Heelball
Heelball Heel"ball`, n. A composition of wax and lampblack, used by shoemakers for polishing, and by antiquaries in copying inscriptions. [1913 Webster]

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  • heelball — [hēl′bôl΄] n. [orig. used by shoemakers in polishing the edges of heels and soles] a ball or stick of beeswax mixed with lampblack and used in making rubbings …   English World dictionary

  • heelball — noun Date: 1822 a composition of wax and lampblack used by shoemakers for polishing and by antiquarians for making rubbings of inscriptions …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • heelball — /heel bawl /, n. a substance composed of lampblack and wax used for making rubbings or for polishing shoes. [1790 1800; HEEL1 + BALL1, orig. the ball or undersurface of the heel] * * * …   Universalium

  • heelball — noun A mixture of wax and lampblack used to polish shoes, and in brass rubbing …   Wiktionary

  • heelball — noun a mixture of hard wax and lampblack used by shoemakers for polishing or in brass rubbing …   English new terms dictionary

  • heelball — heel•ball [[t]ˈhilˌbɔl[/t]] n. a substance composed of lampblack and wax, used for making rubbings or for polishing shoes • Etymology: 1790–1800 …   From formal English to slang

  • heelball — n. 1 a mixture of hard wax and lampblack used by shoemakers for polishing. 2 this or a similar mixture used in brass rubbing …   Useful english dictionary

  • rubbing — /rub ing/, n. 1. an act or action of a person or thing that rubs. 2. an impression of an incised or sculptured surface made by laying paper over it and rubbing with heelball, graphite, or a similar substance until the image appears. Cf. brass… …   Universalium

  • printmaking — /print may king/, n. the art or technique of making prints, esp. as practiced in engraving, etching, drypoint, woodcut or serigraphy. [1925 30; PRINT + MAKING] * * * Art form consisting of the production of images, usually on paper but… …   Universalium

  • brass rubbing — noun the action of rubbing heelball or chalk over paper laid on an engraved brass to reproduce its design …   English new terms dictionary

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