Definition of whiteout in English:



  • 1A blizzard, especially in polar regions, that reduces visibilities to near zero.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As the bomber approached Goose Bay, it flew into a white-out and fuel began to run out.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This proved a good area to go to escape a disorienting white-out on the upper slopes, as did Arc 1600.’
    • ‘Then a blizzard closed in forcing the men to make a 15-mile detour around the water in a complete white-out.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1A weather condition in which the features and horizon of snow-covered country are indistinguishable due to uniform light diffusion.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Roads throughout the country were closed because of white-out conditions and people were advised by emergency services to stay indoors.’
      • ‘The US fighter pilots crashed their F-15 jets into the upper slopes of Ben Macdui in white-out conditions in March 2001.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘By 4.35 am it was a white-out - you could not see a thing.’
      • ‘By the time we got back to the top - barely making it I might add - it was a genuine white-out.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Suddenly, the climbers heard a loud roar behind them and soon were in white-out conditions.’
      • ‘It was a complete white-out, except for the ghostlike silhouette of our boat.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2White correction fluid for covering typing or writing mistakes.

    • ‘‘It's as if you put white-out over all the ads,’ says English.’
    • ‘I colored in the bottom part of the goggles with white-out to make their vision even smaller.’
    • ‘She painted white-out over a few names, then blew and waved furiously until it was dry.’
    • ‘In his new post, McEttrick oversees all functions of lighters, shavers, writing instruments and white-out correction products.’
    • ‘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 mean - OK, just forget I said that, I lost my white-out pen.’
    • ‘Should any negative psychic forces manifest themselves on the page, I'll merely banish them with magical white-out.’
    • ‘This includes food products, of course, but also school supplies such as ink, toner, white-out, and paint.’
    • ‘I hadn't used any white-out in over a decade, and I wondered: Who the heck still uses this stuff?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most of the ‘apt pupils’ were pulling out their various forms of white-out and re-writing their carefully thought out lives.’
    • ‘He sat on the seat of the tractor, writing something with a white-out marker on the black seating.’
    • ‘Not one notebook, pen, eraser, glue stick, scissors, or white-out remained.’
  • 3A loss of color vision due to rapid acceleration, often before 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.’