blind spot


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

Another big area for Google is eliminating biases in AI software that could replicate the blind spots and prejudices of human beings. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Google is hosting a global contest to develop AI that’s beneficial for humanity," 29 Oct. 2018 Aura most often manifest as visual disturbances like seeing flashes of light, zigzagging patterns, blind spots, or shimmering spots or stars, the Mayo Clinic says, and can last for up to an hour. Korin Miller, SELF, "Ocular Migraines Shouldn’t Exist, But They Do, So Here’s What to Know," 7 June 2018 Their fates are decided in the play’s penultimate scene, in which the older characters argue passionately, while revealing the arbitrariness and blind spots of any college admissions process. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘Transfers’ and the Anguished Art of the College Interview," 23 Apr. 2018 Backing in and out of parking spaces shouldn’t present a challenge, and other blind spots are comparable to or smaller than those of the Legacy’s competitors. Car and Driver, "2018 Subaru Legacy," 29 Mar. 2018 Whether due to helplessness or denial, this blind spot can be remedied. Susan Pinker, WSJ, "Aggression in Boys Is a Family Matter," 24 Jan. 2019 In this case, Alice Walker wasn’t just exposing a blind spot. Constance Grady, Vox, "The Alice Walker anti-Semitism controversy, explained," 20 Dec. 2018 But for now, the crucial technology to have, in my opinion, is city- and highway-speed forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and rear cross-traffic alert. Ray Magliozzi,, "Safety tech can aid driver independence," 23 Feb. 2018 But the system’s blind spot overlapped with my own. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "It's Not Just Human Drivers—Machines Have Blind Spots, Too," 21 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of blind spot

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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

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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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