\ 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



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


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 outthe music blanked out
2 : to become confused or abstracted often used with outhis mind blanked out momentarily

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Other Words from blank


blankly adverb
blankness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for blank

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 The cruelest irony came early in the night, when Klobuchar was asked point-blank about her previous comments that a woman with Buttigieg’s resume wouldn’t be on a presidential debate stage. Charlotte Alter, Time, "Gender Politics at the Democratic Debate Show How Hard It Is To Fight Like a Girl," 21 Nov. 2019 That led to a lot of point-blank finishes on his dishes as the Pacers had 28 points in the paint in the first half and Brogdon had seven assists. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers lose Myles Turner but Jeremy Lamb emerges to secure 1st win of the season," 31 Oct. 2019 After Holtby stopped Brandon Saad’s point-blank backhander, Kubalik buried the rebound from the edge of the crease. Matt Carlson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Wilson snaps tie with 3rd period goal, Caps edge Blackhawks," 20 Oct. 2019 While the trim's blue, pink, and green floral motif makes a statement, the blank space between the stripes keep it from overwhelming the room. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "A Creative Alternative to Wallpaper Makes This Bedroom Delightfully Unique," 1 Oct. 2019 Two of the husbands of the deceased sat on couches in one home, wrapped in blankets, their faces swollen and eyes blank. New York Times, "After Mormon Family’s Terror in Mexico, a Message Emerges: No One Is Safe," 9 Nov. 2019 In an open but still perfectly blank notebook, there’s something cheerful, joyous, and sincere. Vladimir Nabokov, The New Yorker, "Man and Things," 8 Nov. 2019 The beginning of the universe was an exuberant, joyful act, one that conjured reds and yellows, an act that filled the empty whiteness — not a black void but a blank whiteness — with color and power and energy. Sara Clarkson,, "Clarkson: Divine and mysterious evoked in Hinsdale Library exhibit," 6 Nov. 2019 Bring four or five clean, crisp copies of your resume and a blank pad of paper to take notes. Millie Dent, CNN, "How to prepare for a job interview: 5 things to know before you go," 4 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Yet more than half of that ocean floor is a blank—unmapped by all but low-resolution satellite imagery. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, "Trump plan to push seafloor mapping wins warm reception," 22 Nov. 2019 The display leaves poignant blanks for the missing pieces. Mary Norris, The New Yorker, "Should the Parthenon Marbles Be Returned to Greece?," 22 Nov. 2019 For more relaxed clubs, try Kater Blau and ://about blank. National Geographic, "What did travel have to do with the fall of the Berlin Wall?," 9 Nov. 2019 According to a May 8, 1928, story in the Arizona Republican, Jensen spent her final hour or so writing notes on hotel stationery as well as on the back of telegram blanks. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Phoenix's most notable ghost: The true story of the Hotel San Carlos' 'woman in white'," 28 Oct. 2019 Filling out the forms incorrectly can put you at risk of losing money or creating an unenforceable contract; a mistake on just one blank can put a deal worth thousands of dollars in jeopardy or expose you to liability in a lawsuit. Shannon Cobb Evans, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor View: Get it in writing when buying, selling," 26 Oct. 2019 Now, with Face It, Harry is here to fill in some of the blanks—briskly, humorously, and mixed in with abstract riffs on appendages and animals. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Debbie Harry Stares Back," 12 Oct. 2019 Gore Vidal teased Cohn about it to his face on a talk show in 1977; Ken Auletta asked him about it point blank in an interview, as did Mike Wallace as Cohn was facing death. David Klion, The New Republic, "Covering For Roy Cohn," 18 Sep. 2019 Aside from the Fort Wayne assembly plant, GM has a metal center in Marion, where workers produce stamped metal parts, blanks and sheet metal for GM assembly plants throughout North America. Alexandria Burris, Indianapolis Star, "How the UAW strike against GM affects Indiana," 16 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Auburn’s defense posted its first shutout of the season in Week 13, blanking Samford in a 52-0 win ahead of next weekend’s Iron Bowl to close out the regular season. Tom Green |, al, "Statistically speaking: Auburn’s defense continues to climb entering Iron Bowl," 24 Nov. 2019 The Chargers have trailed by two touchdowns at the end of the first quarter the past two weeks and were blanked in the first half in consecutive home games for the first time in 43 years. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rivers’ ball security among mounting problems for Chargers," 14 Oct. 2019 The 22-year-old Torres kept up his postseason surge with a homer and five RBIs, Masahiro Tanaka polished his playoff resume and the New York Yankees blanked the Houston Astros 7-0 Saturday night in the AL Championship Series opener., "‘‘I mean, not really,’’ he said.," 13 Oct. 2019 Gleyber Torres kept up his October surge with a home run and five RBIs, Masahiro Tanaka polished his playoff resume and the Yankees blanked the Astros 7-0 on Saturday night in the AL Championship Series opener. Kristie Rieken,, "Yankees ride Gleyber Torres’ bat and Masahiro Tanaka’s arm to a 7-0 win against the Astros in Game 1 of the ALCS," 12 Oct. 2019 The Breakers led throughout before Philadelphia’s Fabrice Martin and Adrian Mannarino blanked Orange County 5-0 in the final set of men’s doubles, against Johnson and James Ward. Matt Szabo, Daily Pilot, "Orange County Breakers outlast Philadelphia Freedoms, move into three-way tie for third in World Team Tennis," 23 July 2019 Mengden, the 26 year-old right-hander sporting a fledgling Rollie Fingers moustache, blanked the Cardinals in six efficient innings for his second win in three decisions this season. Dave Luecking, The Mercury News, "Mengden rises to occasion as A’s shut out the St. Louis Cardinals," 26 June 2019 The top seed in the Division 2 North bracket, second-ranked Watertown blanked No., "Maggie Regan sparks Medway girls’ volleyball past Westwood - The Boston Globe," 1 Nov. 2019 On Saturday, the Wildcats blanked Missouri over the first two quarters of Kentucky's 29-7 victory one week after neither team scored in the first half of Georgia's 21-0 victory over the Wildcats. Mark Inabinett |, al, "SEC Football by the Numbers: Top 10 from Week 9," 30 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of blank


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1764, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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 entry 1

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

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26 Nov 2019

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“Blank.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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



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



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

US : to keep (the opposing team) from scoring
British slang : to behave in an unfriendly way toward (someone you have been friendly with in the past) : to ignore or refuse to talk to (someone)


\ 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



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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