lampblack

noun
lamp·​black | \ ˈlamp-ˌblak How to pronounce lampblack (audio) \

Definition of lampblack

: a finely powdered black soot deposited in incomplete combustion of carbonaceous materials and used chiefly as a pigment (as in paints, enamels, and printing inks)

Examples of lampblack in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For several months in 1879, Edison and his team tried dozens of materials, only to find that the lampblack carbon Edison had been using in his telephone transmitters was the ideal material. National Geographic, "Edison and Tesla's cutthroat 'Current War' ushered in the electric age," 27 Sep. 2019 The stylus would etch the waves on a page darkened by the carbon of lampblack. Steven Johnson, WIRED, "Why Inventors Misjudge How We’ll Abuse Their Creations," 15 Oct. 2014

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First Known Use of lampblack

1598, in the meaning defined above

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23 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Lampblack.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lampblack. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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