- a white, heavy powder, basic lead carbonate, 2PbCO3⋅Pb(OH)2, used as a pigment, in putty, and in medicinal ointments for burns.
- the putty made from this substance in oil.
Origin of white lead
late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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Examples from the Web for white lead
The purport of such works is the conversion of pig-lead into white-lead.The Uncommercial Traveller
Broken china may be repaired with cement, made of equal parts of glue, the white of an egg, and white-lead mixed together.
The glaze is composed of felspar, carbonate of lime, borax, and white-lead.The Ceramic Art
Jennie J. Young
Grind the white-lead in the oil, and add the spirits of turpentine.Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy.
Bureau of Ordnance, USN
There was no longer any white-lead factory; it had killed eleven persons in the year, and the old convict had shut up shop.
- Also called: ceruse a white solid usually regarded as a mixture of lead carbonate and lead hydroxide; basic lead carbonate: used in paint and in making putty and ointments for the treatment of burns. Formula: 2PbCO 3 .Pb(OH) 2
- either of two similar white pigments based on lead sulphate or lead silicate
- a type of putty made by mixing white lead with boiled linseed oil
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