Snow is white.
- The color of the snow is an example of white.
- A man who identities himself as Caucasian is an example of someone who is white.
- The albumen of an egg is an example of an egg white.
- having the color of pure snow or milk; of the color of radiated, transmitted, or reflected light containing all of the visible rays of the spectrum; opposite to black
- of a light or pale color; specif.,
- gray; silvery; hoary
- very blond
- pale; wan; pallid; ashen: a face white with terror
- light-yellow or amber: white grapes
- blank: said of a space unmarked by printing, writing, etc.
- of a light-gray color and lustrous appearance: said of silver and other metals
- made of silver
- snowy: a white Christmas
- lacking color; colorless: white crème de menthe
- clothed in white; wearing a white habit: the White Friars
- morally or spiritually pure; spotless; innocent
- free from evil intent; relatively harmless: white magic, a white lie
- [sometimesW-] having a light-colored skin; Caucasoid
- [sometimesW-] of, controlled by, or restricted to Caucasoids
Origin of whitefrom stereotypical notions of racial superioritySlang honest; honorable; fair; decent
- being at white heat
- reactionary, counterrevolutionary, or royalist, as opposed to red (adjective)
- Rare happy; fortunate; auspicious: said of times and seasons
Origin of whiteMiddle English hwit from OE, akin to German weiss, Old Norse hvitr, Middle Dutch wit from Indo-European an unverified form kweid-, to gleam, bright, white from source wheat, Old Church Slavonic šv?šta, a light, candle
- white color
- a white pigment, paint, or dye
- the state of being white; specif.,
- fairness of complexion
- purity; innocence
- a white or light-colored part; specif.,
- the albumen of an egg
- the white part of the eyeball
- a blank space in printing, writing, etc.
- the white or light-colored part of meat, wood, etc.
- something white or light-colored; specif.,
- white cloth
- [pl.] white garments or vestments; white uniform
- a white breed, esp. of pig
- [pl.] a highly refined, usually bleached flour
- white bread
- white wine
- Chess the player or side with the white or lighter-colored pieces
- [sometimesW-] a person with a light-colored skin; member of the Caucasoid division of humans
- [oftenW-] a member of a reactionary or counterrevolutionary faction, party, etc. in certain European countries
- [pl.] leukorrhea
- Archaic a white target
- the outermost ring of a target
- a hit on this ring
transitive verbwhit′ed, whit′ing
Origin of whiteME whiten < OE hwitian < the adj.
- 1917-2002; associate justice, U.S. Supreme Court (1962-93)
- 1899-1985; U.S. writer
- 1845-1921; chief justice of the U.S. (1910-21)
- 1720-93; Eng. naturalist & clergyman: author of The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne
- 1912-90; Austral. writer
- 1906-64; Brit. writer
- 1853-1906; U.S. architect
- 1893-1955; U.S. writer & civil rights leader
- The achromatic color of maximum lightness; the color of objects that reflect nearly all light of all visible wavelengths; the complement or antagonist of black, the other extreme of the neutral gray series. Although typically a response to maximum stimulation of the retina, the perception of white appears always to depend on contrast.
- The white or nearly white part, as:a. The albumen of an egg.b. The white part of an eyeball.c. A blank or unprinted area, as of an advertisement.
- One that is white or nearly white, as:a. whites Pieces of laundry having a white or nearly white color.b. whites White pants or a white outfit of a special nature: tennis whites.c. whites The white dress uniform of the US Navy or Coast Guard.d. A white wine.e. A white pigment.f. A white breed, species, or variety of animal.g. Any of various butterflies of the subfamily Pierinae, characteristically having chiefly white wings often with black markings.h. also White A member of a racial group having light-colored skin, especially when of European origin and in some classifications also when of Middle Eastern or North African origin.i. often whites Products of a white color, such as flour, salt, and sugar.
- Games a. The white or light-colored pieces, as in chess.b. The player using these pieces.
- a. The outermost ring of an archery target.b. A hit in this ring.
- whites Medicine Leukorrhea.
- White A member of a conservative or counterrevolutionary faction, especially one opposing the Bolsheviks in the Russian civil war.
- Being of the color white; devoid of hue, as new snow.
- Approaching the color white, as:a. Weakly colored; almost colorless; pale: white wine.b. Pale gray; silvery and lustrous: white hair.c. Bloodless; blanched.
- Light or whitish in color or having light or whitish parts. Used with animal and plant names.
- also White Of or belonging to a racial group of people having light-colored skin, especially when of European origin, and in some classifications also when of Middle Eastern or North African origin: voting patterns within the white population.
- Habited in white: white nuns.
- Accompanied by or mantled with snow: a white Christmas.
- a. Incandescent: white flames.b. Intensely heated; impassioned: white with fury.
- White Of or relating to a conservative or counterrevolutionary faction, especially one opposing the Bolsheviks in the Russian civil war.
- With milk added. Used of tea or coffee.
- Archaic Unsullied; pure.
transitive verbwhit·ed, whit·ing, whites
Origin of whiteMiddle English from Old English hwīt ; see kweit- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative whiter, superlative whitest)
- Bright and colourless; reflecting equal quantities of all frequencies of visible light.
- Write in black ink on white paper.
- Of the Caucasian race.
- (chiefly historical) Designated for use by Caucasians.
- white drinking fountain; white hospital
- Relatively light or pale in colour.
- white wine; white grapes
- Pale or pallid, as from fear, illness, etc.
- (of coffee) Containing cream, milk, or creamer.
- (board games, chess) The standard denomination of the playing pieces of a board game deemed to belong to the white set, no matter what the actual colour.
- The white pieces in this set are in fact made of light green glass.
- Pertaining to an ecclesiastical order whose adherents dress in white habits; Cistercian.
- Honourable, fair; decent.
- (of a person or skin) Lacking coloration from ultraviolet light.
- Grey, as from old age; having silvery hair; hoary.
- (archaic) Characterized by freedom from that which disturbs, and the like; fortunate; happy; favourable.
- I am his white boy, and will not be gulled.
- (politics) Pertaining to constitutional or anti-revolutionary political parties or movements.
- The color/colour of snow or milk; the colour of light containing equal amounts of all visible wavelengths.
- A Caucasian person.
- The albumen of bird eggs (egg white).
- (anatomy) The sclera, white of the eye.
- Any butterfly of the Pieris genus.
- (sports, billiards, snooker, pool) The cue ball in cue games.
- (countable and uncountable) White wine.
- (slang) Street name for cocaine.
- (archery) The central part of the butt, which was formerly painted white; the centre of a mark at which a missile is shot.
- A white pigment.
- Venice white
(third-person singular simple present whites, present participle whiting, simple past and past participle whited)
From Middle English whit, hwit, from Old English hwÄ«t, from Proto-Germanic *hwÄ«taz (whence also West Frisian wyt, Dutch wit, German weiÃŸ, Norwegian hvit), from Proto-Indo-European *á¸±weytos (“bright; shine"). Compare Lithuanian Å¡viáº½sti (“to gleam"), Å¡viesa (“light"), Old Church Slavonic ÑÐ²Ñ£Ñ‚ÑŠ (svÄ›tÅ, “light"), ÑÐ²Ñ£Ñ‚ÑŒÐ»ÑŠ (svÄ›tÄlÅ, “clear, bright"), Albanian vizull (“ shine"), Avestan [script?] spaÄ“ta (“white"), Sanskrit à¤¶à¥à¤µà¥‡à¤¤ (Å›vetÃ¡, “white, bright").
- A surname, derived from the common noun white.