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Definition of the verb blacken

What does blacken mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: blackened | blackening | blackens

  1. make or become black
  2. burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color
    • example: The cook blackened the chicken breast
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • domain: cookery / cooking / preparation
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of blacken: char / scorch / sear
    • more generic word: burn = damage by burning with heat, fire, or radiation
    • more specific words: swinge / singe = burn superficially or lightly

Alternative definition of the verb blacken


  1. To make black.
  2. To make dirty.
  3. To defame or sully.
  4. To cook (meat or fish) by coating with pepper, etc., and quickly searing in a hot pan.
  5. [intransitive]To become black.


Blacken is a 2008 musical group from France.

  • album: "Wild Wild Rock"


Blacken is a basin in Lake Mälaren, the third-largest lake in Sweden. It is located in the western portion of the lake.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Blacken

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Google previewMy Life, My Times, My Poems (2009)

by John Anthony Banfield

Were having our first blacken (a blacken means having a drink straight from work without washing). You'll like it here, one of them said, every night the pub serves “ aers” so you can drink as long as you want to. And boy could these northern ...

Google previewThe Autocar (1914)

The reason the lamps blacken is that they have either been "over-run," that is to say, too high a voltage sent through them, or that they are worn □out and require renewal. — Expert Tkstee. No. 2957.— Ever-Ready Spring Starter. 1 have had ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Otchipwe Language, Explained in English (1853)

For the Use of Missionaries, and Other Persons Living Among the Above Mentioned Indians by Frederic Baraga

Blacken ...

Google previewA Sinhalese - English Dictionary (1996)

by Charles Carter

to blacken, darken ; to lower cad 'eatf £>(*}, n. black snake : see eadegio, n. turkey-cock, turkey. , n. fern, turkey-hen. , n. small black ant. n. black bittern : see , n. a kind of gram given to cattle, ytycine villona. , n.

Google previewFowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage (2015)

by Henry Watson Fowler, Jeremy Butterfield

black, blacken. Black is used when the meaning is deliberately to make something black (to black boots with blacking; to colour one's face black as camouflage, ...

Google previewMacmillan Dictionary for Children (2001)

by Robert B. Costello

blacken. bisect To divide into two equal parts. An angle is bisected when a straight line is drawn through the middle of it. bi-sect (bl sekt' or bl'sekt) verb. bishop 1. A Christian church official who has a high rank. 2. A piece in the game of chess.

Google previewThe Etymologic Interpreter; Or, an Explanatory and Pronouncing Dictionary of the English Language. To which is Prefixed an Introduction, Etc (1824)

by Rev. James GILCHRIST (of Newington Green.)

and is manifestly the same as the Greek ein as PHILEIN, $ loven, to love: having been once connected with many verbs it was considered a fixture, and therefore remains, though it adds no meaning; as, slacken, to slack, blacken, to black, ...

Google previewThe etymologic interpreter, or, An explanatory and pronouncing dictionary of the English language (1824)

to which is prefixed an introduction containing a full development of the principles of etymology and grammar, &c. &c. &c by James Gilchrist

and is manifestly the same as the Greek ein : as PHILEIN, £ loven, to love : having been once connected with many verbs it was considered a fixture, and therefore remains, though it adds no meaning ; as, slacken, to slack, blacken, to black, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the English Language; in which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals; and Illustrated in Their Different Significations ... Together with a History of the Language, and an English Grammar. By Samuel Johnson ... Whith Numerous Corrections, and with the Addition of Several Thousand Words ... by the Rev. H.J. Todd ... In Four Volumes. Vol. 1. [-4.] (1818)

The morals blacken'd, when the writings 'scape, The libell'd person, and the pictur'd shape. Pope. To BLA'cken.

The hollow sound Sung in the leaves, the forest shook around, Air blacken'd, roll'd the thunder, groan'd the ground. Dryden.

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Scrabble value of B3L1A1C3K5E1N1

The value of this 7-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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