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 Ohio State football will not encounter a whiteout at Penn State’s Beaver Stadium in 2020. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Which Ohio State football road opponents will allow fans in their stadiums in 2020?," 6 Aug. 2020 While this storm is a fairly warm system, as the river of moisture collides with the higher-colder terrain, whiteout snows will pummel the mountains. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Atmospheric river, tropical downpours and unseasonably warm weather to kick off holiday week," 19 Dec. 2019 In Oregon, Department of Transportation officials reported whiteout and blizzard conditions, urging drivers in affected roadways to pull over. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "An 'unprecedented' storm is hitting the West Coast as another continues to pile snow on the Midwest," 27 Nov. 2019 At a news conference on Wednesday, François Bonnardel, Quebec’s minister of transportation, said that the pileup was probably caused by strong winds blowing in from the river that kicked up snow, leading to a whiteout. Jacey Fortin, New York Times, "Enormous Pileup Near Montreal Injures Dozens and Kills Two," 20 Feb. 2020 Sergeant Moore said that while low visibility from a sudden whiteout could have been a factor, an investigation into the accident was ongoing. Jacey Fortin, New York Times, "Enormous Pileup Near Montreal Injures Dozens and Kills Two," 20 Feb. 2020 Folks are dealing with black ice and whiteout conditions. Adriana Diaz, CBS News, "Fast-moving winter storm delays travelers across the U.S.," 17 Jan. 2020 The fall shades, West said, are meant to mark a stark contrast from all the whiteout snow back in Arrendele. Michael Cavna, Washington Post, "How ‘Frozen II’s’ new creatures are enchanting marvels of design," 22 Nov. 2019 Blizzard warnings remain in effect for parts of upstate and western New York, where heavy snow with rates of up to 3 inches per hour and wind gusts up to 60 mph will lead to whiteout conditions and make travel impossible through Friday night. NBC News, "Cold grips the East Coast as lake-effect snow ramps up," 28 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of whiteout was in 1946

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18 Aug 2020

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“Whiteout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whiteout. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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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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