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
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.
Recent Examples on the Web
The specifics of the actors’ performances—and their grounding in the thirties—give way to a blank canvas of a backdrop, suggesting that this story could happen anytime, in any place.—Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 4 Dec. 2023 The Legacy Estates are currently offered as blank homesites, perfect for envisioning your own dream villa, but future plans may include a turnkey option.—Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 4 Dec. 2023 But having a blank canvas to decorate feels exciting.—Brenda Stolyar, WIRED, 3 Dec. 2023 Nurses shone flashlights in the nooks, the crannies...sketching my scars, my marks, my roughness on a sheet resembling a blank silhouette.—Sonja Sharp, Los Angeles Times, 30 Nov. 2023 Opt for a white Christmas tree as a blank canvas to display pink ornaments, tinsel, and bows, and sprinkle in other pastel hues in the form of a tree skirt, wrapping paper, or tree topper.—Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Nov. 2023 This affordable pine wreath serves as a blank canvas for adding your own bows, candles, and more.—Jenna Sims, Southern Living, 28 Nov. 2023 Another sequence in the film emphasizes Beyoncé’s fatigue, showing her blank expression in reverse while going over tour production cues.—Jaelani Turner-Williams, Rolling Stone, 26 Nov. 2023 In addition to creating the image of a blank canvas, Kamm points out that fixing the smaller projects is easier on your wallet.—Kristine Gill, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 Nov. 2023
Lillian isn’t so much an innocent as a blank, the blank screen onto whom others project their fantasies and desires.—Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 5 Dec. 2023 Boy Brow fluffs and tints, while the pen fills in the blanks with hair-like strokes.—Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 27 Nov. 2023 All that stuff at which machines typically draw a blank.—WIRED, 26 Sep. 2023 Storm researchers are looking to fill in these blanks, though.—Stephanie Pappas, Scientific American, 11 Aug. 2023 The novel presumably filled in the blanks to build an engrossing tale, one that here comes across as a rote suspenser, complete with jump scares and a violent climax.—Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Nov. 2023 But on Thursday, plaintiffs’ attorney David Brill asked the judge’s permission to use live rounds fired into a ballistic bullet trap, saying experts his team consulted noted a difference in the sound of blanks from the live rounds.—Roxanne Garcia, CNN, 20 July 2023 Also lovingly filling in blanks are the musical supervisor, Alexander Gemignani, and Sondheim’s longtime orchestrator, Jonathan Tunick, who have arranged themes from the earlier part of the show as instrumental interludes to take up the slack in the later part.—Jesse Green, New York Times, 22 Oct. 2023 Houchin told The Post that Gardner’s decision to use glue in the homemade blank is probably what led to the grandson’s injury.—Timothy Bella, Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2023
Advertisement Putting on a bend-but-don’t break clinic, Bishop’s blanked the Eagles 27-0 on their home field to defend their Coastal League title.—Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Oct. 2023 Heading the list is Newport Harbor, which blanked Laguna Beach last week for its 12th shutout and 18th victory in 19 games under coach Jason Guyser.—Steve Galluzzo, Los Angeles Times, 1 Oct. 2023 Olympian 19, Valhalla 0: QB Jayden Fuentes passed for a pair of TDs and rushed for another as Olympian (2-2) blanked Valhalla (2-2).—John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Sep. 2023 Lincoln and Carlsbad dominated their Open Division semifinal playoff games last season, Carlsbad routing Poway 37-0 and Lincoln blanking Madison 23-0.—Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Oct. 2023 On Tuesday, Team Stars and Stripes blanked Oman 4-0 in Minneapolis.—Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 13 Sep. 2023 Now the Reggae Girlz are the best defensive 11 in the tournament, blanking all three group rivals including France and Brazil.—John Powers, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Aug. 2023 Photo of the day: Valdez throws 16th no-hitter in Astros history
The Houston Astros' Framber Valdez threw the season's third no-hitter, blanking the Cleveland Guardians in a 2-0 win at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday night.—USA TODAY, 2 Aug. 2023 Texas blanked the Rays in Game 1 on Tuesday thanks to dominant pitching from Jordan Montgomery, who tossed seven scoreless frames.—Ryan Morik, Fox News, 4 Oct. 2023 See More
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Middle English blank, blaunk "white, (of a document) having empty spaces to be filled in," borrowed from Anglo-French blanc, (feminine) blanche "white, pale, bright, not written on" (also continental Old French), going back to Gallo-Romance *blanko-, borrowed from Germanic *blanka- "bright, without color" (whence Old English blanca, blonca "white horse," Old Saxon wahsblank "white as wax, dun-colored," Middle Dutch blank "light-colored [of a complexion]," Old High German blanc, blanch "pale, white [especially of horses]," Old Icelandic blakkr "pale, brownish-yellow [especially of horses]"), derivative, with infixed -n-, of *blaka-, the etymon of Old English blæc, blac "black, (of other colors) dark" — more at black entry 1
G. Kroonen (Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Germanic) takes Germanic *blanka- as a derivative of a strong verb represented by Dutch blinken "to shine" (see blink entry 1). Elsewhere Dutch blinken, English blink entry 1, blench entry 1, etc., have been taken as secondary derivatives of *blanka- (see R. Lühr, Expressivität und Lautgesetz im Germanischen [Heidelberg, 1988], pp. 96-97; A.L. Lloyd, et al., Etymologisches Wörterbuch des Althochdeutschen, vol. 2, pp. 157-58).