\ 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 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


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 Perez’s call for his supporters to cast their ballots blank probably tipped the scales in Lasso’s favor. Washington Post, "Two Andean elections reflect an age of global discontent," 13 Apr. 2021 The plague’s victims can see only an unnerving screen of blank white. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "Off Broadway Returns, with “Blindness”," 12 Apr. 2021 New interstate highways weren’t built on a blank landscape. Jack Brewster, Forbes, "Republicans Mock Buttigieg For Saying Highways Are Racist—But Here's What He Meant," 12 Apr. 2021 But in recent weeks, with the glory of pro football long behind him and living back at his family home in South Carolina, Adams had become more withdrawn, his warm and studious demeanor giving way to a blank stare. Megan Cassidy, San Francisco Chronicle, "Ex-49er Phillip Adams' family, friends seek answers in murder-suicide," 11 Apr. 2021 More than a quarter of Ecuadorean voters remained undecided or plan to submit blank or spoiled ballots (damaged or marking multiple candidates), polls show. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, Los Angeles Times, "Shadow of COVID-19 and economic downturn hovers over elections in Ecuador and Peru," 10 Apr. 2021 One seller, whose Shopify store is now defunct, was selling a pack of four blank vaccination cards for $80. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Scammers are selling fake COVID-19 vaccination cards online," 9 Apr. 2021 Rather than show the potential for both brutality and order in the human psyche, even in characters who’ve essentially started as blank slates, Voyagers ends up presenting Zac as an aberration leading the crew into a bout of hysterical overreaction. Alison Willmore, Vulture, "Voyagers Is Just Lord of the Flies in Space," 8 Apr. 2021 Sometimes a ballot is returned blank, or the ovals are filled in with red ink, which the municipality’s ballot scanner can’t read. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, "Far fewer ballots were counted on election night than during previous Anchorage mail-in elections. Here’s why.," 8 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Also known as ‘blank-check’ companies, SPACs are solely formed to raise funds in an initial public offering (IPO). Washington Post, "Investors are flocking to video gaming, but be wary of esports, SPACs, advisors say," 12 Apr. 2021 This Monday through Friday was a complete blank, and as each game began at noon, the station was airing Sky Sports News (twice) and Trackside Live (three times). Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors set to face maybe the best Jazz team ever, even with the baggage," 13 Mar. 2021 And so, there's just this weird blank where Daryl was the mountain man out there. Dalton Ross,, "The Walking Dead showrunner says the Leah story is not over," 9 Mar. 2021 The action of a rod describes the position along the blank where the primary bend or flex will occur. Field & Stream, "Best Ice Fishing Rods: How to Choose the Best Ice Rod for Your Winter Fishing," 26 Feb. 2021 And one person even filled in the blank with an adjective instead of person. Rod Walker,, "Walker: If Drew Brees calls it quits, who's the starting quarterback for the Saints in 2021?," 23 Jan. 2021 Its stock, handcrafted from a blank of English walnut, had been shortened to 12 inches. Susan Casey, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: An Improbable Elk Hunt," 6 Dec. 2020 The Hoosiers closed Saturday’s game out for the third blank of Tom Allen’s head-coaching tenure. Zach Osterman, USA TODAY, "No. 10 Indiana cruises past Michigan State to stay unbeaten and take Big Ten East lead," 14 Nov. 2020 The Hoosiers closed Saturday’s game out for the third blank of Tom Allen’s head-coaching tenure. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "Defense dominates, Ty Fryfogle explodes as No. 10 Indiana cruises past Michigan State," 14 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Irishman, this popular early-season Best Picture pick could blank on Oscar night as well. Nate Jones, Vulture, "Oscar Futures: Can Surprise Globe Winners Keep Up Momentum?," 5 Mar. 2021 The Sting proceeded to go out and blank the SK Sunblazer 06 Gold Club 4-0. Emmett Hall,, "Sunrise Sting girls’ soccer continues winning ways," 23 Dec. 2020 Centennial goalie Gregg Stutz was the first goalie to blank all three opponents as the Cougars won their first state title. David La Vaque Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Boys' tournament legacy more than just Edina," 20 Oct. 2020 Her perfect game is the first for a Red Raiders pitcher since Amanda Renfro blanked Penn St. 2-0 on March 10, 2001. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Courtesy of perfect game, Edmoundson’s softball season ends with Big 12 honors," 25 Mar. 2020 Behind goals from Eva Bergloff, Megan Putvinski, and Maggie Fitzgerald, the Panthers captured their first Division 2 South title since 1995, blanking Tri-Valley League rival Medway, 3-0, Sunday at Milford High., "With the win, the Panthers (18-0-3) advance to Saturday’s state final against Winchester.," 18 Nov. 2019 The Scots also hold another record outright now, having blanked their opposition five times at World Cups. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Scotland breezes past Russia 61-0 to set up Japan showdown," 9 Oct. 2019 Ditka was often seen lighting up a cigar, and they were passed out in the locker room after the Bears blanked the Rams 24–0 in the NFC Championship Game., "A History of Football in 100 Objects," 28 Aug. 2019 The Aberdeen IronBirds closed out the month of July on a winning note Wednesday, blanking host Mahoning Valley, 2-0, in New York Penn League action in Ohio. Randy Mcroberts,, "IronBirds close July with win, go 20-9 in month," 1 Aug. 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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16 Apr 2021

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“Blank.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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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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