What does bleach mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bleachnoun

    the whiteness that results from removing the color from something

    "a complete bleach usually requires several applications"

  2. bleaching agent, bleach, blanching agent, whitenernoun

    an agent that makes things white or colorless

  3. bleachverb

    the act of whitening something by bleaching it (exposing it to sunlight or using a chemical bleaching agent)

  4. bleach, bleach out, decolor, decolour, decolorize, decolourize, decolorise, decolourise, discolorize, discolourise, discoloriseverb

    remove color from

    "The sun bleached the red shirt"

  5. bleachverb

    make whiter or lighter

    "bleach the laundry"


  1. bleachnoun

    A chemical, such as sodium hypochlorite or hydrogen peroxide, or a preparation of such a chemical, used for disinfecting or whitening.

  2. bleachnoun

    A variety of bleach.

  3. bleachverb

    To treat with bleach, especially so as to whiten (fabric, paper, etc) or lighten (hair).

  4. bleachverb

    (of corals) to lose color due to stress-induced expulsion of symbiotic unicellular algae.

    Once coral bleaching begins, corals tend to continue to bleach even if the stressor is removed.

  5. Etymology: blechen, from blǣcean, from blaikijanan, a derivation of blāc "pale", from blaikaz.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Bleachverb

    To whiten; commonly to whiten by exposure to the open air.

    Etymology: bleechen, Germ.

    When turtles tread, and rooks and daws;
    And maidens bleach their summer smocks. William Shakespeare, Love’s Labour Lost.

    Should I not seek
    The clemency of some more temp’rate clime,
    To purge my gloom; and, by the sun refin’d,
    Bask in his beams, and bleach me in the wind? Dryden.

    For there are various penances enjoin’d;
    And some are hung to bleach upon the wind;
    Some plung’d in waters. John Dryden, Æneid.

  2. To Bleachverb

    To grow white; to grow white in the open air.

    The white sheet bleaching in the open field. William Shakespeare, W. Tale.

    On every nerve
    The deadly winter seizes; shuts up sense;
    Lays him along the snows, a stiffen’d corse,
    Stretch’d out, and bleaching in the northern blast. James Thomson.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bleachadjective

    to make white, or whiter; to remove the color, or stains, from; to blanch; to whiten

  2. Bleachverb

    to grow white or lose color; to whiten


  1. Bleach

    Bleach refers to a number of chemicals which remove color, whiten or disinfect, often via oxidation. The bleaching process has been known for thousands of years, but the chemicals currently used for bleaching resulted from the work of several 18th century scientists. Chlorine is the basis for the most commonly used bleaches, for example, the solution of sodium hypochlorite, which is so ubiquitous that many people just call it "bleach", and calcium hypochlorite, the major compound in "bleaching powder". Oxidizing bleaching agents that do not contain chlorine most often are based on peroxides, such as hydrogen peroxide, sodium percarbonate and sodium perborate. While most bleaches are oxidizing agents, a fewer number are reducing agents such as sodium dithionite and sodium borohydride. Bleaches are used as household chemicals to whiten clothes and remove stains and as disinfectants, primarily in the bathroom and kitchen. Many bleaches have strong bactericidal properties, and are used for disinfecting and sterilizing and thus are used in swimming pool sanitation to control bacteria, viruses and algae and in any institution where sterile conditions are needed. They are also used in many industrial processes, notably in the bleaching of wood pulp. Bleach is also used for removing mildew, killing weeds and increasing the longevity of flowers.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bleach

    blēch, v.t. to make pale or white: to whiten, as textile fabrics.—v.i. to grow white.—ns. Bleach′er, one who bleaches, or that which bleaches; Bleach′ery, a place for bleaching; Bleach′-field, a place for bleaching cloth: a bleacher's office or works; Bleach′ing, the process of whitening or decolourising cloth; Bleach′ing-green, a green for bleaching clothes on; Bleach′ing-pow′der, chloride of lime. [A.S. blǽcan, from root of Bleak.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bleach in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bleach in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of bleach in a Sentence

  1. Kellie Mulhollen Dumas:

    We have suffered so much, i do n’t want anyone else to go through this ; he’s going to be permanently scarred. WOMAN CLAIMS SHE NEARLY LOST LEG AFTER CONTRACTING SERIOUS INFECTION FROM PEDICURE Hookworms are known as soil-transmitted parasite worms, and typically live in the small intestine. The eggs are transmitted through feces of an infected person, and the larvae can mature into a form that can penetrate through the skin of humans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention( CDC), hookworm infection is mainly acquired by walking barefoot on contaminated soil. While most patients do not suffer any symptoms or side effects, some may experience gastrointestinal issues. The teen allegedly felt the worms moving throughout his body after a dermatologist tried to freeze them. ( Kelli Mulhollen Dumas Facebook) In a series of graphic photos posted on Friday, Kellie Mulhollen Dumas detailed her son’s injuries and said that after four trips to the pediatrician and an appointment with a dermatologist, he has been prescribed several medicines and a steroid but the pain persists. Kelli Mulhollen Dumas Facebook -RRB- still ca n’t wear shoes and has to soak the afflicted areas in bleach water. NEW HAMPSHIRE MAN DIES AFTER YELLOW JACKET STING, WIFE SAYS.

  2. George W. Cecil:

    On the Plains of Hesitation bleach the bones of countless millions, who, at the Dawn of Victory, sat down to wait, and waiting--died

  3. Hunter Biden:

    What did the President say ? He said don't worry, it's going to go away. Be gone by Easter. Don't worry... Maybe inject bleach, he said he was kidding when he said that but a lot of people thought it was serious.

  4. Trevor Noah:

    ' informative,' coherent press conferences while Trump was trying to inject people with bleach.

  5. The FDA:

    Miracle Mineral Solution and similar products are not FDA-approved, and ingesting these products is the same as drinking bleach.

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  • مادة تبييض, بيضArabic
  • обезцветявам, избелвам, белинаBulgarian
  • bělit, bělidloCzech
  • blege, blegemiddelDanish
  • bleichen, BleicheGerman
  • λευκαντικό, λευκαίνωGreek
  • curar, blanquear, blanqueador, decolorar, lejía, lavandinaSpanish
  • valkaista, valkaisuaineFinnish
  • bleikjaFaroese
  • blanchir, javel, eau de JavelFrench
  • מלבין, הלבין, אקונומיקהHebrew
  • fehérítő, kifehérítHungarian
  • decolorante, candeggiare, decolorare, candeggina, varechina, imbiancareItalian
  • 漂白する, 漂白剤Japanese
  • 바래다Korean
  • inficiatqueLatin
  • bliċMaltese
  • bleke, bleike, bleikemiddel, blekemiddelNorwegian
  • bleek, bleekwater, Javel, blekenDutch
  • bleikemiddel, bleike, bleikjemiddel, bleikjeNorwegian Nynorsk
  • wybielić, bielić, wybielaczPolish
  • descorante, alvejantePortuguese
  • белильный раствор, белить, отбеливатель, белильная известьRussian
  • izbjeljivačSerbo-Croatian
  • vybieliť, bieliť, odfarbiť, bielidloSlovak
  • bleka, blekmedelSwedish
  • çamaşır suyuTurkish
  • 漂白Chinese

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