(n.) Any aquatic mammal of the order Cetacea, especially any one of the large species, some of which become nearly one hundred feet long. Whales are hunted chiefly for their oil and baleen, or whalebone.
(n.) A plaintive tone; the nasal, childish tone of mean complaint; mean or affected complaint.
(v. i.) To utter a plaintive cry, as some animals; to moan with a childish noise; to complain, or to tell of sorrow, distress, or the like, in a plaintive, nasal tone; hence, to complain or to beg in a mean, unmanly way; to moan basely.
(v. t.) To utter or express plaintively, or in a mean, unmanly way; as, to whine out an excuse.
(n.) The color of pure snow; one of the natural colors of bodies, yet not strictly a color, but a composition of all colors; the opposite of black; whiteness. See the Note under Color, n., 1.
(n.) Something having the color of snow; something white, or nearly so; as, the white of the eye.
(n.) Specifically, the central part of the butt in archery, which was formerly painted white; the center of a mark at which a missile is shot.
(n.) A person with a white skin; a member of the white, or Caucasian, races of men.
(n.) A white pigment; as, Venice white.
(n.) Any one of numerous species of butterflies belonging to Pieris, and allied genera in which the color is usually white. See Cabbage butterfly, under Cabbage.
(superl.) Reflecting to the eye all the rays of the spectrum combined; not tinted with any of the proper colors or their mixtures; having the color of pure snow; snowy; -- the opposite of black or dark; as, white paper; a white skin.
(superl.) Destitute of color, as in the cheeks, or of the tinge of blood color; pale; pallid; as, white with fear.
(superl.) Having the color of purity; free from spot or blemish, or from guilt or pollution; innocent; pure.
(superl.) Gray, as from age; having silvery hair; hoary.
(superl.) Characterized by freedom from that which disturbs, and the like; fortunate; happy; favorable.
(superl.) Regarded with especial favor; favorite; darling.
(v. t.) To make white; to whiten; to whitewash; to bleach.