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

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
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 intensivewas robbed blind

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Other Words from blind

Adjective

blindly \ ˈblīn(d)-​lē How to pronounce blindly (audio) \ adverb
blindness \ ˈblīn(d)-​nəs How to pronounce blindness (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 Help people who are blind or have low vision via video chat using Be My Eyes. Become a translator for important causes through Translators Without Borders. Juliana Labianca, Good Housekeeping, "101 Creative Community Service Ideas for Kids, Teens, and Adults," 9 Oct. 2020 Coats turned a blind eye toward the hoax and at times even seemed to promote it. Fred Fleitz, National Review, "Trump Declassifies Information on Russia Investigations, but It May Be Too Late," 8 Oct. 2020 And so the impact of Donald Trump and unfortunately so many others who have turned a blind eye to his trampling of our democracy as well as enabled it. CBS News, "Former CIA Director John Brennan on ethics of intelligence, challenges to democracy," 7 Oct. 2020 All that said, it must be pointed out that Coinbase has in the past demonstrated that turning a blind eye to politics can lead to huge strategic blunders. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Coinbase wants to reject politics. It should already know how risky that is.," 30 Sep. 2020 Former Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Vonda Evans, who now practices law privately, said the charges announced this week raise questions about the old axiom that justice is blind. Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press, "Breonna Taylor case reverberate with Detroiters: 'It's open season on Black people'," 27 Sep. 2020 While many nations are more focused on local jobs and have turned a blind eye to digital nomads, this will not be enough for companies worried about liability. Jackie Snow, National Geographic, "Is the office obsolete? Many travelers hope so," 23 Sep. 2020 Mom hates controversy and turns a blind eye to the behavior. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Mom hopes disruptive cousin doesn’t make road trip visit," 19 Sep. 2020 One of the new pets named Tessa is also blind and has taken a liking to Jasper. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Hairless, Eyeless Cat Named Jasper Attracts Fans with Striking Appearance: 'He's a Happy Cat'," 18 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Brian is such an appalling character that no amount of movie-star charm can blind you to it. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "Uncouth, Cranky and Rude: Movies in 1988 Were a Far Cry From Today," 2 Oct. 2020 Don’t let unbridled optimism blind you to your faults, since starting a new project or taking on a new position can require perseverance and hard work. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Sept. 24, 2020: Leo; let your smile thaw a cold heart; Libra, find common ground," 24 Sep. 2020 This decision drew criticism as most recent presidents have temporarily relinquished control of their assets to blind trusts rather than family members. Devon Link, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Claim on Trump nepotism, family profiting from presidency is partly false," 16 Sep. 2020 In pep talks, students were urged to think beyond the few careers traditionally offered to blind Chinese. The Economist, "Chaguan Only five blind people sat China’s university entrance exam this year," 15 Aug. 2020 This isn’t the time to blind call and hope something shows up. Tony Hansen, Outdoor Life, "The 7 Biggest Myths of Hunting Early-Season Deer," 3 Aug. 2020 The lawsuit filed in a federal court in Austin alleges that the current system, which is done on paper ballots, is inaccessible to blind voters and other voters with disabilities who can’t compete a paper ballot because of their disability. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Disabilities advocates: Texas mail ballot system disenfranchises people with disabilities," 24 July 2020 Your eagerness to enjoy more of the good things in life might blind you to the shortcomings of a proposal, a moneymaking scheme or a new romantic partner, so remain cautious. oregonlive, "Horoscope for August 3, 2020: Leo, soften your approach; Capricorn, don’t underestimate opponents," 3 Aug. 2020 To blind-bake a pie crust, position a baking rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 425 degrees. Allison Robicelli, Washington Post, "It took years of searching (and some terrible slices) to get to a chocolate pie we all deserve," 3 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Four of us sat in a duck blind, going on our second hour of not seeing any ducks. Anchorage Daily News, "A good duck dog is always by your side, even when she’s too old to join you for every hunt," 10 Oct. 2020 Covid vaccine trials are standard, double-blind studies. Rolfe Winkler, WSJ, "Covid-19 Vaccine-Trial Volunteers Look to Make a Difference," 8 Oct. 2020 However, completed large-scale, double-blind randomized control studies—our gold standard—are needed to truly know how well this treatment works. Carolyn Barber, Fortune, "Why was the leader of the free world given an experimental therapy?," 5 Oct. 2020 About 500 adults are needed for the randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled trial to evaluate how well the AZD1222 vaccine protects people from COVID-19. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Cleveland VA, Ohio State join clinical trials testing experimental COVID-19 vaccines in humans," 2 Sep. 2020 But as the sun climbed ever higher into the morning's cobalt sky, more geese departed the lake, with a few angling closer and closer to our blind. Star Tribune, "Well-seasoned waterfowlers hit their marks," 5 Sep. 2020 Now, however, after the center and several other groups advocating for the blind filed a federal lawsuit, the Virginia Department of Elections has agreed to offer a new option. Meagan Flynn, Washington Post, "Virginia agrees to make mail-in voting accessible to blind voters who sued," 1 Sep. 2020 Learning to craft a homemade blind or maintain a shotgun are rites of passage, and for a long time, making and maintaining decoys was, too. Matthew Every, Field & Stream, "Active Duty Marine Starts a Decoy Company Unlike Any Other," 21 Aug. 2020 Leaving from the south side of the parking lot will take you to the Confluence and Boundary trails, both of which lead to the confluence of the two rivers, where a short ramp leads up to a beautiful wooden bird blind created by artist Maya Lin. oregonlive, "Sandy River Delta is a park for people, playground for dogs near Columbia Gorge," 29 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb 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, "Celebrate the fall with Oktoberfest beers," 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, "What I Learned from 22 Straight Days of Turkey Hunting," 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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The first known use of blind was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

17 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Blind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blind. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for blind

blind

adjective
How to pronounce blind (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of blind

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: unable to see
: unable to notice or judge something
usually disapproving : 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
US : 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
informal : 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 blindly (audio) \ adverb
blindness \ ˈblīn(d)-​nəs How to pronounce blindness (audio) \ noun

Medical Definition of blind (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make blind

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