whiteout

noun

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

Example Sentences

We got caught in a whiteout.
Recent Examples on the Web Storm shifting south toward Boston as whiteout conditions could develop in parts of Mass., southern N.H.Boston will see snow Monday afternoon. Amanda Kaufman, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Jan. 2023 Interstate 80, a key highway from the San Francisco Bay Area to Lake Tahoe ski resorts, reopened after being closed Saturday due to slick roads, snow, and whiteout conditions. Thao Nguyen, USA TODAY, 16 Jan. 2023 Interstate 80, a key highway from the San Francisco Bay Area to Lake Tahoe ski resorts, reopened after being closed most of Saturday because of slick roads, snow and whiteout conditions. CBS News, 15 Jan. 2023 Slick roads, snow and whiteout conditions plagued highways through the Sierra Nevada. Arkansas Online, 15 Jan. 2023 Slick roads, snow and whiteout conditions plagued highways through the Sierra Nevada. John Antczak, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Jan. 2023 Research ecologist Zachary McDonald, 31, is in his element at the summit of Mount Whitney, which often endures whiteout conditions, 180-mph winds, and temperatures that drop to minus-30 degrees. Los Angeles Times, 9 Jan. 2023 But with only a quarter of a tank of gas left, his car quickly became stuck in the whiteout conditions. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 30 Dec. 2022 Hundreds of drivers became stranded on highways and smaller streets, beginning Dec. 23, as whiteout conditions and heavy snowfall trapped them for hours. Hurubie Meko, New York Times, 29 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

white entry 1 + -out (in blackout)

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of whiteout was in 1946

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Cite this Entry

“Whiteout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whiteout. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

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