noun Date: 1611 one that whitens; specifically an agent (as a bleach) used to impart whiteness to something

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Whitener — Whit en*er, n. 1. One who, or that which, whitens; a bleaching agent; a bleach; a bleacher; a blancher; a whitewasher. [1913 Webster] 2. A chemical used as an adjunct to laundering white cloth, which makes white cloth appear whiter. A bluing… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whitener — [hwīt′ər, wīt′ər] n. a person or thing that whitens; specif., a bleach or other substance used for whitening …   English World dictionary

  • whitener — /hwuyt n euhr, wuyt /, n. 1. a preparation for making something white, as a bleach, dye, or polish: a bottle of shoe whitener. 2. a person or thing that whitens. 3. a person who applies whitener, as in a manufacturing process. [1605 15; WHITEN +… …   Universalium

  • whitener — UK [ˈwaɪt(ə)nə(r)] / US [ˈwaɪt(ə)nər] / US [ˈhwaɪt(ə)nər] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms whitener : singular whitener plural whiteners a substance used for making things white or whiter …   English dictionary

  • whitener — n 1. British cocaine. A yuppie term. ► There are guys who blow out, sure, stick too much whitener up their nose. (Serious Money, play by Caryl Churchill, 1987) 2. Irish a version of white out, recorded in the Irish Republic in 2004 …   Contemporary slang

  • whitener — whiten ► VERB ▪ make or become white. DERIVATIVES whitener noun …   English terms dictionary

  • whitener — noun a) Any substance used to whiten something; a bleach. b) A person employed to whiten or bleach …   Wiktionary

  • whitener — whit|en|er [ˈwaıtnə US ər] n also whit|en|ing [ˈwaıtnıŋ] [U and C] a substance used to make something more white …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • whitener — whit|en|er [ waıtnər, hwaıtnər ] noun count or uncount a substance used for making things white or whiter …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • whitener — n. one who or that which makes white, bleach …   English contemporary dictionary

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