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blank

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adjective \ˈblaŋk\

Definition of blank

  1. 1 archaic :  colorless

  2. 2a :  appearing or causing to appear dazed, confounded, or nonplussed stared in blank dismayb :  expressionless a blank stare

  3. 3a :  devoid of covering or content; especially :  free from writing or marks blank paperb :  having spaces to be filled inc :  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

blankly

adverb

blankness

noun

Examples of blank in a sentence

  1. a blank sheet of paper

  2. a book with blank pages

Origin and Etymology 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.

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blank

noun

Definition of blank

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

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

  3. 3a :  a piece of material prepared to be made into something (as a key) by a further operationb :  a cartridge loaded with propellant and a seal but no projectile

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

  5. 5 :  a dash substituting for an omitted word

Examples of blank in a sentence

  1. The form has a blank for your signature.

  2. The actors are shooting blanks.

Circa 1570

First Known Use of blank

circa 1570


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blank

verb

Definition of blank

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  obscure, obliterate blank out a lineb :  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 in a sentence

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

1764

First Known Use of blank

1764



BLANK Defined for English Language Learners

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blank

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adjective \ˈblaŋk\

Definition of blank for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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blank

noun

Definition of blank for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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blank

verb

Definition of blank for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


BLANK Defined for Kids

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blank

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adjective \ˈblaŋk\

Definition of blank for Students

  1. 1 :  not having any writing or marks a blank page

  2. 2 :  having empty spaces to be filled in a blank order form

  3. 3 :  not showing emotion or understanding a blank look


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blank

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noun

Definition of blank for Students

  1. 1 :  an empty space in a line of writing or printing

  2. 2 :  a paper with empty spaces to be filled in “Do you have your entry blank for the dog show?” — Beverly Cleary, Henry Huggins

  3. 3 :  a cartridge loaded with powder but no bullet

  4. 4 :  events or a time that cannot be remembered Everything after the accident is a blank.



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