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blanket

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noun blan·ket \ˈblaŋ-kət\

Simple Definition of blanket

  • : a covering made of cloth that is used especially on a bed to keep you warm

  • : a mass of something that covers an area

  • : a general mood

Full Definition of blanket

  1. 1 a :  a large usually oblong piece of woven fabric used as a bed covering b :  a similar piece of fabric used as a body covering (as for an animal) <a horse blanket>

  2. 2 :  something that resembles a blanket <a blanket of fog> <a blanket of gloom>

  3. 3 :  a rubber or plastic sheet on the cylinder in an offset press that transfers the image to the surface being printed

blan·ket·like play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of blanket

  1. It's going to get cold tonight so you may need extra blankets.

  2. <a blanket of fog concealed the view of the harbor>



Origin of blanket

Middle English, white woolen cloth, bed covering, from Anglo-French blankete, from blanc white — more at blank


First Known Use: 14th century


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blanket

verb blan·ket

Simple Definition of blanket

  • : to cover (something)

Full Definition of blanket

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cover with or as if with a blanket <new grass blankets the slope>

  3. 2 a :  to cover so as to obscure, interrupt, suppress, or extinguish <blanket a fire with foam> b :  to interrupt the smooth flow of wind to (as a downwind ship) c :  to apply or cause to apply to uniformly despite wide separation or diversity among the elements included <freight rates that blanket a region> d :  to cause to be included <automatically blanketed into the program><towns blanketed into the district>

Examples of blanket

  1. Ice was blanketing the bay.

  2. The fields were blanketed with flowers.



1605

First Known Use of blanket

1605


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blanket

adjective blan·ket

Simple Definition of blanket

  • : affecting or applying to everyone or everything

Full Definition of blanket

  1. 1 :  effective or applicable in all instances

  2. 2 :  covering all members of a group or class <a blanket wage increase>

Examples of blanket

  1. a blanket amnesty for all illegal aliens

  2. a blanket ban on use of the chemical



1886

First Known Use of blanket

1886




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