disposition; morally bad.
Black hole - () A dungeon or dark cell in a prison; a military lock-up or
guardroom; -- now commonly with allusion to the cell (the Black Hole)
in a fort at Calcutta, into which 146 English prisoners were thrust by
the nabob Suraja Dowla on the night of June 20, 17656, and in which 123
of the prisoners died before morning from lack of air.
Blacking - (n.) Any preparation for making things black; esp. one for
giving a black luster to boots and shoes, or to stoves.
Blacking - (n.) The act or process of making black.
Blackish - (a.) Somewhat black.
Black-jack - (n.) A name given by English miners to sphalerite, or zinc
blende; -- called also false galena. See Blende.
Black-jack - (n.) Caramel or burnt sugar, used to color wines, spirits,
ground coffee, etc.
Black-jack - (n.) A large leather vessel for beer, etc.
Black-jack - (n.) The Quercus nigra, or barren oak.
Black-jack - (n.) The ensign of a pirate.
Black lead - () Plumbago; graphite. It leaves a blackish mark somewhat
like lead. See Graphite.
Blacklead - (v. t.) To coat or to polish with black lead.
Blackleg - (n.) A notorious gambler.
Blackleg - (n.) A disease among calves and sheep, characterized by a
settling of gelatinous matter in the legs, and sometimes in the neck.
Black letter - () The old English or Gothic letter, in which the Early
English manuscripts were written, and the first English books were
printed. It was conspicuous for its blackness. See Type.
Black-letter - (a.) Written or printed in black letter; as, a
black-letter manuscript or book.
Black-letter - (a.) Given to the study of books in black letter; that is,
of old books; out of date.
Black-letter - (a.) Of or pertaining to the days in the calendar not
marked with red letters as saints' days. Hence: Unlucky; inauspicious.
Blacklist - (v. t.) To put in a black list as deserving of suspicion,
censure, or punishment; esp. to put in a list of persons stigmatized as
insolvent or untrustworthy, -- as tradesmen and employers do for mutual
protection; as, to blacklist a workman who has been discharged. See
Black list, under Black, a.
Blackly - (adv.) In a black manner; darkly, in color; gloomily;
Blackmail - (n.) A certain rate of money, corn, cattle, or other thing,
anciently paid, in the north of England and south of Scotland, to
certain men who were allied to robbers, or moss troopers, to be by them
protected from pillage.
Blackmail - (n.) Payment of money exacted by means of intimidation; also,
extortion of money from a person by threats of public accusation,
exposure, or censure.
Blackmail - (n.) Black rent, or rent paid in corn, flesh, or the lowest
coin, a opposed to "white rent", which paid in silver.