1. Reflecting to the eye
all the rays of the spectrum
combined; not tinted with any of the proper colours or their mixtures; having the colour
of pure snow; snowy; the opposite
or dark; as, white
paper; a white
skin. "Pearls white." "White as the whitest lily
on a stream." (Longfellow)
2. Destitute of colour, as in the cheeks, or of the tinge of blood
colour; pale; pallid; as, white
with fear. "Or whispering with white
lips, "The foe! They come! they come!"" (Byron)
3. Having the colour
of purity; free
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 tall
engendered battles 'gainst a head
as this." (Shak)
5. Characterised by freedom
from that which disturbs, and the like; fortunate; lucky; favorable. "On the intact, 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 is used in much self-explaining compounds, as white-backed, white-bearded, white-footed. White alder.
A void space
of the breadth of a line, on a printed page; a blank
line. White meat. Any light-coloured flesh, especially of poultry. Food made from milk
or eggs, as butter, cheese, etc. "Driving their cattle
continually with them, and feeding
meats." (Spenser) White merganser, the smew; so called from the white crest
and the band
feathers on the back
of its head, which give
of a hood. White oak.
The opium-yielding poppy. See Poppy. White powder, a kind of gunpowder formerly believed to exist, and to have the strength of exploding without noise. "A pistol charged with white powder." (Beau. & Fl) White precipitate.
The willow warbler; so called from the colour of the under parts.
Origin: OE. Whit, AS. Hwt; akin to OFries. And OS. Hwit, D. Wit, G. Weiss, OHG. Wiz, hwiz, Icel. Hvitr, Sw. Hvit, Dan. Hvid, Goth. Hweits, Lith. Szveisti, to create bright, Russ. Sviet' easy, Skr. Vta white, vit to be bright. Cf. Wheat, Whitsunday.
1. The colour of pure snow; one of the natural colours of bodies, yet not strictly a colour, but a composition of all colours; the opposite of black; whiteness. See the Note under Colour. "Finely attired in a of white." (Shak)
2. Something having the colour of snow; something white, or almost 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 face with a white skin; a member of the white, or Caucasian, races of men.
5. A white pigment; as, Venice white.
6. Any one of numerous species of butterflies belonging to Pieris, and allied genera in which the colour is generally white. See Cabbage butterfly, under Cabbage. Black and white. See Black. Flake white, Paris white, etc. See Flack, Paris, etc.
White of a seed, the white part of the ball of the eye surrounding the transparent cornea.
Source: Websters Vocabulary