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of the color of pure snow, of the margins of this page, etc.; reflecting nearly all the rays of sunlight or a similar light.
light or comparatively light in color.
(of human beings) belonging to a group marked by slight pigmentation of the skin, often of European descent.
for, limited to, or predominantly made up of white people:
a white neighborhood.
pallid or pale, as from fear or other strong emotion:
white with rage.
silvery, gray, or hoary:
white hair.
a white Christmas.
lacking color; transparent.
(politically) ultraconservative.
blank, as an unoccupied space in printed matter:
Fill in the white space below.
Armor. composed entirely of polished steel plates without fabric or other covering; alwite.
wearing white clothing:
a white monk.
Older Use: Offensive. decent, honorable, or dependable:
That’s mighty white of you.
auspicious or fortunate.
morally pure; innocent.
without malice; harmless:
white magic.
(of wines) light-colored or yellowish, as opposed to red.
British. (of coffee) containing milk.
a color without hue at one extreme end of the scale of grays, opposite to black. A white surface reflects light of all hues completely and diffusely. Most so-called whites are very light grays: fresh snow, for example, reflects about 80 percent of the incident light, but to be strictly white, snow would have to reflect 100 percent of the incident light. It is the ultimate limit of a series of shades of any color.
Compare black (def 20).
a hue completely desaturated by admixture with white, the highest value possible.
quality or state of being white.
lightness of skin pigment.
a person with light-colored skin, often of European descent.
a white material or substance.
the white part of something.
Biology. a pellucid viscous fluid that surrounds the yolk of an egg; albumen.
the white part of the eyeball:
He has a speck in the white of his eye.

white or nearly white clothing, as in tennis whites.
top-grade white flour.

white wine:
Graves is a good white.
a type or breed that is white in color.
Usually, whites. a blank space in printing.
(initial capital letter) a hog of any of several breeds having a white coat, as a Chester White.
Entomology. any of several white-winged butterflies of the family Pieridae, as the common cabbage butterflies.
white fabric.

the outermost ring of the butt.
an arrow that hits this portion of the butt.
the central part of the butt or target, formerly painted white but now painted gold or yellow.
Archaic. a target painted white.

Chess, Checkers. the men or pieces that are light-colored.
(often initial capital letter) a member of a royalist, conservative, or reactionary political party.

to make white by leaving blank spaces (often followed by out).
to whiten (areas of artwork) in retouching preparatory to photoengraving (often followed by out).

Archaic. to make white; whiten.
white out,

to cover (errors in copy) with a white correction fluid.
to censor, as by obliterating words or passages with white ink.

bleed white, Informal. to be or cause to be deprived of all one’s resources:
Dishonesty is bleeding the union white.
in the white, in an unfinished state or condition, as furniture wood that has not been stained or varnished.
Andrew Dickson, 1832–1918, U.S. diplomat and pioneer of land-grant education.
Byron R(aymond) (“Whizzer”) 1917–2002, U.S. lawyer and jurist: associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1962–93.
Edmund, born 1940, U.S. novelist.
Edward Douglass, 1845–1921, U.S. jurist: chief justice of the U.S. 1910–21.
Edward H(iggins), II
[hig-inz] /ˈhɪg ɪnz/ (Show IPA), 1930–67, U.S. astronaut: first American to walk in space 1965.
E(lwyn) B(rooks)
[el-win] /ˈɛl wɪn/ (Show IPA), 1899–1985, U.S. humorist and poet.
George Leonard, 1838–95, U.S. choral conductor.
Gilbert, 1720–93, English clergyman, naturalist, and writer.
Patrick (Victor Martindale)
[mahr-tn-deyl] /ˈmɑr tnˌdeɪl/ (Show IPA), 1912–90, Australian writer, born in England: Nobel Prize 1973.
Stanford, 1853–1906, U.S. architect.
Stewart Edward, 1873–1946, U.S. novelist.
T(erence) H(anbury)
[han-buh-ree] /ˈhæn bə ri/ (Show IPA), 1896–1964, English novelist.
Theodore H. 1915–86, U.S. journalist and writer.
Walter Francis, 1893–1955, U.S. civil-rights leader and writer: executive secretary of the NAACP 1931–55.
William A(lanson)
[al-uh n-suh n] /ˈæl ən sən/ (Show IPA), 1870–1937, U.S. neurologist, psychiatrist, and writer.
William Allen, 1868–1944, U.S. journalist.
Contemporary Examples

Whit Stillman on the 20th Anniversary of ‘Barcelona’, His New Amazon Series, and the Myth of the Ugly Expat Michael Weiss August 9, 2014
Montana vs. the Supreme Court Michael Tomasky May 22, 2012
Virginia, Ohio, Florida: What to Watch For on Election Night 2012 Howard Kurtz November 5, 2012
Prosecutor Used Grand Jury to Let Darren Wilson Walk Tom Nolan November 27, 2014
What If McCain and Palin Won? Matt Latimer December 17, 2010

Historical Examples

Glory of Youth Temple Bailey
Philothea Lydia Maria Child
The Wrong Woman Charles D. Stewart
The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
Peggy in Her Blue Frock Eliza Orne White

having no hue due to the reflection of all or almost all incident light Compare black (sense 1)
(of light, such as sunlight) consisting of all the colours of the spectrum or produced by certain mixtures of three additive primary colours, such as red, green, and blue
comparatively white or whitish-grey in colour or having parts of this colour: white clover
(of an animal) having pale-coloured or white skin, fur, or feathers
bloodless or pale, as from pain, emotion, etc
(of hair, a beard, etc) silvery or grey, usually from age
benevolent or without malicious intent: white magic
colourless or transparent: white glass
capped with or accompanied by snow: a white Christmas
(sometimes capital) counterrevolutionary, very conservative, or royalist Compare Red (sense 2)
blank, as an unprinted area of a page
(of wine) made from pale grapes or from black grapes separated from their skins

(of coffee or tea) with milk or cream
(of bread) made with white flour

(physics) having or characterized by a continuous distribution of energy, wavelength, or frequency: white noise
(informal) honourable or generous
(of armour) made completely of iron or steel (esp in the phrase white harness)
(rare) morally unblemished
(rare) (of times, seasons, etc) auspicious; favourable
(poetic or archaic) having a fair complexion; blond
bleed white, to deprive slowly of resources
whiter than white

extremely clean and white
(informal) very pure, honest, and moral

a white colour
the condition or quality of being white; whiteness
the white or lightly coloured part or area of something
the white, the viscous fluid that surrounds the yolk of a bird’s egg, esp a hen’s egg; albumen
(anatomy) the white part (sclera) of the eyeball
any of various butterflies of the family Pieridae See large white, small white, cabbage white
(chess, draughts)

a white or light-coloured piece or square
(usually capital) the player playing with such pieces

anything that has or is characterized by a white colour, such as a white paint or pigment, a white cloth, a white ball in billiards
an unprinted area of a page

the outer ring of the target, having the lowest score
a shot or arrow hitting this ring

(poetic) fairness of complexion
in the white, (of wood or furniture) left unpainted or unvarnished
(usually foll by out) to create or leave white spaces in (printed or other matter)
(obsolete) to make or become white
a person, esp one of European ancestry, from a human population having light pigmentation of the skin
denoting or relating to a White person or White people
Gilbert. 1720–93, English clergyman and naturalist, noted for his Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne (1789)
Jimmy. born 1962, English snooker player
Marco Pierre. born 1961, British chef and restaurateur
Patrick (Victor Martindale). 1912–90, Australian novelist: his works include Voss (1957), The Eye of the Storm (1973), and A Fringe of Leaves (1976): Nobel prize for literature 1973
T(erence) H(anbury). 1906–64, British novelist: author of the Arthurian sequence The Once and Future King (1939–58)
Willard (Wentworth) (ˈwɪlɑːd). born 1946, British operatic bass, born in Jamaica

white as a sheet
white elephant
white feather
white flag, show the
white lie
white sale


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