Main definitions of haze in English

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haze1

noun

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

    ‘an alcoholic haze’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Trapped within a haze of madness, I did not respond as he ordered me to my feet.’
    • ‘The alcoholic haze was starting to wear off a little and she could feel her temper rising.’
    • ‘The rest of the evening passed away in a haze of confusion.’
    • ‘He spent the next dozen years making records and playing concerts in an alcoholic haze, drinking a bottle of brandy a day.’
    • ‘A haze clouded her mind; she was sinking into deep water.’
    • ‘Although he had been told not to drink, a man was found propped up against a tree in an alcoholic haze.’
    • ‘Tired commuters pass you in a haze, or daze.’
    • ‘It spread through her head, like a thick, heavy haze that blocked out all reasoning and attempts at rational thought.’
    • ‘I'm bored out of my skull and I'm walking around in a bit of an oblivious haze.’
    • ‘How long she was enthralled in the mental haze that had come over her, she couldn't say.’
    • ‘Addicts seek to escape the real world in a drug-induced haze.’
    • ‘In a groggy haze, I descended the steep narrow staircase.’
    • ‘Most of the time she walked around in a haze of confusion.’
    • ‘The twenties ended in a confused haze of nostalgia and innovation.’
    • ‘I must not give in to this thick, warm haze in my mind.’
    • ‘I have never passed out in a drunken haze on the dance floor of a trendy New York club.’
    • ‘It was all an alcohol-induced haze at that stage.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘After a long moment, she finally pulled away, her green eyes hazed with pleasure.’
    • ‘There was a faint cloud of smoke hazing the fluorescent lighting in one of the lounges.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It used to be that veterans hazed rookies by making them sing their school songs.’
    • ‘Maybe we should start sending over these guys who've hazed in fraternities.’
    • ‘Candidates are not harassed, hazed, or otherwise coerced into quitting at any time.’
    • ‘True, just about every university in the world hazed its freshmen.’
    • ‘It is not an extracurricular activity to have fun and haze new employees.’
    • ‘Unbeknownst to him, the mean frat boy jackasses are hazing him something fierce, for their own amusement.’
    • ‘They weren't hazing me, they were teaching me the rite of passage.’
    • ‘We get the feeling of belonging to the fraternity without needing to be hazed.’
  • 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/