American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To remove the color from, as by means of chemical agents or sunlight.
- v. To make white or colorless.
- v. To become white or colorless.
- n. A chemical agent used for bleaching.
- n. The act of bleaching.
- n. The degree of bleaching obtained.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make white or whiter by removing color; whiten; blanch; make pale; specifically, to whiten (as linen, etc.) by washing and exposure to the action of the air and sunlight, or by chemical preparations. See bleaching.
- Synonyms Blanch, etc. See whiten.
- To become white in any manner; become pale or colorless.
- To become morally pure.
- n. A disease of the skin. Holland, tr. of Pliny.
- n. An act of bleaching; exposure to the sun or other bleaching agency or influence.
- n. Blacking; any substance used for blacking.
- n. An abbreviation of ‘bleaching-powder,’ or chlorid of lime.
- adj. archaic Pale; bleak.
- n. An act of bleaching; exposure to the sun.
- n. A disease of the skin.
- v. transitive To treat with bleach, especially so as to whiten (fabric, paper, etc) or lighten (hair).
- v. intransitive, biology to lose color due to stress-induced expulsion of symbiotic unicellular algae.
- n. uncountable A chemical, such as sodium hypochlorite or hydrogen peroxide, or a preparation of such a chemical, used for disinfecting or whitening.
- n. countable A variety of bleach.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make white, or whiter; to remove the color, or stains, from; to blanch; to whiten.
- v. To grow white or lose color; to whiten.
- n. the act of whitening something by bleaching it (exposing it to sunlight or using a chemical bleaching agent)
- n. an agent that makes things white or colorless
- v. make whiter or lighter
- n. the whiteness that results from removing the color from something
- v. remove color from
- From Middle English bleche, from Old English blǣċe ("irritation of the skin, leprosy; psoriasis"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English blechen, from Old English blǣcan; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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