WHITE, a. [G.] 1. Being in the color of pure snow; snowy; not dark; as white paper; a white skin. 2. Pale; destitute of color in the cheeks, or of the tinge of blood color; as white with fear. 3. Having the color of purity; pure; clean; free from spot; as white robed innocence. 4. Gray; as white hair; a venerable man, white with age. 5. Pure; unblemished. No whiter page than Addisons remains. 6. In a scriptural sense, purified from sin; sanctified. Psalms 51.
adj 1: being of the achromatic color of maximum lightness; having little or no hue owing to reflection of almost all incident light; "as white as fresh snow"; "a bride's white dress" [ant: black] 2: of or belonging to a racial group having light skin coloration; "voting patterns within the white population" [ant: black] 3: free from moral blemish or impurity; unsullied; "in shining white armor" 4: marked by the presence of snow; "a white Christmas"; "the white hills of a northern winter" [syn: white, snowy] 5: restricted to whites only; "under segregation there were even white restrooms and white drinking fountains"; "a lily-white movement which would expel Negroes from the organization" [syn: white, lily-white] 6: glowing white with heat; "white flames"; "a white-hot center of the fire" [syn: white, white-hot] 7: benevolent; without malicious intent; "that's white of you" 8: (of a surface) not written or printed on; "blank pages"; "fill in the blank spaces"; "a clean page"; "wide white margins" [syn: blank, clean, white] 9: (of coffee) having cream or milk added 10: (of hair) having lost its color; "the white hairs of old age" [syn: white, whitened] 11: anemic looking from illness or emotion; "a face turned ashen"; "the invalid's blanched cheeks"; "tried to speak with bloodless lips"; "a face livid with shock"; "lips...livid with the hue of death"- Mary W. Shelley; "lips white with terror"; "a face white with rage" [syn: ashen, blanched, bloodless, livid, white] 12: of summer nights in northern latitudes where the sun barely sets; "white nights" n 1: a member of the Caucasoid race [syn: White, White person, Caucasian] 2: the quality or state of the achromatic color of greatest lightness (bearing the least resemblance to black) [syn: white, whiteness] [ant: black, blackness, inkiness] 3: United States jurist appointed chief justice of the United States Supreme Court in 1910 by President Taft; noted for his work on antitrust legislation (1845-1921) [syn: White, Edward White, Edward D. White, Edward Douglas White Jr.] 4: Australian writer (1912-1990) [syn: White, Patrick White, Patrick Victor Martindale White] 5: United States political journalist (1915-1986) [syn: White, T. H. White, Theodore Harold White] 6: United States architect (1853-1906) [syn: White, Stanford White] 7: United States writer noted for his humorous essays (1899-1985) [syn: White, E. B. White, Elwyn Brooks White] 8: United States educator who in 1865 (with Ezra Cornell) founded Cornell University and served as its first president (1832-1918) [syn: White, Andrew D. White, Andrew Dickson White] 9: a tributary of the Mississippi River that flows southeastward through northern Arkansas and southern Missouri [syn: White, White River] 10: the white part of an egg; the nutritive and protective gelatinous substance surrounding the yolk consisting mainly of albumin dissolved in water; "she separated the whites from the yolks of several eggs" [syn: egg white, white, albumen, ovalbumin] 11: (board games) the lighter pieces [ant: black] 12: (usually in the plural) trousers made of flannel or gabardine or tweed or white cloth [syn: flannel, gabardine, tweed, white] v 1: turn white; "This detergent will whiten your laundry" [syn: whiten, white] [ant: black, blacken, melanise, melanize, nigrify]
I. biographical name Andrew Dickson 1832-1918 American educator & diplomat II. biographical name Byron Raymond 1917-2002 American jurist III. biographical name Edward Douglass 1845-1921 American jurist; chief justice United States Supreme Court (1910-21) IV. biographical name Elwyn Brooks 1899-1985 American journalist & writer V. biographical name Gilbert 1720-1793 English clergyman & naturalist VI. biographical name Patrick Victor Martindale 1912-1990 Australian writer VII. biographical name Stanford 1853-1906 American architect VIII. biographical name Theodore Harold 1915-1986 American journalist & writer IX. biographical name William Allen 1868-1944 American journalist & writer X. geographical name1. river 690 miles (1110 kilometers) N Arkansas & SW Missouri flowing SE into Mississippi River 2. river 250 miles (402 kilometers) NW Colorado & E Utah flowing W into Green River 3. river 50 miles (80 kilometers) SW Indiana flowing W into the Wabash 4. river 325 miles (523 kilometers) S South Dakota flowing E into Missouri River 5. river 130 miles (209 kilometers) NW Texas
I. adjective (whiter; whitest) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hw?t; akin to Old High German hw?z white and probably to Old Church Slavic sv?t? light, Sanskrit ?veta white, bright Date: before 12th century 1.a. free from color b. of the color of new snow or milk; specifically of the color white c. light or pallid in color <white hair> <lips white with fear> d. lustrous pale gray ;silvery; also made of silver 2.a. being a member of a group or race characterized by light pigmentation of the skin b. of, relating to, characteristic of, or consisting of white people or their culture c. [from the former stereotypical association of good character with northern European descent] marked by upright fairness <that's mighty white of you> 3. free from spot or blemish: as a.(1) free from moral impurity ;innocent(2) marked by the wearing of white by the woman as a symbol of purity <a white wedding> b. unmarked by writing or printing c. not intended to cause harm <a white lie> <white magic> d.favorable, fortunate<one of the white days of his life — Sir Walter Scott> 4.a. wearing or habited in white b. marked by the presence of snow ;snowy<a white Christmas> 5.a. heated to the point of whiteness b. notably ardent ;passionate<white fury> 6.a. conservative or reactionary in political outlook and action b. instigated or carried out by reactionary forces as a counterrevolutionary measure <a white terror> 7. of, relating to, or constituting a musical tone quality characterized by a controlled pure sound, a lack of warmth and color, and a lack of resonance 8. consisting of a wide range of frequencies — used of light, sound, and electromagnetic radiation • whitishadjectiveII. nounDate: before 12th century 1. the achromatic object color of greatest lightness characteristically perceived to belong to objects that reflect diffusely nearly all incident energy throughout the visible spectrum 2.a. a white or light-colored part of something: as (1) a mass of albuminous material surrounding the yolk of an egg (2) the white part of the eyeball (3) the light-colored pieces in a 2-player board game; also the player by whom these are played (4) the area of a page unmarked by writing, printing, or illustration b.(1)archaic a white target (2) the fifth or outermost circle of an archery target; also a shot that hits it 3. one that is or approaches white in color: as a. white clothing — often used in plural b.white winec. a white mammal (as a horse or a hog) d.(1) a white-colored product (as flour, pins, or sugar) — usually used in plural (2) any of numerous butterflies (subfamily Pierinae of the family Pieridae) that usually have the ground color of the wings white and are related to the sulphur butterflies e.pluralteeth — used in the phrase pearly whites4.pluralleukorrhea5. a person belonging to a light-skinned race 6.often capitalized a member of a conservative or reactionary political group III. transitive verb (whited; whiting) Etymology: Middle English, from white, adjective Date: before 12th century archaicwhiten
adj., n., & v. --adj. 1 resembling a surface reflecting sunlight without absorbing any of the visible rays; of the colour of milk or fresh snow. 2 approaching such a colour; pale esp. in the face (turned as white as a sheet). 3 less dark than other things of the same kind. 4 (White) a of the human group having light-coloured skin. b of or relating to White people. 5 albino (white mouse). 6 a (of hair) having lost its colour esp. in old age. b (of a person) white-haired. 7 colloq. innocent, untainted. 8 (in comb.) (of esp. animals) having some white on the body (white-throated). 9 a (of a plant) having white flowers or pale-coloured fruit etc. (white hyacinth; white cauliflower). b (of a tree) having light-coloured bark etc. (white ash; white poplar). 10 (of wine) made from white grapes or dark grapes with the skins removed. 11 (of coffee) with milk or cream added. 12 transparent, colourless (white glass). 13 hist. counter-revolutionary or reactionary (white guard; white army). --n. 1 a white colour or pigment. 2 a white clothes or material (dressed in white). b (in pl.) white garments as worn in cricket, tennis, etc. 3 a (in a game or sport) a white piece, ball, etc. b the player using such pieces. 4 the white part or albumen round the yolk of an egg. 5 the visible part of the eyeball round the iris. 6 (White) a member of a light-skinned race. 7 a white butterfly. 8 a blank space in printing. --v.tr. archaic make white. Phrases and idioms: bleed white drain (a person, country, etc.) of wealth etc. white admiral a butterfly, Limenitis camilla, with a white band across its wings. white ant a termite. white cell (or corpuscle) a leucocyte. white Christmas Christmas with snow on the ground. white coal water as a source of power. white-collar (of a worker) engaged in clerical or administrative rather than manual work. white currant a cultivar of redcurrant with pale edible berries. whited sepulchre see SEPULCHRE. white dwarf a small very dense star. white elephant a useless and troublesome possession or thing. white ensign see ENSIGN. white feather a symbol of cowardice (a white feather in the tail of a game-bird being a mark of bad breeding). white fish fish with pale flesh, e.g. plaice, cod, etc. white flag a symbol of surrender or a period of truce. White Friar a Carmelite. white frost see FROST. white goods 1 domestic linen. 2 large domestic electrical equipment. white heat 1 the temperature at which metal emits white light. 2 a state of intense passion or activity. white hope a person expected to achieve much for a group, organization, etc. white horses white-crested waves at sea. white-hot at white heat. White House the official residence of the US President in Washington. white lead a mixture of lead carbonate and hydrated lead oxide used as pigment. white lie a harmless or trivial untruth. white light colourless light, e.g. ordinary daylight. white lime lime mixed with water as a coating for walls; whitewash. white magic magic used only for beneficent purposes. white matter the part of the brain and spinal cord consisting mainly of nerve fibres (see also grey matter). white meat poultry, veal, rabbit, and pork. white metal a white or silvery alloy. white monk a Cistercian. white night a sleepless night. white noise noise containing many frequencies with equal intensities. white-out a dense blizzard esp. in polar regions. white ox-eye = ox-eye daisy. White Paper (in the UK) a Government report giving information or proposals on an issue. white pepper see PEPPER. white poplar = ABELE. white rose the emblem of Yorkshire or the House of York. White Russian a Belorussian. white sale a sale of household linen. white sauce a sauce of flour, melted butter, and milk or cream. White slave a woman tricked or forced into prostitution, usu. abroad. White slavery traffic in White slaves. white sock = STOCKING 3. white spirit light petroleum as a solvent. white sugar purified sugar. white tie a man's white bow-tie as part of full evening dress. white vitriol Chem. zinc sulphate. white water a shallow or foamy stretch of water. white wedding a wedding at which the bride wears a formal white wedding dress. white whale a northern cetacean, Delphinapterus leucas, white when adult: also called BELUGA. Derivatives: whitely adv. whiteness n. whitish adj. Etymology: OE hwit f. Gmc
White White, a. [Compar. Whiter; superl. Whitest.] [OE. whit, AS. hw?t; akin to OFries. and OS. hw[=i]t, D. wit, G. weiss, OHG. w[=i]z, hw[=i]z, Icel. hv[=i]tr, Sw. hvit, Dan. hvid, Goth. hweits, Lith. szveisti, to make bright, Russ. sviet' light, Skr. ?v?ta white, ?vit to be bright. ???. Cf. Wheat, Whitsunday.] 1. Reflecting to the eye all the rays of the spectrum combined; not tinted with any of the proper colors or their mixtures; having the color of pure snow; snowy; -- the opposite of black or dark; as, white paper; a white skin. ``Pearls white.'' --Chaucer. White as the whitest lily on a stream. --Longfellow. 2. Destitute of color, as in the cheeks, or of the tinge of blood color; pale; pallid; as, white with fear. Or whispering with white lips, ``The foe! They come! they come!'' --Byron. 3. Having the color of purity; free from spot or blemish, or from guilt or pollution; innocent; pure. White as thy fame, and as thy honor clear. --Dryden. No whiter page than Addison's remains. --Pope. 4. Gray, as from age; having silvery hair; hoary. Your high engendered battles 'gainst a head So old and white as this. --Shak. 5. Characterized by freedom from that which disturbs, and the like; fortunate; happy; favorable. On the whole, however, the dominie reckoned this as one of the white days of his life. --Sir W. Scott. 6. Regarded with especial favor; favorite; darling. Come forth, my white spouse. --Chaucer. I am his white boy, and will not be gullet. --Ford. Note: White is used in many self-explaining compounds, as white-backed, white-bearded, white-footed. White alder. (Bot.) See Sweet pepper bush, under Pepper. White ant (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of social pseudoneuropterous insects of the genus Termes. These insects are very abundant in tropical countries, and form large and complex communities consisting of numerous asexual workers of one or more kinds, of large-headed asexual individuals called soldiers, of one or more queens (or fertile females) often having the body enormously distended by the eggs, and, at certain seasons of numerous winged males, together with the larv[ae] and pup[ae] of each kind in various stages of development. Many of the species construct large and complicated nests, sometimes in the form of domelike structures rising several feet above the ground and connected with extensive subterranean galleries and chambers. In their social habits they closely resemble the true ants. They feed upon animal and vegetable substances of various kinds, including timber, and are often very destructive to buildings and furniture. White arsenic (Chem.), arsenious oxide, As2O3, a substance of a white color, and vitreous adamantine luster, having an astringent, sweetish taste. It is a deadly poison. White bass (Zo["o]l.), a fresh-water North American bass (Roccus chrysops) found in the Great Likes. White bear (Zo["o]l.), the polar bear. See under Polar. White blood cell. (Physiol.) See Leucocyte. White brand (Zo["o]l.), the snow goose. White brass, a white alloy of copper; white copper. White campion. (Bot.) (a) A kind of catchfly (Silene stellata) with white flowers. (b) A white-flowered Lychnis (Lychnis vespertina). White canon (R. C. Ch.), a Premonstratensian. White caps, the members of a secret organization in various of the United States, who attempt to drive away or reform obnoxious persons by lynch-law methods. They appear masked in white. White cedar (Bot.), an evergreen tree of North America (Thuja occidentalis), also the related Cupressus thyoides, or Cham[ae]cyparis sph[ae]roidea, a slender evergreen conifer which grows in the so-called cedar swamps of the Northern and Atlantic States. Both are much valued for their durable timber. In California the name is given to the Libocedrus decurrens, the timber of which is also useful, though often subject to dry rot. --Goodale. The white cedar of Demerara, Guiana, etc., is a lofty tree (Icica, or Bursera, altissima) whose fragrant wood is used for canoes and cabinetwork, as it is not attacked by insect. White cell. (Physiol.) See Leucocyte. White cell-blood (Med.), leucocyth[ae]mia. White clover (Bot.), a species of small perennial clover bearing white flowers. It furnishes excellent food for cattle and horses, as well as for the honeybee. See also under Clover. White copper, a whitish alloy of copper. See German silver, under German. White copperas (Min.), a native hydrous sulphate of iron; coquimbite. White coral (Zo["o]l.), an ornamental branched coral (Amphihelia oculata) native of the Mediterranean. White corpuscle. (Physiol.) See Leucocyte. White cricket (Zo["o]l.), the tree cricket. White crop, a crop of grain which loses its green color, or becomes white, in ripening, as wheat, rye, barley, and oats, as distinguished from a green crop, or a root crop. White currant (Bot.), a variety of the common red currant, having white berries. White daisy (Bot.), the oxeye daisy. See under Daisy. White damp, a kind of poisonous gas encountered in coal mines. --Raymond. White elephant (Zo["o]l.), a whitish, or albino, variety of the Asiatic elephant.
White White, n. 1. The color of pure snow; one of the natural colors of bodies, yet not strictly a color, but a composition of all colors; the opposite of black; whiteness. See the Note under Color, n., 1. Finely attired in a of white. --Shak. 2. Something having the color of snow; something white, or nearly so; as, the white of the eye. 3. Specifically, the central part of the butt in archery, which was formerly painted white; the center of a mark at which a missile is shot. 'T was I won the wager, though you hit the white. --Shak. 4. A person with a white skin; a member of the white, or Caucasian, races of men. 5. A white pigment; as, Venice white. 6. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of butterflies belonging to Pieris, and allied genera in which the color is usually white. See Cabbage butterfly, under Cabbage. Black and white. See under Black. Flake white, Paris white, etc. See under Flack, Paris, etc. White of a seed (Bot.), the albumen. See Albumen, 2. White of egg, the viscous pellucid fluid which surrounds the yolk in an egg, particularly in the egg of a fowl. In a hen's egg it is alkaline, and contains about 86 per cent of water and 14 per cent of solid matter, the greater portion of which is egg albumin. It likewise contains a small amount of globulin, and traces of fats and sugar, with some inorganic matter. Heated above 60[deg] C. it coagulates to a solid mass, owing to the albumin which it contains. --Parr. White of the eye (Anat.), the white part of the ball of the eye surrounding the transparent cornea.
White White, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Whited; p. pr. & vb. n. Whiting.] [AS. hw[=i]tan.] To make white; to whiten; to whitewash; to bleach. Whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of . . . uncleanness. --Matt. xxiii. 27. So as no fuller on earth can white them. --Mark. ix. 3.
Wine Wine, n. [OE. win, AS. win, fr. L. vinum (cf. Icel. v[=i]n; all from the Latin); akin to Gr. o'i^nos, ?, and E. withy. Cf. Vine, Vineyard, Vinous, Withy.] 1. The expressed juice of grapes, esp. when fermented; a beverage or liquor prepared from grapes by squeezing out their juice, and (usually) allowing it to ferment. ``Red wine of Gascoigne.'' --Piers Plowman. Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging, and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. --Prov. xx. 1. Bacchus, that first from out the purple grape Crushed the sweet poison of misused wine. --Milton. Note: Wine is essentially a dilute solution of ethyl alcohol, containing also certain small quantities of ethers and ethereal salts which give character and bouquet. According to their color, strength, taste, etc., wines are called red, white, spirituous, dry, light, still, etc. 2. A liquor or beverage prepared from the juice of any fruit or plant by a process similar to that for grape wine; as, currant wine; gooseberry wine; palm wine. 3. The effect of drinking wine in excess; intoxication. Noah awoke from his wine. --Gen. ix. 24. Birch wine, Cape wine, etc. See under Birch, Cape, etc. Spirit of wine. See under Spirit. To have drunk wine of ape or wine ape, to be so drunk as to be foolish. [Obs.] --Chaucer. Wine acid. (Chem.) See Tartaric acid, under Tartaric. [Colloq.] Wine apple (Bot.), a large red apple, with firm flesh and a rich, vinous flavor.
(whiter, whitest, whites)Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English. 1. Something that is white is the colour of snow or milk. He had nice square white teeth...He was dressed in white from head to toe.COLOUR • whitenessHer scarlet lipstick emphasized the whiteness of her teeth.N-UNCOUNT 2. A white person has a pale skin and belongs to a race which is of European origin. He was white, with brown shoulder-length hair and a moustache.ADJ • Whites are white people. It's a school that's brought blacks and whites and Hispanics together.N-COUNT: usu pl 3. If someone goes white, the skin on their face becomes very pale, for example because of fear, shock, anger, or illness. Richard had gone very white, but he stood his ground...His face was white with fury.ADJ: usu v-link ADJ • If someone looks white as a sheet or as white as a sheet, they look very frightened, shocked, or ill. He appeared in the doorway, white as a sheet, eyes wide with horror.PHRASE: v-link PHR 4. White wine is pale yellow in colour. Gregory poured another glass of white wine and went back to his bedroom.ADJ • You can refer to white wine as white. I bought a bottle of Californian white.N-MASS 5. White coffee has had milk or cream added to it. (BRIT) Wayne has a large white coffee in front of him.ADJ 6. White blood cells are the cells in your blood which your body uses to fight infection. ADJ: ADJ n 7. The white of an egg is the transparent liquid that surrounds the yellow part called the yolk. N-VAR 8. The white of someone's eye is the white part that surrounds the coloured part called the iris. N-COUNT: usu N of n