[ hwahyt-n-ing, wahyt- ]

  1. a preparation for making something white; whiting.

  2. the act or process of making or turning white.

Origin of whitening

First recorded in 1595–1605; whiten + -ing1

Words Nearby whitening

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How to use whitening in a sentence

  • The humor kindled in the little man's brown eyes, and his fingers played with his whitening red beard.

    A Hoosier Chronicle | Meredith Nicholson
  • On the cluster of violets at her bosom powder had fallen, whitening them; in her high-dressed hair were pearls.

    The Rake's Progress | Marjorie Bowen
  • He hurried up the hillside that was rapidly whitening with snow and saw the vein.

    Space Prison | Tom Godwin
  • Mercer listened with whitening face while Anina told him all this as best she could.

    The Fire People | Ray Cummings