Definition for bluing (2 of 2)
- the sky.
- the sea.
- the remote distance: They've vanished into the blue somewhere.
adjective, blu·er, blu·est.
verb (used with object), blued, blu·ing or blue·ing.
verb (used without object), blued, blu·ing or blue·ing.
Origin of blue
SYNONYMS FOR blue
ANTONYMS FOR blue
Related formsblue·ly, adverbblue·ness, nounhalf-blue, adjectiveun·blued, adjective
Can be confusedblew blue
Examples from the Web for bluing
Two or three squeezes of a bluing ball, or a teaspoonful of liquid bluing is often a sufficient quantity for a tub of water.The Library of Work and Play: Housekeeping|Elizabeth Hale Gilman
She was now preparing her bluing water in a small tub standing on three legs.L'Assommoir|Emile Zola
Emery paper or a burnisher must never be used in removing rust, for it also removes the bluing.Manual of Military Training|James A. Moss
Here I have the clothes almost washed, and not a bit of bluing to rinse them in.Uncle Wiggily in the Woods|Howard R. Garis
By the side of it sat a tub for rinsing water and next to that a tub for bluing water.The Library of Work and Play: Electricity and Its Everyday Uses|John F. Woodhull
British Dictionary definitions for bluing (1 of 2)
- a sportsperson who represents or has represented Oxford or Cambridge University and has the right to wear the university colour (dark blue for Oxford, light blue for Cambridge)an Oxford blue
- the honour of so representing one's university
adjective bluer or bluest
verb blues, blueing, bluing or blued
Derived Formsbluely, adverbblueness, noun
Word Origin for blue
British Dictionary definitions for bluing (2 of 2)
Idioms and Phrases with bluing
In addition to the idioms beginning with blue
- blue funk, in a
- blue in the face
- between a rock and a hard place (devil and deep blue sea)
- black and blue
- bolt from the blue
- have the blues
- into thin air (the blue)
- like greased lightning (a blue streak)
- once in a blue moon
- out of a clear blue sky
- talk one's arm off (a blue streak
- until blue in the face)