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Definition of the noun bleach

What does bleach mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: bleaches

  1. the whiteness that results from removing the color from something
    • example: a complete bleach usually requires several applications
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic words: white / whiteness = the quality or state of the achromatic color of greatest lightness
  2. an agent that makes things white or colorless
  3. the act of whitening something by bleaching it (exposing it to sunlight or using a chemical bleaching agent)
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: lightening / whitening = changing to a lighter color
    • more specific word: etiolation = the act of causing a plant to develop without chlorophyll by growing it without exposure to sunlight

Alternative definition of the noun bleach


  1. [uncountable] A chemical, such as sodium hypochlorite or hydrogen peroxide, or a preparation of such a chemical, used for disinfecting or whitening.
  2. [countable] A variety of bleach.

Definition of the verb bleach

What does bleach mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: bleached | bleaching | bleaches

  1. remove color from
  2. make whiter or lighter
    • example: bleach the laundry
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: white / whiten = turn white
    • more specific word: peroxide = bleach with peroxide

Alternative definition of the verb bleach


  1. [transitive] To treat with bleach, especially so as to whiten (fabric, paper, etc) or lighten (hair).
  2. [intransitive, biology] For corals to lose color due to stress-induced expulsion of symbiotic unicellular algae.

Phrases with Bleach

  1. bleach out
  2. bleach liquor
  3. liquid bleach

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Bleach

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Google previewPreventing HIV in Developing Countries (2006)

Biomedical and Behavioral Approaches by Laura Gibney, Ralph J. DiClemente, Sten H. Vermund

Full-strength household bleach is a relatively strong inexpensive disinfectant. Household bleach has been distributed to drug injectors as an anti-HIV disinfectant in many cities in the United States and also in developing countries such as ...

Google previewWhat to Do When the Shit Hits the Fan (2007)

by Dave Black

Chlorine bleach is the most sensitive to these factors and is less suited for cold water. In these conditions halogens require increased time and increased concentration. Be sure to strain the water first. Particulates deactivate halogen. That said ...

Google previewTake the Mystery Out of Boat Maintenance (1989)

by Lawrence A. Diamond

Nu Tone Wood Bleach is an excellent product to use on these areas. Nu Tone Wood Bleach is a two-part product. Part A is the bleach and part B is the neutralizer. Pour an ounce of each into two separate containers and use a soft- bristle ...

Google previewGross Things Under Your Feet (2012)

by Greg Roza

Bleach is the best weapon against microorganisms living on your kitchen and bathroom oors. This strong liquid makes microorganisms fall to pieces! Hundreds of thousands of kinds of bacteria may be living. Most people would like to think the ...

Google previewBasic Sciences for Ophthalmology (2013)

by Louise Bye, Neil Modi, Miles Stanford

The limiting factor for recovery after a bleach is the rate at which it is delivered to opsin in the bleached photoreceptors. A healthy RPE is essential to this process and the age-related decline in dark adaptation may be related to a failing RPE.

Google previewChemistry: Media Enhanced Edition (2007)

by Steven S. Zumdahl, Susan A. Zumdahl

CHEMICAL IMPACT ommon household bleach is an a ueous solution containing approximately 5 sodium hypochlorite, a potent oxidizing agent that can react with and decolorize chemicals that cause stains. Bleaching solutions are ...

Google previewIntroductory Chemistry for Today (2013)

by Spencer Seager, Michael Slabaugh

*1 Hydrogen PeroxidefiUSP 1' SOLUTIL Hy dro gen 7 p eroxide © Helen Sessions/Alamy '7 Sodium hypochlorite Hydrogen peroxide is an antiseptic; bleach is a disinfectant. A word of caution is appropriate here. Although electron transfers ...

Google previewChemistry for Today: General, Organic, and Biochemistry (2013)

by Spencer Seager, Michael Slabaugh

Sodium hypochlorite Hydrogen peroxide Antiseptic Disinfectant NaOCl Hydrogen peroxide is an antiseptic; bleach is a disinfectant.

Google previewA Project Guide to Earth's Waters (2010)

by Christine Petersen

Bleach is an alkaline, or base, substance, with a pH close to 13. Rainwater is normally slightly acidic, but polluting gases can bring the pH of rainwater very low . Rain with a pH below 5.6 is called acid rain. It is strong enough to eat away solid ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Greeting Card Tools & Techniques (2008)

by Susan Pickering Rothamel

A technique using household bleach to discolor or alter card stock by removing color from the paper. CAuTioN—Bleach is very strong-smelling. If you are sensitive to chemicals, ventilate your work area well or work outdoors. Read all safety ...

Google previewThe Condensed Chemical Dictionary (1920)

A Reference Volume for All Requiring Quick Access to a Large Amount of Essential Data Regarding Chemicals, and Other Substances Used in Manufacturing and Laboratory Work by Francis Mills Turner

Black Boy Gum Bleach Black Boy Gum. See Gum accroides. Black, Carbon* ( Lampblack, Gas-black) Derivation: By applying a natural gas or oil flame against cold iron plates or rollers. The carbon is deposited on the plates or rollers. Grades: ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Quaternary Science (2013)

by Scott Elias, Cary Mock

The total bleach method. Several sample aliquots are prepared; some are left as it is (naturals, N), whereas others are given various laboratory doses, in this case for a 60Co gamma (γ) source, (N+γset). Thesedataare fittedwith a curve, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia Paranoiaca (2013)

by Henry Beard, Christopher Cerf

chlorine bleach. “chlorine,” warns the Wisconsin Department of health Services, “is a poisonous, greenish- yellow gas described as having a choking odor. it is a very corrosive, hazardous ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Toxicology (2005)

by Bruce Anderson, Ann de Peyster, Shayne C. Gad, P.J. Bert Hakkinen, Michael Kamrin, Betty Locey, Harihara M. Mehendale, Carey Pope, Lee Shugart

Bleach. Julie Weber MissouriRegional Poison Center at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO, USA • REPRESENTATIVE CHEMICAL : Sodium hypochlorite • CHEMICALA BSTRACTSSERVICE REGISTRY N UMBER: CAS ...

Google previewChambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)

by Various

Bleach, blēch, v.t. to make pale or white: to whiten, as textile fabrics .

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Small photo of IRVINE, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 5, 2018: A Bottle of Clorox Bleach. Household bleach is a chemically combined oxidizing agent that is used to remove or lighten color.Small photo of A coral colony begins to bleach due to high temperatures in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. This region is known for its spectacular marine biodiversity and is a popular area for scuba divers and snorkelers.Small photo of Detail of a bleached coral colony (Euphyllia anchora) growing on a reef in Indonesia. Corals usually bleach due to higher than normal sea temperatures.Small photo of Hamburg, Germany 01.15.2018 illustrative editorial of big blue bottle of DanKlorix chlorine bleach and bleach on washing machine in bathroom More...

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Scrabble value of B3L1E1A1C3H4

The value of this 6-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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