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Week #77-79: White is Open

white

adjective
1. of the color of pure snow, of the margins of this page, etc.; reflecting nearly all the rays of sunlight or a similar light.
2. light or comparatively light in color.
3. (of human beings) marked by slight pigmentation of the skin, as of many Caucasoids.
4. for, limited to, or predominantly made up of persons whose racial heritage is caucasian: a white club; a white neighborhood; A GOP in mourning.
5. pallid or pale, as from fear or other strong emotion: white with disbelief.

noun
6. a color without hue at one extreme end of the scale of grays, opposite to black. A white surface reflects light of all hues completely and diffusely. Most so-called whites are very light grays: fresh snow, for example, reflects about 80 percent of the incident light, but to be strictly white, snow would have to reflect 100 percent of the incident light. It is the ultimate limit of a series of shades of any color.
7. a hue completely desaturated by admixture with white, the highest value possible.

verb (used with object)
8. Printing .
a. to make white by leaving blank spaces (often followed by out ).
b. to whiten (areas of artwork) in retouching preparatory to photoengraving (often followed by out ).
9. Archaic . to make white; whiten.

Verb phrase
10.white out,
a. to cover (errors in copy) with a white correction fluid.
b. to censor, as by obliterating words or passages with white ink.

Idioms
11. bleed white, Informal . to be or cause to be deprived of all one's resources: Dishonesty is bleeding the candidate white.
12. in the white, in an unfinished state or condition, as furniture wood that has not been stained or varnished.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English whit ( e ), Old English hwīt;  cognate with German weiss, Old Norse hvītr, Gothic hweits;  akin to wheat

[from <a href="http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/white?s=t</a>.]

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