White

Definitions

  • Fireplace in White Horse, Shere
    Fireplace in White Horse, Shere
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj white of or belonging to a racial group having light skin coloration "voting patterns within the white population"
    • adj white of summer nights in northern latitudes where the sun barely sets "white nights"
    • adj white being of the achromatic color of maximum lightness; having little or no hue owing to reflection of almost all incident light "as white as fresh snow","a bride's white dress"
    • adj white anemic looking from illness or emotion "a face turned ashen","the invalid's blanched cheeks","tried to speak with bloodless lips","a face livid with shock","lips...livid with the hue of death"- Mary W. Shelley","lips white with terror","a face white with rage"
    • adj white (of hair) having lost its color "the white hairs of old age"
    • adj white (of coffee) having cream or milk added
    • adj white (of a surface) not written or printed on "blank pages","fill in the blank spaces","a clean page","wide white margins"
    • adj white benevolent; without malicious intent "that's white of you"
    • adj white glowing white with heat "white flames","a white-hot center of the fire"
    • adj white restricted to whites only "under segregation there were even white restrooms and white drinking fountains","a lily-white movement which would expel Negroes from the organization"
    • adj white marked by the presence of snow "a white Christmas","the white hills of a northern winter"
    • adj white free from moral blemish or impurity; unsullied "in shining white armor"
    • v white turn white "This detergent will whiten your laundry"
    • n white (usually in the plural) trousers made of flannel or gabardine or tweed or white cloth
    • n white (board games) the lighter pieces
    • n white the quality or state of the achromatic color of greatest lightness (bearing the least resemblance to black)
    • n white the white part of an egg; the nutritive and protective gelatinous substance surrounding the yolk consisting mainly of albumin dissolved in water "she separated the whites from the yolks of several eggs"
    • n White a tributary of the Mississippi River that flows southeastward through northern Arkansas and southern Missouri
    • n White a member of the Caucasoid race
    • n White United States educator who in 1865 (with Ezra Cornell) founded Cornell University and served as its first president (1832-1918)
    • n White United States writer noted for his humorous essays (1899-1985)
    • n White United States architect (1853-1906)
    • n White United States political journalist (1915-1986)
    • n White Australian writer (1912-1990)
    • n White United States jurist appointed chief justice of the United States Supreme Court in 1910 by President Taft; noted for his work on antitrust legislation (1845-1921)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The White Hart, Witley The White Hart, Witley
The White Horse, Dorking The White Horse, Dorking
White man; American. Hidatsa White man; American. Hidatsa
THE WHITE PEACOCK—THE KING OF THE WHITE FARM THE WHITE PEACOCK—THE KING OF THE WHITE FARM
From 'THE WHITE FAWN From 'THE WHITE FAWN
THE WHITE FAWN THE WHITE FAWN
Sam White's run Sam White's run
Little Snow White Little Snow White

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Great White sharks have about 3,000 teeth
    • White A person with a white skin; a member of the white, or Caucasian, races of men.
    • White A white pigment; as, Venice white .
    • White (Zoöl) Any one of numerous species of butterflies belonging to Pieris, and allied genera in which the color is usually white. See Cabbage butterfly, under Cabbage.
    • White Characterized by freedom from that which disturbs, and the like; fortunate; happy; favorable. "On the whole, however, the dominie reckoned this as one of the white days of his life."
    • White Destitute of color, as in the cheeks, or of the tinge of blood color; pale; pallid; as, white with fear. "Or whispering with white lips, “The foe!
      They come! they come!”"
    • White Gray, as from age; having silvery hair; hoary. "Your high engendered battles 'gainst a head
      So old and white as this."
    • White Having the color of purity; free from spot or blemish, or from guilt or pollution; innocent; pure. "White as thy fame, and as thy honor clear.""No whiter page than Addison's remains."
    • White Reflecting to the eye all the rays of the spectrum combined; not tinted with any of the proper colors or their mixtures; having the color of pure snow; snowy; -- the opposite of black or dark; as, white paper; a white skin. "Pearls white .""White as the whitest lily on a stream."
    • White Regarded with especial favor; favorite; darling. "Come forth, my white spouse.""I am his white boy, and will not be gullet."
    • White Something having the color of snow; something white, or nearly so; as, the white of the eye.
    • White Specifically, the central part of the butt in archery, which was formerly painted white; the center of a mark at which a missile is shot. "'T was I won the wager, though you hit the white ."
    • White The color of pure snow; one of the natural colors of bodies, yet not strictly a color, but a composition of all colors; the opposite of black; whiteness. See the Note under Color n., 1. "Finely attired in a of white ."
    • v. t White To make white; to whiten; to whitewash; to bleach. "Whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of . . . uncleanness.""So as no fuller on earth can white them."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: All pyrimids were bright white.
    • n white Any one of several white pierid butterflies, as the great southern white, Pontia motivate, the checkered white, P. protodice, the gray-veined white, Pieris napi, or the cabbage-butterfly, P. rapæ.
    • n white In milling, the trade-name of flour made from the whitest and finest part of the wheat and free from all the outer coats.
    • n white Same as bloom, 6 .
    • white Of the color of pure snow or any powder of material transmitting all visible rays without sensible absorption; transmitting and so reflecting to the eye all the rays of the spectrum combined in the same proportions as in the impinging light, and thus, as seen in sunlight, conveying the same impression to the eye as sunlight of moderate intensity; not tinged or tinted with any of the proper colors or their compounds; snowy: the opposite of black or dark.
    • white Pale; pallid; bloodless, as from fear or cowardice.
    • white Free from spot or guilt; pure; clean; stainless.
    • white Fair; beautiful.
    • white Dear; favorite; darling. See whiteboy, 1.
    • white Square; honorable; reliable: as, a white man.
    • white Gracious; specious; fair-seeming.
    • white Gracious; friendly; favorable; auspicious: as, a white witch.
    • white Silver: as, white money.
    • white In musical notation, of a note, having an open head: as, whole notes and half notes are white. See note.
    • white In heraldry, an epithet used instead of argent to note certain furs which are supposed to be represented not in silver but in dead white. It is a modern fanciful variation, and not good heraldry.
    • white In silverware, chased or roughened with the tool, so as to retain a slightly granulated and therefore white surface, as distinguished from that of burnished silver.
    • white Bright and clean; burnished without ornament, and in no way colored or stained: said of armor of steel or iron.
    • white In ceramics, noting the biscuit when dry and ready for firing, because in that state it has grown much lighter in color than it was when first molded, and full of moisture.
    • white Transparent and colorless, as glass or water; also, with reference to wine, light-colored, whitish or yellowish, as opposed to red: sometimes used to note wine of even a deep-amber color.
    • white Belonging or pertaining to the Carmelites or other orders of monks for whose dress white is the prescribed color: as, the white friars.
    • white In botany and zoology, the compounds of white with participial adjectives are numberless, as white-flowered, white-headed, white-winged. Only a few of these are given below.
    • white A drink made in the south of England, said to consist of common ale to which flour and eggs have been added.
    • white See Trillium, 1.
    • white An unusually light-colored specimen of Ursua horribilis, the grizzly bear of the Rocky -Mountains: so named by Lewis and Clarke (1814). Compare first cut under bear.
    • white Of India, Grus leucogeranus. See crane and Grus.
    • white See elephant.
    • white In entomology, a British aretiid moth, Spilosoma menthastri, expanding 1¾ inches, having the wings white or whitish and spotted with black, and the body yellow with black spots. The larva is a hairy black caterpillar which feeds on various plants.
    • white A white-topped wave.
    • white Certain delicate flesh used for food, as poultry, rabbits, veal, and pork.
    • white Same as light meat. See meat.
    • white The lemming of Hudson's Bay, Cunicuius torquatus; the snow-mouse, which turns pure-white in winter.
    • white See rent,2.
    • white The cushion-scale, or fluted scale, Icerya purchasi. See cushion-scale.
    • white The rose-scale, Diaspis rosæ, a very white cosmopolitan species occurring on the twigs and leaves of the rose.
    • white Synonyms White, Fair, Blond, Clear. As to complexion, white expresses that which has too little color for naturalness or health; that is fair which agreeably approaches white; that is clear which is free from blotch; there is a clear brown or olive as well as a clear blond. Blond is fair in distinctive application to the color of the human skin—properly to that of females.
    • n white A highly luminous color, devoid of chroma, and therefore indeterminate in hue. But a white intensely illuminated has a yellow effect, and very deeply shaded takes on the bluish look of gray. A derangement of the proportions of light in pure white to the extent of 3 per cent, of the red, C per cent, of the green, or.5 per cent, of the blue, is readily perceived by direct comparison; but quite considerable admixtures of chroma are compatible with the color's retaining the name of white.
    • n white A pigment of this color.
    • n white Something, or a part of something, having the color of snow. Specifically
    • n white The albumen of an egg. or that pellucid viscous fluid which surrounds the yolk; also, sometimes, the corresponding part of a seed, or the farinaceous matter surrounding the embryo.
    • n white That part of the ball of the eye which surrounds the iris or colored part.
    • n white plural In printing, blank spaces.
    • n white plural A white fabric otherwise called long cloth.
    • n white White clothing or drapery.
    • n white A member of the white race of mankind: as, the “poor whites” of the southern United States.
    • n white plural In medicine, leueorrhea.
    • white To grow white; whiten.
    • white To make white. Specifically
    • white To make pale or pallid.
    • white Synonyms See whiten.
    • white A dialectal form of thwite. Compare whittle from thwittle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Grasshoppers have white blood.
    • adj White hwīt of the colour of pure snow: pale, pallid: colourless: pure: unblemished: purified from sin: bright: burnished without ornament: transparent and colourless, as of wine: pertaining to the Carmelite monks: gracious, favourable:
    • n White the colour of snow: anything white, as a white man, the mark at which an arrow is shot, the albuminous part of an egg
    • v.t White to make white
    • v.i White to become or turn white
    • v.t White to cover with whitewash: to give a fair appearance to
    • adj White hwīt (U.S.) reliable, honest
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Quotations

  • Nikki Giovanni
    Nikki Giovanni
    “White people really deal more with God and black people with Jesus.”
  • King Jr. Martin Luther
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    “The Negro needs the white man to free him from his fears. The white man needs the Negro to free him from his guilt.”
  • Hazel Scott
    Hazel Scott
    “There's only one free person in this society, and he is white and male.”
  • John F. Dodge
    John F. Dodge
    “There is no twilight zone of honesty in business. A thing is right or it's wrong. It's black or it's white.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “Lawyers and painters can soon make what's black, white.”
  • Robert Frost
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    “The middle of the road is where the white line is -- and that's the worst place to drive.”

Idioms

Black and white - When it is very clear who or what is right and wrong, then the situation is black and white.
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Great white hope - Someone who is expected to be a great success is a great white hope.
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White as a sheet - A bad shock can make somebody go as white as a sheet.
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White as snow - If something or someone is as white as snow, they are perfect or completely uncorrupted and honest.
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White elephant - A white elephant is an expensive burden; something that costs far too much money to run, like the Millennium Dome in the UK.
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White feather - If someone shows a white feather, they are cowards.
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White lie - If you tell a white lie, you lie in order not to hurt someone's feelings.
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White-bread - If something is white-bread, it is very ordinary, safe and boring.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. whit, AS. hwīt,; akin to OFries. and OS. hwīt, D. wit, G. weiss, OHG. wīz, hwīz, Icel. hvītr, Sw. hvit, Dan. hvid, Goth. hweits, Lith. szveisti, to make bright, Russ. sviet', light, Skr. çvēta, white, çvit, to be bright. √42. Cf. Wheat Whitsunday
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hwít; Ice. hvitr, Ger. weiss.

Usage

In literature:

Who in thunder at Swan River can write a white man's hand?
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
He liked the young chief, but white he was and white he would remain.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
By the white slave trade is meant commerce in white women and girls for wicked purposes.
"Fighting the Traffic in Young Girls" by Various
There is no room for two distinct races of white men in America, much less for two distinct races of whites and blacks.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
Make white sauce and add oyster liquor.
"The Suffrage Cook Book"
Heartwood cream white; sapwood nearly white.
"Seasoning of Wood" by Joseph B. Wagner
It may be so to a white man in most countries, but how is it to the white boy?
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
An' white men who are lukewarm, who don't come out an' take er stan' with white men will share Niggers' fate.
"Hanover; Or The Persecution of the Lowly" by David Bryant Fulton
Half a tea cup of rice boiled with the chickens makes them look white.
"The American Housewife" by Anonymous
It's what any decent white man would have tried to do.
"In the Musgrave Ranges" by Jim Bushman
Menard saw that her face was white and drooping.
"The Road to Frontenac" by Samuel Merwin
White Bear saw a large boat with great white wings above it to carry it along.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
The ordinary rowing costume for gentlemen is white flannel trousers, white rowing jersey and a straw hat.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
If done white, a little white gravy and cream.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
In fact, they seemed to have white manners, white arts, and white blood.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
Marster loved his slaves an' other white folks said he loved a nigger more den he did white folks.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves, North Carolina Narratives, Part 2" by Work Projects Administration
There's lots of men in Kansas look like white men's just Injuns growed a white scalp on 'em.
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter
On his clean white pillow he lay and dreamed of the things that might have been, kisses, caresses, a thousand joys.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
Lip crimson, streaked with white on the side lobes, with white and rosy purple on the disc.
"The Woodlands Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
The roads were blinding white from the coral dust, the houses were white, the sun scorching.
"The English in the West Indies" by James Anthony Froude
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In poetry:

White man said to Ajax
"What'll you do to me?"
Ajax said to white man,
"Hit me and you'll see!"
"Ajax Votes for McKinley" by Frank Barbour Coffin
"He dreams
Of the gleams
Of their garments of white;
He misses
Their kisses,
The maidens of light!
"Abu Midjan" by George MacDonald
Child Jesus walketh there
Amidst child-angel bands,
With smiling lips, and fair
White roses in His hands.
"The Dead Child" by Victor James Daley
There was a snow—white lily
Grew by a cottage door:
Such a white and wonderful lily
Never was seen before.
"A Snow-White Lily" by Alfred Austin
Blossom, a white cloud in the air,
Is blown like a cloud away.
Must all be brief, being fair?
Nothing remain?
"Fair And Brief" by John Freeman
She in her princely chamber sat;
But now she sat alone;
Her queenly brow, so white and pure,
A shadow lay upon.
"A Ballad" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

Bo dons bunny ears for a White House notice about the White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday.
Electra –donning a white hot white bikini -- was snapped Monday, poolside at her hotel in Mykonos.
Letitia Baldrige, White House Social Secretary, at a White House Christmas party in December 1962.
But let's begin at the white house with nbc's chuck todd, our chief white house correspondent.
IAN SCHRAGER sat at the head of a stark white table in a stark white room.
New York on the Potomac takes a break from serious political news and analysis to show you the latest photos of Bo, The White House Dog , taken by official White House photographers.
"Superwoman" is the second single from R&B singer Karyn White's self-titled debut album, Karyn White (1988).
The only thing I love better than a good white Burgundy in summer is a good white Burgundy at nearly half-price.
(FORTUNE Magazine) – The room is white--pristinely white.
Look white hot when you rock a pair of white jeans.
White Hot: Dragons down LeBoeuf in 'White Out.
The wealthier whites may not realize that the working-class whites live there.
So I got some pretty frank discussions of black- white race relations, although my focus and their focus tended to be on immigration and on brown- white .
WHITE PIGEON — Edwardsburg coach Dan Gunn captured his 500th career victory as his Eddies beat White Pigeon, 65-33, in the season-opener Tuesday.
US President Barack Obama met with Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner on Sunday at the White House to negotiate ways to avoid the "fiscal cliff," according to White House officials and a congressional aide .
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In science:

The probability that a ‘white’ site belongs to the ‘white’ sublattice is unity.
On Site Percolation on Correlated Simple Cubic Lattice
Also, let Hw (R) and Vw (R) denote the events that R has a white horizontal crossing or a white vertical crossing, respectively, defined in the obvious way.
Percolation on random Johnson-Mehl tessellations and related models
The conditional probability that a box Bi is pure white given it is white is larger or equal than p eN (d) .
Quenched invariance principles for random walks with random conductances
Besides, still under the condition that Bi is white, the event ‘Bi is pure white’ is independent of the colors of the other boxes.
Quenched invariance principles for random walks with random conductances
On the other hand, every zero-mean Gaussian field X over H can be written in the form X(f ) = B(K∗f ), f ∈ H, where K∗ is a bounded linear operator on H and B is a white noise over H, although this white noise representation of X is not necessarily unique.
Stochastic Integrals and Evolution Equations with Gaussian Random Fields
First, when C has ”white noise” N , then N effects all the users equivalently as ”white noise”.
On the Information of the Second Moments Between Random Variables Using Mutually Unbiased Bases
In this fit, the white dwarf the accretion disk contributes 98% of the far UV flux and the white dwarf 2% of the flux.
Far Ultraviolet Spectral Analysis of the Prototype Nova-Like Variable VY Sculptoris from the High State to the Low State
In this fit, the white dwarf the accretion disk contributes 98% of the far UV flux and the white dwarf 2% of the flux.
Far Ultraviolet Spectral Analysis of the Prototype Nova-Like Variable VY Sculptoris from the High State to the Low State
In this fit, the white dwarf the accretion disk contributes 92% of the far UV flux and the white dwarf 8% of the flux.
Far Ultraviolet Spectral Analysis of the Prototype Nova-Like Variable VY Sculptoris from the High State to the Low State
Each white vertex is oriented, say, clockwise; we identify the graphs that differ only by a choice of orientation at some of the white vertices.
Duality of real and quaternionic random matrices
This estimate is based on a detailed model of the Galactic population of white dwarfs (Napiwotzki 2008) calibrated using the observed white dwarf samples of Holberg et al. (2008) and Pauli et al. (2006), reddening is included in an approximate way.
High Spatial Resolution Galactic 3D Extinction Mapping with IPHAS
For independent site percolation, e.g., on T, with say probability p and 1 − p for white and black sites, the option for defining the divide and color spin variables that we will use is to “color” both the white and black clusters with random signs.
Ising (Conformal) Fields and Cluster Area Measures
The four active B atoms are drawn as large white spheres, whereas the buffer B sites are shown as small white spheres.
Correlation-induced corrections to the band structure of boron nitride: a wave-function-based approach
The ten B atoms in the active region are drawn as large white spheres, whereas the buffer B atoms are shown as smaller white spheres.
Correlation-induced corrections to the band structure of boron nitride: a wave-function-based approach
The correlation has a scatter of two orders of magnitude in Mej ecta , and was calibrated with ordinary novae whose white dwarf mass is generally quite low, whereas a high-mass RN white dwarf could have a greatly different calibration.
The Nova Shell and Evolution of the Recurrent Nova T Pyxidis
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