White

Definition of White

Pronunciation: hwīt
a.1.
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.
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. Scott.
6.Regarded with especial favor; favorite; darling.
Come forth, my white spouse.
- Chaucer.
I am his white boy, and will not be gullet.
- Ford.
White alder
(Bot.) See Sweet pepper bush, under Pepper.
White ant
(Zool.) 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 larvæ and pupæ 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
(Zool.) a fresh-water North American bass (Roccus chrysops) found in the Great Likes.
White bear
(Zool.) the polar bear. See under Polar.
White blood cell
(Physiol.) See Leucocyte.
White brand
(Zool.) the snow goose.
White brass
a white alloy of copper; white copper.
White campion
a - (Bot.) A kind of catchfly (Silene stellata) with white flowers.
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. Their actions resembled those of the Ku Klux Klan in some ways but they were not formally affiliated with the Klan, and their victims were often not black.
White cedar
(Bot.) an evergreen tree of North America (Thuja occidentalis), also the related Cupressus thyoides, or Chamæcyparis sphæroidea, 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 altissima syn. Bursera altissima) whose fragrant wood is used for canoes and cabinetwork, as it is not attacked by insect.
- Goodale.
White cell
(Physiol.) See Leucocyte.
White cell-blood
(Med.) leucocythæmia.
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; coquimbite.
White coral
(Zool.) an ornamental branched coral (Amphihelia oculata) native of the Mediterranean.
White corpuscle
(Physiol.) See Leucocyte.
White cricket
(Zool.) 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.
White elephant
a - (Zool.) a whitish, or albino, variety of the Asiatic elephant.
- Raymond.
b - see white elephant in the vocabulary.
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 Abies concolor.
White flesher
(Zool.) the ruffed grouse. See under Ruffed.
White frost
See Hoarfrost.
White game
(Zool.) the white ptarmigan.
White garnet
(Min.) leucite.
White grass
(Bot.) an American grass (Leersia Virginica) with greenish-white paleæ.
White grouse
a - (Zool.) The white ptarmigan.
b - The prairie chicken.
White grub
(Zool.) 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
(Zool.) the squirrel hake. See under Squirrel.
White hawk
(Zool.) 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 (Veratrum album) See Hellebore, 2.
White herring
a fresh, or unsmoked, herring, as distinguished from a red, or cured, herring.
White hoolet
(Zool.) the barn owl.
- Shak.
White horses
(Naut.) white-topped waves; whitecaps.
The White House
See under House.
White ibis
(Zool.) 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.
White lark
(Zool.) 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 salt.
White leg
(Med.) milk leg. See under Milk.
White lettuce
(Bot.) rattlesnake root. See under Rattlesnake.
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.
- Spenser.
A pistol charged with white powder.
- Beau. & Fl.
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.
- Shak.
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.(Zool.) Any one of numerous species of butterflies belonging to Pieris, and allied genera in which the color is usually white. See Cabbage butterfly, under Cabbage.
Black and white
See under Black.
Flake white
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° C. it coagulates to a solid mass, owing to the albumin which it contains.
White of the eye
(Anat.) the white part of the ball of the eye surrounding the transparent cornea.
- Parr.
v. t.1.To make white; to whiten; to whitewash; to bleach.
[imp. & p. p. Whited; p. pr. & vb. n. Whiting.]
Whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of . . . uncleanness.
- Matt. xxiii. 27.
So as no fuller on earth can white them.
- Mark. ix. 3.

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