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haze, suspension in the atmosphere of minute dust or salt particles that are not individually seen but that nevertheless reduce visibility. So-called damp haze and dry haze produce different optical effects because the particles of each are of different sizes, with the dry haze particles being smaller. Damp haze may develop from dry haze when water condenses on moisture-absorbing dry haze particles. Continuation of this condensation leads to the formation of fog. A hazy condition often occurs in the summer and affects large areas from cities to mountains. Such a haze is often caused by excessive amounts of pollutants resulting from combustion; for example, the Smoky Mountain haze in Tennessee is ascribed to sulfate particles.

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haze1 / hāz/ • n. a slight obscuration of the lower atmosphere, typically caused by fine suspended particles. ∎  a tenuous cloud of something such as vapor or smoke in the air: a faint haze of steam. ∎  [in sing.] fig. a state of mental obscurity or confusion: through an alcoholic haze. haze2 • v. 1. [tr.] force (a new or potential recruit to the military, a college fraternity, etc.) to perform strenuous, humiliating, or dangerous tasks: rookies were mercilessly hazed. 2. [tr.] drive (cattle) in a specified direction while on horseback.

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haze Term in brewing to indicate cloudiness of beer. Chill haze appears at 0 °C and disappears at 20 °C; permanent haze remains at 20 °C but there is no fundamental difference. It is caused by gums derived from the barley, leucoanthocyanins from the malt and hops, and glucose, pentoses, and amino acids.

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haze1 †thick fog; thin mist. XVIII. prob., along with haze vb. drizzle (XVII), back-formation from earlier hazy adj. (orig. naut.) †foggy, (now) misty (XVII), of unkn. orig. (earliest forms hawsey, heysey, haizy, besides hasie, hazy).

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haze2 (dial.) scare, scold, beat XVII; (naut.) harass with excessive work; (U.S.) subject to brutal horseplay XIX. In the first sense preceded by (dial.) hazen (early XVII); of uncert. orig. (cf. OF. haser tease, anger, insult).

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haze An atmospheric condition in which visibility is reduced because of the dispersion of light by very small, dry particles (e.g. fine dust).

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haze Atmospheric condition in which visibility is reduced because of the dispersion of light by very small, dry particles, e.g. fine dust.

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