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 At our hospital, the blind spot turned out to be not computers but break rooms. Ricardo Nuila, The New Yorker, "The Coronavirus Surge That Texas Could Have Seen Coming," 26 June 2020 The only disappointing aspects from a driving perspective are the soft brake pedal and a massive forward blind spot. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, "2020 Aston Martin Vantage Coupe Is More Than Just a Beauty, It's an All-Around Charmer," 23 June 2020 The blind spot, ironically, is the fault of the side mirrors, which stand far off the fenders to provide a rearward look past the Aston's hips but block your view of cross traffic at intersections. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, "2020 Aston Martin Vantage Coupe Is More Than Just a Beauty, It's an All-Around Charmer," 23 June 2020 Every 2021 Rogue comes with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, high-beam assist, rear automatic braking, driver-alert warning and rear-door alert. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "2021 Nissan Rogue gets makeover, tech updates," 16 June 2020 While discussion of Covid-19 struggles with past lessons, the uprising’s blind spot, alternatively, regards where to go next. C. Brandon Ogbunu, Wired, "The Pandemic and the Protests Are Mirror Images," 10 June 2020 So far, the Conway knot has fallen in the blind spot of every invariant mathematicians have come up with to study sliceness. Quanta Magazine, "In a Single Measure, Invariants Capture the Essence of Math Objects," 2 June 2020 Here are the cultural blind spots that USA TODAY's entertainment experts are filling in while everything else is canceled. USA TODAY, "Pop-culture blind spots: Everything we're finally catching up on during coronavirus quarantine," 27 May 2020 There was a cyclist or skateboarder in the blind spot. Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, "Welcome to The Technology 202, our guide to the intersection of technology and politics.," 5 May 2020

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First Known Use of blind spot

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Blind spot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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