haze

noun
\ ˈhāz How to pronounce haze (audio) \

Definition of haze

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : fine dust, smoke, or light vapor causing lack of transparency of the air
b : a cloudy appearance in a transparent liquid or solid also : a dullness of finish (as on furniture)
2 : something suggesting atmospheric haze especially : vagueness of mind or mental perception

haze

verb (1)
hazed; hazing

Definition of haze (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to make hazy, dull, or cloudy

intransitive verb

: to become hazy or cloudy

haze

verb (2)
hazed; hazing

Definition of haze (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to harass by exacting unnecessary or disagreeable work
b : to harass by banter, ridicule, or criticism
2 : to haze by way of initiation haze the fraternity pledges
3 Western US : to drive (animals, such as cattle or horses) from horseback

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Verb (2)

hazer noun

Synonyms for haze

Synonyms: Noun

brume, fog, gauze, mist, murk, reek, smog, soup

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Examples of haze in a Sentence

Noun

The bar was filled with a smoky haze. She stumbled around in a drug-induced haze.

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Photographs show the white haze, sometimes shooting right at the nostrils of the curious animals, sometimes engulfing their tiny heads. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "‘Something wasn’t clicking’: WSU study shows offspring of pregnant rats exposed to THC have impaired development," 20 Nov. 2018 Welitoff makes what’s far, and here shrouded by haze, harder to let go of. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "Suara Welitoff’s videos help us see things afresh," 30 May 2018 Now Milad Akhlaghi and Aristide Dogariu, optics researchers at the University of Central Florida, have taken advantage of this property to track a moving object hidden by a simulated haze. Prachi Patel, Scientific American, "Seeing the Unseen: New, Low-Cost Technique Tracks Objects Hidden by Fog," 1 Sep. 2017 Wait an hour or so and buff the tiles with a clean, dry cloth to remove any residual grout haze. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Clean Dirty Grout," 5 Dec. 2018 The Apopka Fire Department responded after officers noticed a haze at police headquarters but crews did not find a fire or damage. David Harris, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Watch the moment a lightning strike hit Apopka police headquarters, putting scare into officer," 27 June 2018 Vog is formed when noxious sulfur dioxide from a volcano’s summit and eruptive vents reacts with oxygen, sunlight, moisture and other gases in the atmosphere to form a haze of fine particles. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Huge Burst of Ash and ‘Vog’ from Kilauea Puts Hawaii on Red Alert," 16 May 2018 In his 30 years of living in the Seattle area, wildfire expert Dave Peterson can’t recall a time before 2017 when the city was blanketed with an unhealthy smoky haze. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "Smoky Seattle summers: Expect more of them, scientists say," 14 Aug. 2018 Still-sunny skies with little to no prospect for cooling afternoon thundershowers means: oof! Confidence: Medium-High Sunday night: More clear skies than not, albeit with a little haze. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: New heat wave begins today, and the humidity will become oppressive by Sunday," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In these noisy and dynamic few milliseconds the fat rear Michelins hazed and the Pista’s posterior waggled left, then right, violently, a 710-hp twerk. Dan Neil, WSJ, "I Drove a Screaming Fast Ferrari Among Ordinary Cars," 21 Feb. 2019 Blowups as far away as Canada or Idaho can waft hundreds of miles, haze a Montana day, and make a mountain valley smell like a campsite. Smith Henderson, Popular Mechanics, "You Could Live Here Alone Forever," 11 Jan. 2017 The legislation makes the most severe forms of hazing a felony, requires schools to maintain policies to combat hazing and allows confiscation of frat houses where hazing has occurred. Mark Scolforo, The Seattle Times, "Anti-hazing law in Penn St. student’s name goes to governor," 15 Oct. 2018 At a prep school in the Midwest about 15 years ago, a freshman on the school’s football team was introduced to a disturbing locker room hazing ritual. Adam Howard, Vox, "I’ve spent decades studying elite schools. Here’s how their culture enables toxic masculinity.," 27 Sep. 2018 The patrol team wants to ensure that its efforts to discourage bears from the village neither aid nor interfere with the work of subsistence hunters, who don’t want to see the bears hazed out of the region entirely. Eva Holland, Smithsonian, "Where the Doomed, Beloved Polar Bear Is Still a Dangerous Predator," 16 May 2018 Pennsylvania, like Louisiana, is expected to soon pass an anti-hazing law that would make death by hazing a felony. Kyle Spencer, New York Times, "Colleges and State Laws Are Clamping Down on Fraternities," 5 June 2018 David Bianchi, the Coffeys' attorney who helped pass a Florida law in 2005 that made hazing a felony, also blocks defendants from claiming the victim went along willingly. CBS News, "Andrew Coffey's family calls for "accountability and education" after alleged FSU hazing death," 13 Mar. 2018 Stephen and Rae Ann Gruver appeared on Dateline NBC Sunday (June 3) alongside other parents of hazing victims to call on universities, fraternities and policymakers to take action to protect kids. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii, NOLA.com, "Maxwell Gruver's parents appear on 'Dateline' college hazing report," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of haze

Noun

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

1801, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Verb (2)

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for haze

Noun

probably back-formation from hazy

Verb (2)

origin unknown

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haze

noun

English Language Learners Definition of haze

: dust, smoke, or mist that has filled the air so that you cannot see clearly
: a state of confusion

haze

noun
\ ˈhāz How to pronounce haze (audio) \

Kids Definition of haze

: fine dust, smoke, or fine particles of water in the air

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