white lead


Definition of white lead

: 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

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Recent Examples on the Web As a result, 32 of the top 100 movies in 2021 featured a non-white lead — the same exact number as 2019, while 2020 dipped to 28. Christian Holub, EW.com, 14 Mar. 2022 In 1999 — when none of the broadcast networks’ 26 new fall series featured a non-white lead, sparking a boycott by advocacy groups such as the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) and the National Assn. Vanessa Martínez, Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2021 Male members of the court of Louis XIV in France painted on beauty marks, while Elizabethan Englishmen powdered their faces with ceruse, a toxic mixture of vinegar and white lead. New York Times, 10 May 2021 Tired of us also being used as side kick non dimensional characters to our white leads. NBC News, 3 June 2020 In China and Japan too, elite women and some men used white lead preparations and rice powder to achieve complexions resembling white jade or fresh lychee. Lynn M. Thomas, Quartz Africa, 9 Mar. 2020 Princess Weekes points out that The Help, written by a white author, is the only book on the list with a non-white lead. Cassie Werber, Quartz, 22 Dec. 2019 It is mortised throughout and the home's joints were set in white lead. Alice Adams, Houston Chronicle, 20 Sep. 2019 Networks are casting diverse ensembles, but actors of color mostly take a back seat to white leads. Judy Berman, Time, 18 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of white lead

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“White lead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20lead. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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Medical Definition of white lead

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


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