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white

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adjective \ˈhwīt, ˈwīt\

Definition of white

whiter

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whitest

  1. 1a :  free from colorb :  of the color of new snow or milk; specifically :  of the color whitec :  light or pallid in color white hair lips white with feard :  lustrous pale gray :  silvery; also :  made of silver

  2. 2a :  being a member of a group or race characterized by light pigmentation of the skinb :  of, relating to, characteristic of, or consisting of white people or their culturec [from the former stereotypical association of good character with northern European descent] :  marked by upright fairness that's mighty white of you

  3. 3 :  free from spot or blemish: such asa (1) :  free from moral impurity :  innocent (2) :  marked by the wearing of white by the woman as a symbol of purity a white weddingb :  unmarked by writing or printingc :  not intended to cause harm a white lie white magicd :  favorable, fortunate one of the white days of his life — Sir Walter Scott

  4. 4a :  wearing or habited in whiteb :  marked by the presence of snow :  snowy a white Christmas

  5. 5a :  heated to the point of whitenessb :  notably ardent :  passionate white fury

  6. 6a :  conservative or reactionary in political outlook and actionb :  instigated or carried out by reactionary forces as a counterrevolutionary measure a white terror

  7. 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. 8 :  consisting of a wide range of frequencies —used of light, sound, and electromagnetic radiation

whitish

play \ˈhwī-tish, ˈwī-\ adjective

Examples of white in a sentence

  1. He was wearing white sneakers.

  2. He had a long, white beard.

  3. Her lips were white with fear.

  4. He turned white when he heard the news.

  5. He came from a white middle-class background.

  6. His mother is Hispanic and his father is white.

Origin and Etymology of white

Middle English, from Old English hwīt; akin to Old High German hwīz white and probably to Old Church Slavonic světŭ light, Sanskrit śveta white, bright


First Known Use: before 12th century


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white

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Definition of white

  1. 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. 2a :  a white or light-colored part of something: such 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 illustrationb (1) archaic :  a white target (2) :  the fifth or outermost circle of an archery target; also :  a shot that hits it

  3. 3 :  one that is or approaches white in color: such asa :  white clothing —often used in pluralb :  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 butterfliese whites plural :  teeth —used in the phrase pearly whites

  4. 4 whites plural :  leukorrhea

  5. 5 :  a person belonging to a light-skinned race

  6. 6 often capitalized :  a member of a conservative or reactionary political group

Examples of white in a sentence

  1. the whites of his eyes

  2. The cake recipe calls for four egg whites.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of white

before 12th century


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white

verb

Definition of white

whited

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whiting

archaic

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  whiten

Origin and Etymology of white

Middle English, from white, adjective


First Known Use: before 12th century


White

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biographical name \ˈhwīt, ˈwīt\

Definition of White

  1. Andrew Dickson 1832–1918 American educator and diplomat


White

biographical name

Definition of White

  1. Byron Raymond 1917–2002 American jurist


White

biographical name

Definition of White

  1. Edward Douglass 1845–1921 American jurist; chief justice U.S. Supreme Court (1910–21)


White

biographical name

Definition of White

  1. Elwyn Brooks 1899–1985 American journalist and writer


White

biographical name

Definition of White

  1. Gilbert 1720–1793 English clergyman and naturalist


White

biographical name

Definition of White

  1. Patrick Victor Martindale 1912–1990 Australian writer


White

biographical name

Definition of White

  1. Stanford 1853–1906 American architect


White

biographical name

Definition of White

  1. Theodore Harold 1915–1986 American journalist and writer


White

biographical name

Definition of White

  1. William Allen 1868–1944 American journalist and writer


White

geographical name

Definition of White

  1. 1 river 690 miles (1110 kilometers) long in northern Arkansas and southwestern Missouri flowing southeast into the Mississippi River

  2. 2 river 250 miles (402 kilometers) long in northwestern Colorado and eastern Utah flowing west into the Green River

  3. 3 river 50 miles (80 kilometers) long in southwestern Indiana flowing west into the Wabash River

  4. 4 river 325 miles (523 kilometers) long in southern South Dakota flowing east into the Missouri River

  5. 5 river 130 miles (209 kilometers) long in northwestern Texas


WHITE Defined for English Language Learners

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white

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adjective \ˈhwīt, ˈwīt\

Definition of white for English Language Learners

  • : having the color of fresh snow or milk

  • : light or pale in color

  • : of or relating to a race of people who have light-colored skin and who come originally from Europe


WHITE Defined for Kids

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white

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adjective \ˈhwīt, ˈwīt\

Definition of white for Students

whiter

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whitest

  1. 1 :  of the color of fresh snow :  colored white

  2. 2 :  light or pale in color Her face was white with fear.

  3. 3 :  silvery

  4. 4 :  belonging to a race of people having light-colored skin

  5. 5 :  1blank 1 Do not write in white spaces on the page.

  6. 6 :  not intended to cause harm white lies

  7. 7 :  snowy 1 a white Christmas

whiteness

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white

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noun

Definition of white for Students

  1. 1 :  the color of fresh snow :  the opposite of black

  2. 2 :  the white part of something (as an egg)

  3. 3 :  white clothing She is dressed in white.

  4. 4 :  a person belonging to a race of people having light-colored skin



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