Haze definition

hāz
To become misty or hazy; blur.
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To initiate, as into a college fraternity, by exacting humiliating performances from or playing rough practical jokes upon.
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The definition of a haze is a low visibility caused by fine particles of sand, dust or smoke spread in the air.

An example of haze is what you'd see out of your windshield while caught in a dust storm on the highway.

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To persecute or harass with meaningless, difficult, or humiliating tasks.
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A slight confusion or vagueness of mind.
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To initiate or discipline (a new member of a team, fraternity, etc.) by forcing to do ridiculous, humiliating, or painful things.
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Haze means slight confusion.

An example of haze is a small alcohol buzz.

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Haze is defined as to tease or punish by making someone do useless work.

An example of to haze is what college fraternities do to freshman who want to join the fraternity.

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A vague or confused state of mind.
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Atmospheric moisture, dust, smoke, and vapor that diminishes visibility.
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A partially opaque covering.

Let the polish dry to a haze before buffing it.

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A dispersion of vapor, smoke, dust, etc. in the air that reduces visibility.
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To make or become hazy.
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(archaic, naut.) To punish or harass by forcing to do hard, unnecessary work.
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(uncountable) Very fine solid particles (smoke, dust) or liquid droplets (moisture) suspended in the air, slightly limiting visibility.
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(uncountable) A reduction of transparency of a clear gas or liquid.
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An analogous dullness on a surface that is ideally highly reflective or transparent.

The soap left a persistent haze on the drinking glasses.

The furniture has a haze, possibly from some kind of wax.

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(uncountable, figuratively) Any state suggestive of haze in the atmosphere, such as mental confusion or vagueness of memory.
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(uncountable, engineering, packaging) The degree of cloudiness or turbidity in a clear glass or plastic, measured in percent.
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(countable, brewing) Any substance causing turbidity in beer or wine.
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To be hazy, or thick with haze.

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(US, informal) To perform an unpleasant initiation ritual upon a usually non-consenting individual, especially freshmen to a closed community such as a college or military unit.
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To oppress or harass by forcing to do hard and unnecessary work.
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(west) To drive (horses or cattle) while on horseback.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
haze
Plural:
hazes

Origin of haze

  • Perhaps from obsolete haze to frighten from obsolete French haser to annoy from Old French

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Probably back-formation from hazy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Possibly from hawze (“terrify, frighten, confound”), from Middle French haser (“irritate, annoy”)

    From Wiktionary

  • Compare Old Norse höss (“grey”), akin to Old English hasu (“gray”).

    From Wiktionary

  • The earliest instances are of the latter part of the 17th century.

    From Wiktionary

  • Possibly back-formation from hazy.

    From Wiktionary