American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A mixture of lime and water, often with whiting, size, or glue added, that is used to whiten walls, fences, or other structures.
- n. Concealment or palliation of flaws or failures.
- n. A defeat in a game in which the loser scores no points.
- v. To paint or coat with or as if with whitewash.
- v. To conceal or gloss over (wrongdoing, for example). See Synonyms at palliate.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wash or loose superficial deposit of white boulders and pebbles of quartz and sericite-schist which appears on the hillsides above the gold-bearing creeks of the Klondike and is itself auriferous. See the extract.
- n. A wash or liquid composition for whitening something. Especially
- n. A composition of quicklime and water, or, for more careful work, of whiting, size, and water, used for whitening the plaster of walls, woodwork, etc., or as a freshening coating for any surface. It is not used for fine work.
- n. False coloring, as of character, alleged services, etc.; the covering up of wrong-doing or defects: as, the investigating committee applied a thick coat of whitewash.
- n. In base-ball and other games, a contest in which one side fails to score.
- To cover with a white liquid composition, as with lime and water, etc.
- To make white; give a fair external appearance to; attempt to clear from imputations; attempt to restore the reputation of.
- To clear by a judicial process (an insolvent or bankrupt) of the debts he owes.
- In base-ball, etc., to beat in a game in which the opponents fail to score.
- To become coated with a white inflorescence, as some bricks.
- n. A lime and water mixture for painting walls and fences bright white.
- n. sports A complete victory or series of victories without suffering any losses; a clean sweep.
- v. To paint over with a lime and water mixture so as to brighten up a wall or fence.
- v. idiomatic To cover over errors or bad actions.
- v. baseball, slang, dated, late, 19th century, archaic To prevent a team from scoring any runs.
- v. acting To choose white film or television actors to portray characters that were Asian, African, or other races.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Any wash or liquid composition for whitening something, as a wash for making the skin fair.
- n. A composition of line and water, or of whiting size, and water, or the like, used for whitening walls, ceilings, etc.; milk of lime.
- n. a glossing over or cover up (of crimes or misfeasance).
- v. To apply a white liquid composition to; to whiten with whitewash.
- v. To make white; to give a fair external appearance to; to clear from imputations or disgrace; hence, to clear (a bankrupt) from obligation to pay debts.
- v. Colloq., U. S. In various games, to defeat (an opponent) so that he fails to score, or to reach a certain point in the game; to skunk.
- v. to gloss over or cover up (crimes or misfeasance).
- v. exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data
- v. cover with whitewash
- n. wash consisting of lime and size in water; used for whitening walls and other surfaces
- n. a specious or deceptive clearing that attempts to gloss over failings and defects
- v. cover up a misdemeanor, fault, or error
- n. a defeat in which the losing person or team fails to score
- From white + wash (Wiktionary)
“I wish to protest against the careless use of the word whitewash which has crept into our latter-day demotic tongue.”
“This effort is too sloppy really to merit the term whitewash: the sceptical graffiti are still clearly visible through the transparent white coating.”
“BLAIR and that wretch CAMP HELL has blood on their hands, not to forget Dr. Kelly being hounded to his grave which is also suspicious. is this what they call a whitewash a total waste of money, there remit should be find out who lied and prosecute they have cost lives”
“While it's still police investigating police, and a whitewash is possible, this is clearly a positive development.”
“A: Many old wood barns and other buildings were whitewashed years ago, but whitewash is seldom used today because there are better, more convenient alternatives.”
“The beds are made from polyethylene, nylon and steel, and are available in whitewash (shown) or java with a leatherette pad.”
“This attempted whitewash is another blow to the relationship between police and public which is essential for the only effective form of policing; “policing by consent.””
“The advantages of whitewash is that it kills all the molds/germs/when it is applied, but it takes many years of application until it builds up a nice thick hide.”
“In real terms, I think the disadvantage of whitewash is that for the first few years at least, it has to be painted every year - but then again it is very inexpensive and can be quickly and safely sprayed by semi-skilled labor.”
“If it's being applied for protective, rather than strictly aesthetic considerations, the durability of whitewash is far more of a consideration than you make it out to be.”
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