blind

adjective
\ ˈblīnd How to pronounce blind (audio) \

Definition of blind

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a(1) : sightless
(2) : having less than ¹/₁₀ of normal vision in the more efficient eye when refractive defects are fully corrected by lenses
b : of or relating to sightless persons
2a : unable or unwilling to discern or judge blind to a lover's faults
b : unquestioning blind loyalty
3a : having no regard to rational discrimination, guidance, or restriction blind choice
b : lacking a directing or controlling consciousness blind chance
4a : made or done without sight of certain objects or knowledge of certain facts that could serve for guidance or cause bias a blind taste test — compare double-blind, single-blind
b : having no knowledge of information that may cause bias during the course of an experiment or test physicians blind to whether the test drug is administered
5 : defective: such as
a : lacking a growing point or producing leaves instead of flowers
b : lacking a complete or legible address blind mail
6a : difficult to discern, make out, or discover
b : hidden from sight : covered blind seam
7 : having but one opening or outlet blind sockets
8 : having no opening for light or passage : blank blind wall

blind

verb
blinded; blinding; blinds

Definition of blind (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : to make blind
b : dazzle
2a : to withhold light from
b : hide, conceal

blind

noun

Definition of blind (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : something to hinder sight or keep out light: such as
a : a window shutter
b : a roller window shade
d : blinder
2 : a place of concealment especially : a concealing enclosure from which one may shoot game or observe wildlife
3a : something put forward for the purpose of misleading : subterfuge
b : a person who acts as a decoy or distraction

blind

adverb

Definition of blind (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : blindly: such as
a : to the point of insensibility blind drunk
b : without seeing outside an airplane fly blind
c : without knowledge of certain facts that could serve for guidance or cause bias tasted the wine blind
2 used as an intensive was robbed blind

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Other Words from blind

Adjective

blindly \ ˈblīn(d)-​lē How to pronounce blind (audio) \ adverb
blindness \ ˈblīn(d)-​nəs How to pronounce blind (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for blind

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of blind in a Sentence

Adjective our old blind cat kept walking into walls and furniture you'd have to be really blind to think that was a good idea Verb She was blinded as a child in a terrible fire. I was blinded by the sun as I came around the corner. He was blinded by love. Noun Some say the investigation is a blind to keep the public's attention off the governor. Adverb They had to fly blind through heavy smoke.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective As deeply flawed as its many characters can be — ornery and petty and blind to their own faults — the story rarely deigns to judge them. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 15 Oct. 2021 The guidelines are also silent on the risks of a blind D&C. Sarah N. Lynch, Health.com, 15 Oct. 2021 Pritzker and his multimillionaire predecessor, Republican Bruce Rauner, both said state economic interest disclosure requirements prevented them from putting their assets in true blind trusts. Dan Petrella, chicagotribune.com, 15 Oct. 2021 New sounds and audio cues are available for blind users, and themes for people with light sensitivity or those working long hours have been updated to be easier on the eyes. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, 15 Oct. 2021 Like many blind dates, the first meeting between Jane and Ben does not go quite as either party expected. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Oct. 2021 Another fun one is Angel's Cup, which sends samples in unmarked bags for unbiased, blind taste testing. Jess Grey, Wired, 14 Oct. 2021 The Lions are blind and visually impaired people from the five boroughs. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, 13 Oct. 2021 Italian inventor Pellegrino Turri is said to have invented one of the first typewriters as a way for Countess Carolina Fantoni da Fivizzano, his friend who had gone blind, to write letters. Mario Carrasco, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But gamblers who enter through the Lucky Street entrance pass first through a quiet, dimly lit hallway of black-and-white photos revealing who owns this shrine to blind luck. BostonGlobe.com, 12 July 2021 Doja’s fourth look of the night was topped with a chair-hat, but don’t let that blind you to its more subtle delights. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 13 Sep. 2021 Nicolas Brunner was developing an app for the Swiss Federal Railways last year that would help blind people navigate the train system. Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2021 But some liberal journalists, in their zeal to defend Biden, also let partisanship blind them to the truth of the failures of the evacuation. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, 2 Sep. 2021 In turn, this can cause aerodynamic failure, blind the drone's sensors, disable the engine, or even detonate the fuel supply or explosive payload. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 23 Aug. 2021 This, however, is part of what leads to blind spots that prevent confidence and empathy development. NBC News, 25 June 2021 But gamblers who enter through the Lucky Street entrance pass first through a quiet, dimly lit hallway of black-and-white photos revealing who owns this shrine to blind luck. BostonGlobe.com, 12 July 2021 But gamblers who enter through the Lucky Street entrance pass first through a quiet, dimly lit hallway of black-and-white photos revealing who owns this shrine to blind luck. BostonGlobe.com, 12 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The website also features four other blind and visually impaired artists: author Mark Carlson, gift card designer Jill Coleman, blanket-knitter Salvador Dominguez and DJ/party-host Shon Mackey. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Oct. 2021 Just interview Elon Musk blind and see what happens. Dan Snierson, EW.com, 15 Sep. 2021 Their testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee was incredibly moving and put a new light on how those who had turned a blind toward the abuse had not yet been held fully accountable. Tierney Sneed, CNN, 15 Sep. 2021 Lee, the 25-year-old inspirational blind and autistic singer, won AGT in September 2019 during the 14th season. Heran Mamo, Billboard, 12 Aug. 2021 In double-blind studies, the gold standard for testing effectiveness of drugs or treatments, neither participants nor experimenters know which group is getting which treatment. Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2021 Nevertheless, that conversation in the blind led me to ask my doctor for some. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Sep. 2021 Another double-blind study, published on the JAMA Network, treated 398 mild COVID patients for five days with ivermectin or a placebo and found no benefit from the drug. Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Sep. 2021 In a story that made headlines earlier this summer, deaf-blind swimmer Becca Meyers withdrew from the competition because the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee refused to let her mother come along as a Personal Care Assistant, or PCA. Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb This kind of attitude is how our public-health establishment wound up blind-sided by an actual epidemic. WSJ, 6 Oct. 2021 The going out to watch stars, stumbling blind through the difficult door. Anthony Lan, The New Yorker, 5 July 2021 This year, the competition took place in Estes park, Colorado, where a professional tasting panel made of whisky, beer, and wine experts blind tasted each whisky using a 100-point scale system. Emily Price, Forbes, 15 June 2021 This beer was selected Best of Show at a blind-tasting event of over 40 Oktoberfest beers hosted by the Growler magazine in 2019. Michael Agnew, Star Tribune, 9 Sep. 2020 Instead, my new run-and-gun approach is to sneak—still-hunting-deer-with-a-bow slow—through good country, and make multiple blind-calling sets. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, 26 May 2020

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First Known Use of blind

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Adverb

1698, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blind

Adjective

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German blint blind, Old English blandan to mix — more at blend

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“Blind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blind. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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blind

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of blind

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: unable to see
: unable to notice or judge something
: accepting the actions or decisions of someone or something without any questions or criticism

blind

verb

English Language Learners Definition of blind (Entry 2 of 4)

: to cause (someone) to be unable to see : to make (someone) blind
: to cause (someone) to be unable to see for a short time
: to cause (someone) to be unable to think clearly or to act reasonably

blind

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blind (Entry 3 of 4)

: something that is used to cover a window from the inside of a room especially : a roll of cloth or plastic that is hung at the top of a window and pulled down over the window
: a place where hunters hide from animals while they are hunting
: something that is used to trick people or to prevent people from noticing a particular thing

blind

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of blind (Entry 4 of 4)

: without seeing outside of an airplane : using only a plane's instruments
: to the degree that you are unable to think clearly or to act reasonably

blind

adjective
\ ˈblīnd How to pronounce blind (audio) \
blinder; blindest

Kids Definition of blind

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : unable or nearly unable to see
2 : lacking in judgment or understanding He is blind to his own faults.
3 : unquestioning blind faith
4 : closed at one end a blind alley

Other Words from blind

blindly adverb
blindness noun

blind

verb
blinded; blinding

Kids Definition of blind (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : to cause the permanent loss of sight in
2 : to make it impossible to see well for a short time Our driver was blinded by the sun.

blind

noun

Kids Definition of blind (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : a device to reduce sight or keep out light window blinds
2 : a place of hiding We watched the wildlife from a blind.

blind

adverb

Kids Definition of blind (Entry 4 of 4)

: with only instruments as guidance Fog made it necessary to fly blind.

blind

adjective
\ ˈblīnd How to pronounce blind (audio) \

Medical Definition of blind

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : lacking or deficient in sight especially : having less than ¹/₁₀ of normal vision in the more efficient eye when refractive defects are fully corrected by lenses
b : of or relating to sightless persons blind care
2a : designed to prevent participants from having information that could cause bias a blind taste test a blind clinical trial — see double-blind, single-blind
b : having no knowledge of information that may cause bias during the course of an experiment or test researchers blind to whether the investigational drug is administered
3 : having but one opening or outlet the cecum is a blind pouch

Other Words from blind

blindly \ ˈblīn-​(d)lē How to pronounce blind (audio) \ adverb
blindness \ ˈblīn(d)-​nəs How to pronounce blind (audio) \ noun

blind

transitive verb

Medical Definition of blind (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make blind

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