blind spot

noun

Definition of blind spot

1a : the small circular area at the back of the retina where the optic nerve enters the eyeball and which is devoid of rods and cones and is not sensitive to light

called also optic disk

— see eye illustration
b : a portion of a field that cannot be seen or inspected with available equipment
2 : an area in which one fails to exercise judgment or discrimination

Examples of blind spot in a Sentence

When driving on the highway, you need to make sure no one is in your blind spot before changing lanes. She has a blind spot concerning her son's behavior.
Recent Examples on the Web This mental blind spot leads us to envision other people in our in-group—such as those employed at our company—as being much more like ourselves in their beliefs than is the actual case. Gleb Tsipursky, Scientific American, 28 June 2021 As the necessity for transparency continues to grow, this could increasingly represent a blind spot for companies. Sharon Harris, Forbes, 10 June 2021 The report actually highlighted the very blind spot these bills would expand, finding there was insufficient objective evidence to conclude as to whether a public health concern exists due to third-party medical device servicing. Sally Pipes, Forbes, 10 May 2021 This mental blind spot leads us to envision other people in our in-group--such as those employed at our company--as being much more like ourselves in their beliefs than is the actual case. Arkansas Online, 24 June 2021 Another loophole — or blind spot — is in the testing that is already coronavirus protocol, experts say. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Apr. 2021 But when the Ravens traveled to Buffalo, Jackson’s blind spot turned into a liability. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, 7 June 2021 Every car has blind spot sand not having to turn your entire head to check yours can prove beneficial. Chris Hachey, BGR, 20 May 2021 Some mystery box operators are exploiting that blind spot to offer surprise pets delivered to consumers' doors for as little as 32 yuan ($5). Ben Westcott And Serenitie Wang, CNN, 19 May 2021

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First Known Use of blind spot

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Blind spot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blind%20spot. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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blind spot

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blind spot

: an area around a car, truck, etc., that the driver cannot see
: a tendency to ignore something especially because it is difficult or unpleasant
: a small area at the back of the eye that is not sensitive to light

blind spot

noun

Medical Definition of blind spot

: the small circular area in the retina where the optic nerve enters the eye that is devoid of rods and cones and is insensitive to light

called also optic disk

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