whitening

(redirected from whiten)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Idioms, Wikipedia.

whitening

In the grain of finished wood, a white appearance, usually due to improper finishing techniques or spotty adhesion of the coating.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
References in classic literature ?
He approached as softly as he could, and advancing so near the wall as to brush the whitened ivy with his dress, listened.
This was uttered as they were proceeding, at a pace that was adapted to the weakness of Louisa, toward the highway; on reaching which the ladies separated from their guide, declaring themselves equal to the remainder of the walk without his assistance, and feeling encouraged by the sight of the village which lay beneath their feet like a picture, with its limpid lake in front, the winding stream along its margin, and its hundred chimneys of whitened bricks.
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.
It occurred to me even then, that in the course of a few days the moon must pass through its last quarter, and the nights grow dark, when the appearances of these unpleasant creatures from below, these whitened Lemurs, this new vermin that had replaced the old, might be more abundant.
At the end of another two hours the horses had gone twelve leagues without stopping; their legs began to tremble, and the foam they shed whitened the doublets of their masters.
It was about ten o'clock when Hetty set off, and the slight hoar- frost that had whitened the hedges in the early morning had disappeared as the sun mounted the cloudless sky.
It seemed as though no caravan had ever braved this desert expanse, or it would have left visible traces of its encampments, or the whitened bones of men and animals.
INSTANT WHITENING - MINT: Designed to visibly whiten teeth after just one brushing.
Do-it-Yourself or DIY trend among consumers to whiten their teeth is also contributing to sales of teeth whitening strips that are easy to use, available over-the-counter and provide faster results.
The scheme can be availed by all tax defaulters and the companies, to declare and whiten their assets, not declared until June 30, 2018.
The BDA also warned that many over the counter products containing hydrogen peroxide, used by dentists to whiten teeth, are ineffective.