blanket

noun
blan·​ket | \ ˈblaŋ-kət How to pronounce blanket (audio) \

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 or contingencies blanket rules Traveller rights across the European Union remain unchanged despite the blanket cancellation of flights and holidays in recent weeks …— Conor Pope A blanket ban on all private collecting of ivory could result in the confiscation and destruction of many historically important pieces of work.— Kit Roberts Dr. Molefi Kete Asante, chair of African American Studies at Temple University, … remarked: "I do not think that anyone should make any blanket statements about any ethnic or cultural group without citing authoritative sources to substantiate those statements."— Peter Noel
2 : covering all members of a group or class without individual apportionment blanket insurance coverage … calling for a five per cent blanket wage reduction for all city hall staffers …— Melissa Gilligan

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Other Words from blanket

Noun

blanketlike \ ˈblaŋ-​kət-​ˌlīk How to pronounce blanketlike (audio) \ 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 Recent postings on the Facebook group include photos of homemade bagels, pickles and a blue and white baby blanket. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "For these Baltimore artists, isolation has given way to creativity," 20 Sep. 2020 More Johnson was given blanket authority in a party-line vote in June to subpoena officials related to the FBI investigation. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Senator Ron Johnson pulls vote on subpoena in Biden/Ukraine investigation," 16 Sep. 2020 But Williams understands that’s not a blanket promise for all across the college football world. Scott Bell, Dallas News, "Could a couple of SMU players return for a 7th year of college football? Technically, yes.," 14 Sep. 2020 The image showed a pair of baby socks laying on a baby blanket. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Ed Sheeran Is A Dad Now & His Daughter Has The Most Musical Name," 3 Sep. 2020 Chase is on the loveseat of their Bargersville home, a navy blue blanket draped over him, Sadie by his side. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, "Chase and Sadie: Cancer has spread and grown; their time together is precious," 1 Sep. 2020 One of my most successful companies is Comfy, (which is) an oversized sweatshirt blanket. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "'Shark Tank' stars talk filming in Vegas bubble, pandemic pitches, plans for Emmy night at home," 28 Aug. 2020 Oil and gas companies in Arkansas received a blanket, months-long waiver for safety testing temporarily abandoned wells and other activities. The Christian Science Monitor, "'Nobody watching' as oil companies skip EPA rules in pandemic," 24 Aug. 2020 Wearing an unbuttoned animal-print pajama set and a diaper, baby Jonathan peers up at the camera from atop what appears to be a striped pillow or blanket. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "'Meet Jonathan!' Southern Charm's Thomas Ravenel Shares First Photo of 5-Week-Old Son," 6 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb By the next day, the smoke began to fall and dissipate, worsening the air quality and continuing to blanket the region over the next week. Kellie Hwang, SFChronicle.com, "A miserable month of bad Bay Area air quality: See charts showing the impact," 21 Sep. 2020 Wireless carriers are spending billions of dollars to blanket the country with 5G coverage, promising faster speeds for both consumers and businesses. Scott Moritz, Bloomberg.com, "AT&T CEO Sees Less Hope That 5G iPhone Will Fuel Upgrade Frenzy," 16 Sep. 2020 Smoke is expected to blanket the skies up and down the American West Coast for the near-future. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, "Hazardous wildfire air kills start to school year and student meal services in Oregon and Washington," 15 Sep. 2020 As wildfire smoke continues to blanket most of Oregon’s most populous areas, dining out -- even outside -- is a particularly unhealthy idea (this roundup was written last week for publication today). Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Portland’s 10 best new food carts of 2020," 11 Sep. 2020 Strong, gusty winds have fueled the deadly wildfires that are burning in more than a dozen U.S. states, causing massive plumes of choking smoke to blanket cities all down the West Coast, but the winds could begin to settle down on Friday. Editors, USA TODAY, "Remembering 9/11, Western wildfires, coronavirus pandemic: 5 things to know Friday," 11 Sep. 2020 As solar panels blanket the Hollywood Hills, pumpjacks still bob up and down in urban oilfields a few miles away; and Chevron’s refinery in Richmond continues to spew cancerous toxins onto people who are incentivized to buy electric cars. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Drilling for Oil While California Burns," 10 Sep. 2020 Satellite images from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reveal that the wildfire smoke continued to blanket most of the West Coast on Thursday morning. Saba Hamedy, CNN, "In California's smoke-filled horizon, it's become hard to breathe," 10 Sep. 2020 Trump's campaign also plans to blanket the Midwest in the crucial final stretch. Alexandra Jaffe And David Eggert, Star Tribune, "In 3 big states, Biden looks to rebuild Democrats' Blue Wall," 8 Sep. 2020

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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

1880, 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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Time Traveler for blanket

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

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Last Updated

23 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Blanket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blanket. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for blanket

blanket

noun
How to pronounce blanket (audio)

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 How to pronounce blanket (audio) \

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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