An ambiguous term used commonly to describe a color with minimal chrominance, white can more accurately be classified as the Spectral Power Distribution given off by an illuminant at a specified temperature. (Candle - 1900 K, Incandescent light 3000 K, Sun 5500 K)

In Quantum Chromodynamics white refers to particle that carries no net color charge. We do not perceive color charge with common particles (i.e. protons, neutrons, etc...) because they are white or color neutral. The various ways that you can combine color charges to get white are:

color + it's-anti-color = white
red + blue + green = white
anti-red + anti-blue + anti-green = white

KANJI: HAKU BYAKU shiro (white)

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Character Etymology:

From a pictograph of a long, pointed thumbnail, used phonetically to express white, and also suggest paleness. However, there is some evidence to suggest that this character may also be a pictograph of an acorn, whose inside is whitish. It is most likely that both of these pictographs may have coexisted and shared common meaning and played a hand in the depiction of the present day representation of white.

A Listing of All On-Yomi and Kun-Yomi Readings:

on-yomi: HAKU BYAKU
kun-yomi: shiro shira- shiro(i)

Nanori Readings:

Nanori: aki ka haっ

English Definitions:

  1. HAKU, BYAKU: white.
  2. shiro(mu), shira(mu): grow light; turn gray, whiten; weaken.
  3. shiro: white; innocence; feigned ignorance.
  4. shiro(i): white, fair (skin); gray (hair); blank (paper); spotless; innocent.
  5. shiro(ppoi): whitish.
  6. serifu: speech, words.

Character Index Numbers:

New Nelson: 3863
Henshall: 65

Unicode Encoded Version:

Unicode Encoded Compound Examples:

白書 (hakusho): white paper.
白い (omoshiroi): funny,interesting.
(hakujin): Cacasian, white person.

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A few white things...

Vincent VanGogh painted "Girl in White" in 1963.

James Whistler painted "White Girl" in 1861. Personally, I really like this painting. The model is Whistler's mistress Johanna Heffernan and she is standing on a bear-skin rug.

White wine comes from France. In fact, according to the French, the only place that wine can come from is France.

White Egrets and White Herons are both birds which can be found in the US Southeast, among other places. (Of course, these birds probably have different names in German.)

A healthy white blood cell count is between 4.0 and 10.5 X 10-3 / uL. White blood cells rid the body of foreign contaminants.

The White House, at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., is where the US President and his family live. In 2000, the White House pets were Socks the cat, Buddy the dog and Monica the slut.

We detect colors as the light frequency that is reflected by an object. White is the reflection of all colors (absorption of none), while black is the reflection of no colors (absorption of all).

A common designation for one of the opponents in various two-player board games (see also black).

The game pieces played by White are virtually always white or ivory in color, whereas Black's pieces come in black or almost any other color.

Some properties of White in various games:


White moves first; this is generally regarded as giving a slight advantage, as e gets a lead in development, but this is not quantified.

It is customary to refer to White's light-squared and dark-squared bishops, given that both bishops are the same color. (One of the properties of the bishop in Chess is that it always remains on the same color square that it started on; each side has one bishop that roams the light squares, while the other travels only the dark.)


White defers to Black for the first move.

All Go sets (I'll take the chance of generalizing) use pieces (stones) which are actually white and black.

As a consequence of Go using the grid lines rather than the squares for play, it has the distinction that a set has one more black piece than white ones.


Black moves first.

Since Terrace is a proprietary game (being a new kid on the block) with only one board manufacturer, the pieces are white and black. (The three- and four-player variations add red and blue pieces, but who plays those?)

This may not always be true, but it appears to me that the use of White and Black to designate players is used only in games where the player who moves first is specified by the rules (as with those mentioned above). For example, backgammon also uses two differently colored sets of pieces (one of which is usually white and the other varying), but the first play is determined by chance and the players are not named.

White (1994) - Weasello Rating: {>>>>} (Booyah!) {{ Prequel | Sequel }}
Please note that this review is laden with spoilers.

Body count: There was only one dead body in this whole movie, and you don't get to see any of it nor do you see the person die. Yes, folks, this movie is gore-free(tm)!

Outline: The three colours trilogy, composing of the three films "Blue," "White," and "Red" is a very interesting and wonderfully done set of movies. They were recommended to my girlfriend by a customer at a video store and I did not know what I was in for - but as fate would have it, these movies are, in fact, great. White is the second movie in the trilogy, and though not as stunning and full of artistic fervor as Blue, was still quite a good tale.

The origional (and region-specific title) to this movie is "Trois couleurs: Blanc," but in it's many translations and releases it has several somewhat similar names.

The basic plot of this film is a successful (as in, winning many awards) Hair Dresser becomes divorced from his wife because he has not "consummated the marriage." Ashamed and now living on the streets, this adventurous fellow tries to find his way back to his own country while on the run from the police.

Through dumb luck and questionable morals, our hero rises triumphant and becomes what I assume is a millionaire and partner in a giant trading company. He then plans an elaborate plot to get revenge on his wife, who took all of his posessions during the divorce - his money, his house, his car, and even his hair dressing studio (which she then set on fire).

I won't ruin the ending for you - it's half the fun.

My Opinion: This movie is a nicely done and slightly comical ... Well... I suppose "adventure" would best suit it. It is touching at times and very tense at others, but there is a carefully placed joke to make it all good. I would recommend this movie to anyone that is looking for a good foreign flick, and you might as well rent this if you're renting Blue anyway. 4 out of 5 stars!

Interesting Notes:
  • In the movie Blue, the main character opens a door to a court room, only to be ushered out by the guard posted there. You hear a few lines of conversation - "Is this court judging me because I cannot speak french?" - Well, this movie opens in a court room, and as that line is spoken, you can see the character from Blue briefly enter the room in the background... Thus making an official tie-in and pretty much the only connection between the origional and the sequel.
  • You can also spot the love interest male from Blue taking a suitcase out of his car at the airport scene.
  • Another scene from Blue depicts an old woman putting a can into a recycling bin - this scene is seen from a different angle in this movie as well.
Lead roles: Directed by: Krzysztof Kieslowski

Writing credits: Krzysztof Kieslowski and Krzysztof Piesiewicz

Tagline: White: Equality
Sources: The oh-so-wonderful IMDB, my head, and the box.

White (?), a. [Compar. Whiter (?); superl. Whitest.] [OE. whit, AS. bt; akin to OFries. and OS. hwit, D. wit, G. weiss, OHG. wiz, hwiz, Icel. hvitr, Sw. hvit, Dan. hvid, Goth. hweits, Lith. szveisti, to make bright, Russ. sviet' light, Skr. vta white, vit to be bright. . Cf. Wheat, Whitsunday.]


Reflecting to the eye all the rays of the spectrum combined; not tinted with any of the proper colors or their mixtures; having the color of pure snow; snowy; -- the opposite of black or dark; as, white paper; a white skin.

"Pearls white."


White as the whitest lily on a stream. Longfellow.


Destitute of color, as in the cheeks, or of the tinge of blood color; pale; pallid; as, white with fear.

Or whispering with white lips, "The foe! They come! they come!" Byron.


Having the color of purity; free from spot or blemish, or from guilt or pollution; innocent; pure.

White as thy fame, and as thy honor clear. Dryden.

No whiter page than Addison's remains. Pope.


Gray, as from age; having silvery hair; hoary.

Your high engendered battles 'gainst a head So old and white as this. Shak.


Characterized by freedom from that which disturbs, and the like; fortunate; happy; favorable.

On the whole, however, the dominie reckoned this as one of the white days of his life. Sir W. Scott.


Regarded with especial favor; favorite; darling.

Come forth, my white spouse. Chaucer.

I am his white boy, and will not be gullet. Ford.

White is used in many self-explaining compounds, as white-backed, white-bearded, white-footed.

White alder. Bot. See Sweet pepper bush, under Pepper. -- White ant Zool., any one of numerous species of social pseudoneuropterous insects of the genus Termes. These insects are very abundant in tropical countries, and form large and complex communities consisting of numerous asexual workers of one or more kinds, of large-headed asexual individuals called soldiers, of one or more queens (or fertile females) often having the body enormously distended by the eggs, and, at certain seasons of numerous winged males, together with the larvae and pupae of each kind in various stages of development. Many of the species construct large and complicated nests, sometimes in the form of domelike structures rising several feet above the ground and connected with extensive subterranean galleries and chambers. In their social habits they closely resemble the true ants. They feed upon animal and vegetable substances of various kinds, including timber, and are often very destructive to buildings and furniture. -- White arsenic Chem., arsenious oxide, As2O3, a substance of a white color, and vitreous adamantine luster, having an astringent, sweetish taste. It is a deadly poison. -- White bass Zool., a fresh-water North American bass (Roccus chrysops) found in the Great Likes. -- White bear Zool., the polar bear. See under Polar. -- White blood cell. Physiol. See Leucocyte. -- White brand Zool., the snow goose. -- White brass, a white alloy of copper; white copper. -- White campion. Bot. (a) A kind of catchfly (Silene stellata) with white flowers. (b) A white-flowered Lychnis (Lychnis vespertina). -- White canon R. C. Ch., a Premonstratensian. -- White caps, the members of a secret organization in various of the United States, who attempt to drive away or reform obnoxious persons by lynch-law methods. They appear masked in white. -- White cedar Bot., an evergreen tree of North America (Thuja occidentalis), also the related Cupressus thyoides, or Chamaecyparis sphaeroidea, a slender evergreen conifer which grows in the so-called cedar swamps of the Northern and Atlantic States. Both are much valued for their durable timber. In California the name is given to the Libocedrus decurrens, the timber of which is also useful, though often subject to dry rot. Goodale. The white cedar of Demerara, Guiana, etc., is a lofty tree (Icica, or Bursera, altissima) whose fragrant wood is used for canoes and cabinetwork, as it is not attacked by insect. -- White cell. Physiol. See Leucocyte. -- White cell-blood Med., leucocythaemia. -- White clover Bot., a species of small perennial clover bearing white flowers. It furnishes excellent food for cattle and horses, as well as for the honeybee. See also under Clover. -- White copper, a whitish alloy of copper. See German silver, under German. -- White copperas Min., a native hydrous sulphate of iron; coquimbite. -- White coral Zool., an ornamental branched coral (Amphihelia oculata) native of the Mediterranean. -- White corpuscle. Physiol. See Leucocyte. -- White cricket Zool., the tree cricket. -- White crop, a crop of grain which loses its green color, or becomes white, in ripening, as wheat, rye, barley, and oats, as distinguished from a green crop, or a root crop. -- White currant Bot., a variety of the common red currant, having white berries. -- White daisy Bot., the oxeye daisy. See under Daisy. -- White damp, a kind of poisonous gas encountered in coal mines. Raymond. -- White elephant Zool., a whitish, or albino, variety of the Asiatic elephant.<-- (b) Fig. an object of little value; -- esp. a property requiring expensive upkeep but of little value to the owner, and often one which is difficult to sell. --> -- White elm Bot., a majestic tree of North America (Ulmus Americana), the timber of which is much used for hubs of wheels, and for other purposes. -- White ensign. See Saint George's ensign, under Saint. -- White feather, a mark or symbol of cowardice. See To show the white feather, under Feather, n. -- White fir Bot., a name given to several coniferous trees of the Pacific States, as Abies grandis, and A. concolor. -- White flesher Zool., the ruffed grouse. See under Ruffed. [Canada] -- White frost. See Hoarfrost. -- White game Zool., the white ptarmigan. -- White garnet Min., leucite. -- White grass Bot., an American grass (Leersia Virginica) with greenish-white paleae. -- White grouse. Zool. (a) The white ptarmigan. (b) The prairie chicken. [Local, U. S.] -- White grub Zool., the larva of the June bug and other allied species. These grubs eat the roots of grasses and other plants, and often do much damage. -- White hake Zool., the squirrel hake. See under Squirrel. -- White hawk, or kite Zool., the hen harrier. -- White heat, the temperature at which bodies become incandescent, and appear white from the bright light which they emit. -- White hellebore Bot., a plant of the genus Veratrum (V. album) See Hellebore, 2. -- White herring, a fresh, or unsmoked, herring, as distinguished from a red, or cured, herring. [R.] Shak. -- White hoolet Zool., the barn owl. [Prov. Eng.] -- White horses Naut., white-topped waves; whitecaps. -- The White House. See under House. -- White ibis Zool., an American ibis (Guara alba) having the plumage pure white, except the tips of the wings, which are black. It inhabits tropical America and the Southern United States. Called also Spanish curlew. -- White iron. (a) Thin sheets of iron coated with tin; tinned iron. (b) A hard, silvery-white cast iron containing a large proportion of combined carbon. -- White iron pyrites Min., marcasite. -- White land, a tough clayey soil, of a whitish hue when dry, but blackish after rain. [Eng.] -- White lark Zool., the snow bunting. -- White lead. (a) A carbonate of lead much used in painting, and for other purposes; ceruse. (b) Min. Native lead carbonate; cerusite. -- White leather, buff leather; leather tanned with alum and salt. -- White leg Med., milk leg. See under Milk. -- White lettuce Bot., rattlesnake root. See under Rattlesnake. -- White lie. See under Lie. -- White light. (a) Physics Light having the different colors in the same proportion as in the light coming directly from the sun, without having been decomposed, as by passing through a prism. See the Note under Color, n., 1. (b) A kind of firework which gives a brilliant white illumination for signals, etc. -- White lime, a solution or preparation of lime for whitewashing; whitewash. -- White line Print., a void space of the breadth of a line, on a printed page; a blank line. -- White meat. (a) Any light-colored flesh, especially of poultry. (b) Food made from milk or eggs, as butter, cheese, etc.

Driving their cattle continually with them, and feeding only upon their milk and white meats. Spenser.

-- White merganser Zool., the smew. -- White metal. (a) Any one of several white alloys, as pewter, britannia, etc. (b) Metal. A fine grade of copper sulphide obtained at a certain stage in copper smelting. -- White miller. Zool. (a) The common clothes moth. (b) A common American bombycid moth (Spilosoma Virginica) which is pure white with a few small black spots; -- called also ermine moth, and virgin moth. See Woolly bear, under Woolly. -- White money, silver money. -- White mouse Zool., the albino variety of the common mouse. -- White mullet Zool., a silvery mullet (Mugil curema) ranging from the coast of the United States to Brazil; -- called also blue-back mullet, and liza. -- White nun Zool., the smew; -- so called from the white crest and the band of black feathers on the back of its head, which give the appearance of a hood. -- White oak. Bot. See under Oak. -- White owl. Zool. (a) The snowy owl. (b) The barn owl. -- White partridge Zool., the white ptarmigan. -- White perch. Zool. (a) A North American fresh-water bass (Morone Americana) valued as a food fish. (b) The croaker, or fresh-water drum. (c) Any California surf fish. -- White pine. Bot. See the Note under Pine. -- White poplar Bot., a European tree (Populus alba) often cultivated as a shade tree in America; abele. -- White poppy Bot., the opium-yielding poppy. See Poppy. -- White powder, a kind of gunpowder formerly believed to exist, and to have the power of exploding without noise. [Obs.]

A pistol charged with white powder. Beau. & Fl.

-- White precipitate. Old Chem. See under Precipitate. -- White rabbit. Zool. (a) The American northern hare in its winter pelage. (b) An albino rabbit. -- White rent, (a) Eng.Law Formerly, rent payable in silver; -- opposed to black rent. See Blackmail, n., 3. (b) A rent, or duty, of eight pence, payable yearly by every tinner in Devon and Cornwall to the Duke of Cornwall, as lord of the soil. [Prov. Eng.] -- White rhinoceros. Zool. (a) The one-horned, or Indian, rhinoceros (Rhinoceros Indicus). See Rhinoceros. (b) The umhofo. -- White ribbon, the distinctive badge of certain organizations for the promotion of temperance or of moral purity; as, the White-ribbon Army. -- White rope Naut., untarred hemp rope. -- White rot. Bot. (a) Either of several plants, as marsh pennywort and butterwort, which were thought to produce the disease called rot in sheep. (b) A disease of grapes. See White rot, under Rot. -- White sage Bot., a white, woolly undershrub (Eurotia lanata) of Western North America; -- called also winter fat. -- White salmon Zool., the silver salmon. -- White salt, salt dried and calcined; decrepitated salt. -- White scale Zool., a scale insect (Aspidiotus Nerii) injurious to the orange tree. See Orange scale, under Orange. -- White shark Zool., a species of man-eating shark. See under Shark. -- White softening. Med. See Softening of the brain, under Softening. -- White spruce. Bot. See Spruce, n., 1. -- White squall Naut., a sudden gust of wind, or furious blow, which comes up without being marked in its approach otherwise than by whitecaps, or white, broken water, on the surface of the sea. -- White staff, the badge of the lord high treasurer of England. Macaulay. -- White stork Zool., the common European stork. -- White sturgeon. Zool. See Shovelnose (d). -- White sucker. Zool. (a) The common sucker. (b) The common red horse (Moxostoma macrolepidotum). -- White swelling Med., a chronic swelling of the knee, produced by a strumous inflammation of the synovial membranes of the kneejoint and of the cancellar texture of the end of the bone forming the kneejoint; -- applied also to a lingering chronic swelling of almost any kind. -- White tombac. See Tombac. -- White trout Zool., the white weakfish, or silver squeteague (Cynoscion nothus), of the Southern United States. -- White vitriol Chem., hydrous sulphate of zinc. See White vitriol, under Vitriol. -- White wagtail Zool., the common, or pied, wagtail. -- White wax, beeswax rendered white by bleaching. -- White whale Zool., the beluga. -- White widgeon Zool., the smew. -- White wine. any wine of a clear, transparent color, bordering on white, as Madeira, sherry, Lisbon, etc.; -- distinguished from wines of a deep red color, as port and Burgundy. "White wine of Lepe." Chaucer. -- White witch, a witch or wizard whose supernatural powers are supposed to be exercised for good and beneficent purposes. Addison. Cotton Mather. -- White wolf. Zool. (a) A light-colored wolf (Canis laniger) native of Thibet; -- called also chanco, golden wolf, and Thibetan wolf. (b) The albino variety of the gray wolf. -- White wren Zool., the willow warbler; -- so called from the color of the under parts.


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White (?), n.


The color of pure snow; one of the natural colors of bodies, yet not strictly a color, but a composition of all colors; the opposite of black; whiteness. See the Note under Color, n., 1.

Finely attired in a of white. Shak.


Something having the color of snow; something white, or nearly so; as, the white of the eye.


Specifically, the central part of the butt in archery, which was formerly painted white; the center of a mark at which a missile is shot.

'T was I won the wager, though you hit the white. Shak.


A person with a white skin; a member of the white, or Caucasian, races of men.


A white pigment; as, Venice white.

6. Zool.

Any one of numerous species of butterflies belonging to Pieris, and allied genera in which the color is usually white. See Cabbage butterfly, under Cabbage.

Black and white. See under Black. -- Flake white, Paris white, etc. See under Flack, Paris, etc. -- White of a seed Bot., the albumen. See Albumen, 2. -- White of egg, the viscous pellucid fluid which surrounds the yolk in an egg, particularly in the egg of a fowl. In a hen's egg it is alkaline, and contains about 86 per cent of water and 14 per cent of solid matter, the greater portion of which is egg albumin. It likewise contains a small amount of globulin, and traces of fats and sugar, with some inorganic matter. Heated above 60° C. it coagulates to a solid mass, owing to the albumin which it contains. Parr. -- White of the eye Anat., the white part of the ball of the eye surrounding the transparent cornea.


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White, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Whited; p. pr. & vb. n. Whiting.] [AS. hwitan.]

To make white; to whiten; to whitewash; to bleach.

Whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of . . . uncleanness. Matt. xxiii. 27.

So as no fuller on earth can white them. Mark. ix. 3.


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