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 (wīt′n-ĭng, hwīt′-)
1. An agent used to make something white or whiter.
2. The act or process of making white or whiter.
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(ˈʰwaɪt n ɪŋ, ˈwaɪt-)

1. a preparation for making something white.
2. the act or process of making or turning white.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whitening - changing to a lighter color
change of color - an act that changes the light that something reflects
bleach - the act of whitening something by bleaching it (exposing it to sunlight or using a chemical bleaching agent)
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مادَّة التَّبْييض
hvítur áburîur
plavebná krieda
ağar mabeyazlaş ma


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[ˈwaɪtnɪŋ] n (substance) → bianchetto
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(wait) adjective
1. of the colour of the paper on which these words are printed. The bride wore a white dress.
2. having light-coloured skin, through being of European etc descent. the first white man to explore Africa.
3. abnormally pale, because of fear, illness etc. He went white with shock.
4. with milk in it. A white coffee, please.
1. the colour of the paper on which these words are printed. White and black are opposites.
2. a white-skinned person. racial trouble between blacks and whites.
3. (also ˈegg-white) the clear fluid in an egg, surrounding the yolk. This recipe tells you to separate the yolks from the whites.
4. (of an eye) the white part surrounding the pupil and iris. The whites of her eyes are bloodshot.
ˈwhiten verb
to make or become white or whiter. She used a little bleach to whiten the sheets.
ˈwhiteness noun
ˈwhitening noun
a substance used to make certain things (eg tennis shoes) white again.
ˈwhitish adjective
fairly white; close to white.
ˌwhite-ˈcollar adjective
(of workers, jobs etc) not manual; (working) in an office etc.
white elephant
a useless, unwanted possession.
white horse noun
(usually in plural) a wave that has a crest of white foam.
ˌwhite-ˈhot adjective
(of metals) so hot that they have turned white. a white-hot poker.
white lie
a not very serious lie. I'd rather tell my mother a white lie than tell her the truth and upset her.
ˈwhitewash noun
a mixture of usually lime and water, used for whitening walls.
to cover with whitewash.
ˈwhitewashed adjective
white winewine
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n (dent) blanqueamiento (dental)
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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.
His cheeks were shaved, and his whitening beard and moustache were worn somewhat after the fashion of Charles Dickens.
You behold another phase of his passion, a fury bejewelled with stars, mayhap bearing the crescent of the moon on its brow, shaking the last vestiges of its torn cloud-mantle in inky-black squalls, with hail and sleet descending like showers of crystals and pearls, bounding off the spars, drumming on the sails, pattering on the oilskin coats, whitening the decks of homeward-bound ships.
INSTANT WHITENING - MINT: Designed to visibly whiten teeth after just one brushing.
The ministry had released a report based on the quantity of mercury found in skin whitening beauty creams posing serious threat to human health due to increased level of mercury.
The other 59 companies include mercury volume 1.43 in Fair and Lovely Advance Multi Vitamins, 1.82 in Johnson Cosmetics Brightening Night Restore, 1.88 in Natural Whitening Cream, 1.94 in Palmers Skin Sciss, 1.98 in Garnier Skin Natural Speed White, Garnier Light Complete White Speed 2.11, 2.59 in Himane Herbal Whitening Cream, 4.2 in New Natural Fairness, Gorey Beauty Cream 4.38, Pounds White Beauty Cream 5.01, Fair and Lovely Advanced Multi-Vitamin 5.02 in Pakistan, Olay Natural White 5.41.
Pro-environment and health group EcoWaste Coalition on Tuesday warned the public that whitening products with high levels of mercury are being sold in some outlets in Cagayan de Oro City.
Teeth whitening strips are flexible pieces of polyethylene strips that are coated with a teeth whitening gel.
Summary: Teeth whitening strips are flexible pieces of polyethylene strips that are coated with a teeth whitening gel.
However, a new study reveals that many tooth whitening products can damage the teeth.
In December, Brenda McFadyen was fined PS1000 for illegally carrying out teeth whitening in her own home in Clydebank.