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

Likewise, motorist recommendations include giving motorcycles room to ride, never try to share a lane, use rearview mirrors and check blind spots before changing lanes, do not tailgate a motorcycle, and don’t drive distracted. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Look twice, it's Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month | Dash Cam Derby Video," 2 May 2018 Yet chief among the blind spots in climate models is the stability of the ice at the bottom of the world. Daniela Hernandez, WSJ, "Climate’s Big Unknown: What’s Happening Beneath Antarctica’s Ice?," 29 Dec. 2018 The risk of building the resulting blind spots or biases into tech products multiplies exponentially with AI, damaging customers’ trust and cutting into profit. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "A Crucial Step for Averting AI Disasters," 13 Feb. 2019 The new regulations included that at least two people operate the boats and that cameras be used to prevent blind spots for the drivers. Alejandro Lazo, WSJ, "Family Is Devastated as Nine Relatives Are Among 17 People Killed in Missouri Duck Boat Accident," 21 July 2018 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

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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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