scumbling Meaning, Definition & Usage

Scum"bling noun
  1. (Fine Arts) (a) A mode of obtaining a softened effect, in painting and drawing, by the application of a thin layer of opaque color to the surface of a painting, or part of the surface, which is too bright in color, or which requires harmonizing. (b) In crayon drawing, the use of the stump.
  2. The color so laid on. Also used figuratively.
    Shining above the brown scumbling of leafless orchards. L. Wallace.

Webster 1913