blank

adjective
\ ˈblaŋk How to pronounce blank (audio) \

Definition of blank

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 archaic : colorless
2a : appearing or causing to appear dazed, confounded, or nonplussed stared in blank dismay
b : expressionless a blank stare
3a : devoid of covering or content a blank space : such as
(1) : free from writing or marks a blank sheet of paper
(2) : without any recorded sound or information a blank drive/DVD/disk
b : having spaces to be filled in a blank application form — see also blank check
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

blank

noun

Definition of blank (Entry 2 of 3)

1 obsolete : the bull's-eye of a target
2a : an empty space (as on a paper)
b : a paper with spaces for the entry of data an order blank
3a : 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
4a : 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

blank

verb
blanked; blanking; blanks

Definition of blank (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : 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
3 British slang : to treat (a friend or acquaintance) in a hostile or unfriendly way : to ignore or refuse to talk to (someone) And unpopular Gardiner has found himself isolated after the show's cast and crew blanked him.— Mark Jefferies

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

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Other Words from blank

Adjective

blankly adverb
blankness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for blank

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Adjective

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

Examples of blank in a Sentence

Adjective a blank sheet of paper a book with blank pages Noun The form has a blank for your signature. The actors are shooting blanks. Verb The goalie blanked the Falcons for two periods in the hockey game.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Each asked for more personal information than would be necessary to mail a blank card, like date of birth and telephone number, making a verity of claims. NBC News, 16 Sep. 2021 Second, a would-be forger could easily get a blank deed form online and fill in your property's legal description obtained from public records. Larry Light, Forbes, 11 Sep. 2021 In the wake of the IMG Academy game, every other team that was scheduled to play Bishop Sycamore this season has canceled, leaving the school with a blank schedule. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2021 At Camp Denali at the end of the road, Hamm had to cancel two full weeks of bookings, amounting to 15% percent of his total operating season after a blank 2020 cancelled by the coronavirus. Time, 7 Sep. 2021 Nauset’s goal came unassisted in the 56th minute from junior forward Arlo Lawless, who three minutes earlier had been stymied on a point-blank shot by a sliding DaCosta. BostonGlobe.com, 7 Sep. 2021 The back of the ballot has 46 replacement candidates to choose from, as well as a blank space to write in a candidate. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Sep. 2021 Impassively blank from the street, a typical riad contains worlds enclosed behind its protective walls and within its courtyard gardens. Guy Trebay, Town & Country, 2 Sep. 2021 To add a widget to your iPhone’s home screen, find a blank spot and hold down your finger. Washington Post, 2 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For those Democrats who believe in leaving the ballot blank, that is. Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Aug. 2021 Many Newsom supporters in the Democratic Party have been advising voters to leave the second question on the ballot blank instead of voting for a candidate. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Aug. 2021 Having successfully deterred any prominent Democratic politician from running, Newsom and the state Democratic Party are urging voters to leave the second question on the ballot blank. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, 21 Aug. 2021 The backpack contained an inoperable blank-firing revolver, which is similar to devices used as movie props or at track-and-field events. NBC News, 19 Aug. 2021 The backpack contained an inoperable blank-firing revolver, which is similar to devices used as movie props or at track-and-field events. CBS News, 19 Aug. 2021 Newsom's campaign is strongly urging a no vote on the recall question and is telling voters who support him to leave the second question about a replacement blank. James Ward, USA TODAY, 16 Aug. 2021 Some are on the National Register of Historic Places, but landmark nomination forms contained misinformation, and many documents have a blank where the name of the architect should be listed. oregonlive, 21 May 2021 Its name doesn't appear on the directory of its Plantation, Florida, domicile, and a receptionist drew a blank when an AP reporter asked for a company representative at the office earlier this month. Frank Bajak, Star Tribune, 24 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Wily Peralta and Kyle Funkhouser combined to blank Houston on two hits through the fifth. Dave Hogg, Chron, 27 June 2021 Wily Peralta and Kyle Funkhouser combined to blank Houston on two hits through the fifth. Dave Hogg, Chron, 27 June 2021 Wily Peralta and Kyle Funkhouser combined to blank Houston on two hits through the fifth. Dave Hogg, Chron, 27 June 2021 Cueto used his variety of hesitations, shimmy shakes and quick pitches to blank the Dodgers on three hits through five innings, and San Francisco scored four runs in four-plus innings off Dodgers starter David Price for a 4-0 lead. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2021 Wily Peralta and Kyle Funkhouser combined to blank Houston on two hits through the fifth. Dave Hogg, Chron, 27 June 2021 Australia was the last team to blank the US, a 1-0 result four years ago; the US has not been shut out in 73 games since (65-1-7). BostonGlobe.com, 21 July 2021 Wily Peralta and Kyle Funkhouser combined to blank Houston on two hits through the fifth. Dave Hogg, Chron, 27 June 2021 Wily Peralta and Kyle Funkhouser combined to blank Houston on two hits through the fifth. Dave Hogg, Chron, 27 June 2021

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First Known Use of blank

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

circa 1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1764, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for blank

Adjective

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 entry 1

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The first known use of blank was in the 14th century

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19 Sep 2021

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“Blank.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blank. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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blank

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of blank

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of blank (Entry 2 of 3)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of blank (Entry 3 of 3)

: 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

adjective
\ ˈblaŋk How to pronounce blank (audio) \

Kids Definition of blank

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

blank

noun

Kids Definition of blank (Entry 2 of 2)

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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