American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A polar weather condition caused by a heavy cloud cover over the snow, in which the light coming from above is approximately equal to the light reflected from below, and which is characterized by absence of shadow, invisibility of the horizon, and discernibility of only very dark objects.
- n. A fluid, usually white, that dries quickly and is applied to printed matter to cover mistakes.
- n. a heavy snowstorm; a blizzard
- n. an Arctic condition, caused by diffuse lighting, in which the horizon can not be distinguished and physical features are lost in the background
- n. a white correcting fluid used to cover mistakes in typescript
- n. an arctic atmospheric condition with clouds over snow produce a uniform whiteness and objects are difficult to see; occurs when the light reflected off the snow equals the light coming through the clouds
- v. cover up with a liquid correction fluid
- v. lose daylight visibility in heavy fog, snow, or rain
- white + out (Wiktionary)
“If you haven't already seen the movie, it will spoil nothing to tell you that the accident, discreetly shown as a "Six Feet Under" - style whiteout, is not fatal.”
“You know, Jacqui, when we hear of cases like this we always hear of that term whiteout conditions.”
“Bowman remembered a description he had once heard of the dreaded Antarctic "whiteout" - "like being inside a ping-pong ball.”
“Stetko is suddenly involved in two races against time—first, she needs to solve the mystery before the transfer of personnel and she must solve it before a massive storm moves across the camp, resulting in a storm called a whiteout, where vision the hundred-mile-per-hour winds reduce vision to no more than six inches.”
“We're talking about a complete whiteout, which is what we've been seeing from our live reports.”
“Nearly 2ft of snow fell on Washington today with President Barack Obama dubbing the whiteout 'Snowmageddon'.”
“The pictures are of the base, during the summer (there's light outside...) not the winter and certainly not in the middle of a Phase III (can you say "whiteout" ?)”
“After a sudden "whiteout" that cut visibility to zero, the group inadvertently splintered into three parts.”
“The term 'whiteout' has more than one meaning as being descriptive of weather conditions in snow-covered terrain.”
“The co-existence of these factors produced without doubt the classic 'whiteout' phenomenon which occurs from time to time in polar regions, or in any terrain totally covered by snow.”
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A list of words that are odd or words that I have looked up.
List title totally stolen from she. Right, the stock entry for this list should be a two-word phrase where one of the words denotes a colour; even better if the expression has some metaphoric value...
how white is used
Environmental Ice and Snow
(excluding all the food ice)
Words as I learn them.
Trademarks that have lost their character as indicators of source to become a general term for a product or service.
I love snow. Send me as much as you can.
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