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white (wīt, hwīt)
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n.
1. The achromatic color of maximum lightness; the color of objects that reflect nearly all light of all visible wavelengths; the complement or antagonist of black, the other extreme of the neutral gray series. Although typically a response to maximum stimulation of the retina, the perception of white appears always to depend on contrast.
2. The white or nearly white part, as:
a. The albumen of an egg.
b. The white part of an eyeball.
c. A blank or unprinted area, as of an advertisement.
3. One that is white or nearly white, as:
a. whites Pieces of laundry having a white or nearly white color.
b. whites White pants or a white outfit of a special nature: tennis whites.
c. whites The white dress uniform of the US Navy or Coast Guard.
d. A white wine.
e. A white pigment.
f. A white breed, species, or variety of animal.
g. Any of various butterflies of the subfamily Pierinae, characteristically having chiefly white wings often with black markings.
h. also White A member of a racial group having light-colored skin, especially when of European origin and in some classifications also when of Middle Eastern or North African origin.
i. often whites Products of a white color, such as flour, salt, and sugar.
4. Games
a. The white or light-colored pieces, as in chess.
b. The player using these pieces.
5.
a. The outermost ring of an archery target.
b. A hit in this ring.
6. whites Medicine Leukorrhea.
7. White A member of a conservative or counterrevolutionary faction, especially one opposing the Bolsheviks in the Russian civil war.
adj. whit·er, whit·est
1. Being of the color white; devoid of hue, as new snow.
2. Approaching the color white, as:
a. Weakly colored; almost colorless; pale: white wine.
b. Pale gray; silvery and lustrous: white hair.
c. Bloodless; blanched.
3. Light or whitish in color or having light or whitish parts. Used with animal and plant names.
4. also White Of or belonging to a racial group of people having light-colored skin, especially when of European origin, and in some classifications also when of Middle Eastern or North African origin: voting patterns within the white population.
5. Habited in white: white nuns.
6. Accompanied by or mantled with snow: a white Christmas.
7.
a. Incandescent: white flames.
b. Intensely heated; impassioned: white with fury.
8. White Of or relating to a conservative or counterrevolutionary faction, especially one opposing the Bolsheviks in the Russian civil war.
9. With milk added. Used of tea or coffee.
10. Archaic Unsullied; pure.
tr.v. whit·ed, whit·ing, whites
Printing To cover or make illegible with white coloring. Often used with out.

[Middle English, from Old English hwīt; see kweit- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

whiteness n.

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White, E(lwyn) B(rooks) 1899-1985.
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American writer and humorist who contributed essays, editorials, and parodies to the New Yorker. He also wrote children's books, including Charlotte's Web (1952), and revised a 1918 writing manual, The Elements of Style (1959).

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White, Edward Douglass 1845-1921.
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American jurist who served as an associate justice (1894-1910) and as the chief justice (1910-1921) of the US Supreme Court.

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White, Byron Raymond 1917-2002.
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American jurist who served as an associate justice of the US Supreme Court (1962-1993).

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White, Andrew Dickson 1832-1918.
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American educator and diplomat who founded Cornell University with Ezra Cornell and was its first president (1868-1885). He also served as US ambassador to Germany (1897-1902).

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White, T(heodore) H(arold) 1915-1986.
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American political journalist noted for his commentaries on presidential elections, including The Making of the President, 1960 (1961).

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White, Gilbert 1720-1793.
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English naturalist and curate whose detailed observations of local flora and fauna were published in The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne (1789).

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White, T(erence) H(anbury) 1906-1964.
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British writer best known for the novel The Once and Future King (1958), a retelling of the Arthurian legend.

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White, Stanford 1853-1906.
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American architect. A member of the prominent architectural firm McKim, Mead & White, he was particularly known for his interior designs and his ornate, eclectic buildings.

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White, Patrick Victor Martindale 1912-1990.
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Australian writer whose powerfully descriptive and original novels include The Tree of Man (1955) and Voss (1957). He won the 1973 Nobel Prize for literature.

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