verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of bleach
Synonyms for bleach
Related Words for bleachinglighten, blanch, etiolate, blench, fade, achromatize, decolorize, peroxide, decolor
Examples from the Web for bleaching
Contemporary Examples of bleaching
“The Disney Look does not permit extremes in dyeing, bleaching or coloring,” the rules state.
Without the bleaching of the sun his hair seemed dishwater blond, certainly not golden.The Summer of the Entenmann's Man
July 9, 2010
Did he really have vitiligo or was he just bleaching his skin?The Anti-Oprah
July 12, 2009
Bleaching the ballots: This is a brand-new one, used only once to date.Protest Fashions from Paris
May 3, 2009
Historical Examples of bleaching
Sometimes the bleaching was done with slaked lime or with buttermilk.
This bleaching was called crofting in England, and grassing in America.
The redbird is singing in the tree, his plumage all the brighter for the winter's bleaching.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
How does bleaching affect the chemical composition of flour?Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value
The object of bleaching is to free the cotton from its natural color.Textiles
William H. Dooley
Word Origin for bleach
Old English blæcan "bleach, whiten," from Proto-Germanic *blaikjan "to make white" (cf. Old Saxon blek, Old Norse bleikr, Dutch bleek, Old High German bleih, German bleich "pale;" Old Norse bleikja, Dutch bleken, German bleichen "to bleach"), from PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (cf. Sanskrit bhrajate "shines;" Greek phlegein "to burn;" Latin flamma "flame," fulmen "lightning," fulgere "to shine, flash," flagrare "to burn;" Old Church Slavonic belu "white;" Lithuanian balnas "pale").
The same root probably produced black; perhaps because both black and white are colorless, or because both are associated with burning. Cf. Old English scimian, related to the source of shine (n.), meaning both "to shine" and "to dim, grow dusky, grow dark." Related: Bleached; bleaching.
"act of bleaching," 1887; "a bleaching agent," 1898, probably directly from bleach (v.). The Old English noun blæce meant "leprosy;" Late Old English also had blæco "paleness," and Middle English had blech "whitening or bleaching agent."