- 1Of the color of milk or fresh snow, due to the reflection of most wavelengths of visible light; the opposite of black: a sheet of white paperMore example sentences
- I smiled at my reflection and my pearly white teeth were visible and stood out from my tanned face.
- Brighten up a plain white bathroom with these fresh colours from Dulux.
- He was wearing a black jacket with white reflection marks, dark blue jeans and trainers.
- 1.1Approaching the color white; very pale: her face was white with fearMore example sentences
- Cautiously, he rolled her over to find her face pale, deathly white, and covered with blood.
- White scars stood prominently out against her tanned skin.
- Kay's face turned pale white, so white that she looked like a ghost.
- 1.2(Of a plant) having white flowers or pale-colored fruit.More example sentences
- Vegetation such as gorse, heather and white grass is considered to be high fire risk while grassland is low risk.
- She leaned against one of the white cherry blossom trees and began to hum to herself.
- Hanging in garlands on the sides of the tables, trees, and the fountain were white lilies.
- 1.3(Of a tree) having light-colored bark.More example sentences
- All trees between these white oaks and the grassy opening were under 36 years of age.
- I sighed deeply and took a seat on the grass, bracing next to a tall white oak tree.
- The fifth biggest tree in the east is the famous white oak at Wye Mills, Maryland.
- 1.4(Of wine) made from white grapes, or dark grapes with the skins removed, and having a yellowish color.More example sentences
- And what sauvignon blanc does for white wines, cabernet sauvignon can do for reds.
- This is achieved by pressing the red grapes rapidly to produce white wine without a trace of colour.
- It has become a bit famous in recent years for its white wines, especially chenin blanc.
- 1.5British (Of coffee or tea) served with milk or cream.More example sentences
- Just don't ask for a white coffee - you'll get condensed milk already in the cup, urgh.
- We drank flat white coffees, and Ray noticed me looking at the blurry blue tattoo on his forearm.
- She was still smiling when she carried the two white coffees up the rickety wooden stairs.
- 1.6(Of glass) transparent; colorless.More example sentences
- She offered you both hard candy from a white glass bowl and looked into your daughter's face.
- A generous front in white glass curves out to form porches for the two main entrance doors.
- In the middle there lay a small table, with a cloudy white glass sphere in the middle.
- 1.7(Of bread) made from a light-colored, sifted, or bleached flour.More example sentences
- His diet permitted no more white breads or dinner rolls, which was one of the hardest things for him to put aside.
- Where do you find the best value baked beans, sausages, ketchup and white sliced bread?
- The only rule here is that you absolutely cannot use plain white, sliced bread, which goes all pappy like a soggy sandwich.
- 2 (also White) Belonging to or denoting a human group having light-colored skin (chiefly used of peoples of European extraction): a white farming communityMore example sentences
- In the colonial context, the camera wielded by white Europeans was an intrusive weapon of domination.
- Two of the survivors are white European and the rest are mainland Chinese nationals.
- Most participants were white Europeans who were being treated by their general practitioner.
- 2.1Of or relating to white people: white Australian cultureMore example sentences
- Her literary debut, The Grass Is Singing, exposed the moral bankruptcy of the white settler culture.
- Black nationalism was centered on blackness and saw no value in white culture and religion.
- We black people like to think of ourselves as somehow outside of mainstream white culture.
- 3 • historical Counterrevolutionary or reactionary. Contrasted with red ( sense 2 of the adjective).
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- 1White color or pigment: garnet-red flowers flecked with white the woodwork was an immaculate whiteMore example sentences
- Instead they decided to defer the matter to give the park time to change the colour scheme to all white to make it look less conspicuous.
- Shocking half-page pictures in colour and black and white underline the story throughout.
- My husband said ‘no’ because we've got to stick to the club colours of black and white.
- 1.1White clothes or material: he was dressed from head to foot in whiteMore example sentences
- Hundreds of people dressed in the traditional white with red scarves take part in each run.
- She wore a newly fashioned gown of shimmering white, a delicate veil and a golden circlet.
- Upon the terrace was a beautiful woman, garbed in a flowing silk gown of glowing white.
- 1.2 (whites) White clothes, especially as worn for playing tennis, or as naval uniform, or in the context of washing: wash whites separatelyMore example sentences
- A daring university student dressed in cricket whites, pads and a helmet gave an innovative spin to the concept of pitch invasion.
- The foundation provided him with new cricket whites, boots, gloves, pads, anew bat, a helmet, six balls and a cricket bag.
- Americans, in fact, could have ended up staying in striped caps and cricket whites.
- 1.3White wine.More example sentences
- The main varietals in Chile are Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc for whites and Cabernet, Merlot and Carmenere for reds.
- Semillon brings a lush texture to dry whites while Sauvignon Blanc brings an herbal raciness - a terrific combination.
- This honeyed, concentrated, sweet and sour style white is perfect with this dish.
- 1.4 (White) The player of the white pieces in chess or checkers.More example sentences
- After this White's position is very bad because his pieces are so poorly placed for the middle-game.
- 1.6A white thing, in particular the white ball (the cue ball) in billiards.More example sentences
- But a potted white by Perry let Ding back in and he cleared up to win.
- 1.7The outer part (white when cooked) that surrounds the yolk of an egg; the albumen.More example sentences
- Cook the eggs long enough to solidify the whites, but the yolks remain somewhat runny.
- The whole thing is then cooked again to harden the whites around the yolk.
- Crispy fried noodle threads and minced peppers add crunch; sieved egg yolks and whites add softness.
- 2The visible pale part of the eyeball around the iris.More example sentences
- Viral conjunctivitis can spread to the cornea, the white of the eye.
- The conjunctiva is a thin lining that covers the whites of the eyes and the insides of the eyelids.
- His eyes, though still inhumanly brilliant, bore smaller irises and more pronounced whites - just like Arun's own.
- 3 (also White) A member of a light-skinned people, especially one of European extraction.More example sentences
- One audience member asked whether whites should go out of their way to develop black friends.
- Unlike whites and members of other ethnic groups, blacks who live in the suburbs are far wealthier than their city brethren.
- Wisdom teeth problems are more common among European whites compared to Orientals and blacks.
- 4 [with modifier] A white or cream butterfly that has dark veins or spots on the wings. It can be a serious crop pest.
- Pieris and other genera, family Pieridae. See also cabbage white
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- • literary A hypocrite.[with biblical allusion to Matt. 23:27]More example sentences
- I wonder how He might fare today with His uncompromising stand on Hypocrites and whited sepulchres?
- Our unusually tidy house is a sham, all deceiving beauty outside yet all corruption within, as a whited sepulchre, or market stall pear.
- Keep up the good fight, and as to the whited sepulchres, keep giving it to them good and hard.
white man's burden
- The task that white colonizers believed they had to impose their civilization on the black inhabitants of their colonies.[from Rudyard Kipling's The White Man's Burden (1899)]More example sentences
- He blamed the white man who, in the name of civilization and ‘the white man's burden,’ impoverished many peoples in the world.
- We will go out, we will pick up the white man's burden and we will colonise these areas that are not yet under our domination.
- Even the neocons, for all their viciousness and totalitarian gut instincts, sometimes show signs of taking their white man's burden seriously.
whiter than white
- Extremely white.More example sentences
- He smiled, showing off two perfectly straight rows of clean whiter than white teeth.
- The wall fronting Strand Street was gleaming whiter than white in the spring sunshine..
- They are polishing the Santiago Bernabeu right now, scrubbing up the exterior to make it look whiter than white in this the centenary year.
- Morally beyond reproach.More example sentences
- If our glorious leaders want to be so righteous and take the stance they have then in my mind they should be above reproach themselves, whiter than white.
- The conclusions they came to do not surprise me because this chief constable must be seen to be whiter than white with no black marks,’ he said.
- He seems to believe they are whiter than white when it comes to sectarianism and criminality.
- (Of vision) become impaired by exposure to sudden bright light.More example sentences
- My head had started to spin again, and my vision almost whited out.
- He tried to raise his head, and his sight whited out entirely.
- (Of a person) lose color vision as a prelude to losing consciousness.More example sentences
- I bolted for the door and whited out as I hit the street.
white something out
- 1Obliterate a mistake with white correction fluid.More example sentences
- A teacher at the school took a copy of the New York ballot paper, photocopied it and whited out all the nominees names, putting school subjects in their place.
- The governor's office had whited out the answers.
- They should release the documents containing the allegations against him, with the sensitive bits whited out.
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- A long, wide car has pulled up in the driveway, a face peering whitely from its passenger window.
- You can see the Parthenon from anywhere in Athens, gleaming whitely on the Acropolis.
- Its whitely gleaming limestone façade was smoothly intact, an awesome sight unseen since the dawn of recorded history.
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- The dark and gloomy colours of the works contrast with the whiteness of the hall's interior.
- There is a sheen of glaze to the snow in the fields, as if a little sun and wind have smoothed the whiteness.
- The whiteness of their eye, as well as the pupil and iris, were now blood red.
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- Add the prawn cutlets and toss until they are just sealed and turn a whitish pink colour.
- Indonesians cultivate it as a garden vegetable and recognize numerous forms, including a large whitish one and smaller green ones.
- Pseudopollen is a mealy material, usually whitish or yellowish in colour, which superficially resembles pollen.
late Old English hwīt, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wit and German weiss, also to wheat.