Whiteness White"ness, n. [AS. hw[=i]tness.] 1. The quality or state of being white; white color, or freedom from darkness or obscurity on the surface. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. Want of a sanguineous tinge; paleness; as from terror, grief, etc. ``The whiteness in thy cheek.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Freedom from stain or blemish; purity; cleanness. [1913 Webster]

He had kept The whiteness of his soul, and thus men o'er him wept. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

4. Nakedness. [Obs.] --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

5. (Zo["o]l.) A flock of swans. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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