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adjective \ˈblaŋk\

Simple Definition of blank

  • : 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

  1. 1 archaic :  colorless

  2. 2 a :  appearing or causing to appear dazed, confounded, or nonplussed <stared in blank dismay> b :  expressionless <a blank stare>

  3. 3 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>

  4. 4 :  absolute, unqualified <a blank refusal>

  5. 5 :  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

Synonym Discussion of blank

empty, vacant, blank, void, vacuous mean lacking contents which could or should be present. empty suggests a complete absence of contents <an empty bucket>. vacant suggests an absence of appropriate contents or occupants <a vacant apartment>. blank stresses the absence of any significant, relieving, or intelligible features on a surface <a blank wall>. void suggests absolute emptiness as far as the mind or senses can determine <a statement void of meaning>. vacuous suggests the emptiness of a vacuum and especially the lack of intelligence or significance <a vacuous facial expression>.




Simple Definition of blank

  • : 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

  1. 1 obsolete :  the bull's-eye of a target

  2. 2 a :  an empty space (as on a paper) b :  a paper with spaces for the entry of data <an order blank>

  3. 3 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

  4. 4 a :  an empty or featureless place or space <my mind was a blank> b :  a vacant or uneventful period <a long blank in history>

  5. 5 :  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.

Circa 1570

First Known Use of blank

circa 1570




Simple Definition of 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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  obscure, obliterate <blank out a line> b :  to stop access to :  seal <blank off a tunnel>

  3. 2 :  to keep (an opponent) from scoring <were blanked for eight innings>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  fade —usually used with out <the music blanked out>

  6. 2 :  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


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February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

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