off-white

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj off-white of something having a color tending toward white
    • n off-white a shade of white the color of bleached bones
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Usage

In literature:

She drew off her sealskin gloves, and motioned with a slender white hand to the stranger to be seated.
"Phantom Fortune, A Novel" by M. E. Braddon
Her face is quite white, and her hair so black and drawn off her forehead, and she has a bristly moustache.
"The Visits of Elizabeth" by Elinor Glyn
Alfred took a corner of her white pinafore, wetted it, and tried to wash off the marks of tears.
"Essays in Rebellion" by Henry W. Nevinson
So he asked her father if his little girl might go a great way off, where the white men lived.
"Jack Mason, The Old Sailor" by Theodore Thinker
Midway between the two red mosques rises a majestic pile of pure white marble 186 feet square, with the corners cut off.
"Modern India" by William Eleroy Curtis
When the white men came they hunted the bison with guns, and soon killed them off.
"Highroads of Geography" by Anonymous
The ground hard and white, fading off towards the wood in a thin low-lying mist.
"Bullets & Billets" by Bruce Bairnsfather
His tight white cashmere breeches and white stockings showed off his legs to advantage.
"The Exploits Of Brigadier Gerard" by Arthur Conan Doyle
She sewed till they cut off all but white ladies.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
He once took off his shirt and gave it to a poor white man.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
He once took off his shirt and gave it to a poor white man.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
He took off his white leggings and his white cap and scrubbed those, first.
"Cheerful--By Request" by Edna Ferber
He went off with a crowd of white men.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
Cowering under its shelter, Roy tore the string off with his strong white teeth, then picked up the paper.
"On Land And Sea At The Dardanelles" by Thomas Charles Bridges
Off from his horse sprang Landor, caught the bundle of white in his arms.
"Where the Trail Divides" by Will Lillibridge
Sometimes too, they would go off and wouldn't let the white folks know where they was going.
"Slave Narratives: Arkansas Narratives" by Work Projects Administration
I hear'd a lot o' yaller Niggers spoutin' off how dey was gwine a-take over de white folks' lan' for back wages.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
They were all hard and supple, and the wood, when he scraped off the tar, was white and fresh.
"Weird Tales from Northern Seas" by Jonas Lie
Several parties of whites had already been cut off and massacred.
"Christopher Carson" by John S. C. Abbott
Now take a knife in the right hand and trim off the superfluous white.
"Cassell's Vegetarian Cookery" by A. G. Payne
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In poetry:

Doth then the pure white Light grow dim,
And must it be for ever thus?
Listen! I hear a far-off Hymn,
Veni, Creator, Spiritus!
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
They've lighted off their milk-white steeds,
An saftly enterd in,
And there they saw her White Lilly,
Nursing her bonny young son.
"Rose The Red And White Lily" by Andrew Lang
The far-off hills are dotted white with sheep,
And by the little footpath's rambling course
A tiny beck that murmurs in its sleep
Trickles beneath the gorse.
"Four Miles From Any Town" by David Gow
While, O my heart! as white sails shiver,
And crowds are passing, and banks stretch wide
How hard to follow, with lips that quiver,
That moving speck on the far-off side!
"Divided" by Jean Ingelow
It is calling me home - but the white road lies gleaming,
And afar from it all must I tarry and dree;
Just an echo far off, in the hush of my dreaming,
Is the voice of a youngster that's calling to me.
"Calling to Me" by John O Brien
THE wind blows salt from off the sea
And sweet from where the land lies green;
I travel down the great highway
That runs so straight and white between--
I watch the sea-wind strain the sheet,
The land-wind toss the yellow wheat!
"The Troubadour" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay

In news:

It tells us women are more than half the country and older white men are dying off.
Scientists track 2 great white sharks off coast.
President Obama and Mitt Romney are set to square off in their first presidential debate of 2012 in the race for the White House.
While some board members were concerned that placing too many restrictions in the easements might ward off interested buyers, White said the board constructed a good balance of what is and is not permitted.
The Royals plated both their runs with two outs in the 10th off Brett Myers (2-3), the seventh of eight White Sox pitchers in the game.
'Walter Whites' face off for Mr White.
Keck's Exclusives: Off Their Rockers Welcomes Betty White's Famous Friends.
WASHINGTON – Today, President Obama kicked off a national conversation on fatherhood and personal responsibility with events across the Washington area and activities at the White House.
Le Grand Bistro, at 1512 Curtis St, is a lovely room with a big bar and towering off-white walls.
New video footage shows an unidentified woman throwing a bag of the white powder over the reality star, who then stormed off in shock.
White pelicans swim in Perico Bayou, off Robinson Preserve in Bradenton MARC R MASFERRER — Bradenton Herald.
0Candidates for Congress and State Representative will sound off at a forum in the Peter White Public Library Thursday.
Before Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama squared off in their final debate Monday night, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy made the case for a change in the White House at a Ridgecrest Republican Wome.
Biologists spot great white sharks off Georgia coast.
A day after a 39-year-old surfer was fatally attacked in the waters off remote Surf Beach in Santa Barbara County, authorities said Wednesday that a 15-to-16-foot great white shark killed him.
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In science:

He becomes great enough, a He flash can c reate a signi ficantly off-center explosion that could tear through the star and result in an explosion of the entire white dwarf (Nomoto 1982b).
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
One of the most commonly cited examples is that of Navarro, Frenk, & White (1995, 1996, henceforce NFW), which is basically a double power-law characterized by r−1 cusp at the centre and r−3 fall-off at large radii.
Simple Models for the Distribution of Dark Matter
The situation would be similar to that of a planetary nebula, in which the gas is being lit by the hot white dwarf at the center, and the recombination of the electrons gives off the observed emission lines.
The Nova Shell and Evolution of the Recurrent Nova T Pyxidis
One observation is that the wheels of a moving car have a simple characteristic appearance - a dark outer ring corresponding to the tire, along with the off-white circle of the hubcap at the center.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
The color scale encoding the density (see the color bar for each panel) has twice the range in the bottom two panels as in the top two; the white regions are density peaks which are off the scale.
Three Dimensional MHD Simulation of Circumbinary Accretion Disks: Disk Structures and Angular Momentum Transport
White regions are eccentricity peaks off the scale.
Three Dimensional MHD Simulation of Circumbinary Accretion Disks: Disk Structures and Angular Momentum Transport
Fig. 13.— Three pairs of snapshots of the surface density in the binary’s co-rotating frame in logarithmic scale (white regions are off the scale).
Three Dimensional MHD Simulation of Circumbinary Accretion Disks: Disk Structures and Angular Momentum Transport
Color surface density contours are logarithmic (see color bar), white are peak values that is off the scale.
Three Dimensional MHD Simulation of Circumbinary Accretion Disks: Disk Structures and Angular Momentum Transport
Dark frames for each integration time were recorded mid-way through the run, while dome flats were constructed by subtracting exposures of the dome white spot taken with the flat-field lamps ‘off ’ from those recorded with the lamps ‘on’.
High Angular Resolution JHK Imaging of the Centers of the Metal-Poor Globular Clusters NGC5272 (M3), NGC6205 (M13), NGC6287, and NGC6341 (M92)
We rode the lift up, skied down and when I took off my gloves my fingers were all white.
Classical Chaos and its Quantum Manifestations
FIG. 2. (a) Comparison of trap loading with and without the additional external white light source. (b) Trend of the loading rate as a function of time after the WLS is turned off.
Loading a vapor cell magneto-optic trap using light-induced atom desorption
After the remaining envelope has been burned off, the white dwarf can only radiate its internal heat, making it cool down as time goes by.
Optical studies of companions to millisecond pulsars
But even In a field centered on a very bright white dwarf we find off to the NW an Atlas peculiar galaxy with an X-ray jet emerging from it.
X-ray Bright QSO's around NGC 3079
There is both a main sequence trickling off toward the hydrogen burning limit at 0.083 M⊙ and white dwarfs extending a magnitude or two fainter.
Astrophysics in 2006
However, observations of the white dwarf Feige 34 and the A0 star HD74198 obtained in the same night yield spectra with a count rate that peaks near the center of each order and falls off smoothly to the edge of the detector.
High-resolution Spectroscopy of [Ne II] Emission from TW Hya
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