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blank

adjective \ ˈblaŋk \

Definition of blank

1 archaic :colorless
2 a :appearing or causing to appear dazed, confounded, or nonplussed
  • stared in blank dismay
b :expressionless
  • a blank stare
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 :absolute, unqualified
  • a blank refusal
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

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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

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 obsolete :the bull's-eye of a target
2 a :an empty space (as on a paper)
b :a paper with spaces for the entry of data
  • an order blank
3 a :a piece of material prepared to be made into something (such as a key) by a further operation
b :a cartridge loaded with propellant and a seal but no projectile
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 :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.

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First Known Use of blank

circa 1570

blank Synonyms

Synonyms
form, document, paper
Related Words
instrument, writ; filing; sheet
Near Antonyms
fullness (also fulness), repleteness

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blank

verb

Definition of blank

transitive verb
1 a :obscure, obliterate
  • blank out a line
b :to stop access to :seal
  • blank off a tunnel
2 :to keep (an opponent) from scoring
  • were blanked for eight innings
intransitive verb
1 :fade usually used with out
  • the music blanked out
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.

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First Known Use of blank

1764



BLANK Defined for English Language Learners

blank

adjective

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


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


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

adjective \ ˈblaŋk \

Definition of blank for Students

1 :not having any writing or marks
  • a blank page
2 :having empty spaces to be filled in
  • a blank order form
3 :not showing emotion or understanding
  • a blank look

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blank

noun

Definition of blank for Students

1 :an empty space in a line of writing or printing
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 :a cartridge loaded with powder but no bullet
4 :events or a time that cannot be remembered
  • Everything after the accident is a blank.


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