Bleach, v. i. To grow white or lose color; to whiten.
Bleach v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bleached p. pr. & vb. n. Bleaching.] To make white, or whiter; to remove the color, or stains, from; to blanch; to whiten.
The destruction of the coloring matters attached to the bodies to be bleached is effected either by the action of the air and light, of chlorine, or of sulphurous acid. --Ure.
Immortal liberty, whose look sublime
Hath bleached the tyrant's cheek in every varying clime. --Smollett.
n 1: the whiteness that results from removing the color from
something; "a complete bleach usually requires several
2: an agent that makes things white or colorless [syn: bleaching
agent, blanching agent, whitener]
3: the act of whitening something by bleaching it (exposing it
to sunlight or using a chemical bleaching agent)
v 1: remove color from; "The sun bleached the red shirt" [syn: bleach
out, decolor, decolour, decolorize, decolourize,
decolorise, decolourise, discolorize, discolourise,
2: make whiter or lighter; "bleach the laundry"