• WordNet 3.6
    • v whiten turn white "This detergent will whiten your laundry"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Whiten To grow white; to turn or become white or whiter; as, the hair whitens with age; the sea whitens with foam; the trees in spring whiten with blossoms.
    • v. t Whiten To make white; to bleach; to blanch; to whitewash; as, to whiten a wall; to whiten cloth. "The broad stream of the Foyle then whitened by vast flocks of wild swans."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • whiten To become white; turn white; bleach: as, the sea whitens with foam.
    • whiten To make white; bleach; blanch; whitewash: as, to whiten cloth; to whiten a wall.
    • whiten Synonyms Whiten, Bleach, Blanch, Etiolate. Whiten may be a general word for making white, but is chiefly used for the putting of a white coating upon a surface: as, a wall whitened by the application of lime; the sea, whitened by the wind. White for whiten is old-fashioned or Biblical. Bleach and blanch express the act of making white by removal, change, or destruction of color. Bleaching is done chemically or by exposure to light and air: as, to bleach linen or bones. Blanching is a natural process: celery and other plants are blanched or etiolated by excluding light from them; cheeks are blanched by fear, when the blood retires from their capillaries and leaves them pale. See also defs. 5 and 6 under blanch.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Whiten to make white: to bleach
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  • J. P. Senn
    J. P. Senn
    “Old age adds to the respect due to virtue, but it takes nothing from the contempt inspired by vice; it whitens only the hair.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. whitenen,; cf. Icel. hvītna,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hwít; Ice. hvitr, Ger. weiss.


In literature:

The intruder was aged; his face was tawny by exposure, and his hair thinned and whitened by time.
"The Bravo" by J. Fenimore Cooper
It was not age that whitened his hair so much as it was his ten years of suffering.
"The Real America in Romance, Volume 6;" by John R. Musick
In a commercial point of view Alexandria was the most important city in the world, and its ships whitened every sea.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume III" by John Lord
Their bones lie whitening among the caverns of the deep.
"Practice Book" by Leland Powers
One of the boys messed cheerfully with a pail of liquid whitening.
"Hyacinth" by George A. Birmingham
Their breaths whitened the keen air.
"Hilda Lessways" by Arnold Bennett
He caught a flashing glimpse of a pair of eyes staring in at them, of a thick, wild beard whitened by the snow.
"The Danger Trail" by James Oliver Curwood
When hard, it will be an excellent soap for whitening the hands.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
I'm afraid you will whiten the soles of your boots, I mean.
"Essays in Rebellion" by Henry W. Nevinson
Clothes-lines like a parade-ground of telegraphs, fields like prairies, snow-patched, as far as you could see, with things laid out to whiten!
"A Summer in Leslie Goldthwaite's Life." by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney

In poetry:

No mellow moon, no stars arise;
In other lands they shine and roam:
All I discern are darkening skies
And whitening foam.
"Off Mesolongi" by Alfred Austin
That day that was of battles and hard pledges
Has all been changed into this whitened morn-
Music and holiday,
And benediction bells.
"A Saint" by Padraic Colum
It linger'd till each season fill'd
Their perfect round,
The vernal bud, the summer-rose,
Autumnal gold, and wintry snows
Whitening the ground.
"Martha Agnes Bonner," by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney
He hears the bells, he strikes his spurs,
The flecks of foam are on his rein,
The dust of journey whitens him,
He leans to see the bridal train!
"Goody Two-Shoes" by Clara Doty Bates
And I do like the foam on the shore,
When it again is whitening in mire,
And, greedy, I am hiding here a store
Of hazy days, while skies are full of fire.
"Harmony" by Innokentii Fedorovich Annensky
There on those far and ever whiten'd rocks,
You two sit monarchs of a rich dominion;
But I forgot dark Milton's sacred locks,
Serenely resting from his seraph pinion!
"To My Copy Of Shakspeare Which Had Been Lost" by James Avis Bartley

In news:

Hamburg Family & Cosmetic Dental Group is having a holiday whitening sale.
Hamburg Dental's Holiday Whitening Sale.
The Ask Us About Tooth Whitening brochure explains the difference between at-home and in-office whitening .
A poster for ADA members describing the "safe, sensible way" to whiten teeth was mailed with the Oct 3 issue of the ADA News.
Are whitening toothpastes a bright idea.
Plant may improve skin- whitening creams.
Whitening ' the Résumé.
Dentists, salons clash over teeth whitening .
Amazing Bright Teeth Whitening Buyers.
Whitening skin can be deadly.
Television is packed with commercials touting the newest teeth whitening toothpastes and kits.
But are these really the most effective way to get your teeth whitened and do it properly.
Sky whitening results of a day of heavy chemtrail spraying over heavily populated area of Portland Metro Area.
Is there any downside to using those at-home teeth- whitening products.

In science:

Now we show that also random K -SAT formulas do have solutions with a non-trivial whitenings.
Reweighted belief propagation and quiet planting for random K-SAT
Non-trivial whitening in the random 6-SAT problem: here N = 105 , the graphs were planted, but are equivalent to random ones thanks to quiet planting property.
Reweighted belief propagation and quiet planting for random K-SAT
When α ≥ 38 a non trivial whitening core is obtained for the planted solution.
Reweighted belief propagation and quiet planting for random K-SAT
No solution to a large instance of random K -SAT problem with a non-trivial whitening core had ever been found so far.
Reweighted belief propagation and quiet planting for random K-SAT
The affect of the of the ADC whitening is compensated for within the digital system.
Multi-color Cavity Metrology