adjective, whit·er, whit·est.
- white or nearly white clothing, as in tennis whites.
- top-grade white flour.
- 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.
verb (used with object), whit·ed, whit·ing.
- 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).
- to cover (errors in copy) with a white correction fluid.
- to censor, as by obliterating words or passages with white ink.
Origin of white
Related formshalf-white, adjectiveun·white, adjective
Definition for white (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for white
Brookes' was, perhaps, the principal club of the day, though 'White's Chocolate House' was almost on a par with it.The Wits and Beaux of Society|Grace & Philip Wharton
Even among his like, he has his own criteria by which one 'white man' knows another, and coheres with him politically.The Unity of Civilization|Various
That 'all swans are white' was at one time, from this point of view, not probable but certain; though we now know it to be false.Logic|Carveth Read
Just the kind of lonely-moated-grange place where you'd expect to see a 'woman in white' at the window.The School by the Sea|Angela Brazil
In the same way when Bulliard wrote leucopodia, 'white stockings', he doubtless meant to be exact.The North American Slime-Moulds|Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
British Dictionary definitions for white (1 of 3)
- (of coffee or tea) with milk or cream
- (of bread) made with white flour
- extremely clean and white
- informal very pure, honest, and moral
- a white or light-coloured piece or square
- (usually capital) the player playing with such pieces
- the outer ring of the target, having the lowest score
- a shot or arrow hitting this ring
Derived Formswhitely, adverbwhiteness, nounwhitish, adjective
Word Origin for white
British Dictionary definitions for white (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for white (3 of 3)
Idioms and Phrases with white
In addition to the idioms beginning with white
- white as a sheet
- white elephant
- white feather
- white flag, show the
- white lie
- white sale
- black and white
- bleed someone white
- great white hope
- show the white feather