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[hwahyt-nis, wahyt-] /ˈʰwaɪt nɪs, ˈwaɪt-/
the quality or state of being white.
a white substance.
Origin of whiteness
before 1000; Middle English whitenes, Old English hwītnes. See white, -ness Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Linda wanted desperately to preserve the whiteness of her skin, the flexible black distinction of her hair, yes—her beauty.

    Linda Condon Joseph Hergesheimer
  • whiteness is predicated of one thing in a greater or less degree than of another.

    The Categories Aristotle
  • Just an atom of whiteness, folded up in its smooth brown shell.

    Parables of the Christ-life I. Lilias Trotter
  • So with all the whiteness there is, too, the most delicate colouring.

    The Heart of Nature Francis Younghusband
  • At whiteness (see diagram) it will be seen that the inclined strata are covered by a newer deposit, a, in horizontal beds.

  • It was the whiteness of the whale that above all things appalled me.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • She could not speak, but looked at him in blank dismay, her great black eyes wildly open, her lips quivering in their whiteness.

    Norston's Rest Ann S. Stephens
  • It is that whiteness which invests him, a thing expressed by the name he bears.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • As I talked to Emily I became dimly aware of a whiteness over the ground.

    The White Peacock D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

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