- 1A slight obscuration of the lower atmosphere, typically caused by fine suspended particles: the cold air has no pollution and very little haze [in singular]: there was a thick haze on this October morningMore example sentences
- Through the slight early morning haze, I could make out taller buildings to the left.
- Polarizers are most commonly used to darken blue skies in outdoor and scenic photographs by cutting through atmospheric haze.
- Atmospheric haze makes each layer of progressively distant peaks appear lighter in tone and color.
- 1.1A very fine cloud of something such as vapour or smoke in the air: the gathering haze of cigarette smokeMore example sentences
- Around 50 pool players competed in the weekly pool league, but the traditional haze of cigarette smoke hovering above the tables was missing.
- I can see nothing but people through the ribbony haze of rising cigarette smoke.
- The haze of smoke from cars hangs heavily around the suburbs.
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- Obscure with a haze: a clump of islands, very green, but hazed in cloud and mistMore example sentences
- Almost every major assignment he has had turns out to have been hazed over with clouds of scandal.
- He was a thin, short man, with an acne-pocked face and observant brown eyes hazed with green.
- After a long moment, she finally pulled away, her green eyes hazed with pleasure.
early 18th century (originally denoting fog or hoar frost): probably a back-formation from hazy.
- 1 [with object] Force (a new or potential recruit to the military or a university fraternity) to perform strenuous, humiliating, or dangerous tasks: rookies were mercilessly hazedMore example sentences
- True, just about every university in the world hazed its freshmen.
- It used to be that veterans hazed rookies by making them sing their school songs.
- A Marine who doesn't quite measure up is hazed by two fellow Marines at the Corp's base in Cuba.
- 2 [with object and adverbial of direction] Drive (cattle) in a specified direction while on horseback: he hazed them on and they clambered up through the rocksMore example sentences
- He had little trouble hazing his quarry back.
- They sign onto the Interagency Bison Management Plan, which continues the hazing, testing, and slaughter of bison.
- Montana has ramped up its annual plan of hazing, capturing and slaughtering bison that leave the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park.
late 17th century (originally Scots and dialect in the sense 'frighten, scold, or beat'): perhaps related to obsolete French haser 'tease or insult'.