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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.

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

  2. bleachnoun

    A variety of bleach.

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

  3. bleachverb

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

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

  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.

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

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. Kevin Garcia:

    If you look at the whole process of how paper is traditionally made, it involves chopping trees, adding chemicals and bleach to make pulp, using lots of water and then squeezing, drying and flattening it into sheets of paper, it's labor intensive, contributes to high carbon emission deforestation.

  2. 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.

  3. Alain Kapete:

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

  4. Penny Ward:

    Neither sitting in the sun, nor heating will kill a virus replicating in an individual patient's internal organs, drinking bleach kills. Injecting bleach kills faster. Don't do either!

  5. Trevor Noah:

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

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  • 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
  • inficiatqueLatin
  • 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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