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whiteout

[hwahyt-out, wahyt-] /ˈʰwaɪtˌaʊt, ˈwaɪt-/
noun
1.
Meteorology.
  1. a condition, found in polar regions, in which uniform illumination from snow on the ground and from a low cloud layer makes features of the landscape indistinguishable.
  2. a condition of heavily falling or blowing snow in which visibility is very poor.
2.
an act or instance of whiting out with a correction fluid.
3.
a white correction fluid used for this:
a bottle of whiteout.
4.
a mistake, as in typing, that has been whited out with a correction fluid.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45; (defs 2-4) noun use of verb phrase white out; (def 1) white + (black)out
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  • Driving fast in a whiteout dust fog is an excellent way to get killed.
  • He was driving in a rushing river of cold whiteout foam.
  • They barely made it back, in a whiteout, but they saved their neighbors from starvation.
  • In a whiteout situation impurities in our vision appear as blobs or floaters.
  • Watch out, however, for late afternoon snow and whiteout conditions.
  • The high plains experience persistent winds, which during winter can create whiteout conditions.
  • whiteout conditions quickly trapped thousands of people at work, in cars and in homes.
  • Some plows were pulled from area roads during whiteout conditions.
  • whiteout conditions, however, are often a problem during rainy weather.
  • Groomers are disoriented and losing trails in whiteout conditions and severe snow drifts.
British Dictionary definitions for whiteout

white out

verb (adverb)
1.
(intransitive) to lose or lack daylight visibility owing to snow or fog
2.
(transitive) to create or leave white spaces in (printed or other matter)
3.
(transitive) to delete (typewritten words or characters) with a white correcting fluid
noun
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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