- 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
Examples from the Web for white lead
Historical Examples of 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