What does bleach mean?

Definitions for bleach

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word bleach.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bleach(noun)

    the whiteness that results from removing the color from something

    "a complete bleach usually requires several applications"

  2. bleaching agent, bleach, blanching agent, whitener(noun)

    an agent that makes things white or colorless

  3. bleach(verb)

    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, discolorise(verb)

    remove color from

    "The sun bleached the red shirt"

  5. bleach(verb)

    make whiter or lighter

    "bleach the laundry"


  1. bleach(Noun)

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

  2. bleach(Noun)

    A variety of bleach.

  3. bleach(Verb)

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

  4. bleach(Verb)

    (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. Origin: blechen, from blǣcean, from blaikijanan, a derivation of blāc "pale", from blaikaz.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bleach(adj)

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

  2. Bleach(verb)

    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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. bleach

    A type of chemical substance, chemical agent or liquid used for a variety of purposes as per the product formula and instructions.

    Bleach is used as a product to clean, make something white, change the color of a person's hair, lighten hair or other items etc.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on April 2, 2016

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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. Alain Kapete:

    We now prepare the disinfectant in front of them so they can see we are adding bleach.

  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. Rick Jones:

    I thought it was strange that I didn't hear it close, i was knocked out and then suddenly someone was forcing my legs and hands down and trying to get me to drink bleach.

  4. Emma Watson:

    It’s funny — I was just talking to my friend before this about how in the Instagram era it’s so easy to edit your life so that it looks perfect, but I bleach my top lip and tweeze my eyebrows and you ’d never get to see that, even though it’s a part of my routine. There’s still so much shame around the things you do to get ready while you’ve got a towel wrapped around your head. It’s important to me not to edit that out.

  5. 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.

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Translations for bleach

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • مادة تبييض, بيضArabic
  • белина, избелвам, обезцветявамBulgarian
  • bělit, bělidloCzech
  • blegemiddel, blegeDanish
  • Bleiche, bleichenGerman
  • λευκαίνω, λευκαντικόGreek
  • blanquear, blanqueador, decolorar, lejía, lavandina, curarSpanish
  • valkaisuaine, valkaistaFinnish
  • bleikjaFaroese
  • javel, eau de Javel, blanchirFrench
  • אקונומיקה, הלבין, מלביןHebrew
  • fehérítő, kifehérítHungarian
  • varechina, candeggina, candeggiare, decolorante, decolorare, imbiancareItalian
  • 漂白する, 漂白剤Japanese
  • 바래다Korean
  • bliċMaltese
  • blekemiddel, bleikemiddel, bleike, blekeNorwegian
  • bleek, bleken, bleekwater, JavelDutch
  • bleikemiddel, bleike, bleikjemiddel, bleikjeNorwegian Nynorsk
  • wybielacz, bielić, wybielićPolish
  • descorante, alvejantePortuguese
  • белить, белильная известь, отбеливатель, белильный растворRussian
  • izbjeljivačSerbo-Croatian
  • odfarbiť, bieliť, vybieliť, bielidloSlovak
  • blekmedel, blekaSwedish
  • çamaşır suyuTurkish

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