white lead

noun

Definition of white lead

  1. :  any of several white pigments containing lead; especially :  a heavy poisonous basic carbonate of lead marketed as a powder or as a paste in linseed oil and used especially formerly in paints

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of white lead

before 12th century


Medical Dictionary

white lead

noun

Medical Definition of white lead

  1. :  any of several white lead-containing pigments; especially :  a heavy poisonous basic carbonate of lead of variable composition used especially formerly in paints

Learn More about white lead


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up white lead? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a weapon for destroying ships

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • winning-words-from-the-national-spelling-bee-logo
  • Which is the correct spelling of the winning word from 1988?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!