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Meaning of WHITE

Pronunciation:  wIt

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  1. [n]  (usually in the plural) trousers
  2. [n]  (chess or checkers) the lighter pieces
  3. [n]  the quality or state of the achromatic color of greatest lightness (bearing the least resemblance to black)
  4. [n]  a tributary of the Mississippi River
  5. [n]  a member of the Caucasoid race
  6. [n]  United States educator who in 1865 (with Ezra Cornell) founded Cornell University and served as its first president (1832-1918)
  7. [n]  United States writer noted for his humorous essays (1899-1985)
  8. [n]  United States architect (1853-1906)
  9. [n]  United States political journalist (1915-1986)
  10. [n]  Australian writer (1912-1990)
  11. [adj]  of or belonging to a racial group having light skin coloration; "voting patterns within the white population"
  12. [adj]  of summer nights in northern latitudes where the sun barely sets; "white nights"
  13. [adj]  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"
  14. [adj]  (of wine) almost colorless; "white wines such as chardonnays or rieslings"; "a white burgundy"; "white Italian wines"
  15. [adj]  ash-colored or 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"
  16. [adj]  (of hair) having lost its color; "the white hairs of old age"
  17. [adj]  dressed (or especially habited) in white; "white nuns"
  18. [adj]  (of coffee) having cream or milk added
  19. [adj]  of a surface; not written or printed on; "blank pages"; "fill in the blank spaces"; "a clean page"; "wide white margins"
  20. [adj]  benevolent; without malicious intent; "white magic"; "a white lie"; "that's white of you"
  21. [adj]  glowing white with heat; "white flames"; "a white-hot center of the fire"
  22. [adj]  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"
  23. [adj]  marked by the presence of snow; "a white Christmas"; "the white hills of a northern winter"
  24. [adj]  free from moral blemish or impurity; unsullied; "in shining white armor"
  25. [v]  turn white; "This detergent will whiten your laundry"

WHITE is a 5 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: achromatic, albescent, Andrew D. White, Andrew Dickson White, ashen, blanched, blank, bloodless, Caucasian, caucasian, caucasoid, clad, clean, clothed, colorless, colourless, covered, dilute, diluted, E. B. White, Elwyn Brooks White, empty, flannel, gabardine, good, hot, light, light-skinned, lily-white, livid, Patrick Victor Martindale White, Patrick White, pure, segregated, snowy, Stanford White, T. H. White, Theodore Harold White, tweed, unintegrated, white person, White River, white-hot, whiten, whitened, whiteness
 Antonyms: black, black, black, black, blacken, blackness, melanise, melanize, nigrify, red
 See Also: achromatic color, achromatic colour, alabaster, America, architect, Aryan, author, blanco, bleach, bleach, bone, Cassite, Caucasian race, Caucasoid race, chalk, Circassian, color, colour, designer, discolor, discolour, educator, Elamite, frostiness, hoariness, honkey, honkie, honky, human, individual, ivory, journalist, Kassite, light-colored, man, mortal, off-white, paleface, pants, pearl, pedagogue, person, piece, poor white, poor white trash, river, Semite, somebody, someone, soul, trousers, U.S., U.S.A., United States, United States of America, US, USA, WASP, white Anglo-Saxon Protestant, white man, White race, white trash, white woman, whitey, writer



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \White\, a. [Compar. {Whiter}; superl. {Whitest}.] [OE.
    whit, AS. hw?t; akin to OFries. and OS. hw[=i]t, D. wit, G.
    weiss, OHG. w[=i]z, hw[=i]z, Icel. hv[=i]tr, Sw. hvit, Dan.
    hvid, Goth. hweits, Lith. szveisti, to make bright, Russ.
    sviet' light, Skr. ?v?ta white, ?vit to be bright. ???. Cf.
    {Wheat}, {Whitsunday}.]
    1. 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.'' --Chaucer.
             White as the whitest lily on a stream. --Longfellow.
    2. 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!''                          --Byron.
    3. 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. --Dryden.
             No whiter page than Addison's remains. --Pope.
    4. Gray, as from age; having silvery hair; hoary.
             Your high engendered battles 'gainst a head So old
             and white as this.                    --Shak.
    5. 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.    --Sir W.
    6. Regarded with especial favor; favorite; darling.
             Come forth, my white spouse.          --Chaucer.
             I am his white boy, and will not be gullet. --Ford.
    Note: White is used in many self-explaining compounds, as
          white-backed, white-bearded, white-footed.
    {White alder}. (Bot.) See {Sweet pepper bush}, under
    {White ant} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of social
       pseudoneuropterous insects of the genus {Termes}. These
       insects are very abundant in tropical countries, and form
       large and complex communities consisting of numerous
       asexual workers of one or more kinds, of large-headed
       asexual individuals called soldiers, of one or more queens
       (or fertile females) often having the body enormously
       distended by the eggs, and, at certain seasons of numerous
       winged males, together with the larv[ae] and pup[ae] of
       each kind in various stages of development. Many of the
       species construct large and complicated nests, sometimes
       in the form of domelike structures rising several feet
       above the ground and connected with extensive subterranean
       galleries and chambers. In their social habits they
       closely resemble the true ants. They feed upon animal and
       vegetable substances of various kinds, including timber,
       and are often very destructive to buildings and furniture.
    {White arsenic} (Chem.), arsenious oxide, {As2O3}, a
       substance of a white color, and vitreous adamantine
       luster, having an astringent, sweetish taste. It is a
       deadly poison.
    {White bass} (Zo["o]l.), a fresh-water North American bass
       ({Roccus chrysops}) found in the Great Likes.
    {White bear} (Zo["o]l.), the polar bear. See under {Polar}.
    {White blood cell}. (Physiol.) See {Leucocyte}.
    {White brand} (Zo["o]l.), the snow goose.
    {White brass}, a white alloy of copper; white copper.
    {White campion}. (Bot.)
       (a) A kind of catchfly ({Silene stellata}) with white
       (b) A white-flowered Lychnis ({Lychnis vespertina}).
    {White canon} (R. C. Ch.), a Premonstratensian.
    {White caps}, the members of a secret organization in various
       of the United States, who attempt to drive away or reform
       obnoxious persons by lynch-law methods. They appear masked
       in white.
    {White cedar} (Bot.), an evergreen tree of North America
       ({Thuja occidentalis}), also the related {Cupressus
       thyoides}, or {Cham[ae]cyparis sph[ae]roidea}, a slender
       evergreen conifer which grows in the so-called cedar
       swamps of the Northern and Atlantic States. Both are much
       valued for their durable timber. In California the name is
       given to the {Libocedrus decurrens}, the timber of which
       is also useful, though often subject to dry rot.
       --Goodale. The white cedar of Demerara, Guiana, etc., is a
       lofty tree ({Icica, or Bursera, altissima}) whose fragrant
       wood is used for canoes and cabinetwork, as it is not
       attacked by insect.
    {White cell}. (Physiol.) See {Leucocyte}.
    {White cell-blood} (Med.), leucocyth[ae]mia.
    {White clover} (Bot.), a species of small perennial clover
       bearing white flowers. It furnishes excellent food for
       cattle and horses, as well as for the honeybee. See also
       under {Clover}.
    {White copper}, a whitish alloy of copper. See {German
       silver}, under {German}.
    {White copperas} (Min.), a native hydrous sulphate of iron;
    {White coral} (Zo["o]l.), an ornamental branched coral
       ({Amphihelia oculata}) native of the Mediterranean.
    {White corpuscle}. (Physiol.) See {Leucocyte}.
    {White cricket} (Zo["o]l.), the tree cricket.
    {White crop}, a crop of grain which loses its green color, or
       becomes white, in ripening, as wheat, rye, barley, and
       oats, as distinguished from a green crop, or a root crop.
    {White currant} (Bot.), a variety of the common red currant,
       having white berries.
    {White daisy} (Bot.), the oxeye daisy. See under {Daisy}.
    {White damp}, a kind of poisonous gas encountered in coal
       mines. --Raymond.
    {White elephant} (Zo["o]l.), a whitish, or albino, variety of
       the Asiatic elephant.
    {White elm} (Bot.), a majestic tree of North America ({Ulmus
       Americana}), the timber of which is much used for hubs of
       wheels, and for other purposes.
    {White ensign}. See {Saint George's ensign}, under {Saint}.
    {White feather}, a mark or symbol of cowardice. See {To show
       the white feather}, under {Feather}, n.
    {White fir} (Bot.), a name given to several coniferous trees
       of the Pacific States, as {Abies grandis}, and {A.
    {White flesher} (Zo["o]l.), the ruffed grouse. See under
       {Ruffed}. [Canada]
    {White frost}. See {Hoarfrost}.
    {White game} (Zo["o]l.), the white ptarmigan.
    {White garnet} (Min.), leucite.
    {White grass} (Bot.), an American grass ({Leersia Virginica})
       with greenish-white pale[ae].
    {White grouse}. (Zo["o]l.)
       (a) The white ptarmigan.
       (b) The prairie chicken. [Local, U. S.]
    {White grub} (Zo["o]l.), the larva of the June bug and other
       allied species. These grubs eat the roots of grasses and
       other plants, and often do much damage.
    {White hake} (Zo["o]l.), the squirrel hake. See under
    {White hawk}, or {kite} (Zo["o]l.), the hen harrier.
    {White heat}, the temperature at which bodies become
       incandescent, and appear white from the bright light which
       they emit.
    {White hellebore} (Bot.), a plant of the genus {Veratrum}
       ({V. album}) See {Hellebore}, 2.
    {White herring}, a fresh, or unsmoked, herring, as
       distinguished from a red, or cured, herring. [R.] --Shak.
    {White hoolet} (Zo["o]l.), the barn owl. [Prov. Eng.]
    {White horses} (Naut.), white-topped waves; whitecaps.
    {The White House}. See under {House}.
    {White ibis} (Zo["o]l.), an American ibis ({Guara alba})
       having the plumage pure white, except the tips of the
       wings, which are black. It inhabits tropical America and
       the Southern United States. Called also {Spanish curlew}.
    {White iron}.
       (a) Thin sheets of iron coated with tin; tinned iron.
       (b) A hard, silvery-white cast iron containing a large
           proportion of combined carbon.
    {White iron pyrites} (Min.), marcasite.
    {White land}, a tough clayey soil, of a whitish hue when dry,
       but blackish after rain. [Eng.]
    {White lark} (Zo["o]l.), the snow bunting.
    {White lead}.
       (a) A carbonate of lead much used in painting, and for
           other purposes; ceruse.
       (b) (Min.) Native lead carbonate; cerusite.
    {White leather}, buff leather; leather tanned with alum and
    {White leg} (Med.), milk leg. See under {Milk}.
    {White lettuce} (Bot.), rattlesnake root. See under
    {White lie}. See under {Lie}.
    {White light}.
       (a) (Physics) Light having the different colors in the
           same proportion as in the light coming directly from
           the sun, without having been decomposed, as by passing
           through a prism. See the Note under {Color}, n., 1.
       (b) A kind of firework which gives a brilliant white
           illumination for signals, etc.
    {White lime}, a solution or preparation of lime for
       whitewashing; whitewash.
    {White line} (Print.), a void space of the breadth of a line,
       on a printed page; a blank line.
    {White meat}.
       (a) Any light-colored flesh, especially of poultry.
       (b) Food made from milk or eggs, as butter, cheese, etc.
                 Driving their cattle continually with them, and
                 feeding only upon their milk and white meats.
    {White merganser} (Zo["o]l.), the smew.
    {White metal}.
       (a) Any one of several white alloys, as pewter, britannia,
       (b) (Metal.) A fine grade of copper sulphide obtained at a
           certain stage in copper smelting.
    {White miller}. (Zo["o]l.)
       (a) The common clothes moth.
       (b) A common American bombycid moth ({Spilosoma
           Virginica}) which is pure white with a few small black
           spots; -- called also {ermine moth}, and {virgin
           moth}. See {Woolly bear}, under {Woolly}.
    {White money}, silver money.
    {White mouse} (Zo["o]l.), the albino variety of the common
    {White mullet} (Zo["o]l.), a silvery mullet ({Mugil curema})
       ranging from the coast of the United States to Brazil; --
       called also {blue-back mullet}, and {liza}.
    {White nun} (Zo["o]l.), the smew; -- so called from the white
       crest and the band of black feathers on the back of its
       head, which give the appearance of a hood.
    {White oak}. (Bot.) See under {Oak}.
    {White owl}. (Zo["o]l.)
       (a) The snowy owl.
       (b) The barn owl.
    {White partridge} (Zo["o]l.), the white ptarmigan.
    {White perch}. (Zo["o]l.)
       (a) A North American fresh-water bass ({Morone Americana})
           valued as a food fish.
       (b) The croaker, or fresh-water drum.
       (c) Any California surf fish.
    {White pine}. (Bot.) See the Note under {Pine}.
    {White poplar} (Bot.), a European tree ({Populus alba}) often
       cultivated as a shade tree in America; abele.
    {White poppy} (Bot.), the opium-yielding poppy. See {Poppy}.
    {White powder}, a kind of gunpowder formerly believed to
       exist, and to have the power of exploding without noise.
             A pistol charged with white powder.   --Beau. & Fl.
    {White precipitate}. (Old Chem.) See under {Precipitate}.
    {White rabbit}. (Zo["o]l.)
       (a) The American northern hare in its winter pelage.
       (b) An albino rabbit.
    {White rent},
       (a) (Eng. Law) Formerly, rent payable in silver; --
           opposed to black rent. See {Blackmail}, n., 3.
       (b) A rent, or duty, of eight pence, payable yearly by
           every tinner in Devon and Cornwall to the Duke of
           Cornwall, as lord of the soil. [Prov. Eng.]
    {White rhinoceros}. (Zo["o]l.)
       (a) The one-horned, or Indian, rhinoceros ({Rhinoceros
           Indicus}). See {Rhinoceros}.
       (b) The umhofo.
    {White ribbon}, the distinctive badge of certain
       organizations for the promotion of temperance or of moral
       purity; as, the White-ribbon Army.
    {White rope} (Naut.), untarred hemp rope.
    {White rot}. (Bot.)
       (a) Either of several plants, as marsh pennywort and
           butterwort, which were thought to produce the disease
           called rot in sheep.
       (b) A disease of grapes. See {White rot}, under {Rot}.
    {White sage} (Bot.), a white, woolly undershrub ({Eurotia
       lanata}) of Western North America; -- called also {winter
    {White salmon} (Zo["o]l.), the silver salmon.
    {White salt}, salt dried and calcined; decrepitated salt.
    {White scale} (Zo["o]l.), a scale insect ({Aspidiotus Nerii})
       injurious to the orange tree. See {Orange scale}, under
    {White shark} (Zo["o]l.), a species of man-eating shark. See
       under {Shark}.
    {White softening}. (Med.) See {Softening of the brain}, under
    {White spruce}. (Bot.) See {Spruce}, n., 1.
    {White squall} (Naut.), a sudden gust of wind, or furious
       blow, which comes up without being marked in its approach
       otherwise than by whitecaps, or white, broken water, on
       the surface of the sea.
    {White staff}, the badge of the lord high treasurer of
       England. --Macaulay.
    {White stork} (Zo["o]l.), the common European stork.
    {White sturgeon}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Shovelnose}
       (d) .
    {White sucker}. (Zo["o]l.)
       (a) The common sucker.
       (b) The common red horse ({Moxostoma macrolepidotum}).
    {White swelling} (Med.), a chronic swelling of the knee,
       produced by a strumous inflammation of the synovial
       membranes of the kneejoint and of the cancellar texture of
       the end of the bone forming the kneejoint; -- applied also
       to a lingering chronic swelling of almost any kind.
    {White tombac}. See {Tombac}.
    {White trout} (Zo["o]l.), the white weakfish, or silver
       squeteague ({Cynoscion nothus}), of the Southern United
    {White vitriol} (Chem.), hydrous sulphate of zinc. See {White
       vitriol}, under {Vitriol}.
    {White wagtail} (Zo["o]l.), the common, or pied, wagtail.
    {White wax}, beeswax rendered white by bleaching.
    {White whale} (Zo["o]l.), the beluga.
    {White widgeon} (Zo["o]l.), the smew.
    {White wine}. any wine of a clear, transparent color,
       bordering on white, as Madeira, sherry, Lisbon, etc.; --
       distinguished from wines of a deep red color, as port and
       Burgundy. ``White wine of Lepe.'' --Chaucer.
    {White witch}, a witch or wizard whose supernatural powers
       are supposed to be exercised for good and beneficent
       purposes. --Addison. --Cotton Mather.
    {White wolf}. (Zo["o]l.)
       (a) A light-colored wolf ({Canis laniger}) native of
           Thibet; -- called also {chanco}, {golden wolf}, and
           {Thibetan wolf}.
       (b) The albino variety of the gray wolf.
    {White wren} (Zo["o]l.), the willow warbler; -- so called
       from the color of the under parts.
  2. \White\, n.
    1. 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.         --Shak.
    2. Something having the color of snow; something white, or
       nearly so; as, the white of the eye.
    3. 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.
    4. A person with a white skin; a member of the white, or
       Caucasian, races of men.
    5. A white pigment; as, Venice white.
    6. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of butterflies
       belonging to {Pieris}, and allied genera in which the
       color is usually white. See {Cabbage butterfly}, under
    {Black and white}. See under {Black}.
    {Flake white}, {Paris white}, etc. See under {Flack},
       {Paris}, etc.
    {White of a seed} (Bot.), the albumen. See {Albumen}, 2.
    {White of egg}, the viscous pellucid fluid which surrounds
       the yolk in an egg, particularly in the egg of a fowl. In
       a hen's egg it is alkaline, and contains about 86 per cent
       of water and 14 per cent of solid matter, the greater
       portion of which is egg albumin. It likewise contains a
       small amount of globulin, and traces of fats and sugar,
       with some inorganic matter. Heated above 60[deg] C. it
       coagulates to a solid mass, owing to the albumin which it
       contains. --Parr.
    {White of the eye} (Anat.), the white part of the ball of the
       eye surrounding the transparent cornea.
  3. \White\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Whited}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Whiting}.] [AS. hw[=i]tan.]
    To make white; to whiten; to whitewash; to bleach.
          Whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful
          outward, but are within full of . . . uncleanness.
                                                   --Matt. xxiii.
          So as no fuller on earth can white them. --Mark. ix. 3.
Easton Bible Dictionary

a symbol of purity (2 Chr. 5:12; Ps. 51:7; Isa. 1:18; Rev. 3:18; 7:14). Our Lord, at his transfiguration, appeared in raiment "white as the light" (Matt. 17:2, etc.).