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

Examples of whiteout in a Sentence

We got caught in a whiteout.
Recent Examples on the Web On Tuesday they were hampered by whiteout conditions and strong winds that prevented searchers from reaching the higher elevations of the peak. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, 15 May 2024 The roadway remained closed Monday morning after the icy mix turned to blowing snow and created whiteout conditions. Robert Shackelford, CNN, 25 Mar. 2024 Social media imagery from Waterloo, Iowa, verified by NBC News showed near whiteout conditions before sunset. Mirna Alsharif, NBC News, 25 Mar. 2024 Parts of the region under blizzard warnings could see whiteout conditions and wind gusts in excess of 50 mph. USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for whiteout 

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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 24 Jun. 2024.

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