(Whit"ney*ite) n. [So called after J.D. Whitney, an American geologist.] (Min.) an arsenide
of copper from Lake Superior.
(Whit"son) a. See Whitsun. [Obs.]
(Whit"sour`) n. [White + sour.] (Bot.) A sort of apple.
(Whit"ster) n. [Contracted fr. whitester.] A whitener; a bleacher; a whitester. [Obs.]
The whitsters in Datchet mead.Shak.
(Whit"sun) a. Of, pertaining to, or observed at, Whitsuntide; as, Whitsun week; Whitsun Tuesday;
(Whit"sun*day) n. [White + Sunday.]
1. (Eccl.) The seventh Sunday, and the fiftieth day, after Easter; a festival of the church in commemoration
of the descent of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost; Pentecost; so called, it is said, because,
in the primitive church, those who had been newly baptized appeared at church between Easter and
Pentecost in white garments.
2. (Scots Law) See the Note under Term, n., 12.
(Whit"sun*tide`) n. [Whitsunday + tide.] The week commencing with Whitsunday, esp.
the first three days Whitsunday, Whitsun Monday, and Whitsun Tuesday; the time of Pentecost. R. of
(Whit"ten tree`) [Probably from white; cf. AS. hwitingtreów.] (Bot.) Either of two shrubs so
called on account of their whitish branches.
(Whit"ter*ick) n. The curlew. [Prov. Eng.]
Whittle shawl, a kind of fine woolen shawl, originally and especially a white one.
(Whit"tle) n. [AS. hwitel, from hwit white; akin to Icel. hvitill a white bed cover. See White.]
(a) A grayish, coarse double blanket worn by countrywomen, in the west of England, over the shoulders,
like a cloak or shawl. C. Kingsley. (b) Same as Whittle shawl, below.
(Whit"tle) n. [OE. thwitel, fr. AS. pwitan to cut. Cf. Thwittle, Thwaite a piece of ground.] A
knife; esp., a pocket, sheath, or clasp knife. "A butcher's whittle." Dryden. "Rude whittles." Macaulay.
He wore a Sheffield whittle in his hose.Betterton.
(Whit"tle), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Whittled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Whittling ]
1. To pare or cut off the surface of with a small knife; to cut or shape, as a piece of wood held in the
hand, with a clasp knife or pocketknife.
2. To edge; to sharpen; to render eager or excited; esp., to excite with liquor; to inebriate. [Obs.]
"In vino veritas." When men are well whittled, their tongues run at random.Withals.
(Whit"tle), v. i. To cut or shape a piece of wood with am small knife; to cut up a piece of wood
with a knife.
Dexterity with a pocketknife is a part of a Nantucket education; but I am inclined to think the propensity is
national. Americans must and will whittle.Willis.