Definitions for whitewashˈʰwaɪtˌwɒʃ, -ˌwɔʃ, ˈwaɪt-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

white•washˈʰwaɪtˌwɒʃ, -ˌwɔʃ, ˈwaɪt-(n.)

  1. a composition, as of lime and water or of whiting, size, and water, used for whitening walls and woodwork.

    Category: Chemistry

  2. something that glosses over faults or absolves one from blame.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. a defeat in which the loser fails to score.

    Category: Sport

  4. (v.t.)to whiten with whitewash.

  5. to cover up the faults or errors of; absolve from blame.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  6. to defeat by keeping the opponent from scoring.

    Category: Sport

Origin of whitewash:

1585–95

white′wash`er(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. whitewash(noun)

    a defeat in which the losing person or team fails to score

  2. whitewash(noun)

    wash consisting of lime and size in water; used for whitening walls and other surfaces

  3. whitewash(verb)

    a specious or deceptive clearing that attempts to gloss over failings and defects

  4. whitewash, gloss over, sleek over, hush up(verb)

    cover up a misdemeanor, fault, or error

    "Let's not whitewash the crimes of Stalin"; "She tried to gloss over her mistakes"

  5. whitewash(verb)

    cover with whitewash

    "whitewash walls"

  6. whitewash(verb)

    exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data

Wiktionary

  1. whitewash(Noun)

    A lime and water mixture for painting walls and fences bright white.

  2. whitewash(Noun)

    A complete victory or series of victories without suffering any losses; a clean sweep.

  3. whitewash(Verb)

    To paint over with a lime and water mixture so as to brighten up a wall or fence.

    The houses looked very bright when they whitewashed the whole neighborhood.

  4. whitewash(Verb)

    To cover over errors or bad actions.

    In his sermon, the minister didn't try to whitewash over the sins of his church.

  5. whitewash(Verb)

    To prevent a team from scoring any runs.

  6. Origin: From white + wash

Webster Dictionary

  1. Whitewash(noun)

    any wash or liquid composition for whitening something, as a wash for making the skin fair

  2. Whitewash(noun)

    a composition of line and water, or of whiting size, and water, or the like, used for whitening walls, ceilings, etc.; milk of lime

  3. Whitewash(verb)

    to apply a white liquid composition to; to whiten with whitewash

  4. Whitewash(verb)

    to make white; to give a fair external appearance to; to clear from imputations or disgrace; hence, to clear (a bankrupt) from obligation to pay debts

Freebase

  1. Whitewash

    Whitewash, or calcimine, kalsomine, calsomine, or lime paint is a low-cost type of paint made from slaked lime and chalk. Various other additives are also used.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

whitewash(noun)

a mixture of usually lime and water, used for whitening walls.

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