white / (h)wīt
1. of the color of milk or new snow
Even the white lily casts a shadow.
2. light in color
Yellow gold is plentiful compared to white-haired friends.
3. belonging to a group of people with light skin pigmentation, usually of European descent; Caucasian
As long as the white man stutter, the interpreters have a lot of work.
4. unmarked by print or writing
We have all seized the white perimeter as our own
And reached for a pen if only to show
We did not just laze in an armchair turning pages…
From ‘Marginalia’ by Billy Collins, 1941-
Those who think it is permissible to tell white lies soon grow color-blind.
Austin O’Malley, 1858-1932
Song falls silent, music is dumb,
But the air burns with their fragrance,
And white winter, on its knees,
Observes everything with reverent attention.
From ‘In Vyborg’ by Anna Akhmatova, 1889-1966
7. pale in complexion due to fear or illness
Though Macbeth was a bold man, and one that could have faced the devil without trembling, at this horrible sight his cheeks turned white with fear.
From ‘Tales of Shakespeare’ by Charles Lamb, 1775-1834, and Mary Lamb, 1764-1847
8. pure; innocent
The bride, the white bride today a maiden, tomorrow a wife.
Federico Garcia Lorca, 1898-1859
1. a color with no hue located at the opposite end of the spectrum to black
Life is not black and white; there is some gray nuance to it.
Pilou Asbaek, 1982-
2. a person with light skin pigmentation
We have a vision of South Africa in which black and white shall live and work together as equals in conditions of peace and prosperity.
Oliver Tambo, 1917-1993
3. a light viscous fluid surrounding the yolk of an egg
Hope is an egg, of which one man gets the yolk, another the white, and a third the shell.
4. the light part of an eyeball
Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes!
Attributed to William H. Prescott, 1796-1859
5. clothing in the color at the opposite end of the spectrum to black
When in doubt, wear white.
Kate Hudson, 1979-
6b. a wedding dress in the traditional color
Here comes the bride
All dressed in white.