whiteness

Definitions

  • Fireplace in White Horse, Shere
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n whiteness the quality or state of the achromatic color of greatest lightness (bearing the least resemblance to black)
    • n whiteness lightness or fairness of complexion "only the whiteness of her cheeks gave any indication of the stress from which she was suffering"
    • n whiteness the state of being unsullied by sin or moral wrong; lacking a knowledge of evil
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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. Dakota White man, American. Dakota
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 MAGIC MIRROR—LITTLE SNOW-WHITE THE MAGIC MIRROR—LITTLE SNOW-WHITE
THE WHITE FAWN THE WHITE FAWN

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A chicken with red earlobes will produce brown eggs, and a chicken with white earlobes will produce white eggs
    • Whiteness (Zoöl) A flock of swans.
    • Whiteness Freedom from stain or blemish; purity; cleanness. "He had kept
      The whiteness of his soul, and thus men o'er him wept."
    • Whiteness Nakedness.
    • Whiteness The quality or state of being white; white color, or freedom from darkness or obscurity on the surface.
    • Whiteness Want of a sanguineous tinge; paleness; as from terror, grief, etc. "The whiteness in thy cheek."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: All pyrimids were bright white.
    • n whiteness The state of being white; white color, or freedom from any darkness or obscurity on the surface.
    • n whiteness Lack of color in the face; paleness, as from sickness, terror, or grief; pallor.
    • n whiteness Purity; cleanness; freedom from stain or blemish.
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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.”
  • Quentin Crisp
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    “The law is simply expediency wearing a long white dress.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “Lawyers and painters can soon make what's black, white.”

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
AS. hwītness,

Usage

In literature:

Thus made, it will be as white as any White-wine.
"The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened" by Kenelm Digby
He was glad to see White, but he was not going to let White know how glad.
"The Ridin' Kid from Powder River" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
Chauncey D. White, first lieutenant, Mathews, Va. Emmett White, captain, U.S. Army.
"History of the American Negro in the Great World War" by W. Allison Sweeney
It must tell you white to the white, Indian to the Indian.
"The Heart of the Desert" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
Beat with a Dover egg-beater to thoroughly mix and then fold in the stiffly beaten white of egg.
"Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book" by Mary A. Wilson
There was a white matting and a white fur rug.
"By the Light of the Soul" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Slippers of white satin and white kid gloves complete the dress.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
The Pilgrim maidens should wear plain black dresses ankle length, with white cuffs and Puritan caps, and white kerchiefs.
"Patriotic Plays and Pageants for Young People" by Constance D'Arcy Mackay
Mr. Kellogg: That white grub don't follow tomatoes, if the ground was clear of white grubs before.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
Having translated the white man into a savage, they brought him one of the tin looking-glasses used by Indians to signal in the sun.
"Pathfinders of the West" by A. C. Laut
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In poetry:

Tell me, for oft you go,
Winds, lovely winds of night,
About the chambers low,
With sheets so dainty white,
If they sleep through all the night,
In the beds so chill and white:
"To The Winds" by Alice Cary
In dreams I saw a moorland vast and dreary,
All muffled thick with white and silent snow,
And under the white snow I lay deep-buried,
And slept the cold and lonely sleep of death.
"The North Sea -- First Cycle" by Heinrich Heine
Bleach, oh bleach, my white linen,
Bleach, oh bleach, my grey,
I too am bleaching white and thin,
It is a year, a year to-day,—
Why doth Thorolf stay away?
Why doth Thorolf stay?
"Thorolf And Gudrun" by William Bell Scott
Her hair it is lint-white, her skin it is milk-white;
Dark is the blue o' her saft rolling ee;
Red, red her ripe lips! and sweeter than roses:
Whar could my wee thing wander frae me?'
"The Wee Thing : Or, Mary Of Castle-Cary. A Ballad" by Hector MacNeill
The angels walk with men in the red ruin and rain,
White and gold, as of old, without spot or stain.
Our warriors fought and died, the white lords by their side.
The angels walk with men.
"The Comrades" by Katharine Tynan
The alabaster's wondrous white,
The marble's polish strikes my sight,
When Silvia is not seen:
But ah! how faint that white is grown,
How rough appears the polish'd stone,
Compared with Silvia's mien!
"Comparison" by William Shenstone

In news:

Fell In Love With a Girl The White Stripes White Blood V2/Sympathy.
He was a black man in a sport that seemed a metaphor for racism -- a sport played by white people in white clothes at white country clubs -- and for a time he was the best there was.
WHITE HALL — Georgia Lee Baugh , 87 of White Hall, died Monday, August 20, 2012.
Team White tops Team Blue in four in Blue-White Scrimmage Tuesday.
I know damn well it bothers my white brethren that a black family is occupying the White House.
WHITE HALL — Larry Ray Broach , 61, of White Hall, died Saturday, October 27, 2012.
Why Does the White House Always Pardon White Turkeys.
He's whitily white white white ya'll.
Betty White Meets Obama, Drops "White Power" Presidential Bid.
New studies of the white shark (aka great white) show that its social life and hunting strategies are complex.
Letitia Baldrige, White House Social Secretary , at a White House Christmas party in December 1962.
WHITE BEAR LAKE — A blustery and generally miserable evening didn't improve for the Stillwater girls' soccer team after falling behind early in an eventual 3-0 Suburban East Conference loss to White Bear Lake.
Opal Roach, 87, died Saturday, Sept 29, 2012, at the White Pine Nursing Home in White Bear Lake, Minn.
Jack and Meg White are the White Stripes.
There was never anything wrong when whites voted for whites in 100 percent of the presidential elections until 2008.
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In science:

In this case, the orientation of the edges must be matched when pairing white vertices, i.e. an incoming white vertex can only be paired with an outgoing one.
Averaging Fluctuations in Resolvents of Random Band Matrices
Nine snapshots of the disc component, on which we overlay the locations (white filled circles) and trajectories (white solid lines) of the 60 particles that we follow (see text).
Manifold-driven spirals in N-body barred galaxy simulations
The white dwarfs in our newly discovered eclipsing systems span a wide range of parameters, including; low mass (∼0.3M⊙), very hot (80,000 K) and a DC white dwarf.
Eclipsing Post Common Envelope Binaries from the Catalina Surveys
Note that only 6 of the 42 candidate white dwarf plus M dwarf binaries in Becker et al. (2011) show evidence of a white dwarf in their SDSS spectrum.
Eclipsing Post Common Envelope Binaries from the Catalina Surveys
The main-sequence component is then subtracted and the residual white dwarf spectrum is fitted with a model grid of white dwarfs from Koester (2010) to determine its temperature and surface gravity, the mass is then determined using a mass-radius relation for white dwarfs (Bergeron et al. 1995; Fontaine et al. 2001).
Eclipsing Post Common Envelope Binaries from the Catalina Surveys
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