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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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Fill in that blank with something specific to your family values, Shannon advised. Tatum Hunter, Washington Post, 29 July 2022 Some Mirror fans have also changed their social media icons to a blank black screen. Jennifer Jett, NBC News, 29 July 2022 Use white or blank spaces in places that are crucial for your customers to focus on. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, 28 July 2022 Help the dreamer in your life plan out their hopes and dreams with The Bucket List Journal, which features before-and-after prompts, goal tracking formulas, and blank pages to let their creative mind flow. Leah Campano, Seventeen, 27 July 2022 The blank spots on a nearby wall will be filled by seven players who are being inducted today – six of whom were chosen by special committees set up to highlight players who haven't gotten their due. CBS News, 24 July 2022 But extensive simulation allowed the EQXX to go from blank sheet to that first drive in the south of France in less than two years. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 24 July 2022 Decades later, wearing a cowboy hat and a chillingly blank half-smile, Jupe now runs Jupiter’s Claim, a small Old West theme park in Agua Dulce. Justin Changfilm Critic, Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2022 The Haywoods hail from generations who, as Emerald brightly explains to a roomful of blank-eyed industry types, helped bring horse-training to Hollywood, earning an inaugural place for Black wranglers in movie lore. Leah Greenblatt,, 20 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Segel earns some empathy as a hangdog Everyman, though his backstory remains such a deliberate blank that any insight is mostly gleaned from his blundering missteps and low-simmering misery. Leah Greenblatt,, 18 Mar. 2022 But the bill stops short of banning all functional guns — including blank-firing weapons — from film and TV sets. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 12 Jan. 2022 So, draw your own conclusion by filling in the blank in the following sentence with a) or b). Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Dec. 2021 Fill in the blank: Koufax, Gibson, Maddux, Valenzula, Scherzer, Buehler etc. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 4 Nov. 2021 But the Jets couldn’t keep up with the Colts, who scored touchdowns on six of their first seven possessions – and on the one blank were stopped on downs at the New York 1-yard line. Mark Inabinett |, al, 4 Nov. 2021 Fill in the blank with service, customer service rep, salesperson, product, etc. Shep Hyken, Forbes, 31 Oct. 2021 That caused the blank to propel the dummy round out of the barrel, striking Lee. Justin Curto, Vulture, 22 Oct. 2021 Although the blank did not penetrate his skin, the impact fractured his skull and caused hemorrhaging in his brain. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 22 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Blanchard managed to force two pop outs and a strikeout to blank Fairfield-Ludlowe with the night’s drama at its peak. Joe Arruda, Hartford Courant, 7 June 2022 Jack Brown and Joey Wilmoth helped the Tigers blank the Shamrocks the following day. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 25 Apr. 2022 But a strikeout of Hays with an 88-mph changeup to end the inning seemed to catapult Syndergaard into the rest of his night, the 6-foot-6, 230-pounder needing only 63 pitches to blank the Orioles on two hits over the next 4 2/3 innings. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2022 The North Eastern girls varsity high school ice hockey team traveled to Piney Orchard Ice Rink last Friday to face and blank Howard County, 6-0. Randy Mcroberts,, 24 Nov. 2021 Instead, the floors of the apartment were concrete, the walls blank plaster. New York Times, 1 Oct. 2021 Wily Peralta and Kyle Funkhouser combined to blank Houston on two hits through the fifth. Dave Hogg, Chron, 27 June 2021 Wily Peralta and Kyle Funkhouser combined to blank Houston on two hits through the fifth. Dave Hogg, Chron, 27 June 2021 Wily Peralta and Kyle Funkhouser combined to blank Houston on two hits through the fifth. Dave Hogg, Chron, 27 June 2021 See More

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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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\ 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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