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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Charcoal  \Char"coal`\,  n.  [See  {Char},  v.  t.,  to  burn  or  to 
  reduce  to  coal,  and  {Coal}.] 
  1.  Impure  carbon  prepared  from  vegetable  or  animal 
  substances;  esp.,  coal  made  by  charring  wood  in  a  kiln, 
  retort,  etc.,  from  which  air  is  excluded.  It  is  used  for 
  fuel  and  in  various  mechanical,  artistic,  and  chemical 
  processes. 
 
  2.  (Fine  Arts)  Finely  prepared  charcoal  in  small  sticks,  used 
  as  a  drawing  implement. 
 
  {Animal  charcoal},  a  fine  charcoal  prepared  by  calcining 
  bones  in  a  closed  vessel;  --  used  as  a  filtering  agent  in 
  sugar  refining,  and  as  an  absorbent  and  disinfectant. 
 
  {Charcoal  blacks},  the  black  pigment,  consisting  of  burnt 
  ivory,  bone,  cock,  peach  stones,  and  other  substances. 
 
  {Charcoal  drawing}  (Fine  Arts),  a  drawing  made  with  charcoal. 
  See  {Charcoal},  2.  Until  within  a  few  years  this  material 
  has  been  used  almost  exclusively  for  preliminary  outline, 
  etc.,  but  at  present  many  finished  drawings  are  made  with 
  it 
 
  {Charcoal  point},  a  carbon  pencil  prepared  for  use  in  an 
  electric  light  apparatus. 
 
  {Mineral  charcoal},  a  term  applied  to  silky  fibrous  layers  of 
  charcoal,  interlaminated  in  beds  of  ordinary  bituminous 
  coal;  --  known  to  miners  as  mother  of  coal. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  charcoal 
  adj  :  very  dark  gray  [syn:  {charcoal-gray},  {charcoal-grey}] 
  n  1:  a  carbonaceous  material  obtained  by  heating  wood  or  other 
  organic  matter  in  the  absence  of  air  [syn:  {wood  coal}] 
  2:  a  stick  of  black  carbon  material  used  for  drawing  [syn:  {fusain}] 
  3:  a  very  dark  gray  color  [syn:  {charcoal  gray},  {charcoal  grey}, 
  {oxford  gray},  {oxford  grey}] 
  4:  a  drawing  made  with  charcoal 
  v  :  draw,  trace,  or  represent  with  charcoal 




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