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 28, 2015
fictioneer Hear it
someone who writes fiction
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