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 of black or dark; as, white paper; a white skin. "Pearls white." "White as the whitest lily on a stream." (Longfellow)
3. Having the colour 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)
5. Characterised 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)
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 only upon their milk and white meats." (Spenser) White merganser, 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. White oak.
<botany> The opium-yielding poppy. See Poppy. White powder, a kind of gunpowder formerly believed to exist, and to have the power of exploding without noise. "A pistol charged with white powder." (Beau. & Fl) White precipitate.
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 make bright, Russ. Sviet' light, 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)
5. A white pigment; as, Venice white.
6. <zoology> Any one of numerous species of butterflies belonging to Pieris, and allied genera in which the colour is usually white. See Cabbage butterfly, under Cabbage. Black and white. See Black. Flake white, Paris white, etc. See Flack, Paris, etc.
(01 Mar 1998)
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