Taxonomy of meanings for 白:

  • bái (OC: braaɡ MC: bɯak) 傍陌切 入 廣韻:【西方色又告也語也亦姓秦帥有白乙丙傍陌切五 】
    • WHITE
      • nabfeaturewhite glow; whiteness (can be specified) 此白
      • nabstativewhiteness, white spot
      • v(adN)what is white; the contextually determinate white thing
      • vadNwhite; of swords: blank, i.e. drawn; derived nominal usage
      • vibe white; of swords: blank, i.e. drawn; derived nominal usage; of hair: be grey
      • vichangeturn white; turn grey
      • by extension: silvery>SILVER
        • vadNof silvery colour
      • synekdoche: white-clothed> FUNERAL
    • colourless>ORDINARY
      • vadNordinary; common; undistinguished
      • abstract:EMPTY
        • vadN
      • generalised:BRIGHT
        • vadN.adVbright (daylight)
        • abstract: moral>GOOD
          • vifigurativebe morally undefiled and pure
          • vtoNcausativecause to appear morally undefiled and pure> exculpate
        • abstract: semantic>CLEAR
            • causative: abstract “make clear”>EXPLAIN
              • vtoNexplain something in detail; report in detail; make something clear
              • vtt(oN1.)+N2make something contextually determinate clear to (someone)
              • related feature>FRANK
                • vadNcandid; frank; undisguised
              • generalised: one’s meaning>SPEAK
                • nabtextwhat has been said
                • vtoNpronounce, enunciate
                • vtt(oN1.)+N2speak of the contextually determinate N1 to N2
                • vtt(oN1.)+prep+N2report the contextually determinate matter N1 to the audience N2
                • vttoN.+Saddress oneself politely to a superior
            • specifically>ADDRESS
              • vtoN.+VtoSaddress (usually a superior, and politely) 白佛曰
              • vttoN.+Saddress N politely witht he words S
              • vttoN.+SS=indirect.speechsay S to N (who is of superior status)
        • concrete: absence of clothes>NAKED
          • vadNnaked; also figurative: uncovered, drawn (sword)
        • abstract: mode>IN VAIN
          • vadVin vain
        • concrete: having white hair>OLD
          • vadVwhen old; in one's old age