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

The rifle was wrapped in a blanket with attachments similar to those described by Manning, Inman’s brother. Michael Williams, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Code words, YouTube videos and shell casings lead Sanford police to homicide suspect," 7 July 2018 One man walked unsteadily, leaning on a helper, while another wearing shorts and a white polo shirt was barefoot and wrapped in a red blanket. Fox News, "Aid ship docks in Malta with 234 refugees, ending extended journey," 27 June 2018 Roxanne Amick’s body was found wrapped in a blanket and dumped in a patch of poison ivy near Belair and Perry Hall roads. Ian Duncan, baltimoresun.com, "Ex-Baltimore County man tied to wife's decade-old murder by DNA evidence is sentenced to 30 years," 22 June 2018 At one point, a firefighter raised his hands, cupping the remains of a child's skull and gently handed it to another worker who wrapped it in a small blanket and laid it on the ground. NBC News, "Guatemala volcano survivor searches for 46 missing family members," 7 June 2018 Oregon's Office of Child Care shut down Sunnyside Sprouts Playschool just five months later, after receiving photographic evidence that a one-year-old at the day care had been tied tightly in a blanket inside a crib. Brad Schmidt, OregonLive.com, "Oregon failed to identify day care owner's checkered past before new allegations," 6 June 2018 Now police are trying to find out what happened to the baby, whose remains were clothed and wrapped in a blanket, KSAT reported. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Drug raid leads police to baby’s body in trunk," 5 July 2018 Privacy - Terms The baby's body still had an old diaper and baby clothes on, and it had been wrapped in a blanket, according to the San Antonio Express-News. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Cops raided Texas home for drugs. They found a baby's body 'beyond decomposition'," 4 July 2018 The diaper-clad baby was found wrapped up in a blanket, deputies said. Jacob Beltran, San Antonio Express-News, "Dead baby found in trunk during drug search at West Side home," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There’s also the option to dine at their on-site restaurant, where dishes like a rich risotto or homemade pappardelle are blanketed with dark petals. Christina Liao, Vogue, "Why You Should Be Going to Australia for Fresh Black Truffles," 12 July 2018 The sticky, cylindrical rice-cake street-food snacks ddeokbokki are treated like a composed pasta, grilled to offset their inherent chewiness and blanketed with lamb neck ragu and Parmesan shavings. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Andersonville’s Passerotto is a tale of two peninsulas," 21 June 2018 Rescuers have struggled to reach them. (June 4) AP At least 25 people were killed when a volcano erupted in Guatemala, sending lava flowing into villages, and leaving homes and roads blanketed with ash. Jane Onyanga-omara, USA TODAY, "At least 25 killed as Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupts," 4 June 2018 In a 2015 study published in Geology, University of Exeter geologist Chris Perry showed that the Maldives island of Vakkaru gets blanketed with 1.5 million pounds of new sand each year. National Geographic, "6 Amazing Structures Built by Surprising Creatures," 7 May 2018 Representative Will Hurd, a Republican whose district encompasses 800 miles of the Texas border, says sensor technology has come so far and gotten so cheap that the border should be blanketed with cameras, radar, and fiber-optic cable. Lauren Etter, Bloomberg.com, "America’s Virtual Border Wall Is a 1,954-Mile-Long Money Pit," 9 Apr. 2018 His latest acquisition of the Weather Group was completed during the most recent nor’easter, which blanketed the East Coast with snow. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "raceAhead: CEO Activism, #NeverAgain Marches To Washington, Transgender Teachers Under Siege," 23 Mar. 2018 Winter took one last stab at Howard County this morning and snow continues to blanket the region, with up to 8 inches expected throughout the day. Kate Magill, Columbia Flier, "Spring starts with snow in Howard County, plows and power crews in action," 21 Mar. 2018 Authorities have not yet said whether the most recent device was built by the same person or people that blanketed Austin with four bombs over a 16-day span, killing two people and wounding at least three. Alex Horton, chicagotribune.com, "A father, a musician, a salsa maker - the lives and futures lost in Austin bombings," 21 Mar. 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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