bleach´a|ble

bleach «bleech», verb, noun.
–v.t.
1. to whiten by exposing to sunlight or by using chemicals: »

We bleached the linen napkins in the wash. Bleached bones lay on the hot sands of the desert.

SYNONYM(S): See syn. under whiten. (Cf.whiten)
2. to remove some of the color of; lighten: »

The sun had bleached her hair.

–v.i.
to become white; turn pale; lose color: »

White sheets bleaching on the hedge (Shakespeare).

SYNONYM(S): blanch.
–n.
1. any chemical used in bleaching: »

Laundries often use bleach to whiten shirts.

2. the act or process of bleaching.
3. the whiteness produced by bleaching.
[Old English bl. See related etym. at bleak. (Cf.bleak)]
bleach´a|ble, adjective.
bleach´er, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • bleach´er — bleach «bleech», verb, noun. –v.t. 1. to whiten by exposing to sunlight or by using chemicals: »We bleached the linen napkins in the wash. Bleached bones lay on the hot sands of the desert. SYNONYM(S): See syn. under whiten. (Cf. ↑whiten) 2. to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • ble — ab·di·ca·ble; abom·i·na·ble; abus·a·ble; ac·ces·si·ble; ac·com·mo·da·ble; ac·cost·a·ble; ac·cu·mu·la·ble; ac·cus·a·ble; ace·to·sol·u·ble; achie·va·ble; acid·i·fi·a·ble; ac·knowl·edge·a·ble; act·a·ble; ac·ti·va·ble; ac·tu·al·iz·a·ble; add·a·ble;… …   English syllables

  • bleach — [[t]blitʃ[/t]] v. t. 1) to make whiter or lighter in color; remove the color from, as by exposure to sunlight or a chemical agent 2) to become whiter or lighter in color 3) chem. a bleaching agent 4) degree of paleness achieved in bleaching 5) an …   From formal English to slang

  • bleachable — bleach·a·ble …   English syllables

  • a — acar·a·pis; ac·a·ri·a·sis; ac·a·ri·a·sis; ac·a·ri·na; ac·a·ri·nar·i·um; ac·a·rine; ac·a·ri·nol·o·gy; ac·a·ri·no·sis; ac·a·ro·ce·cid·i·um; ac·a·roid; ac·a·rol·o·gist; ac·a·rol·o·gy; ac·a·ro·pho·bia; ac·a·rus; acat·a·lep·sy; acat·a·lex·is;… …   English syllables

  • bleachingpowder — bleach·ing powder (blēʹchĭng) n. A powder containing calcium chloride and calcium hypochlorite, used in solution as a bleach. Also called chloride of lime, chlorinated lime. * * * …   Universalium

  • bleaching powder — bleach·ing powder .blē chiŋ n a white powder consisting chiefly of calcium hydroxide, calcium chloride, and calcium hypochlorite used as a bleach, disinfectant, or deodorant called also chloride of lime, chlorinated lime * * * chlorinated lime …   Medical dictionary

  • blanch — blɑːntʃ v. bleach; turn pale; whiten (of plants); remove almond skins by boiling; cook vegetables briefly; scald …   English contemporary dictionary

  • blanches — blɑːntʃ v. bleach; turn pale; whiten (of plants); remove almond skins by boiling; cook vegetables briefly; scald …   English contemporary dictionary

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