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.

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Now that these blind spots have been identified, archaeologists like Pearce Paul are wrestling with some bigger, more exciting questions. National Geographic, "Episode 4: Scuba diving in a pyramid," 2 July 2019 Even at that point, blinds spots weren’t a new hazard. Mark Olalde,, "Backup cameras would save miners' lives. So why are mines fighting against using them?," 26 June 2019 The current configuration of the Louisville Loop in the area can be hard to navigate, with pillars from I-64 and the Belvedere creating blind spots. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Open house to be held for public on proposed changes to River Road in downtown Louisville," 24 June 2019 That section of roadway is mostly straight, though there are dips and small curves that create blind spots., "Mass. man charged with 7 counts of negligent homicide in N.H. crash," 24 June 2019 Immediately, Biden critics and civil rights activists noted the blind spot. Philip Elliott, Time, "Joe Biden Keeps Stumbling. The Democratic Pile-On Is Just Getting Started.," 21 June 2019 One look at the broad wrap of roof at the rear pillars and hatch lid and critics point to blind spots. (james Halfacre), San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 Mazda3: elevated design, distinct character," 8 June 2019 Katherine is a dinosaur who needs a woke, youthful guide to illuminate the blind spots that come with her age, race and privilege. Eliza Berman, Time, "Emma Thompson Just Wants to Make Us Laugh—and Maybe Get Arrested," 6 June 2019 This blind spot persists today without an agreement. Reuel Marc Gerecht, WSJ, "Tehran Counts on a Divided West," 12 Dec. 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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