'white': [waɪt] [ˈhwaɪt]; 'White': [waɪt]

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
white /hwaɪt, waɪt/USA pronunciation   adj.,  whit•er, whit•est, n. 
  1. of the color of pure snow.
  2. light in color;
    pale:white wines as opposed to red wines.
  3. Physical Anthropology(of human beings) pale;
    having little of the normal, healthy color of the skin:His face turned white at the terrible news.
  4. Physical Anthropologyfor, limited to, or made up of Caucasians.
  5. silvery;
    gray:white hair.
  6. snowy:a white Christmas.
  7. lacking color.
  8. morally pure;
  9. lacking hatred or bad feeling;
    harmless:white magic.

  1. Optics, Physics[uncountable] a color without hue that is the opposite of black.
  2. Physical Anthropology[countable] a person of the Caucasian race.
  3. a white or light-colored material, substance, or part:[countable]the white of an egg.
white•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
white  (hwīt, wīt),USA pronunciation  adj.,  whit•er, whit•est, n., v.,  whit•ed, whit•ing. 
  1. of the color of pure snow, of the margins of this page, etc.;
    reflecting nearly all the rays of sunlight or a similar light.
  2. light or comparatively light in color.
  3. Physical Anthropology(of human beings) marked by slight pigmentation of the skin, as of many Caucasoids.
  4. Physical Anthropologyfor, limited to, or predominantly made up of persons whose racial heritage is Caucasian:a white club; a white neighborhood.
  5. pallid or pale, as from fear or other strong emotion:white with rage.
  6. silvery, gray, or hoary:white hair.
  7. snowy:a white Christmas.
  8. lacking color;
  9. Government(politically) ultraconservative.
  10. Printingblank, as an unoccupied space in printed matter:Fill in the white space below.
  11. Heraldry[Armor.]composed entirely of polished steel plates without fabric or other covering;
  12. Clothingwearing white clothing:a white monk.
  13. [Slang.]decent, honorable, or dependable:That's very white of you.
  14. auspicious or fortunate.
  15. morally pure;
  16. without malice;
    harmless:white magic.
  17. Wine(of wines) light-colored or yellowish, as opposed to red.
  18. British Terms(of coffee) containing milk.
  19. Informal Termsbleed white, to be or cause to be deprived of all one's resources:Dishonesty is bleeding the union white.

  1. Optics, Physics, Physicsa color without hue at one extreme end of the scale of grays, opposite to black. A white surface reflects light of all hues completely and diffusely. Most so-called whites are very light grays: fresh snow, for example, reflects about 80 percent of the incident light, but to be strictly white, snow would have to reflect 100 percent of the incident light. It is the ultimate limit of a series of shades of any color.
  2. a hue completely desaturated by admixture with white, the highest value possible.
  3. quality or state of being white.
  4. lightness of skin pigment.
  5. Physical Anthropologya person whose racial heritage is Caucasian.
  6. a white material or substance.
  7. the white part of something.
  8. Biochemistrya pellucid viscous fluid that surrounds the yolk of an egg;
  9. Anatomythe white part of the eyeball:He has a speck in the white of his eye.
  10. whites: 
    • Clothingwhite or nearly white clothing.
    • top-grade white flour.
  11. Winewhite wine:Graves is a good white.
  12. a type or breed that is white in color.
  13. PrintingUsually,  whites. a blank space in printing.
  14. (cap.) a hog of any of several breeds having a white coat, as a Chester White.
  15. Insects[Entomol.]any of several white-winged butterflies of the family Pieridae, as the common cabbage butterflies.
  16. Textileswhite fabric.
  17. Sport[Archery.]
    • the outermost ring of the butt.
    • an arrow that hits this portion of the butt.
    • the central part of the butt or target, formerly painted white but now painted gold or yellow.
    • [Archaic.]a target painted white.
  18. Chessthe men or pieces that are light-colored.
  19. Government(often cap.) a member of a royalist, conservative, or reactionary political party.
  20. Furniturein the white, in an unfinished state or condition, as furniture wood that has not been stained or varnished.

  1. [Print.]
    • Printingto make white by leaving blank spaces (often fol. by out).
    • Printingto whiten (areas of artwork) in retouching preparatory to photoengraving (often fol. by out).
  2. [Archaic.]to make white;
  3. white out: 
    • Printingto cover (errors in copy) with a white correction fluid.
    • to censor, as by obliterating words or passages with white ink.
  • bef. 900; Middle English whit(e), Old English hwīt; cognate with German weiss, Old Norse hvītr, Gothic hweits; akin to wheat

White  (hwīt, wīt),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. BiographicalByron R(aymond) ("Whizzer''), born 1917, U.S. lawyer and jurist: associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1962–93.
  2. BiographicalEdmund, born 1940, U.S. novelist.
  3. BiographicalEdward Douglass, 1845–1921, U.S. jurist: Chief Justice of the U.S. 1910–21.
  4. Edward H(ig•gins), II  (higinz),USA pronunciation 1930–67, U.S. astronaut: first American to walk in space 1965. E(l•wyn) B(rooks)  (elwin),USA pronunciation 1899–1985, U.S. humorist and poet.
  5. BiographicalGeorge Leonard, 1838–95, U.S. choral conductor.
  6. BiographicalGilbert, 1720–93, English clergyman, naturalist, and writer.
  7. Patrick (Victor Mar•tin•dale)  (märtn dāl′),USA pronunciation 1912–90, Australian writer, born in England: Nobel prize 1973.
  8. BiographicalStanford, 1853–1906, U.S. architect.
  9. BiographicalStewart Edward, 1873–1946, U.S. novelist.
  10. T(erence) H(an•bur•y)  (hanbə rē),USA pronunciation 1896–1964, English novelist.
  11. BiographicalTheodore H., 1915–86, U.S. journalist and writer.
  12. BiographicalWalter Francis, 1893–1955, U.S. civil-rights leader and writer: executive secretary of the NAACP 1931–55.
  13. William A(l•an•son)  (alən sən),USA pronunciation 1870–1937, U.S. neurologist, psychiatrist, and writer.
  14. BiographicalWilliam Allen, 1868–1944, U.S. journalist.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

white /waɪt/ adj
  1. having no hue due to the reflection of all or almost all incident light
    Compare black
  2. (of light, such as sunlight) consisting of all the colours of the spectrum or produced by certain mixtures of three additive primary colours, such as red, green, and blue
  3. comparatively white or whitish-grey in colour or having parts of this colour: white clover
  4. (of an animal) having pale-coloured or white skin, fur, or feathers
  5. bloodless or pale, as from pain, emotion, etc
  6. (of hair, a beard, etc) silvery or grey, usually from age
  7. benevolent or without malicious intent: white magic
  8. colourless or transparent: white glass
  9. capped with or accompanied by snow: a white Christmas
  10. (sometimes capital) counterrevolutionary, very conservative, or royalist
    Compare Red
  11. blank, as an unprinted area of a page
  12. (of wine) made from pale grapes or from black grapes separated from their skins
  13. (of coffee or tea) with milk or cream
  14. (of bread) made with white flour
  15. having or characterized by a continuous distribution of energy, wavelength, or frequency: white noise
  16. informal honourable or generous
  17. (of armour) made completely of iron or steel (esp in the phrase white harness)
  18. rare morally unblemished
  19. rare (of times, seasons, etc) auspicious; favourable
  20. poetic or archaic having a fair complexion; blond
  21. bleed whiteto deprive slowly of resources
  22. whiter than whiteextremely clean and white
  23. informal very pure, honest, and moral
  1. a white colour
  2. the condition or quality of being white; whiteness
  3. the white or lightly coloured part or area of something
  4. the whitethe viscous fluid that surrounds the yolk of a bird's egg, esp a hen's egg; albumen
  5. the white part (sclera) of the eyeball
  6. any of various butterflies of the family Pieridae
    See cabbage white
  7. a white or light-coloured piece or square
  8. (usually capital) the player playing with such pieces
  9. anything that has or is characterized by a white colour, such as a white paint or pigment, a white cloth, a white ball in billiards
  10. an unprinted area of a page
  11. the outer ring of the target, having the lowest score
  12. a shot or arrow hitting this ring
  13. poetic fairness of complexion
  14. in the white(of wood or furniture) left unpainted or unvarnished
  1. (usually followed by out) to create or leave white spaces in (printed or other matter)
  2. obsolete to make or become white

See also white out, whitesEtymology: Old English hwīt; related to Old Frisian hwīt, Old Saxon hwīt, Old Norse hvītr, Gothic hveits, Old High German hwīz (German weiss)

ˈwhitely adv ˈwhiteness n ˈwhitish adj

White /waɪt/ n
  1. a person, esp one of European ancestry, from a human population having light pigmentation of the skin
  1. denoting or relating to a White person or White people
White /waɪt/ n
  1. Gilbert. 1720–93, English clergyman and naturalist, noted for his Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne (1789)
  2. Jimmy. born 1962, British snooker player
  3. Marco Pierre. born 1961, British chef and restaurateur
  4. Patrick (Victor Martindale). 1912–90, Australian novelist: his works include Voss (1957), The Eye of the Storm (1973), and A Fringe of Leaves (1976): Nobel prize for literature 1973
  5. T(erence) H(anbury). 1906–64, British novelist: author of the Arthurian sequence The Once and Future King (1939–58)
  6. Willard (Wentworth) (ˈwɪlɑːd). born 1946, British operatic bass, born in Jamaica

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