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

Three significant additions to the list of standard features are blind spot and rear cross-traffic warning systems and an SiriusXM satellite radio with complimentary three-month subscription. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Nissan Kicks: Easy-to-drive CUV offers higher-end features for under $20,000," 30 June 2018 That’s not the most useful question, though — particularly at a time when Twitter’s guidelines remain systematically riddled with inconsistencies and blind spots that enable dangerous racists and abusers. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "Was it right to dox Stephen Miller? That’s the wrong question," 27 June 2018 Vehicles, particularly large trucks, have a larger blind spot on the right than on the driver’s side, something that may have contributed to Fredricks’ death. Jason Laughlin,, "Philadelphia looks to flip bike lanes where fatal accident occurred," 27 Mar. 2018 Turn-by-turn directions were displayed in the full-color HUD (head up display) along with traffic information, speed, smart cruise set speed and distance, blind spot warning lights, and audio information. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Genesis G90 is a loaded luxury sedan from Hyundai’s new premium brand | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 10 Feb. 2018 There was a ton of electronic safety gear, including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian monitoring, blind spot monitor, and lane departure warning. Al Haas,, "With Atlas, Volkswagen offers roomy newcomer to the midsize crossover market | Al Haas," 7 May 2018 There is little variation in visibility among vehicles tested here, with the exception of the Toyota Prius and its large rear blind spot. Car and Driver, "2018 Kia Niro," 6 Mar. 2018 American automobile consumers have already learned to trust technology such as vehicle backup cameras, lane departure assists, and blind spot detection, all of which assist with building a new relationship between car and driver. Eric Ellis, Fortune, "2 Things That Need to Happen for Driverless Cars to Go Mainstream," 28 June 2018 The screenshot shared by Musk appears to show a development build of Autopilot with a series of options including blind spot threshold, which helps the system in performing moves such as changing lanes on a highway. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Elon Musk: Version of Tesla's Autopilot has a 'Mad Max' mode," 25 June 2018

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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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