blind

adjective
\ ˈblīnd \

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

c : drunk sense 1a

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

c : venetian blind

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 \ adverb
blindness \ˈblīn(d)-nəs \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for blind

Synonyms: Adjective

eyeless, sightless, stone-blind, visionless

Synonyms: Verb

bedazzle, daze, dazzle

Antonyms: Adjective

sighted

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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

Falkowski has had several eye surgeries after being diagnosed with Fuchs’ dystrophy, a genetic disorder of the cornea that has left him legally blind in one eye, his attorney said. Kelly Brennan, Philly.com, "Former QVC exec gets 30 months in prison for bilking $1M from network," 10 July 2018 All of the students on the tour are legally blind or visually impaired. Emily Himes, miamiherald, "Miami Lighthouse for the Blind students receive sensory tour of Marlins Park," 2 July 2018 Nashoba Valley Tech, junior Kimball, a member of the cross-country and track teams, has shattered the school’s cross-country course record with a time of 17:32 despite being legally blind. BostonGlobe.com, "2017-17 Para Athlete All-Scholastics," 29 June 2018 Image Michael Golfo, who is legally blind, began to inch off the curb at Lexington Avenue and 63rd Street on his way home from work on Tuesday after sensing the whir of traffic moving to his left. Aaron Robertson, New York Times, "Blind Pedestrians Sue the City to Improve Crosswalk Safety," 27 June 2018 Ricci Michaels is a disabled Navy veteran who served her country for six years and is also legally blind. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Rabbit Hash welcoming multicultural exhibit to its arts center," 8 June 2018 As the measure decreases, an animal’s (or individual’s) vision worsens: At less than 10 cycles per degree, a human is deemed legally blind. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "How Does Your Vision Compare to Other Critters in the Animal Kingdom?," 7 June 2018 Schultz, who has been blind since birth, has been playing for the Chicago Comets since 2007. Barbara Dargis, Daily Southtown, "Playing it by ear: Beep baseball tourney involves athletes with visual impairments," 6 June 2018 Nearly 5 million people around the world are blind because infection scarred their corneas, according to the World Health Organization. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Scientists have 3D printed the most advanced artificial cornea ever using human cells," 30 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The anti-graft commission’s lead investigator in the scandal was attacked with acid after leaving dawn prayers in April last year and blinded. Washington Post, "Corrupt Indonesia politician sentenced to 15 years in prison," 24 Apr. 2018 Beams from such devices can temporarily blind pilots and in some cases cause eye damage. Jeremy Page, WSJ, "American Military Aircraft Targeted By Lasers in Pacific Ocean, U.S. Officials Say," 21 June 2018 The incidents with the lasers, which can temporarily blind pilots, come as one of the first major dust-ups since China opened its first overseas military base in Djibouti in 2017. Paul Sonne, Washington Post, "U.S. accuses China of directing blinding lasers at American military aircraft in Djibouti," 3 May 2018 The point was a good result for the 10-man Lions, but it was nearly overshadowed by a horror injury which could have blinded Byrne. SI.com, "Livingston's Shaun Byrne Nearly Blinded After Suffering Horror Injury to Eye," 12 Feb. 2018 In the event of a nuclear detonation, there is an enormously bright flash (that could temporarily blind a person staring at the flash) followed by an extremely loud explosion and hurricane-force winds. Irwin Redlener, Time, "This Is What You Should Do During a Nuclear Alert," 19 Jan. 2018 Literally dozens of e-cigarettes have blown up in the past few months, including one incident that blinded a 14-year-old boy. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Yet Another Person Has Been Injured From an Exploding E-Cigarette," 14 June 2016 Glass windows on both floors were broken, and blinds swayed aimlessly. Billboard, "Eerie Waves: Memories of an Abandoned Radio Home, From Dido to Whitesnake's David Coverdale (& the Incredible Hulk)," 6 July 2018 That gorillas lack syntax should not blind humans to their magnificence. The Economist, "What Koko the gorilla could and couldn’t do," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But the plaintiffs said the relatively scant number of accessible signals violates state and federal laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, and endangers almost 200,000 New Yorkers who are blind, deaf-blind or partially sighted. Aaron Robertson, New York Times, "Blind Pedestrians Sue the City to Improve Crosswalk Safety," 27 June 2018 Competition was double-blind, with beers identified only by numbered code and basic style points. Allison Steele, Philly.com, "The winners of Craig LaBan's 2018 Brewvitational," 2 May 2018 The sedentary ache of my body on cold mornings with the company of an alert chocolate Lab at my side for hours in the duck blind is the ultimate sustained focus and harmony. Author: Christine Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, "How the Cow Face Pose can make you a better duck hunter," 19 June 2018 Your stack compared to the blinds is the only thing that truly matters, so continue to count throughout the tournament. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "An assortment of tournament poker tips," 4 June 2018 Advocates for the blind say these technologies have the potential to fundamentally change the mobility, employment and lifestyle of the blind and vision-impaired. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, "AI Tools Help the Blind Tackle Everyday Tasks," 28 May 2018 Debbie Pilcher, a communications specialist with Shenandoah, said the investigation into the deer blind had been closed. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "No charges in Shenandoah deer blind investigation," 3 Apr. 2018 Half-blind, with a shaggy hair and beard, Asahara was the key figure in the stunningly random and lethal attack targeting Tokyo commuters. Washington Post, "Cult leader executed for Japan sarin attacks still a mystery," 6 July 2018 To make the find, researchers showed non–color-blind participants a series of 1000 dots ranging from very blue to very purple, and asked them to judge whether each dot was blue. Matt Warren, Science | AAAS, "Are these dots purple or blue? Your answer might not be as reliable as you think," 28 June 2018

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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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More Definitions for blind

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 \
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 \

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 \ adverb
blindness \ˈblīn(d)-nəs \ noun

Medical Definition of blind (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make blind

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