Haze vs Void - What's the difference?

haze | void |

As nouns the difference between haze and void

is that haze is while void is an empty space; a vacuum or void can be .

As an adjective void is

containing nothing; empty; vacant; not occupied; not filled.

As a verb void is

(label) to make invalid or worthless.



(wikipedia haze)

Alternative forms

* hase

Etymology 1

* The earliest instances are of the latter part of the 17th century. * Possibly * Compare (etyl)


  • (uncountable) Very fine solid particles (smoke, dust) or liquid droplets (moisture) suspended in the air, slightly limiting visibility.
  • * 1772 December, James Cook, , vol. 1 ch. 2:
  • Our hopes, however, soon vanished; for before eight o'clock, the serenity of the sky was changed into a thick haze , accompanied with rain.
  • * 1895 , H.G. Wells, :
  • A blue haze , half dust, half mist, touched the long valley with mystery.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-29, volume=407, issue=8842, page=29, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Unspontaneous combustion , passage=Since the mid-1980s, when Indonesia first began to clear its bountiful forests on an industrial scale in favour of lucrative palm-oil plantations, “haze ” has become an almost annual occurrence in South-East Asia.}}
  • (uncountable) A reduction of transparency of a clear gas or liquid.
  • An analogous dullness on a surface that is ideally highly reflective or transparent.
  • (uncountable, figuratively) Any state suggestive of haze in the atmosphere, such as mental confusion or vagueness of memory.
  • * 1957 , (Daphne du Maurier), [http://books.google.com/books?id=cf4-iVG03pEC], ISBN 081221725X, page 218:
  • In my haze of alcohol, I thought for one crazy instant that he had plumbed my secret.
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  • (uncountable, engineering, packaging) The degree of cloudiness or turbidity in a clear glass or plastic, measured in percent.
  • * 1998 , Leonard I. Nass and Charles A. Heiberger, Encyclopedia of PVC [http://books.google.com/books?id=mDe7EidmglIC&], ISBN 0824778227, page 318:
  • Haze is listed as a percent value and, typically, is about 1% for meat film.
  • (countable, brewing) Any substance causing turbidity in beer or wine.
  • * 1985 , Philip Jackisch, Modern Winemaking [http://books.google.com/books?id=Zf-24UvvT4oC], ISBN 0801414555, page 69:
  • Various clarifying and fining agents are used in winemaking to remove hazes .
    Derived terms
    * haze over * hazy


  • To be hazy, or thick with haze.
  • (Ray)

    Etymology 2

    Possibly from


  • (US, informal) To perform an unpleasant initiation ritual upon a usually non-consenting individual, especially freshmen to a closed community such as a college or military unit.
  • To oppress or harass by forcing to do hard and unnecessary work.
  • * 1920 , , The Understanding Heart , Chapter I:
  • References



    (wikipedia void)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) vuit'', ''voide (modern vide).


  • Containing nothing; empty; vacant; not occupied; not filled.
  • * Bible, Genesis i. 2
  • The earth was without form, and void .
  • * Shakespeare
  • I'll get me to a place more void .
  • * Massinger
  • I'll chain him in my study, that, at void hours, / I may run over the story of his country.
  • Having no incumbent; unoccupied; said of offices etc.
  • * Camden
  • divers great offices that had been long void
  • Being without; destitute; devoid.
  • * Bible, Proverbs xi. 12
  • He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbor.
  • Not producing any effect; ineffectual; vain.
  • * Bible, Isa. lv. 11
  • [My word] shall not return to me void , but it shall accomplish that which I please.
  • * Bible, Jer. xix. 7
  • I will make void the counsel of Judah.
  • Of no legal force or effect, incapable of confirmation or ratification.
  • null and void
  • Containing no immaterial quality; destitute of mind or soul.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • idol, void and vain
  • (computing, programming, of a function or method) That does not return a value.
  • * 2005 , Craig Larman, Applying UML and patterns
  • In particular, the roll method is void — it has no return value.
  • * 2007 , Andrew Krause, Foundations of GTK+ Development
  • The return value can safely be ignored if it is a void function.


    (en noun)
  • An empty space; a vacuum.
  • Nobody has crossed the void since one man died trying three hundred years ago; it's high time we had another go.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • Pride, where wit fails, steps in to our defence, / And fills up all the mighty void of sense.
  • (astronomy) An extended region of space containing no galaxies
  • (materials science) A collection of adjacent vacancies inside a crystal lattice.
  • (fluid mechanics) A pocket of vapour inside a fluid flow, created by cavitation.
  • Synonyms
    * pore * bubble


    (en verb)
  • (label) To make invalid or worthless.
  • :
  • * (1609-1674)
  • *:It was become a practiceto void the security that was at any time given for money so borrowed.
  • *(w) (1643-1715)
  • *:after they had voided the obligation of the oath he had taken
  • To empty.
  • :
  • To throw or send out; to evacuate; to emit; to discharge.
  • :
  • *
  • *:You, that did void your rheum upon my beard, And foot me as you spurn a stranger cur
  • *(John Webster) (c.1580-c.1634)
  • *:With shovel, like a fury, voided out / The earth and scattered bones.
  • *(Isaac Barrow) (1630-1677)
  • *:a watchful application of mind in voiding prejudices
  • To withdraw, depart.
  • *:
  • *:BY than come in to the feld kynge Ban as fyers as a lyon/ Ha a said kyng Lot we must be discomfyte / for yonder I see the moste valyaunt knyght of the world / and the man of the most renoume / for suche ij bretheren as is kyng Ban & kyng bors ar not lyuynge / wherfore we must nedes voyde or deye
  • To remove the contents of; to make or leave vacant or empty; to quit; to leave.
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  • * '>citation
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  • *:If they will fight with us, bid them come down, / Or void the field.
  • Synonyms
    * (make invalid or worthless) annul, cancel * evacuate

    Etymology 2

    Alteration of (voidee).


    (en noun)
  • * 2011 , Thomas Penn, Winter King , Penguin 2012, p. 68:
  • Late on the final evening, as the customary ‘void ’ – spiced wine and sweetmeats – was served, more elaborate disguisings in the great hall culminated in the release of a flock of white doves.


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