white: meaning and definitions

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What is white?

What is white?

  • 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.
  • Approaching the color white, as:
  • The white or nearly white part, as:
  • The albumen of an egg.
  • The white part of an eyeball.
  • A blank unprinted area, as of an advertisement.
  • One that is white or nearly white, as:
  • White trousers or a white outfit of a special nature: tennis whites.
  • The white dress uniform of the U.S. Navy or Coast Guard.
  • A white wine.
  • A white pigment.
  • A white breed, species, or variety of animal.
  • A member of a racial group of people having light skin coloration, especially one of European origin. See Usage Note at black.
  • Products of a white color, such as flour, salt, and sugar. Often used in the plural.
  • Games The white or light-colored pieces, as in chess.
  • Games The player using these pieces.
  • The outermost ring of an archery target.
  • A hit in this ring.
  • Pathology Leukorrhea.
  • A politically ultraconservative or reactionary person.
  • Being of the color white; devoid of hue, as new snow.
  • Weakly colored; almost colorless; pale: white wine.
  • Pale gray; silvery and lustrous: white hair.
  • Bloodless; blanched.
  • Light or whitish in color or having light or whitish parts. Used with animal and plant names.

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