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

In-dash alarms are available to warn of people in a bus driver’s blind spot. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Metro says fatal Westlake Avenue bus-pedestrian crash was preventable, agrees to $7.7M settlement," 26 Oct. 2018 Other blind spots revealed by Burning Man have simple solutions. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "The Vanishing City," 13 Aug. 2018 To this end, the research community has worked to understand how to reduce the blind spots in ML systems so they can be hardened against attacks on those weaknesses. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "AI Can Help Cybersecurity—If It Can Fight Through the Hype," 29 Apr. 2018 Don’t be fooled, though, the coming bump in sales does not mean GM has remedied the blind spot in Cadillac product planning. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "General Motors lacks vision for what Cadillac should become," 24 Apr. 2018 The moral gymnastics that sanction eating meat without killing are as full of ethical blind spots as agriculture and industry — the disconnections do not change the results. Author: Christine Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, "How the Cow Face Pose can make you a better duck hunter," 19 June 2018 Team reconnaissance aims to fill in those blind spots as fully as possible. Rob Mahoney,, "Breakaway: Inside the Life of Future Lottery Pick Mikal Bridges," 15 June 2018 And reclaiming that history isn’t just about making good on the blind spots of the past. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "In South Africa, a push to reclaim an Afrikaans as diverse as its speakers," 23 Mar. 2018 But a prudent driver could have anticipated the possibility of a car in the blind spot—or, for that matter, a pedestrian trying to dart between the stopped cars in the next lane—and slowed down to 30 or even 20 miles per hour. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Video suggests huge problems with Uber’s driverless car program," 22 Mar. 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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