haze

noun
\ ˈhāz \

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

daze, dazedness, fog, muddle, spin, swoon

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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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In addition to a touch more haze, there’s a touch more heat and humidity. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Intense heat this weekend and into early week," 30 June 2018 Audience members enter into a violet haze of smoke that is punctuated by starbursts of white cabaret lights framing the stage and lining the room (scenic design by Stephen Gifford, lights by Matthew Brian Denman). Daryl H. Miller, latimes.com, "The world is ending, so come to the 'Cabaret'," 15 June 2018 As the stories have played out, the individual testimonies of the women dissolved, partially, into the haze: The women were believed, finally, tenuously, but their stories were not fully considered the truth. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The Facts and Fictions of Harvey Weinstein’s Arrest," 25 May 2018 His face — all hat, glasses, and beard — perches above his shirt, which subsides into the yellow haze behind him. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "At the Rose, taking tenderness to unexpected places," 25 Apr. 2018 The show took place at Motorwerk Berlin, a cavernous, industrial space where models wandered through a dim haze. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Hugo, the Streetwise “Little Brother” Label to Hugo Boss, Just Showed a Berlin-Inspired Collection in the German Capital," 6 July 2018 Satellite imagery from the National Weather Service and photos posted on social media showed winds had carried the smoke from the fire 75 miles into the Bay Area, blanketing the region in an eerie yellow haze. Sarah Parvini, latimes.com, "Wildfire in Yolo County spreads to 44,500 acres; only 3% containment," 2 July 2018 Thick smoke rising into the air is casting a gray haze over Durango's rugged terrain. Omar Villafranca, CBS News, "Colorado wildfires: Crews battling dry conditions, winds up to 30 mph," 14 June 2018 Satellite imagery from the National Weather Service and photos posted on social media showed winds carried the smoke 75 miles into the Bay Area, blanketing the region in an eerie yellow haze in the first days of the fire. Javier Panzar, latimes.com, "Northern California fire sparked by faulty electric fence," 12 July 2018

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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 The parents came together to form Parents United to Stop Hazing, or PUSH, an advocacy group that seeks change from universities, national fraternities and lawmakers to stop hazing deaths. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii, NOLA.com, "Maxwell Gruver's parents appear on 'Dateline' college hazing report," 4 June 2018 Tess ends up at a fancy Manhattan restaurant as a backwaitress and meets an incredibly diverse waitstaff with a colorful list of characters that like to party late and haze the newbies. Krystyna Chávez, Marie Claire, "Watch An Exclusive Clip From the Upcoming 'Sweetbitter' Episode," 1 June 2018 On the horizon, a light haze shrouds the mountains of northern Mexico. Steven Levy, WIRED, "Inside Palmer Luckey’s Bid to Build A Border Wall," 11 June 2018 The Max Gruver Act prohibits people from hazing another person regardless of whether the person voluntarily allowed the hazing. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii, NOLA.com, "John Bel Edwards signs bill to make hazing a felony act," 31 May 2018 As a result, though—in the media, and in the powerful court of public opinion—the testimonies of those scores of women have been hedged and hazed in the standardized manner: Big if true. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The Facts and Fictions of Harvey Weinstein’s Arrest," 25 May 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 \

Kids Definition of haze

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

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