white·​out | \ ˈ(h)wīt-ˌau̇t How to pronounce whiteout (audio) \

Definition of whiteout

: a surface weather condition in a snow-covered area (such as a polar region) in which no object casts a shadow, the horizon cannot be seen, and only dark objects are discernible also : a blizzard that severely reduces visibility

Examples of whiteout in a Sentence

We got caught in a whiteout.
Recent Examples on the Web Especially coming out here in a whiteout and winning in front of our fans. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 19 Sep. 2021 The traffic pileup along Interstate 41 in Washington County during whiteout snowstorm conditions on Wednesday killed one person and involved about 100 vehicles, law enforcement said Thursday. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 Apr. 2021 Mount Washington could see as much as 10 inches of new snowfall and whiteout conditions, according to Ryan Knapp, a meteorologist at the Mount Washington Observatory. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Apr. 2021 Heavy snow and high winds will bring whiteout and hazardous travel to much of southern Minnesota Friday as a slow-moving snowstorm that began Thursday with freezing rain and slushy snow turns into a winter juggernaut. Alex Chhith, Star Tribune, 14 Jan. 2021 Winds at the race start caused near whiteout conditions and temperatures were well below zero. Author: Emily Hofstaedter, Carey Restino, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Apr. 2021 Several car pile-ups were reported in Ohio due to the heavy snow and whiteout conditions. Max Golembo, ABC News, 2 Apr. 2021 The installation is what Turrell calls a Ganzfeld, a German word that denotes the loss of spatial perception that occurs in a featureless, uniform visual field, such as a fog whiteout. New York Times, 18 Mar. 2021 This, in combination with strong winds (gusts of 50-60+ mph), will cause blizzard and near whiteout conditions, causing rough travel conditions. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, 17 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of whiteout

1946, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for whiteout

white + blackout

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24 Sep 2021

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“Whiteout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whiteout. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of whiteout

: a type of snowstorm in which blowing or falling snow and clouds make it very difficult to see


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