adjective \ˈblaŋk\

: without any writing, marks, or pictures

: having empty spaces to be filled in with information : not yet written in or filled out

: without any recorded sound or information

Full Definition of BLANK

archaic :  colorless
a :  appearing or causing to appear dazed, confounded, or nonplussed <stared in blank dismay>
b :  expressionless <a blank stare>
a :  devoid of covering or content; especially :  free from writing or marks <blank paper>
b :  having spaces to be filled in
c :  lacking interest, variety, or change <blank hours>
:  absolute, unqualified <a blank refusal>
:  unfinished; especially :  having a plain or unbroken surface where an opening is usual <a blank key> <a blank arch>
blank·ly adverb
blank·ness noun

Examples of BLANK

  1. a blank sheet of paper
  2. a book with blank pages

Origin of BLANK

Middle English, from Anglo-French blanc colorless, white, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German blanch white; probably akin to Latin flagrare to burn — more at black
First Known Use: 14th century



: an empty space on a document where you put information

: a period of time that you cannot remember anything about

: a gun cartridge that is filled with powder but that does not contain a bullet

Full Definition of BLANK

obsolete :  the bull's-eye of a target
a :  an empty space (as on a paper)
b :  a paper with spaces for the entry of data <an order blank>
a :  a piece of material prepared to be made into something (as a key) by a further operation
b :  a cartridge loaded with propellant and a seal but no projectile
a :  an empty or featureless place or space <my mind was a blank>
b :  a vacant or uneventful period <a long blank in history>
:  a dash substituting for an omitted word

Examples of BLANK

  1. The form has a blank for your signature.
  2. The actors are shooting blanks.

First Known Use of BLANK

circa 1570

Related to BLANK



: to keep (the opposing team) from scoring

: to behave in an unfriendly way toward (someone you have been friendly with in the past) : to ignore or refuse to talk to (someone)

Full Definition of BLANK

transitive verb
a :  obscure, obliterate <blank out a line>
b :  to stop access to :  seal <blank off a tunnel>
:  to keep (an opponent) from scoring <were blanked for eight innings>
intransitive verb
:  fade —usually used with out <the music blanked out>
:  to become confused or abstracted —often used with out <his mind blanked out momentarily>

Examples of BLANK

  1. The goalie blanked the Falcons for two periods in the hockey game.

First Known Use of BLANK

May 25, 2015
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a noisy boisterous band or parade
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