[ hwahyt, wahyt ]
/ ʰwaɪt, waɪt /
adjective, whit·er, whit·est.
of the color of pure snow, of the margins of this page, etc.; reflecting nearly all the rays of sunlight or a similar light.
light or comparatively light in color.
(of human beings) belonging to a group marked by slight pigmentation of the skin, often of European descent.
for, limited to, or predominantly made up of white people: a white neighborhood.
pallid or pale, as from fear or other strong emotion: white with rage.
silvery, gray, or hoary: white hair.
snowy: a white Christmas.
lacking color; transparent.
blank, as an unoccupied space in printed matter: Fill in the white space below.
Armor. composed entirely of polished steel plates without fabric or other covering; alwite.
wearing white clothing: a white monk.
Older Use: Offensive. decent, honorable, or dependable: That's mighty white of you.
auspicious or fortunate.
morally pure; innocent.
without malice; harmless: white magic.
(of wines) light-colored or yellowish, as opposed to red.
British. (of coffee) containing milk.
a color without hue at one extreme end of the scale of grays, opposite to black. A white surface reflects light of all hues completely and diffusely. Most so-called whites are very light grays: fresh snow, for example, reflects about 80 percent of the incident light, but to be strictly white, snow would have to reflect 100 percent of the incident light. It is the ultimate limit of a series of shades of any color.Compare black(def 20).
a hue completely desaturated by admixture with white, the highest value possible.
quality or state of being white.
lightness of skin pigment.
a person with light-colored skin, often of European descent.
a white material or substance.
the white part of something.
Biology. a pellucid viscous fluid that surrounds the yolk of an egg; albumen.
the white part of the eyeball: He has a speck in the white of his eye.
- white or nearly white clothing, as in tennis whites.
- top-grade white flour.
white wine: Graves is a good white.
a type or breed that is white in color.
Usually whites. a blank space in printing.
(initial capital letter) a hog of any of several breeds having a white coat, as a Chester White.
Entomology. any of several white-winged butterflies of the family Pieridae, as the common cabbage butterflies.
- 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.
Chess, Checkers. the men or pieces that are light-colored.
(often initial capital letter) a member of a royalist, conservative, or reactionary political party.
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).
Archaic. to make white; whiten.
- to cover (errors in copy) with a white correction fluid.
- to censor, as by obliterating words or passages with white ink.
bleed white, Informal. to be or cause to be deprived of all one's resources: Dishonesty is bleeding the union white.
in the white, in an unfinished state or condition, as furniture wood that has not been stained or varnished.
Origin of white
before 900; Middle English whit(e), Old English hwīt; cognate with German weiss, Old Norse hvītr, Gothic hweits; akin to wheat
Related formshalf-white, adjectiveun·white, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for whitest (1 of 3)
/ (waɪt) /
a person, esp one of European ancestry, from a human population having light pigmentation of the skin
denoting or relating to a White person or White people
British Dictionary definitions for whitest (2 of 3)
/ (waɪt) /
Gilbert. 1720–93, English clergyman and naturalist, noted for his Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne (1789)
Jimmy. born 1962, English snooker player
Marco Pierre. born 1961, British chef and restaurateur
Patrick (Victor Martindale). 1912–90, Australian novelist: his works include Voss (1957), The Eye of the Storm (1973), and A Fringe of Leaves (1976): Nobel prize for literature 1973
T (erence) H (anbury). 1906–64, British novelist: author of the Arthurian sequence The Once and Future King (1939–58)
Willard (Wentworth) (ˈwɪlɑːd). born 1946, British operatic bass, born in Jamaica
British Dictionary definitions for whitest (3 of 3)
/ (waɪt) /
having no hue due to the reflection of all or almost all incident lightCompare black (def. 1)
(of light, such as sunlight) consisting of all the colours of the spectrum or produced by certain mixtures of three additive primary colours, such as red, green, and blue
comparatively white or whitish-grey in colour or having parts of this colourwhite clover
(of an animal) having pale-coloured or white skin, fur, or feathers
bloodless or pale, as from pain, emotion, etc
(of hair, a beard, etc) silvery or grey, usually from age
benevolent or without malicious intentwhite magic
colourless or transparentwhite glass
capped with or accompanied by snowa white Christmas
(sometimes capital) counterrevolutionary, very conservative, or royalistCompare Red (def. 2)
blank, as an unprinted area of a page
(of wine) made from pale grapes or from black grapes separated from their skins
- (of coffee or tea) with milk or cream
- (of bread) made with white flour
physics having or characterized by a continuous distribution of energy, wavelength, or frequencywhite noise
informal honourable or generous
(of armour) made completely of iron or steel (esp in the phrase white harness)
rare morally unblemished
rare (of times, seasons, etc) auspicious; favourable
poetic, or archaic having a fair complexion; blond
bleed white to deprive slowly of resources
whiter than white
- extremely clean and white
- informal very pure, honest, and moral
a white colour
the condition or quality of being white; whiteness
the white or lightly coloured part or area of something
the white the viscous fluid that surrounds the yolk of a bird's egg, esp a hen's egg; albumen
anatomy the white part (sclera) of the eyeball
- a white or light-coloured piece or square
- (usually capital) the player playing with such pieces
anything that has or is characterized by a white colour, such as a white paint or pigment, a white cloth, a white ball in billiards
an unprinted area of a page
- the outer ring of the target, having the lowest score
- a shot or arrow hitting this ring
poetic fairness of complexion
in the white (of wood or furniture) left unpainted or unvarnished
(usually foll by out) to create or leave white spaces in (printed or other matter)
obsolete to make or become white
Derived Formswhitely, adverbwhiteness, nounwhitish, adjective
Word Origin for white
Old English hwīt; related to Old Frisian hwīt, Old Saxon hwīt, Old Norse hvītr, Gothic hveits, Old High German hwīz (German weiss)
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Idioms and Phrases with whitest
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
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