Meaning of white-out in English:




  • 1A dense blizzard, especially in polar regions.

    ‘Our weather is a factor most of the time, with very thick fogs in springtime, very heavy snow in the fall, and blizzards and white-outs in the winter.’
    • ‘The concept has potential: two strangers, trapped in an Alaska cabin during a white-out, one a woman in a wedding dress stumbling in from the cold, the other, the reserved and anti-social inhabitant of the cabin.’
    • ‘The white-out in and around the city caused match promoter Martin Witts to put the Barbican meeting between Jimmy White and Alex Higgins on hold.’
    • ‘Chickens are not being counted but fingers are crossed for the promised white-out and perhaps even some snow pictures of a more impressive nature!’
    • ‘Then a blizzard closed in forcing the men to make a 15-mile detour around the water in a complete white-out.’
    • ‘As the bomber approached Goose Bay, it flew into a white-out and fuel began to run out.’
    • ‘This proved a good area to go to escape a disorienting white-out on the upper slopes, as did Arc 1600.’
    • ‘There is no little irony in the fact that a man who had continually risked his life in the harshest of conditions, ever since a brush with death in a white-out on Ben Nevis as a 16-year-old, died in such relatively benign circumstances.’
    • ‘Their scheduled league opposition are otherwise engaged in fixtures hit by last week's deluge and white-out leaving York to concentrate on the visit of former rivals Goole in a club clash.’
    1. 1.1A weather condition in which the features and horizon of snow-covered country are indistinguishable due to uniform light diffusion.
      ‘With no food or water, and the dangers of hypothermia and dehydration sliding into inevitability, the men continue their treacherous descent through white-out conditions.’
      • ‘Just wanted to call and say since the last update we've moved to camp 2 on quite snowy conditions and pretty white-out, zero visibility.’
      • ‘Mountain rescue teams battled through white-out conditions to find the wreckage near the summit of the Highland mountain, the second highest in the UK.’
      • ‘For example, helicopter landings in Afghanistan are particularly troublesome because the high altitudes and very fine sand on the ground can cause near white-out conditions during landings.’
      • ‘The US fighter pilots crashed their F-15 jets into the upper slopes of Ben Macdui in white-out conditions in March 2001.’
      • ‘Hurricane-force winds hampered clean-up efforts with high drifts and white-out conditions, and, with snow this deep, you want more than just a shovel.’
      • ‘Roads throughout the country were closed because of white-out conditions and people were advised by emergency services to stay indoors.’
      • ‘Suddenly, the climbers heard a loud roar behind them and soon were in white-out conditions.’
      • ‘Not long after we left the wind picked up and for 18 hours the remaining inhabitants suffered a white-out (where you can see little but dust), something we'd escaped all the time we were there.’
      • ‘By 4.35 am it was a white-out - you could not see a thing.’
      • ‘When I went on deck to make sure everything was okay, the visibility just disappeared, in what I can only describe as an Arctic white-out.’
      • ‘At times, when it's been a white-out, I have walked past Corrunich because I couldn't see anything.’
      • ‘The white-out breaks to a view of Mount Columbia, then the mist closes down again like someone raking dry cotton balls over our eyes.’
      • ‘Straining my eyes in the dazzling white-out, I excitedly make my first sighting in the distance, only to be informed it's a herd of cattle from a nearby ranch.’
      • ‘It was a complete white-out, except for the ghostlike silhouette of our boat.’
      • ‘By the time we got back to the top - barely making it I might add - it was a genuine white-out.’
  • 2mass noun White correction fluid for covering typing or writing mistakes.

    ‘In his new post, McEttrick oversees all functions of lighters, shavers, writing instruments and white-out correction products.’
    • ‘This includes food products, of course, but also school supplies such as ink, toner, white-out, and paint.’
    • ‘This is Christmas in Connecticut and chestnuts roasting on an open fire, instead of white-out dropping on a 1040EZ tax form, which is more in keeping with this pre-April calendar.’
    • ‘She peered at the appointment register, torn and tattered, with crossings out, sections covered over with white-out and written on again, arrows, inserts, every kind of revision mark you can imagine.’
    • ‘I hadn't used any white-out in over a decade, and I wondered: Who the heck still uses this stuff?’
    • ‘‘It's as if you put white-out over all the ads,’ says English.’
    • ‘Most of the ‘apt pupils’ were pulling out their various forms of white-out and re-writing their carefully thought out lives.’
    • ‘Not one notebook, pen, eraser, glue stick, scissors, or white-out remained.’
    • ‘Should any negative psychic forces manifest themselves on the page, I'll merely banish them with magical white-out.’
    • ‘She painted white-out over a few names, then blew and waved furiously until it was dry.’
    • ‘I mean - OK, just forget I said that, I lost my white-out pen.’
    • ‘He sat on the seat of the tractor, writing something with a white-out marker on the black seating.’
    • ‘I colored in the bottom part of the goggles with white-out to make their vision even smaller.’
  • 3A loss of colour vision due to rapid acceleration, often prior to a loss of consciousness.

    ‘As you enter, visual and acoustic references are slowly erased, leaving only a visual white-out and the white noise of the pulsating nozzles.’
    • ‘Either way, I'm going to lie down before total white-out.’