white·​out | \ ˈhwīt-ˌau̇t , ˈwīt-\

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.

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Winnipeg's home arena, Bell MTS Place, is famous for staging whiteouts during playoff games, with fans wearing white — sometimes including face paint — and loudly supporting their team. Helene Elliott, latimes.com, "Winnipeg fans winging it to Las Vegas to see another fascinating NHL playoff story," 16 May 2018 The last digit of the license plate had been marked out using whiteout. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Missing man's body found charred in Texas apartment — and cryptic images on his car," 21 June 2018 The driver of one tractor trailer lost control in a whiteout. Carter Evans, CBS News, ""Unfortunately this has got to become part of our new normal": Powerful storms slam California," 3 Mar. 2018 The advanced autopilot, which represents a significant evolution from from previous versions, also helps modulate hovers and landings, even easing descents into brownout or whiteout conditions when visibility drops to zero. Eric Adams, WIRED, "Airbus' H160 Helicopter Helps Save Pilots from Their Own Mistakes," 31 May 2018 The film features several shots taken from an editing machine and from projections onto walls; other scenes end with abrupt whiteouts, suggesting that Garrel had run out of film during shooting. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "L’Enfant Secret is so intimate it feels like a confession," 25 May 2018 The descent of the helicopter swept up the snow on the ground, creating a whiteout blizzard that coated all of the reporters in snow. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: How James Comey’s battles with the Bush White House prepared him to stand up to Trump," 16 Apr. 2018 Antifreeze spewed onto the hot engine, and a cloud of white steam thicker than a winter whiteout enveloped the car. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "BAM! POW! The Batmobile crashes with Robin at the wheel | The Kansas City Star," 18 May 2018 Roads between Green Bay and Manitowoc are notorious for whiteout conditions, according to Kantola. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Winter Storm Evelyn set to shatter record for April storms in northeastern Wisconsin," 14 Apr. 2018

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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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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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