blanket

noun
blan·​ket | \ˈblaŋ-kət \

Definition of blanket 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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 : something that resembles a blanket a blanket of fog a blanket of gloom

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

blanket

verb
blanketed; blanketing; blankets

Definition of blanket (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to cover with or as if with a blanket new grass blankets the slope

2a : to cover so as to obscure, interrupt, suppress, or extinguish blanket a fire with foam

b : to interrupt the smooth flow of wind to (something, such 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

blanket

adjective

Definition of blanket (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : effective or applicable in all instances

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

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Other Words from blanket

Noun

blanketlike \ ˈblaŋ-​kət-​ˌlīk \ adjective

Examples of blanket in a Sentence

Noun

It's going to get cold tonight so you may need extra blankets. a blanket of fog concealed the view of the harbor

Verb

Ice was blanketing the bay. The fields were blanketed with flowers.

Adjective

a blanket amnesty for all illegal aliens a blanket ban on use of the chemical
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

THURSDAY 26 Trucks & Tunes Every Thursday, food trucks on site, 5-9:30 p.m. Plus, a free concert at 6:30 p.m. Bring your own blanket or chair. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Wellington area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 To fall asleep under his thin blanket, Romulo Avelica Gonzalez, then 48, wore two pairs of socks, wrapped his feet in bath towels and tried to bring his mind to a warmer place. Andrea Castillo, www.latimes.com, "How one L.A. father’s arrest put an entire neighborhood on edge," 5 Apr. 2018 There were no hypothermia blankets, so beachgoers brought towels to keep the girl warm, Quezada said. Tessa Weinberg, chicagotribune.com, "A nighttime drowning in Lake Michigan - and no city lifeguards on duty prompts calls for change," 12 July 2018 Supplies such as water, blankets, and cellphone chargers were provided. Haruka Nuga, BostonGlobe.com, "Rescuers search for 80 still missing after Japan floods," 9 July 2018 Get cozy around the campfire with this outdoors-chic, alpaca-synthetic-blend blanket that’s durable and machine-washable. Sara Kennedy, The Seattle Times, "7 fun additions for your camping kit," 2 July 2018 Just look at the pillowcase, the blanket, the fitted sheets … all emblazoned with the blue and white colors and logo of his beloved Toronto Maple Leafs. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "In Joining an Up-and-Coming Maple Leafs Squad, John Tavares Gets to Live Out His Dream," 2 July 2018 Grab a seat on the patio overlooking Seal Cove (blankets provided) or in the funky, tin-ceilinged bar. Jeanne Cooper, SFChronicle.com, "Where to watch the sunset with a cocktail around Half Moon Bay," 11 July 2018 July 3—Thai SEALs deliver blankets, food, water and medical aid to the team. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Thai Cave Rescue Mission: A Day-by-Day Timeline," 7 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In the biggest game of the season, Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum were blanketed up and tucked into bed by the Pelicans defense. John Canzano, OregonLive.com, "Canzano: Trail Blazers guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum go missing in Game 1 loss," 14 Apr. 2018 In the race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, the state has been blanketed by TV ads supporting Delafield businessman Kevin Nicholson. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "First pro-Leah Vukmir TV ad airs in Wisconsin U.S. Senate race," 5 Apr. 2018 Thus, before the rapid economic growth of the past 300 years, nearly all the world was blanketed by deep, persistent poverty. Michael Hicks, Indianapolis Star, "Hicks: We've got it good, and we don't even know it," 24 June 2018 Lava spilled into houses in rural neighborhoods Sunday and Monday morning, and homes and roads were blanketed in layers of ash. Kate Storey, Popular Mechanics, "Devastating Photos of the Guatemala Volcanic Eruption That Has Killed 62," 4 June 2018 Starbucks’ training was blanketed to every store, instead of being tailored to different demographics. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "4 Starbucks Employees on What the Racial-Bias Training Was Really Like," 30 May 2018 Their shooters were blanketed, their big man smothered. David Murphy, Philly.com, "Celtics' NBA playoff win teaches Sixers a lot about where they need to go from here | David Murphy," 10 May 2018 In the 1950s, the Chicago area was blanketed by an eerie, reddish-brown snow as strong southwest winds picked up topsoil from the Plains and lifted it into the snow-producing clouds. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Tom: Why did Russia get orange snow?," 28 Apr. 2018 Parts of the state that were already blanketed were getting a second helping of snow on Sunday. Matthew Diebel, USA TODAY, "Spring storm slams Northeast, Midwest and South, bringing heavy snow and flooding, travel chaos," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of blanket

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blanket

Noun

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

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More Definitions for blanket

blanket

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blanket

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: 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

blanket

verb

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

: to cover (something)

blanket

adjective

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

: affecting or applying to everyone or everything

blanket

noun
blan·​ket | \ˈblaŋ-kət \

Kids Definition of blanket

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a heavy woven covering used especially for beds

2 : a covering layer a blanket of snow

blanket

verb
blanketed; blanketing

Kids Definition of blanket (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover with or as if with a blanket Snow blanketed the ground.

blanket

adjective
blan·​ket

Legal Definition of blanket 

1 : covering or affecting all members of a group or class blanket health coverage

2 : covering or affecting all situations a blanket release of liability

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