whiteness


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Whiteness \White"ness\, n. [AS. hw[imac]tness.]
   1. The quality or state of being white; white color, or
      freedom from darkness or obscurity on the surface.
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   2. Want of a sanguineous tinge; paleness; as from terror,
      grief, etc. "The whiteness in thy cheek." --Shak.
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   3. Freedom from stain or blemish; purity; cleanness.
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            He had kept
            The whiteness of his soul, and thus men o'er him
            wept.                                 --Byron.
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   4. Nakedness. [Obs.] --Chapman.
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   5. (Zool.) A flock of swans.
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