blu·​ing | \ ˈblü-iŋ How to pronounce bluing (audio) \
variants: or blueing

Definition of bluing

: a preparation used in laundering to counteract yellowing of white fabrics

Examples of bluing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The deep flutes on the bolt, the quality of the finish on the stock, and the bluing on the barrel give it visual appeal, which adds to the value of this $1,000-plus gun and puts it in the top spot for this year’s Great Buy award. John B. Snow, Outdoor Life, "The Gun Test: 24 Best New Rifles and Shotguns of the Year," 14 Sep. 2020 Spray coatings are much easier to deal with than traditional methods like hot bluing, which requires a lot of equipment and the use of nasty chemicals. Bryce M. Towsley, Outdoor Life, "3 Ways to Refinish Your Gun With a Custom Paint Job," 13 May 2020 The 455 American features a Turkish walnut stock and bluing as deep as the iris of an Irish maiden. Outdoor Life, "The 10 Best Rimfire Rifles," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of bluing

1652, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bluing was in 1652

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“Bluing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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