white lead

1. a white, heavy powder, basic lead carbonate, 2PbCO3·Pb(OH)2, used as a pigment, in putty, and in medicinal ointments for burns.
2. the putty made from this substance in oil.
[1400-50; late ME]

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      any of several white pigments used in exterior paints and containing inorganic compounds of lead (q.v.).

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • White lead — Lead Lead (l[e^]d), n. [OE. led, leed, lead, AS. le[ a]d; akin to D. lood, MHG. l[=o]t, G. loth plummet, sounding lead, small weight, Sw. & Dan. lod. [root]123.] 1. (Chem.) One of the elements, a heavy, pliable, inelastic metal, having a bright,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • White lead — White White (hw[imac]t), a. [Compar. {Whiter} (hw[imac]t [ e]r); superl. {Whitest}.] [OE. whit, AS. hw[imac]t; akin to OFries. and OS. hw[=i]t, D. wit, G. weiss, OHG. w[=i]z, hw[=i]z, Icel. hv[=i]tr, Sw. hvit, Dan. hvid, Goth. hweits, Lith.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • white lead —    White lead, a whitish corrosion product of lead, was formerly used to provide opacity in paints, especially in house paints. The white pigment in a colored paint is often called the hiding pigment. In addition to preventing the sun s damaging… …   Glossary of Art Terms

  • white lead — n. 1. a poisonous, heavy, white powder, basic lead carbonate, 2PbCO3·Pb(OH) 2, used in paints, pottery glazes, etc. 2. any of several white pigments containing lead, as lead sulfate …   English World dictionary

  • white lead — white′ lead′ [[t]lɛd[/t]] n. 1) chem. a white heavy powder of basic lead carbonate, 2PbCO3∙Pb(OH)2, used as a pigment, in putty, and in ointments for burns 2) chem. putty made from white lead in oil • Etymology: 1400–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • white lead — n any of several white lead containing pigments esp a heavy poisonous basic carbonate of lead of variable composition used esp. formerly in paints …   Medical dictionary

  • White lead — Chembox new ImageFile = ImageSize = IUPACName = OtherNames = basic lead carbonate Section1 = Chembox Identifiers CASNo = 1319 46 6 PubChem = SMILES = Section2 = Chembox Properties Formula = (PbCO3)2·Pb(OH)2 MolarMass = 775.633 g/mol Appearance =… …   Wikipedia

  • white lead — noun Date: 15th century any of several white lead containing pigments; 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 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • white lead — lead carbonate …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

  • white lead — noun a white pigment consisting of a mixture of lead carbonate and lead hydroxide …   English new terms dictionary

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