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[hwahyt, wahyt]
adjective, whiter, whitest.
of the color of pure snow, of the margins of this page, etc.; reflecting nearly all the rays of sunlight or a similar light.
light or comparatively light in color.
(of human beings) marked by slight pigmentation of the skin, as of many Caucasoids.
for, limited to, or predominantly made up of persons whose racial heritage is caucasian: a white club; a white neighborhood.
pallid or pale, as from fear or other strong emotion: white with rage.
silvery, gray, or hoary: white hair.
snowy: a white Christmas.
lacking color; transparent.
(politically) ultraconservative.
blank, as an unoccupied space in printed matter: Fill in the white space below.
Armor. composed entirely of polished steel plates without fabric or other covering; alwite.
wearing white clothing: a white monk.
Slang. decent, honorable, or dependable: That's very white of you.
auspicious or fortunate.
morally pure; innocent.
without malice; harmless: white magic.
(of wines) light-colored or yellowish, as opposed to red.
British. (of coffee) containing milk.
a color without hue at one extreme end of the scale of grays, opposite to black. A white surface reflects light of all hues completely and diffusely. Most so-called whites are very light grays: fresh snow, for example, reflects about 80 percent of the incident light, but to be strictly white, snow would have to reflect 100 percent of the incident light. It is the ultimate limit of a series of shades of any color.
a hue completely desaturated by admixture with white, the highest value possible.
quality or state of being white.
lightness of skin pigment.
a person whose racial heritage is Caucasian.
a white material or substance.
the white part of something.
Biology. a pellucid viscous fluid that surrounds the yolk of an egg; albumen.
the white part of the eyeball: He has a speck in the white of his eye.
white or nearly white clothing; as in tennis whites.
top-grade white flour.
white wine: Graves is a good white.
a type or breed that is white in color.
Usually, whites. a blank space in printing.
(initial capital letter) a hog of any of several breeds having a white coat, as a Chester White.
Entomology. any of several white-winged butterflies of the family Pieridae, as the common cabbage butterflies.
white fabric.
the outermost ring of the butt.
an arrow that hits this portion of the butt.
the central part of the butt or target, formerly painted white but now painted gold or yellow.
Archaic. a target painted white.
Chess, Checkers. the men or pieces that are light-colored.
(often initial capital letter) a member of a royalist, conservative, or reactionary political party.
verb (used with object), whited, whiting.
to make white by leaving blank spaces (often followed by out ).
to whiten (areas of artwork) in retouching preparatory to photoengraving (often followed by out ).
Archaic. to make white; whiten.
Verb phrases
white out,
to cover (errors in copy) with a white correction fluid.
to censor, as by obliterating words or passages with white ink.
bleed white, Informal. to be or cause to be deprived of all one's resources: Dishonesty is bleeding the union white.
in the white, in an unfinished state or condition, as furniture wood that has not been stained or varnished.

before 900; Middle English whit(e), Old English hwīt; cognate with German weiss, Old Norse hvītr, Gothic hweits; akin to wheat

half-white, adjective
unwhite, adjective
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white (waɪt)
1.  Compare black having no hue due to the reflection of all or almost all incident light
2.  (of light, such as sunlight) consisting of all the colours of the spectrum or produced by certain mixtures of three additive primary colours, such as red, green, and blue
3.  comparatively white or whitish-grey in colour or having parts of this colour: white clover
4.  (of an animal) having pale-coloured or white skin, fur, or feathers
5.  bloodless or pale, as from pain, emotion, etc
6.  (of hair, a beard, etc) silvery or grey, usually from age
7.  benevolent or without malicious intent: white magic
8.  colourless or transparent: white glass
9.  capped with or accompanied by snow: a white Christmas
10.  (sometimes capital) Compare Red counterrevolutionary, very conservative, or royalist
11.  blank, as an unprinted area of a page
12.  (of wine) made from pale grapes or from black grapes separated from their skins
13.  a.  (of coffee or tea) with milk or cream
 b.  (of bread) made with white flour
14.  physics having or characterized by a continuous distribution of energy, wavelength, or frequency: white noise
15.  informal honourable or generous
16.  (of armour) made completely of iron or steel (esp in the phrase white harness)
17.  rare morally unblemished
18.  rare (of times, seasons, etc) auspicious; favourable
19.  poetic, archaic or having a fair complexion; blond
20.  bleed white to deprive slowly of resources
21.  whiter than white
 a.  extremely clean and white
 b.  informal very pure, honest, and moral
22.  a white colour
23.  the condition or quality of being white; whiteness
24.  the white or lightly coloured part or area of something
25.  the white the viscous fluid that surrounds the yolk of a bird's egg, esp a hen's egg; albumen
26.  anatomy the white part (sclera) of the eyeball
27.  large white small white See cabbage white any of various butterflies of the family Pieridae
28.  chess, draughts
 a.  a white or light-coloured piece or square
 b.  (usually capital) the player playing with such pieces
29.  anything that has or is characterized by a white colour, such as a white paint or pigment, a white cloth, a white ball in billiards
30.  an unprinted area of a page
31.  archery
 a.  the outer ring of the target, having the lowest score
 b.  a shot or arrow hitting this ring
32.  poetic fairness of complexion
33.  in the white (of wood or furniture) left unpainted or unvarnished
34.  (usually foll by out) to create or leave white spaces in (printed or other matter)
35.  obsolete to make or become white
[Old English hwīt; related to Old Frisian hwīt, Old Saxon hwīt, Old Norse hvītr, Gothic hveits, Old High German hwīz (German weiss)]

White2 (waɪt)
1.  Gilbert. 1720--93, English clergyman and naturalist, noted for his Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne (1789)
2.  Jimmy. born 1962, British snooker player
3.  Marco Pierre. born 1961, British chef and restaurateur
4.  Patrick (Victor Martindale). 1912--90, Australian novelist: his works include Voss (1957), The Eye of the Storm (1973), and A Fringe of Leaves (1976): Nobel prize for literature 1973
5.  T(erence) H(anbury). 1906--64, British novelist: author of the Arthurian sequence The Once and Future King (1939--58)
6.  Willard (Wentworth) (ˈwɪlɑːd). born 1946, British operatic bass, born in Jamaica

White1 (waɪt)
1.  a person, esp one of European ancestry, from a human population having light pigmentation of the skin
2.  denoting or relating to a White person or White people

white out
1.  (intr) to lose or lack daylight visibility owing to snow or fog
2.  (tr) to create or leave white spaces in (printed or other matter)
3.  (tr) to delete (typewritten words or characters) with a white correcting fluid
4.  an atmospheric condition consisting of loss of visibility and sense of distance and direction due to a uniform whiteness of a heavy cloud cover and snow-covered ground, which reflects almost all the light it receives

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Word Origin & History

O.E. hwit, from P.Gmc. *khwitaz (cf. O.S., O.Fris. hwit, O.N. hvitr, Du. wit, O.H.G. hwiz, Ger. weiß, Goth. hveits), from PIE *kwintos/*kwindos "bright" (cf. Skt. svetah "white;" O.C.S. sviteti "to shine," svetu "light;" Lith. sviesti "to shine," svaityti "to brighten"). As a surname, originally
with reference to fair hair or complexion, it is one of the oldest in Eng., being well-established before the Conquest. Meaning "morally pure" was in O.E. Association with royalist causes is late 18c. Slang sense of "honorable, fair" is 1877, Amer.Eng. The racial sense (adj.) of "of those races (chiefly European or of European extraction) characterized by light complexion" is first recorded 1604. The noun in this sense ("white man, person of a race distinguished by light complexion") is from 1671; whitey in this sense is recorded from 1828. White supremacy attested from 1902; white flight is from 1967. White heat "state of intense or extreme emotion" first recorded 1839. White lie is attested from 1741. White Christmas is attested from 1857. White-collar is from 1919, first attested in Upton Sinclair. White House at the U.S. presidential residence is recorded from 1811. White water "river rapids" is recorded from 1586. White Russian "language of Byelorussia" is recorded from 1850; the mixed drink is from c.1978.

white out
1946 as an extreme snow condition on the U.S. prairie; 1977 as a liquid correction for paper.
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White definition

a symbol of purity (2 Chr. 5:12; Ps. 51:7; Isa. 1:18; Rev. 3:18; 7:14). Our Lord, at his transfiguration, appeared in raiment "white as the light" (Matt. 17:2, etc.).

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