What does the word whitewash mean?

Usage examples for whitewash

  1. " We'll hire Eradicate Sampson to stand guard with a bucket of whitewash. – Tom Swift and his Electric Runabout or, The Speediest Car on the Road by Victor Appleton
  2. Why, he hadn't been in the house half an hour when he offered to help me whitewash. – Sweet Cicely Or Josiah Allen as a Politician by Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
  3. " Oh, I am a little better, thank you," replied I. " Well, I am glad of it, because I want to whitewash your room; for if the coloured man stops to do it to- morrow, he'll be for charging us another quarter of a dollar." – Diary in America, Series One by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)