haze

Haze is the fog or mist that's caused by small particles in the air. There is often a haze hovering over the city of Los Angeles.

Although the noun haze can describe any kind of misty or slightly obscured air, it usually refers to visible air pollution, rather than just fog. You can also talk about being in a haze when you're confused or disoriented. When you hear haze being used as a verb, it usually means to torment a new, young recruit to a club, team, or group — the way fraternity brothers sometimes haze a new member, forcing him to perform humiliating or dangerous actions.

Definitions of haze
  1. noun
    atmospheric moisture or dust or smoke that causes reduced visibility
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    type of:
    aerosol
    a cloud of solid or liquid particles in a gas
  2. noun
    confusion characterized by lack of clarity
    synonyms: daze, fog
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    type of:
    confusedness, confusion, disarray, mental confusion, muddiness
    a mental state characterized by a lack of clear and orderly thought and behavior
  3. verb
    become hazy, dull, or cloudy
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    type of:
    cloud, overcast
    make overcast or cloudy
  4. verb
    harass by imposing humiliating or painful tasks, as in military institutions
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    type of:
    beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, molest, plague, provoke
    annoy continually or chronically
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