Main definitions of haze in English

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haze1

noun

  • 1A slight obscuration of the lower atmosphere, typically caused by fine suspended particles:

    ‘the cold air has no pollution and very little haze’
    [in singular] ‘there was a thick haze on this October morning’
    • ‘The haze is caused by high concentrations of small particles known as aerosols that are usually less than a few micrometers in diameter.’
    • ‘Darkness and haze can obscure the visual cues we need to maintain orientation.’
    • ‘One problem you will encounter at high altitudes is an excess of ultraviolet light, which results in atmospheric haze.’
    • ‘A reading might indicate little or no cloud cover, but haze or fog may have been present.’
    • ‘These pictures were fuzzy because of the dense haze of the moon's atmosphere.’
    • ‘The aerosols and particles in the haze are affecting rainfall.’
    • ‘Dusk was setting in, and the horizon completely was obscured in haze.’
    • ‘Through the slight early morning haze, I could make out taller buildings to the left.’
    • ‘Conditions were perfect - dry, bright and with just enough haze to give the countryside an atmospheric glow.’
    • ‘You may not get a view of the volcano's sulfuric craters because of cloud cover, fog, and haze.’
    • ‘After a few days of bad weather, the absence of haze was a welcome sight.’
    • ‘A NASA study found some clouds that form on tiny haze particles are not cooling the Earth as much as previously thought.’
    • ‘In winter high levels of haze are common.’
    • ‘Atmospheric haze makes each layer of progressively distant peaks appear lighter in tone and color.’
    • ‘The fog had lifted a little, and was being replaced with haze.’
    • ‘The sky was clear below 20,000 feet, with haze limiting visibility to 5 miles.’
    • ‘There will be some slight haze and some light, low cloud.’
    • ‘The many fine haze layers extend several hundred kilometers above the surface.’
    • ‘Polarizers are most commonly used to darken blue skies in outdoor and scenic photographs by cutting through atmospheric haze.’
    • ‘The entire valley was in a sea of thick haze, as it usually was in autumn or winter storms.’
    mist, fog, cloud, smog
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    1. 1.1 A very fine cloud of something such as vapour or smoke in the air:
      ‘the gathering haze of cigarette smoke’
      • ‘A haze of smoke rose gently from a huddle of dwellings near a winding river.’
      • ‘I can see nothing but people through the ribbony haze of rising cigarette smoke.’
      • ‘This is only smoke haze, drifted down from the frightful bushfires burning elsewhere in Victoria.’
      • ‘At dusk, the sun sinks, blood red, through the haze of industrial smoke.’
      • ‘Smokestacks belched smoke into the air so that the sky was awash in a thick brown haze.’
      • ‘Day after day the landscape rolled by: three states covered in blankets of smoke and haze.’
      • ‘It is midnight, and we are sitting in a delicious yellow haze of tobacco smoke.’
      • ‘There were several bottles on the table and an ashtray full of cigarettes creating a thick, smoky haze.’
      • ‘Inside, smoke wafted from cheap candles, polluting the room with a slight grey haze.’
      • ‘The missiles sent a plume of darker smoke above the white haze of gunsmoke already hanging above the camp.’
      • ‘I return to the shrine and edge towards the Brahma statue, the sweet incense smoke creating a haze around it.’
      • ‘Through the rainy haze I saw the passenger point towards me.’
      • ‘The thick haze of pollution is highly visible against the hills.’
      • ‘The air was clear; we could see the other side of the pub with no haze to obscure our view.’
      • ‘Around 50 pool players competed in the weekly pool league, but the traditional haze of cigarette smoke hovering above the tables was missing.’
      • ‘A thick, dusty haze settled over the glade in the wake of the blast.’
      • ‘The haze of smoke from cars hangs heavily around the suburbs.’
      • ‘Steam rose all around her, and at once she was lost in a world of haze and mist.’
      • ‘He said southerly winds were expected to clear the skies overnight, although problems with smoke haze may continue.’
      • ‘This time I get to walk through a thick cloud of firework haze.’
  • 2[in singular] A state of mental confusion:

    ‘an alcoholic haze’
    • ‘It spread through her head, like a thick, heavy haze that blocked out all reasoning and attempts at rational thought.’
    • ‘Although he had been told not to drink, a man was found propped up against a tree in an alcoholic haze.’
    • ‘Most of the time she walked around in a haze of confusion.’
    • ‘It was all an alcohol-induced haze at that stage.’
    • ‘How long she was enthralled in the mental haze that had come over her, she couldn't say.’
    • ‘Trapped within a haze of madness, I did not respond as he ordered me to my feet.’
    • ‘I must not give in to this thick, warm haze in my mind.’
    • ‘I'm bored out of my skull and I'm walking around in a bit of an oblivious haze.’
    • ‘I have never passed out in a drunken haze on the dance floor of a trendy New York club.’
    • ‘He spent the next dozen years making records and playing concerts in an alcoholic haze, drinking a bottle of brandy a day.’
    • ‘The rest of the evening passed away in a haze of confusion.’
    • ‘The alcoholic haze was starting to wear off a little and she could feel her temper rising.’
    • ‘Tired commuters pass you in a haze, or daze.’
    • ‘The twenties ended in a confused haze of nostalgia and innovation.’
    • ‘The alcoholic haze made everything so pretty and fantastic.’
    • ‘The words penetrated the haze of confusion and shock that had momentarily frozen him in place.’
    • ‘Addicts seek to escape the real world in a drug-induced haze.’
    • ‘A haze clouded her mind; she was sinking into deep water.’
    • ‘In a groggy haze, I descended the steep narrow staircase.’
    • ‘He felt disconnected from his body, soaring into a haze of delirium.’
    blur, daze, confusion, vagueness, muddle, befuddlement
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Obscure with a haze:

    ‘a clump of islands, very green, but hazed in cloud and mist’
    • ‘Almost every major assignment he has had turns out to have been hazed over with clouds of scandal.’
    • ‘He was a thin, short man, with an acne-pocked face and observant brown eyes hazed with green.’
    • ‘There was a faint cloud of smoke hazing the fluorescent lighting in one of the lounges.’
    • ‘After a long moment, she finally pulled away, her green eyes hazed with pleasure.’
    • ‘His father's hazed green eyes followed Matt as he made his way towards the pantry.’

Origin

Early 18th century (originally denoting fog or hoar frost): probably a back-formation from hazy.

Pronunciation:

haze

/heɪz/

Main definitions of haze in English

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haze2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]North American
  • 1Force (a new or potential recruit to the military or a university fraternity) to perform strenuous, humiliating, or dangerous tasks:

    ‘rookies were mercilessly hazed’
    • ‘A Marine who doesn't quite measure up is hazed by two fellow Marines at the Corp's base in Cuba.’
    • ‘They weren't hazing me, they were teaching me the rite of passage.’
    • ‘Maybe we should start sending over these guys who've hazed in fraternities.’
    • ‘It used to be that veterans hazed rookies by making them sing their school songs.’
    • ‘Candidates are not harassed, hazed, or otherwise coerced into quitting at any time.’
    • ‘We get the feeling of belonging to the fraternity without needing to be hazed.’
    • ‘True, just about every university in the world hazed its freshmen.’
    • ‘Unbeknownst to him, the mean frat boy jackasses are hazing him something fierce, for their own amusement.’
    • ‘It is not an extracurricular activity to have fun and haze new employees.’
  • 2Drive (cattle) while on horseback:

    ‘he hazed them on and they clambered up through the rocks’
    • ‘He had little trouble hazing his quarry back.’
    • ‘They sign onto the Interagency Bison Management Plan, which continues the hazing, testing, and slaughter of bison.’
    • ‘Montana has ramped up its annual plan of hazing, capturing and slaughtering bison that leave the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park.’

Origin

Late 17th century (originally Scots and dialect in the sense ‘frighten, scold, or beat’): perhaps related to obsolete French haser tease or insult.

Pronunciation:

haze

/heɪz/