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bleach Explained

bleach at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


bleach at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

O.E. bl?ican, from P.Gmc. *blaikos "white," from PIE *bhleg- "to gleam," root of blanche, blank, bleak and probably black. The connection seems to be "burning, blazing, shining, whiteness." That the same root yielded words for "black" and "white" is probably because both are colorless, and perhaps because both are associated with burning. Bleachers (1889, Amer.Eng.) were so-named because the boards were bleached by the sun. ///

bleach at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [U] a chemical used to make things pale or white, or to kill germs//
bleach 2 v [T] [Language: Old English; Origin: bl[zB024]can]// to make something pale or white, especially by using chemicals or the sun// --She bleached her hair blond.// --The wood had been bleached by the sun .//

bleach at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Solid or liquid chemical compound used to whiten or remove the natural color of fibers, yarns, paper, and textile fabrics. Sunlight was the chief bleaching agent up to the discovery of chlorine in 1774 by Karl Wilhelm Scheele (1742-1786) and the demonstration of its bleaching properties in 1785 by Claude-Louis Berthollet (1748-1822). In textile finishing, the bleaching process is used to produce white cloth, to prepare fabrics for other finishes, or to remove discoloration. Chlorine, sodium hypochlorite, calcium hypochlorite, and hydrogen peroxide are commonly used as bleaches.

bleach at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

92 Moby Thesaurus words for "bleach":
achromatization, achromatize, besnow, blanch, blanching,
bleach out, bleacher, bleaching, bleaching agent, bleaching powder,
blench, bowdlerize, chalk, change color, chlorine, clean,
clean out, clean up, cleanse, clear out, decolor, decolorant,
decoloration, decolorization, decolorize, decolorizer,
decolorizing, delouse, depurate, deterge, dim, discolor,
discoloration, drain, drain of color, dry-clean, dull, dust,
dust off, etiolate, etiolation, expurgate, fade, fade out, fading,
freshen, frost, fume, grizzle, grow pale, hydrochloric acid,
hydrogen peroxide, lighten, lightening, lime, lose color, lustrate,
madder bleach, market bleach, nitrogen tetroxide, oxalic acid,
pale, paling, peroxide, purge, purify, reform, scavenge, silver,
sodium hypochlorite, sour, spruce, steam-clean, sulfur dioxide,
sulfuric acid, sweep out, sweeten, tarnish, tidy, tone down,
turn pale, turn white, wan, wash out, white, white sour, whiten,
whitening, wipe, wipe off, wipe out, wipe up

Bleach at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Bleach \Bleach\, v. i.
To grow white or lose color; to whiten.

Bleach \Bleach\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bleached}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Bleaching}.] [OE. blakien, blechen, v. t. & v. i., AS.
bl[=a]cian, bl?can, to grow pale; akin to Icel. bleikja, Sw.
bleka, Dan. blege, D. bleeken, G. bleichen, AS. bl[=a]c pale.
See {Bleak}, a.]
To make white, or whiter; to remove the color, or stains,
from; to blanch; to whiten.

The destruction of the coloring matters attached to the
bodies to be bleached is effected either by the action
of the air and light, of chlorine, or of sulphurous
acid. --Ure.

Immortal liberty, whose look sublime Hath bleached the
tyrant's cheek in every varying clime. --Smollett.

bleach at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: the whiteness that results from removing the color from
something; "a complete bleach usually requires several
2: an agent that makes things white or colorless [syn: {bleaching
agent}, {blanching agent}, {whitener}]
3: the act of whitening something by bleaching it (exposing it
to sunlight or using a chemical bleaching agent)

v 1: remove color from; "The sun bleached the red shirt" [syn: {bleach
out}, {decolor}, {decolour}, {decolorize}, {decolourize},
{decolorise}, {decolourise}, {discolorize}, {discolourise},
2: make whiter or lighter; "bleach the laundry"

bleach at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: wikipedi » a


* Inter: audio » En-us-bleach.ogg|Audio (US)
  • Inter: rhymes » iːtʃ

    Etymology 1

    From Inter: etyl » enm Inter: term » bleche|lang=enm (also Inter: term » bleke|lang=enm), from Inter: etyl » ang Inter: term » blæc|blǣċ|lang=ang, Inter: term » blæc|blǣc|lang=ang, variants of Inter: etyl » ang Inter: term » blac|blāc|bright, shining, glittering, flashing; bleak, pale, pallid, wan, livid|lang=ang, from Inter: etyl » gem-pro Inter: recons » blaikaz||pale, shining|lang=gem-pro, from Inter: etyl » ine-pro Inter: recons » bʰlē-||to shimmer, gleam, shine|lang=ine-pro. More at Inter: l » en|bleak.


    Inter: en-adj » bleach|er|more

  • Inter: archai » c Pale; bleak.

    Etymology 2

    From Inter: etyl » enm Inter: term » blechen|lang=enm, from Inter: etyl » ang Inter: term » blæcan|blǣċan|to bleach, whiten|lang=ang, from Inter: etyl » gem-pro|en Inter: recons » blaikijanan|lang=gem-pro, from Inter: etyl » ine-pro|en Inter: recons » bʰel-||to shine|lang=ine-pro. Cognate with Inter: etyl » nl|- Inter: term » bleken||to bleach|lang=nl, Inter: etyl » de|- Inter: term » bleichen||to bleach|lang=de, Inter: etyl » sv|- Inter: term » bleka||to bleach|lang=sv. Related to Inter: etyl » ang|- Inter: term » blac|blāc|pale|lang=ang.


    Inter: en-verb » bleaches|bleaching|bleached|bleached

  • Inter: transitiv » e To treat with bleach, especially so as to whiten (fabric, paper, etc) or lighten (hair).
    1. Inter: intransitive » biology|of corals to lose color due to stress-induced expulsion of symbiotic unicellular algae.
    2. : Once coral bleaching begins, corals tend to continue to bleach even if the stressor is removed.
      * blanch
      Inter: trans-top » to treat with bleach

  • Arabic: Inter: Arab » بيض Inter: IPAchar » (báyyaɖa)
  • Bulgarian: избелвам, обезцветявам
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|漂白|tr=piǎobái|sc=Hani
  • Danish: Inter: t- » da|blege
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|bleken
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|valkaista
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|blanchir
  • German: Inter: t- » de|bleichen
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|λευκαίνω
  • Hebrew: Inter: t- » he|הלבין|tr=hilbín
  • Hungarian: kifehérít
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|imbiancare, Inter: t- » it|candeggiare, Inter: t- » it|decolorare

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|漂白する|tr=hyōhaku suru
    • Korean: 바래다 (baraeda)
    • Norwegian:
    • : Bokmål: Inter: t- » nb|bleke, Inter: t- » nb|bleike
    • : Nynorsk: Inter: t- » nn|bleike, Inter: t- » nn|bleikje
    • Polish: bielić, wybielić
    • Portuguese: branquear (clothing), oxigenar (hair)
    • Russian: белить (belít’)
    • Inter: trreq » sk
    • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|blanquear, Inter: t+ » es|curar, Inter: t- » es|decolorar
    • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|bleka
    • Turkish: rengini açmak

    Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: en-noun » es|-
  • Inter: uncountabl » e A chemical, such as sodium hypochlorite or hydrogen peroxide, or a preparation of such a chemical, used for disinfecting or whitening.
    1. Inter: countabl » e A variety of bleach.
      Inter: trans-top » chemical

  • Arabic: Inter: Arab » مادة تبييض (mādda tabyīḍ) {{f}}
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|белина|f
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|漂白劑|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|漂白剂|tr=piǎobáijì|sc=Hani
  • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|bělidlo|n
  • Danish: Inter: t- » da|blegemiddel|n
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|bleekwater|n, Inter: t- » nl|Javel|m, Inter: t+ » nl|bleek|c
  • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|valkaisuaine
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|eau de Javel|f, Inter: t+ » fr|javel|f
  • German: Inter: t- » de|Bleiche|f
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|λευκαντικό|n|tr=lefkantikó
  • Hebrew: Inter: t- » he|אקונומיקה|f|tr=ekonómika, Inter: t- » he|מלבין|m|tr=malbín
  • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|fehérítő
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|varechina|f, Inter: t- » it|candeggina|f, Inter: t- » it|decolorante|m
  • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|漂白剤|tr=hyōhaku-zai

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Inter: trreq » ko
    • Maltese: Inter: t- » mt|bliċ|m
    • Norwegian:
    • : Bokmål: Inter: t- » nb|blekemiddel|n, Inter: t- » nb|bleikemiddel|n
    • : Nynorsk: Inter: t- » nn|bleikemiddel|n, Inter: t- » nn|bleikjemiddel|n
    • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|wybielacz|m
    • Portuguese: Inter: t- » pt|descorante|m
    • Russian: Inter: t- » ru|белильная известь|f|tr=belíl’naja ízvest’, Inter: t- » ru|белильный раствор|m|tr=belíl’nyj rastvór, Inter: qualifier » for clothes Inter: t+ » ru|отбеливатель|m|tr=otbélivatel'|sc=Cyrl
    • Serbo-Croatian: Inter: t- » sh|izbjeljivač|m
    • Slovak: Inter: t- » sk|bielidlo|n
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|lejía|f, Inter: t- » es|lavandina|f, Inter: t- » es|blanqueador|m
    • Swedish: Inter: t- » sv|blekmedel|n
    • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|çamaşır suyu

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Derived terms
    * bleachfield

    Etymology 3

    From Inter: etyl » enm Inter: term » bleche|lang=enm, from Inter: etyl » ang Inter: term » blæcu|blǣċu|lang=ang, Inter: term » blæco|blǣċo|paleness, pallor|lang=ang, from Inter: etyl » gem-pro Inter: recons » blaikīn||paleness|lang=gem-pro.


    Inter: en-noun » bleaches
  • An act of bleaching; exposure to the sun.

    Etymology 4

    From Inter: etyl » enm Inter: term » bleche|lang=enm, from Inter: etyl » ang Inter: term » blæce|blǣċe|irritation of the skin, leprosy; psoriasis|lang=ang.


    Inter: en-noun » bleaches

  • A disease of the skin.

  • Translation: cy » bleach
    Translation: et » bleach
    Translation: el » bleach
    Translation: fr » bleach
    Translation: ko » bleach
    Translation: io » bleach
    Translation: kn » bleach
    Translation: hu » bleach
    Translation: mg » bleach
    Translation: ml » bleach
    Translation: my » bleach
    Translation: ja » bleach
    Translation: pl » bleach
    Translation: fi » bleach
    Translation: sv » bleach
    Translation: tl » bleach
    Translation: ta » bleach
    Translation: te » bleach
    Translation: th » bleach
    Translation: tr » bleach
    Translation: vi » bleach
    Translation: zh » bleach