blind spot

noun

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.

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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, sandiegouniontribune.com, "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 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

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First Known Use of blind spot

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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blind spot

noun

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

blind spot

noun

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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