Main definitions of haze in US English:

: haze1haze2

haze1

noun

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

    • ‘In winter high levels of haze are common.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Polarizers are most commonly used to darken blue skies in outdoor and scenic photographs by cutting through atmospheric haze.’
    • ‘Dusk was setting in, and the horizon completely was obscured in haze.’
    • ‘Darkness and haze can obscure the visual cues we need to maintain orientation.’
    • ‘A reading might indicate little or no cloud cover, but haze or fog may have been present.’
    • ‘A NASA study found some clouds that form on tiny haze particles are not cooling the Earth as much as previously thought.’
    • ‘Atmospheric haze makes each layer of progressively distant peaks appear lighter in tone and color.’
    • ‘The haze is caused by high concentrations of small particles known as aerosols that are usually less than a few micrometers in diameter.’
    • ‘One problem you will encounter at high altitudes is an excess of ultraviolet light, which results in atmospheric haze.’
    • ‘These pictures were fuzzy because of the dense haze of the moon's atmosphere.’
    • ‘The aerosols and particles in the haze are affecting rainfall.’
    • ‘There will be some slight haze and some light, low cloud.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    mist, fog, cloud, smog
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    1. 1.1 A tenuous cloud of something such as vapor or smoke in the air.
      ‘a faint haze of steam’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Around 50 pool players competed in the weekly pool league, but the traditional haze of cigarette smoke hovering above the tables was missing.’
      • ‘Steam rose all around her, and at once she was lost in a world of haze and mist.’
      • ‘It is midnight, and we are sitting in a delicious yellow haze of tobacco smoke.’
      • ‘I can see nothing but people through the ribbony haze of rising cigarette smoke.’
      • ‘He said southerly winds were expected to clear the skies overnight, although problems with smoke haze may continue.’
      • ‘Day after day the landscape rolled by: three states covered in blankets of smoke and haze.’
      • ‘This time I get to walk through a thick cloud of firework haze.’
      • ‘I return to the shrine and edge towards the Brahma statue, the sweet incense smoke creating a haze around it.’
      • ‘The missiles sent a plume of darker smoke above the white haze of gunsmoke already hanging above the camp.’
      • ‘The air was clear; we could see the other side of the pub with no haze to obscure our view.’
      • ‘Through the rainy haze I saw the passenger point towards me.’
      • ‘This is only smoke haze, drifted down from the frightful bushfires burning elsewhere in Victoria.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The thick haze of pollution is highly visible against the hills.’
      • ‘There were several bottles on the table and an ashtray full of cigarettes creating a thick, smoky haze.’
      • ‘At dusk, the sun sinks, blood red, through the haze of industrial smoke.’
      • ‘A haze of smoke rose gently from a huddle of dwellings near a winding river.’
  • 2in singular A state of mental obscurity or confusion.

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

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

Pronunciation

haze

/hāz//heɪz/

Main definitions of haze in US English:

: haze1haze2

haze2

verb

[with object]North American
  • 1Force (a new or potential recruit to the military, a college fraternity, etc.) to perform strenuous, humiliating, or dangerous tasks.

    ‘rookies were mercilessly hazed’
    • ‘True, just about every university in the world hazed its freshmen.’
    • ‘It used to be that veterans hazed rookies by making them sing their school songs.’
    • ‘We get the feeling of belonging to the fraternity without needing to be hazed.’
    • ‘It is not an extracurricular activity to have fun and haze new employees.’
    • ‘They weren't hazing me, they were teaching me the rite of passage.’
    • ‘Unbeknownst to him, the mean frat boy jackasses are hazing him something fierce, for their own amusement.’
    • ‘A Marine who doesn't quite measure up is hazed by two fellow Marines at the Corp's base in Cuba.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 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//hāz/