- 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.
- 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.
- Approaching the color white, as:
- 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.
- Of or belonging to a racial group having light skin coloration, especially one of European origin: voting patterns within the white population.
- Not written or printed on; blank.
- Unsullied; pure.
- Habited in white: white nuns.
- Accompanied by or mantled with snow: a white Christmas.
- Incandescent: white flames.
- Intensely heated; impassioned: white with fury.
- Ultraconservative or reactionary.
- With milk added. Used of tea or coffee.
- Printing To create or leave blank spaces in (printed or illustrated matter). Often used with out.
- Archaic To whiten; whitewash.
- Archaic To blanch.
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