• WordNet 3.6
    • v bleach make whiter or lighter "bleach the laundry"
    • v bleach remove color from "The sun bleached the red shirt"
    • n bleach the act of whitening something by bleaching it (exposing it to sunlight or using a chemical bleaching agent)
    • n bleach the whiteness that results from removing the color from something "a complete bleach usually requires several applications"
    • n bleach an agent that makes things white or colorless
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Household bleach is the recommended chemical to decontaminate people exposed to the anthrax virus, by the U.S. F.D.A. .
    • v. i Bleach To grow white or lose color; to whiten.
    • v. t Bleach To make white, or whiter; to remove the color, or stains, from; to blanch; to whiten. "The destruction of the coloring matters attached to the bodies to be bleached is effected either by the action of the air and light, of chlorine, or of sulphurous acid.""Immortal liberty, whose look sublime
      Hath bleached the tyrant's cheek in every varying clime."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bleach To make white or whiter by removing color; whiten; blanch; make pale; specifically, to whiten (as linen, etc.) by washing and exposure to the action of the air and sunlight, or by chemical preparations. See bleaching.
    • bleach Synonyms Blanch, etc. See whiten.
    • bleach To become white in any manner; become pale or colorless.
    • bleach To become morally pure.
    • bleach Pale.
    • bleach Bleak.
    • n bleach A disease of the skin. Holland, tr. of Pliny.
    • n bleach An act of bleaching; exposure to the sun or other bleaching agency or influence.
    • n bleach Blacking; any substance used for blacking.
    • n bleach An abbreviation of ‘bleaching-powder,’ or chlorid of lime.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Bleach blēch to make pale or white: to whiten, as textile fabrics
    • v.i Bleach to grow white
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. blakien, blechen, v. t. & v. i., AS. blācian, blcan, to grow pale; akin to Icel. bleikja, Sw. bleka, Dan. blege, D. bleeken, G. bleichen, AS. blāc, pale. See Bleak (a.)


In literature:

Forty-four Illustrations of Bleaching and Dyeing Machinery.
"The Chemistry of Hat Manufacturing" by Watson Smith
The fibers of this stalk, after preparing and bleaching, have the whiteness of snow and the brilliancy of silk.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 717, September 28, 1889" by Various
The man's face was bleached to a dull shining whiteness.
"The Best Ghost Stories" by Various
White polish for white wood and marqueterie work should be made with bleached shellac instead of the above.
"French Polishing and Enamelling" by Richard Bitmead
By each cross was a soldier's kepi, and sometimes a coat, bleached by the sun and rain.
"Leaves from a Field Note-Book" by J. H. Morgan
Ammonia may be used, but its too frequent use will yellow bleached fabrics.
"Public School Domestic Science" by Mrs. J. Hoodless
After sterilizing seal glass jars, wrap in paper to prevent bleaching, and store in a dry, cool place.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
Black in the wash of the bleaching noon.
"Ballads of Lost Haven" by Bliss Carman
Her things were washed by themselves and bleached on their own green, where the family washing never dared intrude.
"Old Kaskaskia" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
Then, because the chill air crept closer and closer, she arose and faced the old, bleached skull.
"The Place Beyond the Winds" by Harriet T. Comstock

In poetry:

Uncut and unsewn
Were the clothes those folk wore;
Gone now,
So why should the mountain's princess
Bleach her cloth?
"Uncut and unsewn" by Ise
Cold and eerie, that island
out in the northern sea!
The bones of both the brothers
lie bleaching there in the scree.
"Kolbeinn's Isle" by Jonas Hallgrimsson
For me upon the well-slope
To wear on Finnian's Day
My dress will be the sheet bleached there,
My place, below the clay!
"Achill Girl's Song" by Padraic Colum
For if his sprite should walk by night,
It better were for thee,
That thou wert mouldering in the ground,
Or bleaching in the sea.
"The Spectre Pig" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
While every bleaching breeze that on her blows
Chastens her spotless purity of breast,
And hardens her to bear
Serene the ills of life.
"To An Early Primrose" by Henry Kirke White
Yet pause upon the noontide hour,
Ere the declining sun has laid
His bleaching rays on manhood's power,
And look upon the mighty shade.
"Birthday Of Daniel Webster" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

But if you're anything like me, the thought of bleaching and then coloring tresses can be a daunting one.
New York police have arrested a man for throwing a chemical, believed to be bleach, on a rabbi who advocates for sexual abuse victims.
New York police have arrested a man for throwing a chemical , believed to be bleach, on a rabbi who advocates for sexual abuse victims.
The library is asking people to donate clay cat litter, cat beds, kitten food (no red dye), dog food, cat food, washable throws for bedding, pet toys, bleach and Dawn dish detergent.
Coed accused of trying to poison roommate with bleach.
Publix Cleaner with Bleach, Publix Glass Cleaner and Publix Ultra Absorbent Paper Towels are being offered for a combined price of $7.99.
The system was installed in the cooking and bleaching shops of the Branch's Pulp Line 1.
But disease, bleaching events—when corals lose the symbiotic algae that gives them their color—and low genetic diversity are pushing this species into further declines, prompting the proposal to bump its status to endangered.
High water temperature causes corals to 'bleach' or expel the colorful algae that live in their tissue, exposing their skeletons.
For a DIY project you can wear, try dip-bleaching a denim shirt.
In the land of million-dollar megaclubs, endless bottle service, boob-job giveaways, bleached beaches, and cosmetically enhanced asses, everybody needs a drunk-and-dirty dive-bar reality check.
District of Columbia health officials will begin giving drug addicts vials of bleach to clean hypodermic needles in an effort to halt the spread of AIDS, Health Commissioner Reed V Tuckson has announced.
The measure will impact production by approximately 12,000 tonnes of northern bleached softwood kraft pulp (NBSK), the company said.
I-Team: Damaged, bleached clothes found in store's dumpster .
San Juan police are looking for a man who broke into his ex-girlfriend's home to steal electronics and then pour bleach on her couch and clothes.

In science:

Membrane bound protein diffusion viewed by fluorescence recovery after bleaching experiments : models analysis.
Membrane bound protein diffusion viewed by fluorescence recovery after bleaching experiments : models analysis
Thomson (1911). H2O2 definitely exists in the lab, in the atmospheres of Europa and some other moons, and perhaps in the ISM (Zheng et al. 2006a), a laboratory paper which we indexed under “bleaching of the stars.” CF+ is new (Neufeld et al. 2006), as is C3O (Tenenbaum et al. 2006).
Astrophysics in 2006
The target is a source of momentum transfer and of color transfer, and this color must be bleached.
Jet Quenching in Heavy Ion Collisions
Hadronization of a final state parton shower is a dynamical co lor neutralization process, which bleaches colored partons into color-singlet hadrons.
Jet Quenching in Heavy Ion Collisions
The slow variation of the externally applied fields becomes experimentally particularly important for delicate systems as molecules, see section 2, where problems related to heating, surface excitations (plasmons) and laser-induced chemical reactions (photo-bleaching) should be avoided.
Charge transport through single molecules, quantum dots, and quantum wires