AskDefine | Define blacking

Dictionary Definition

blacking n : a substance used to produce a shiny protective surface on footwear [syn: shoe polish]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. present participle of black


  1. a preparation, containing lampblack, used to produce a shiny black coating to something
  2. shoe polish

Extensive Definition

Blacking can refer to:
  • Black polish, in particular shoe polish
  • Blacking up
  • A form of solidarity action, refusing to deal with goods from an organisation whose workers are undertaking strike action.
  • Chemical Blacking, a process whereby the surface of a metal is deliberately oxidised and coloured resulting in a protective coating.
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