Webster 1913 Edition
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“Pearls white.”
White as the
whitestlily on a stream.
Destitute of color, as in the cheeks, or of the tinge of blood color; pale; pallid;
Or whispering with
They come! they come!”
whitelips, “The foe!
They come! they come!”
Having the color of purity; free from spot or blemish, or from guilt or pollution; innocent; pure.
Whiteas thy fame, and as thy honor clear.
whiterpage than Addison's remains.
Gray, as from age; having silvery hair; hoary.
Your high engendered battles 'gainst a head
So old and
So old and
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
whitedays of his life.
Sir W. Scott.
Regarded with especial favor; favorite; darling.
Come forth, my
I am his
whiteboy, and will not be gullet.
☞ White is used in many self-explaining compounds, as white-backed, white-bearded, white-footed.
Sweet pepper bush, under
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 larvae and pupae 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.
As2O3, a substance of a white color, and vitreous adamantine luster, having an astringent, sweetish taste. It is a deadly poison.
a fresh-water North American bass (–
Roccus chrysops) found in the Great Likes.
the polar bear. See under–
White blood cell.
the snow goose.–
a white alloy of copper; white copper.–
A kind of catchfly (
Silene stellata) with white flowers.
A white-flowered Lychnis (–
(R. C. Ch.),
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.–
an evergreen tree of–
Thuja occidentalis), also the related
Cupressus thyoides, or
Chamaecyparis sphaeroidea, 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
Californiathe 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 (
Bursera altissima) whose fragrant wood is used for canoes and cabinetwork, as it is not attacked by insect.
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–
a whitish alloy of copper. See–
German silver, under
a native hydrous sulphate of iron; coquimbite.–
an ornamental branched coral (–
Amphihelia oculata) native of the Mediterranean.
the tree cricket.–
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.–
a variety of the common red currant, having white berries.–
the oxeye daisy. See under–
a kind of poisonous gas encountered in coal mines.
a whitish, or albino, variety of the Asiatic elephant.
white elephantin the vocabulary.
a majestic tree of North America (–
Ulmus Americana), the timber of which is much used for hubs of wheels, and for other purposes.
Saint George's ensign, under
a mark or symbol of cowardice. See–
To show the white feather, under
a name given to several coniferous trees of the Pacific States, as–
Abies grandis, and
the ruffed grouse. See under
the white ptarmigan.–
an American grass (–
Leersia Virginica) with greenish-white paleae.
The white ptarmigan.
The prairie chicken.
[Local, U. S.]–
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.–
the squirrel hake. See under–
White hawk, or
the hen harrier.–
the temperature at which bodies become incandescent, and appear white from the bright light which they emit.–
a plant of the genus–
Veratrum album) See
a fresh, or unsmoked, herring, as distinguished from a red, or cured, herring.
the barn owl.
white-topped waves; whitecaps.–
The White House.
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
Thin sheets of iron coated with tin; tinned iron.
A hard, silvery-white cast iron containing a large proportion of combined carbon.–
White iron pyrites
a tough clayey soil, of a whitish hue when dry, but blackish after rain.
the snow bunting.–
A carbonate of lead much used in painting, and for other purposes; ceruse.
Native lead carbonate; cerusite.–
buff leather; leather tanned with alum and salt.–
milk leg. See under–
rattlesnake root. See under–
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
A kind of firework which gives a brilliant white illumination for signals, etc.–
a solution or preparation of lime for whitewashing; whitewash.–
a void space of the breadth of a line, on a printed page; a blank line.–
Any light-colored flesh, especially of poultry.
Food made from milk or eggs, as butter, cheese, etc.
Driving their cattle continually with them, and feeding only upon their milk and–
Any one of several white alloys, as pewter, britannia, etc.
A fine grade of copper sulphide obtained at a certain stage in copper smelting.–
The common clothes moth.
A common American bombycid moth (–
Spilosoma Virginica) which is pure white with a few small black spots; – called also
ermine moth, and
virgin moth. See
Woolly bear, under
the albino variety of the common mouse.–
(Zool.), a silvery mullet (
Mugil curema) ranging from the coast of the United States to Brazil; – called also
blue-back mullet, and
the smew; – so called from the white crest and the band of black feathers on the back of its head, which give the appearance of a hood.–
The snowy owl.
The barn owl.–
the white ptarmigan.–
A North American fresh-water bass (
Morone Americana) valued as a food fish.
The croaker, or fresh-water drum.
Any California surf fish.–
See the Note under–
a European tree (–
Populus alba) often cultivated as a shade tree in America; abele.
the opium-yielding poppy. See–
a kind of gunpowder formerly believed to exist, and to have the power of exploding without noise.
A pistol charged with–
Beau. & Fl.
(Old Chem.)See under
The American northern hare in its winter pelage.
An albino rabbit.–
Formerly, rent payable in silver; – opposed to black rent. See
A rent, or duty, of eight pence, payable yearly by every tinner in Devon and Cornwall to the Duke of Cornwall, as lord of the soil.
The one-horned, or Indian, rhinoceros (
Rhinoceros Indicus). See
the distinctive badge of certain organizations for the promotion of temperance or of moral purity;–
untarred hemp rope.–
Either of several plants, as marsh pennywort and butterwort, which were thought to produce the disease called rot in sheep.
A disease of grapes. See–
White rot, under
a white, woolly undershrub (–
Eurotia lanata) of Western North America; – called also
the silver salmon.–
salt dried and calcined; decrepitated salt.–
a scale insect (–
Aspidiotus Nerii) injurious to the orange tree. See
Orange scale, under
a species of man-eating shark.See under
Softening of the brain, under
a sudden gust of wind, or furious blow, which comes up without being marked in its approach otherwise than by whitecaps, or white, broken water, on the surface of the sea.–
the badge of the lord high treasurer of England.
the common European stork.–
The common sucker.
The common red horse (–
a chronic swelling of the knee, produced by a strumous inflammation of the synovial membranes of the kneejoint and of the cancellar texture of the end of the bone forming the kneejoint; – applied also to a lingering chronic swelling of almost any kind.–
the white weakfish, or silver squeteague (–
Cynoscion nothus), of the Southern United States.
hydrous sulphate of zinc. See–
White vitriol, under
the common, or pied, wagtail.–
beeswax rendered white by bleaching.–
any wine of a clear, transparent color, bordering on white, as Madeira, sherry, Lisbon, etc.; – distinguished from wines of a deep red color, as port and Burgundy.“White wine of Lepe.”
a witch or wizard whose supernatural powers are supposed to be exercised for good and beneficent purposes.
A light-colored wolf (
Canis laniger) native of Thibet; – called also
golden wolf, and
The albino variety of the gray wolf.–
the willow warbler; – so called from the color of the under parts.
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
Finely attired in a of
Something having the color of snow; something white, or nearly so;
whiteof the eye
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
A person with a white skin; a member of the white, or Caucasian, races of men.
A white pigment;
Any one of numerous species of butterflies belonging to
Pieris, and allied genera in which the color is usually white. See
Cabbage butterfly, under
Black and white.
Paris white, etc.
White of a seed
the albumen. See–
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
the white part of the ball of the eye surrounding the transparent cornea.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To make white; to whiten; to whitewash; to bleach.
Whitedsepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of . . . uncleanness.
Matt. xxiii. 27.
So as no fuller on earth can
Mark. ix. 3.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Being in the color of pure snow; snowy; not dark; as white paper; a white skin.
2.Pale; destitute of color in the cheeks, or of the tinge of blood color; as white with fear.
3.Having the color of purity; pure; clean; free from spot; as white robed innocence.
4.Gray; as white hair; a venerable man, white with age.
No whiter page than Addisons remains.
6.In a scriptural sense, purified from sin; sanctified. Psalm 51.