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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bleaching The act or process of whitening, by removing color or stains; esp. the process of whitening fabrics by chemical agents.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Household bleach is the recommended chemical to decontaminate people exposed to the anthrax virus, by the U.S. F.D.A. .
    • n bleaching The art or process of freeing textile fibers and fabrics, and various other substances (such as materials for paper, ivory, wax, oils), from their natural color, and rendering them white, or nearly so. The ancient method of bleaching by exposing to the action of the sun's rays, and frequent wetting, has been nearly superseded, at least where the business is prosecuted on a large scale, by more complicated processes in connection with powerful chemical preparations. Among these preparations, the chief are chlorin and sulphurous acid, the latter being employed more especially in the case of animal fibers (silk and wool), while cotton, flax, and other vegetable fibers are operated upon with chlorin, the bleaching in both cases being preceded by certain cleansing processes. Glass is bleached by the use of chemical agents, usually braunite, saltpeter, arsenious acid, and minium or red lead.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Bleaching the process of whitening or decolourising cloth
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. blǽcan, from root of Bleak.


In literature:

CEPHISE, the river Cephissus in Boeotia whose waters possessed the power of bleaching the fleece of sheep.
"Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I" by Edmund Spenser
She went up gentle slopes mantled with bleached grass which directly under her eyes was white in the glare of the sun.
"The Bells of San Juan" by Jackson Gregory
The Red Un looked very clean and rather bleached.
"Love Stories" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
Here we found the scattered remains of many wrecks, and quantities of bones bleached white in the sun.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 3 (of 12)" by Various
I kinda s'picion Marion bleaches her hair.
"The Lookout Man" by B. M. Bower
When thoroughly ground the pulp is treated with a bleaching fluid which removes all color.
"What Philately Teaches" by John N. Luff
And then she sat all day by the spring, refusing to spread the linen on the grass to bleach.
"The Little Colonel's House Party" by Annie Fellows Johnston
His industrious spouse had decked him out in a bleached cotton shirt in which to attend divine service.
"The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Sunshine cannot bleach the snow, Nor time unmake what poets know.
"May-Day and Other Pieces" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
The flax thus spun was afterwards wove, bleached, and made into table-cloths and towels for family use.
"The Power of Faith" by Isabella Graham
It is the sun-bleach that takes the life out of hay.
"The Fat of the Land" by John Williams Streeter
Sturdy rosebushes stood before it, and the dead vines of sweet peas bleached on their trellises.
"Poor Man's Rock" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
The women's boots are of tanned seal-skin, bleached white and then colored.
"Connor Magan's Luck and Other Stories" by M. T. W.
The darkness was bleached with a sheen of stars, and the pulsing beams that shot across the sky from the lighthouses of Cap Ferrat and Antibes.
"The Guests Of Hercules" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
No one bleaches as Mother did.
"Mary's Meadow" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
To change the metaphor, the canvas was now prepared, scoured, bleached and stretched.
"By What Authority?" by Robert Hugh Benson
His hair is as white as bleached flax.
"The Boy Hunters" by Captain Mayne Reid
Muslin is coarse and fine, bleached, unbleached, and half bleached, twilled or plain weave.
"Textiles and Clothing" by Kate Heintz Watson
"The Handbook of Soap Manufacture" by W. H. Simmons
President Morris: Shall we say that nuts for the connoisseur should not be bleached?
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Second Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association

In poetry:

How like the starless night of death
Our being’s brief eclipse,
When faltering heart and failing breath
Have bleached the fading lips!
"Agnes" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
And behind the small, protected house
rose up the bleached-white sanddunes:
a clear sky stood above their crowns;
almost inaudible was the surf of the sea.
"The Cottage In The Dunes" by Jakobus Cornelis Bloem
Stung by the spray which leaps the shingle,
Torn by the winds that scour the beach,
Its roots with the salt sea-wrack mingle
Its leaves upon the bleached stones bleach.
"The Flower Of Flame" by Robert Nichols
To bleach the moor, requires no greater art,
Or Jordan's stream up Hermon's hill to roll,
Than to persuade the fool's obdurate heart,
To fear his God, and to preserve his soul.
"The Pastor's Complaint" by Rees Prichard
Bleach, oh bleach, my white linen,
Bleach, oh bleach, my grey,
I too am bleaching white and thin,
It is a year, a year to-day,—
Why doth Thorolf stay away?
Why doth Thorolf stay?
"Thorolf And Gudrun" by William Bell Scott
"An' that's God's truth!" says I, an' felt about
To touch her dawney hand, for all looked dark;
An' in me hunger-bleached, shmall-beatin' heart,
I felt the kindlin' of a burnin'spark.
"A Hungry Day" by Isabella Valancy Crawford

In news:

I'm just not a big fan of bleaches .
According to the advice given there, it seems like two-part wood bleach just might work to remove the urine stains.
Woman banned from Walmart for 5 years after bleach fight.
The bleached effect is popular, but how's it done.
It gets its name from the days of color film, where the silver in the film emulsion is washed away ( bleached ) when the dyes that make up the final color image are formed.
Nurse Spared Execution in Bleach Deaths.
Ex-nurse in five bleach deaths gets life in prison.
LUFKIN, Texas — A Texas nurse convicted of killing five kidney dialysis patients by injecting them with bleach faces a possible death sentence as jurors begin deliberating her punishment.
Warner Bros Pictures inked a deal with Viz Media for the live action feature film rights to the manga and anime property Bleach .
WB developing pic of manga ' Bleach '.
Warner Bros has acquired live-action feature rights to Tite Kubo's manga and anime property " Bleach, " which will be adapted by "Wrath of the Titans" scribe Dan Mazeau.
NORTH AUGUSTA — A woman called police after she discovered her clothes and television had been thrown outside and covered in bleach by a man she knew.
Chlorine Bleach Leak at Nuclear Plant.
From the shrunken heads of the Amazon to the spun-sugar calavera candies of a Mexican November or the bleached bones of a Georgia O'Keeffe painting, skulls have long exerted a mystical pull on the human imagination.
19-year-old girl arrested for putting bleach in roommate's iced tea .

In science:

Membrane bound protein diffusion viewed by fluorescence recovery after bleaching experiments : models analysis.
Membrane bound protein diffusion viewed by fluorescence recovery after bleaching experiments : models analysis
Thomson (1911). H2O2 definitely exists in the lab, in the atmospheres of Europa and some other moons, and perhaps in the ISM (Zheng et al. 2006a), a laboratory paper which we indexed under “bleaching of the stars.” CF+ is new (Neufeld et al. 2006), as is C3O (Tenenbaum et al. 2006).
Astrophysics in 2006
The target is a source of momentum transfer and of color transfer, and this color must be bleached.
Jet Quenching in Heavy Ion Collisions
Hadronization of a final state parton shower is a dynamical co lor neutralization process, which bleaches colored partons into color-singlet hadrons.
Jet Quenching in Heavy Ion Collisions
The slow variation of the externally applied fields becomes experimentally particularly important for delicate systems as molecules, see section 2, where problems related to heating, surface excitations (plasmons) and laser-induced chemical reactions (photo-bleaching) should be avoided.
Charge transport through single molecules, quantum dots, and quantum wires
The quark triplet color in one hadron is bleached by the antitriplet color of the diquark in the other hadron and vice versa.
Blois V: Summary Talk
Given that all components of the triple system are seen in the ACS image, it is entirely possible that this system has a low inclination, and the line broadening reported by Bleach et al. (2002) might be due in part or in whole to the binarity of the red dwarf component.
White Dwarf - Red Dwarf Systems Resolved with the Hubble Space Telescope: I. First Results