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 (wīt′n, hwīt′n)
tr. & intr.v. whit·ened, whit·en·ing, whit·ens
To make or become white or whiter, especially by bleaching.

whit′en·er n.
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Adj.1.whitened - (of hair) having lost its colorwhitened - (of hair) having lost its color; "the white hairs of old age"
colorless, colourless - weak in color; not colorful
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They fell back a little, and looked up at the windows, which were mere black patches in the whitened house front.
The half-emptied line-tub floats on the whitened sea; the wooden poles of the spilled harpoons obliquely bob in it; the heads of the swimming crew are scattered about the whale in contrasting expressions of affright; while in the black stormy distance the ship is bearing down upon the scene.
Already, at the age of thirty-five, her cheeks were whitening as her mother's had whitened, but for her there would be no memories of Indian suns and Indian rivers, and clamor of children in a nursery; she would have very little of substance to think about when she sat, as Lady Otway now sat, knitting white wool, with her eyes fixed almost perpetually upon the same embroidered bird upon the same fire-screen.
Now leaning on the netting of the forecastle, now on the taffrail, I devoured with eagerness the soft foam which whitened the sea as far as the eye could reach; and how often have I shared the emotion of the majority of the crew, when some capricious whale raised its black back above the waves!
Here, moved by curiosity, I turned aside to find, among a tangle of red fronds, the warped and broken dog cart with the whitened bones of the horse scattered and gnawed.
'Twas now a stern and pale old man, his clothes covered with dust, and hair whitened by old age.
"What have we here?" he cried, swinging from his saddle, and a moment later the four were grouped about a human skull and a little litter of whitened human bones.
A sudden pallor had whitened his face to the lips, there were strange singings in his ears, and a mist before his eyes.
Hearing no answer from her companion, Miss Temple turned her head and beheld Louisa, standing with her face whitened to the color of death, and her finger pointing upward with a sort of flickering, convulsed motion.
Gradually the cool dim gray of the morn- ing whitened, and as gradually sounds multiplied and life manifested itself.
The bones of his gallant army have whitened the sands of Palestine.
Underneath there was an old boat-cloak, whitened with sea-salt on many a harbour-bar.