Coloring the surface of metal by applying concentrated heat from a blowtorch or oxyacetylene torch. Oxidation gives the metal a blue tinge. Also spelled blueing. There is a chemical solution available which also blues metal. [Can you tell us precisely what that is called?]

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  • Bluing — may refer to:* Bluing (fabric), household product used to improve the appearance of fabrics * Bluing (steel), passivation process in which steel is partially protected against rust * bluing of machine parts to check for tolerances, see engineer s …   Wikipedia

  • Bluing — Blu ing, n. 1. The act of rendering blue; as, the bluing of steel. Tomlinson. [1913 Webster] 2. Something, as indigo or other preparations, used to give a bluish tint, especially to white clothing when being washed. [1913 Webster +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bluing — Bluing. См. Воронение металла. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • bluing — ☆ bluing [blo͞o′iŋ ] n. a blue liquid, powder, etc. used in rinsing white fabrics to prevent yellowing …   English World dictionary

  • Bluing — Blue Blue, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Blued}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bluing}.] To make blue; to dye of a blue color; to make blue by heating, as metals, etc. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bluing — bluː n. color blue, color of the sky or sea v. paint blue; treat with bluing (substance used to whiten clothes); waste money, spend extravagantly (Slang) adj. having a blue color; sad, depressed (slang) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bluing — or blueing noun Date: 1669 a preparation used in laundering to counteract yellowing of white fabrics …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bluing — /blooh ing/, n. Chem. a substance, as indigo, used to whiten clothes or give them a bluish tinge. Also, blueing. [1660 70; BLUE + ING1] * * * …   Universalium

  • bluing — noun a) A substance used in laundry to whiten clothes; blue b) Any of several processes to protect steel against rust …   Wiktionary

  • bluing — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. whitener, bleach, rinse, solution. See solution 2 …   English dictionary for students

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