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

The American judicial system is supposed to be blind and requires that all persons be treated equally, even if that person is the president. Dallas News, "Letters - Misled or forewarned? Readers give their take on the Mueller hearing," 4 Aug. 2019 At issue is how Maryland accommodates voters who are blind. Luke Broadwater, baltimoresun.com, "Blind voters sue Maryland Board of Elections, alleging discrimination at ballot box," 3 Aug. 2019 See is set in a post-apocalyptic future where all of humanity is blind. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Apple TV Plus’ See reportedly costs almost $15 million per episode," 12 July 2019 The taste test was blind, and participants did not know which brands were included. Maura Judkis, Washington Post, "Who makes the best cookies-and-cream ice cream in the U.S.? We scooped up 15 top brands to find out.," 10 July 2019 Outside, tyres were stacked up into a staircase. Mr Santrich (an alias, his real name is Seuxis Hernández Solarte) had left without anyone noticing, despite supposedly being almost blind. The Economist, "The disappearance of Jesús Santrich threatens Colombia’s peace deal," 4 July 2019 Judge Groves had no way of knowing that Dobyne was legally blind. Phillip Morris, cleveland.com, "Retinitis pigmentosa stole his eyesight, not his vision: Phillip Morris," 30 June 2019 While website accessibility can vary depending on a person’s disability and individual needs, Jacko and her team focused on whether those who are blind or have low vision would be able to navigate and gather information from candidates’ websites. Abigail Abrams, Time, "None of the 2020 Presidential Candidates' Websites Are Fully Accessible to Disabled Voters," 26 June 2019 Ricky Rhodes for The New York Times For those who are blind or have compromised vision, hearing is fine but touching is even better. New York Times, "Getting ‘Ink’ on Their Hands," 24 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

God, be pleased with those who want to go for jihad – and blind those who are watching and want to capture them. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "Osama bin Laden’s son, the “Crown Prince of Terror,” is dead. Or is he?," 1 Aug. 2019 America, China and India are rapidly increasing their destructive capabilities: blinding military satellites with lasers, jamming their signals to Earth or even blowing them up, causing debris to scatter across the cosmos. The Economist, "A new age of space exploration is beginning," 18 July 2019 Even in early September, the peak was still sheathed in blinding white snow. Brian Coyne, SFChronicle.com, "One Day, One Place: Mount Shasta, California," 11 July 2019 The bathroom has a shower and a toilet with storage and blinds to complete the look. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "7 People Can Sleep Comfortably in This Tricked-Out Camper Van," 2 July 2019 Earlier this month, the US Food and Drug Administration won a landmark case against US Stem Cell, a company that manages three large clinics in Florida where at least four patients were reportedly blinded. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "YouTube Testimonials Lure Patients to Shady Stem Cell Clinics," 14 June 2019 The house was concrete and tile, all slathered in blinding white stucco. John Kelly, Washington Post, "In 1927, a Scottish castle was built in Chevy Chase. Thirty years later, it was gone.," 10 Feb. 2018 Local artists Lucki and Tobi Lou each broke through the late afternoon wall with thumping bass and hot, blinding strobe lights on the Pigeons & Planes stage. Jessi Roti, chicagotribune.com, "ComplexCon debuts in Chicago, and it’s a hypebeast’s world at McCormick Place," 21 July 2019 But that seems to be blinding people to the ramifications of what all these other types of businesses are going to face. Dustin Gardiner, SFChronicle.com, "Fight to change California’s landmark consumer privacy law fizzles — for now," 21 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Last week, new vertical blinds were installed, replacing the black trash bags that have been hanging over the curtain rods for several weeks. Burbank Leader, "Waiting is sometimes the hardest part when tackling cancer," 5 Aug. 2019 What of the wild bears, wolves, and wolverines in places like Romania and Finland, offered food near blinds for photographers within? National Geographic, "Is the food appropriate and safely provided?," 31 July 2019 According to a police report, Westmoreland was accused of attempting to fraudulently return three boxes of blinds. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Milwaukee man said he was racially profiled while trying to return blinds at The Home Depot in Wauwatosa," 29 July 2019 Gross recommended at-home measures to keeping air conditioning costs down including changing filters and coils every few months, closing blinds on south or west facing windows and keeping units out of direct sunlight when possible. Slade Rand, courant.com, "Public pools and air conditioners in high demand across Connecticut as triple-digit temperatures approach," 17 July 2019 The animal, blind in one eye, was banned from being paraded at the festival after a veterinary team declared it unfit. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "This elephant-obsessed Indian state is finally stepping in to protect abused captive animals," 13 June 2019 Even the enormous blinds behind the TV were automated to open and shut whenever the makeup mogul pleases. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Kim Kardashian’s Disappearing TV Will Blow Your Mind," 19 Apr. 2019 Three additional bedrooms include crown molding, wood blinds, all new closet doors and closet organizers. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Mountain views, access to Los Alamitos Trail enhance the ambience of this Graystone home," 10 July 2019 Light seeped through the cracks of the closed blinds, and only a single floor lamp had been turned on. David Rabe, The New Yorker, "Uncle Jim Called," 1 July 2019

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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

adjective

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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