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

catatonic, deadpan, empty, expressionless, impassive, inexpressive, numb, stolid, vacant

Synonyms: Noun

document, form, paper

Antonyms: Adjective

demonstrative, expressive

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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

Subnautica winds up being something of a blank canvas. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "War Stories: How Subnautica made players love being hunted by sea creatures," 5 June 2019 From blank shirt to team slogan The shirts are delivered to a local print shop that can turn the work in short time. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Giving fans T-shirts for playoff games has become NBA tradition, but process isn't easy," 3 June 2019 Since buying American Apparel for $88 million, Gildan integrated the brand into its own low-cost manufacturing chain and focused at first on selling blank T-shirts and other items to wholesalers, which customize them for sports teams or events. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "American Apparel is reopening exactly one store, and it's in Los Angeles," 4 May 2018 Apparently, the class was about to get something spoiled, since two of the blank spaces were already filled and revealed that something was going to go down between Thanos and Thor in the first 20 minutes of the film. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Teachers Are Threatening Students with "Avengers: Endgame" Spoilers To Get Them To Behave In Class and I’m Outraged," 3 May 2019 Minimalism has gotten confused with this idea of white walls and blank spaces. Spencer Bailey, Town & Country, "David Adjaye's Message to Architects: Stop Building McMansions," 26 Mar. 2019 For the elder daughter’s room, Borchard wanted to do the opposite of a blank palette and play to her favorite hobby, which is reading. Nikhita Mahtani, House Beautiful, "This Home Teaches Us Everything We Need to Know About Decorating For Kids," 17 May 2019 The city’s nocturnal world is, after all, still a relatively blank canvas. Vogue, "This All-Female DJ Collective Wants to Empower the Women of Shanghai’s Nocturnal World," 15 May 2019 For some, the color says clean, sleek, and modern, while others merely see blank and boring. Lauren Hubbard, ELLE Decor, "Why You Shouldn’t Underestimate the Simplicity of White," 1 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Invisible Places, a citywide installation, fills in blanks where Bauhaus buildings once stood. Margo Pfeiff, latimes.com, "Exploring the birthplace of Bauhaus, a German movement that changed design," 16 June 2019 Host Steve Higgins would start reading a Google search phrase and each team would have to guess the blank to land one of the top three most popular results. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Stranger Things cast face off in Jimmy Fallon's spin on Family Feud," 15 June 2019 But contemporary Tokyo was built quickly and haphazardly, its buildings, highways, and train lines pushed into blanks created by bombs and fire. Neil Shea, National Geographic, "Tokyo became a megacity by reinventing itself," 12 June 2019 Mums was in her 70s when the diagnosis was made, and from this point in the book, the tale becomes one of growing despair, as Mulgrew’s irreverent, mischievous mother slowly becomes a blank. Nora Krug, Washington Post, "Life beyond ‘Star Trek’: Kate Mulgrew’s poignant, sometimes shocking family story," 7 June 2019 Vow Mad Libs Print out traditional vows, leaving blanks for nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Heather Hall, Harper's BAZAAR, "10 Bridal Shower Game Ideas You Won't Hate Playing," 5 June 2019 After all, the idea that America is not supposed, or should not be able, to do many things (fill in the blanks) has been baked into the German mindset for nearly 150 years. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Is Germany Becoming Germany — Again?," 4 June 2019 If Kate Middleton is a blank, history-free canvas on which the royal family can sit back and let the British public project their hopes and dreams, then Queen Letizia is the opposite. Leah Mclaren, Newsweek, "Spain's Queen Letizia: Divorcee, War Reporter, TV Journalist... Republican?," 17 Sep. 2014 So, a moody friend is also funny; an impulsive friend is also creative; an intense friend is also brave; your overtly religious friend is also [blank]. Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "Friend inserts God into every conversation," 24 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Brazil, playing without Marta (thigh injury), blanked Jamaica, 3-0, in Grenoble. Frank Dell’apa, BostonGlobe.com, "Italy, Brazil claim victories that were long time coming," 9 June 2019 Grafton 18, Southbridge 0 — Jess Evans went 5 for 5 with a double, home run and four RBIs, and Anna Bertrand was 4 for 5 with four RBIs as the Indians (1-0, 1-0 SWCL) blanked the Pioneers (0-1, 0-1). Chris Bokum, BostonGlobe.com, "In front of MLB scouts, BC High star pitcher Mike Vasil just misses perfect game," 11 Apr. 2018 That's what happened at Miller Park on Tuesday night, when starter Junior Guerra and three relievers blanked Cincinnati to lead the Brewers to a 2-0 victory. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "One big swing is all the Brewers needed, thanks to a dominant pitching performance," 17 Apr. 2018 The way Wilcox is throwing, Emme can rely on the right-hander to blank the opposition. David Carrillo Peñaloza, latimes.com, "Tommy Wilcox is Corona del Mar’s shutout machine," 25 Apr. 2018 Baseball Joe Valenti struck out eight in tossing a two-hit shutout as North Penn blanked Pennridge, 5-0. Mike Owens, Philly.com, "Friday's Pa. roundup: Lindsay sisters lift Upper Perkiomen over Perkiomen Valley," 20 Apr. 2018 Milwaukee hadn’t scored fewer than two runs in a game since Pittsburgh blanked the Brewers on Sept. 22. Greg Beacham, The Seattle Times, "Power outage: Brewers’ bats struggle in 13-inning loss," 17 Oct. 2018 After getting blanked by Post Oak Thursday night, Pearland East had run out of wiggle room. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Pearland East 12s collect sorely-needed Section 3 victory," 7 July 2018 North Springs finished bracket play at states with a 3-0 record before blanking West Pasco for the title. Gary Curreri, Sun-Sentinel.com, "North Springs Little League Senior Division All-Stars capture state title," 10 July 2018

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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

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

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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)

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)

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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