AskDefine | Define whitening

The Collaborative Dictionary

Whiten \Whit"en\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Whitened; p. pr. & vb. n. Whitening.] [OE. whitenen; cf. Icel. hv[imac]tna.] To grow white; to turn or become white or whiter; as, the hair whitens with age; the sea whitens with foam; the trees in spring whiten with blossoms. [1913 Webster]
Whitening \Whit"en*ing\, n.
The act or process of making or becoming white. [1913 Webster]
That which is used to render white; whiting. [R.] [1913 Webster] Whitening stone, a sharpening and polishing stone used by cutlers; also, a finishing grindstone of fine texture. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

whitening n : changing to a lighter color [syn: lightening]



  1. a substance, such as a bleach, used to make something white or whiter
  2. the process of making something white or whiter
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