blind

adjective
\ ˈblīnd \

Definition of blind

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a(1) : sightless
(2) : having less than ¹/₁₀ of normal vision in the more efficient eye when refractive defects are fully corrected by lenses
b : of or relating to sightless persons
2a : unable or unwilling to discern or judge blind to a lover's faults
b : unquestioning blind loyalty
3a : having no regard to rational discrimination, guidance, or restriction blind choice
b : lacking a directing or controlling consciousness blind chance
4a : made or done without sight of certain objects or knowledge of certain facts that could serve for guidance or cause bias a blind taste test — compare double-blind, single-blind
b : having no knowledge of information that may cause bias during the course of an experiment or test physicians blind to whether the test drug is administered
5 : defective: such as
a : lacking a growing point or producing leaves instead of flowers
b : lacking a complete or legible address blind mail
6a : difficult to discern, make out, or discover
b : hidden from sight : covered blind seam
7 : having but one opening or outlet blind sockets
8 : having no opening for light or passage : blank blind wall

blind

verb
blinded; blinding; blinds

Definition of blind (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : to make blind
b : dazzle
2a : to withhold light from
b : hide, conceal

blind

noun

Definition of blind (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : something to hinder sight or keep out light: such as
a : a window shutter
b : a roller window shade
d : blinder
2 : a place of concealment especially : a concealing enclosure from which one may shoot game or observe wildlife
3a : something put forward for the purpose of misleading : subterfuge
b : a person who acts as a decoy or distraction

blind

adverb

Definition of blind (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : blindly: such as
a : to the point of insensibility blind drunk
b : without seeing outside an airplane fly blind
c : without knowledge of certain facts that could serve for guidance or cause bias tasted the wine blind
2 used as an intensive was robbed blind

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Other Words from blind

Adjective

blindly \ ˈblīn(d)-​lē \ adverb
blindness \ ˈblīn(d)-​nəs \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for blind

Synonyms: Adjective

eyeless, sightless, stone-blind, visionless

Synonyms: Verb

bedazzle, daze, dazzle

Antonyms: Adjective

sighted

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Examples of blind in a Sentence

Adjective

our old blind cat kept walking into walls and furniture you'd have to be really blind to think that was a good idea

Verb

She was blinded as a child in a terrible fire. I was blinded by the sun as I came around the corner. He was blinded by love.

Noun

Some say the investigation is a blind to keep the public's attention off the governor.

Adverb

They had to fly blind through heavy smoke.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Forgetting also helps solve another thinking problem called fixation, or a blind adherence to ideas, solutions or designs that already exist. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "Why Forgetfulness Might Actually Help You," 22 Jan. 2019 Meanwhile, the White House has pushed back against efforts to end aid, and done little more than turn a blind eye to Riyadh’s range of troubling actions — including the crown prince’s likely involvement in Khashoggi’s murder. Amanda Sakuma, Vox, "Saudi Arabia is reportedly outsourcing its war in Yemen to child soldiers," 30 Dec. 2018 On the other hand, the wackiness, the didn't-see-that-coming twists, and Reynolds' quick-barbed tongue are all here—and all benefit from viewers going in blind. Sam Machkovech And Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Films for the discerning nerd: Ars picks the best of 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 Daredevil is about a blind lawyer who, by night, fights crime using his other heightened senses on the streets of New York City. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "15 Netflix Shows With the Hottest Sex Scenes You Need to Watch," 21 Dec. 2018 Now check out more makeup transformations: Now, see Bianca Del Rio do a blind smell test of scented lip balms: Follow Allure on Instagram and Twitter, or subscribe to our newsletter for daily beauty stories delivered right to your inbox. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Drag Race's Latrice Royale Talks About Coming Out During Her Magical Makeup Transformation," 16 Aug. 2018 But Beijing turned a blind eye because funding this critical industry domestically was fraught with risks. Jesse M. Fried And Matthew Schoenfeld, WSJ, "Will China Cheat American Investors?," 13 Dec. 2018 However, Gab isn’t the only site that’s recently been accused of turning a blind eye to potentially violent users. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Gab is back online after being banned by GoDaddy, PayPal, and more," 5 Nov. 2018 Lenders began turning a blind eye to income verification. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "10 years after the financial crisis, is the housing market still at risk?," 29 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Then for 15 days the thirteen men and one woman, the Captain smoke-blinded, sat in the boat just 26 feet long. Johnny Miller, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF police officer shot to death in gunbattle in 1968," 14 June 2018 Journalist Masha Gessen, who wrote Autocracy: Rules for Survival, said that everyday normalities should not blind us to the very not-normal things that are occurring. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, "Elisabeth Moss Doesn't Want To Hear That The Handmaid's Tale Is Too Scary," 5 May 2018 Our love and anxiety blind us to the most effective course of action. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "What’s wrong, and how do we help? Getting children the right mental-health support.," 5 Mar. 2018 Memphis brass, blinded by his prodigious size and athletic ability, overlooked Thabeet’s severely raw offensive game and occasional lack of focus. San Antonio Express-News, "The Bamba Project is still in early stages," 11 July 2018 This was a completely baseless supposition and the child of a mind blinded by love. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, "3 books for deep summer reading," 6 July 2018 This is a portrait of two complex, perhaps unlikeable women who are unapologetic in their ambition, but willfully blind as to what their ambitions truly aim for. Constance Grady, Vox, "The 16 best books I read in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 The bright spots shouldn’t blind anybody to the challenges this region faces. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "The unheralded success of flyover states," 18 Oct. 2018 Dorsey’s preoccupation with appearing apolitical blinds him, and Twitter writ large, to the fact that inaction and selective enforcement are political acts. Parker Molloy, The Verge, "By not banning Alex Jones, Twitter is making a political choice," 8 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Since overhead lights and windows tend to cause the most glare, using lower wattage bulbs or coverings like blinds may also help. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Ways to Keep Your Eyes Comfortable If You Work at Computer All Day," 5 Oct. 2018 Yang's installation bathed the gallery at the Triennale in shadows and primary colors, the blinds filtering the natural light coming through the ceiling and windows. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Inside the Interactive Maze Gripping the Milan Art World," 27 Sep. 2018 The tour starts off with her morning routine, including waking up to sunny Los Angeles courtesy of electric blinds that open onto her expansive balcony, which just so happens to overlook not one, but two shimmering swimming pools. Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Just Gave Fans a Tour of Her Hidden Hills Mansion," 4 Sep. 2018 But going in blind is undoubtedly the best way to enjoy this movie. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Overlord is a gloriously entertaining piece of B-movie schlock," 9 Nov. 2018 Since the process is double-blind, guests and hosts can only see each other’s reviews after both have written them. Ronda Kaysen, New York Times, "Surviving a Bad Airbnb Review," 19 Jan. 2018 New window treatments — curtains, blinds, or drapes — can be an unexpectedly expensive part of a reno, mostly because people tend to have lots of window. Brett Martin, House Beautiful, "What A Living Room Renovation Actually Costs," 13 July 2018 Close your drapes, blinds or curtains during the hottest part of the day to keep the sun’s rays from bringing in too much heat. For Lg&e Ku, The Courier-Journal, "Check out these no-fuss ways to save energy and money this summer.," 26 June 2018 The funding will allow the college's admissions process to become need-blind, no longer taking students' financial situations into account when selecting a Freshman class. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Michael Bloomberg Is Donating $1.8 Billion to Fund Scholarships at Johns Hopkins," 19 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of blind

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Adverb

1698, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blind

Adjective

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German blint blind, Old English blandan to mix — more at blend

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blind

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of blind

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: unable to see
: unable to notice or judge something
usually disapproving : accepting the actions or decisions of someone or something without any questions or criticism

blind

verb

English Language Learners Definition of blind (Entry 2 of 4)

: to cause (someone) to be unable to see : to make (someone) blind
: to cause (someone) to be unable to see for a short time
: to cause (someone) to be unable to think clearly or to act reasonably

blind

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blind (Entry 3 of 4)

: something that is used to cover a window from the inside of a room especially : a roll of cloth or plastic that is hung at the top of a window and pulled down over the window
US : a place where hunters hide from animals while they are hunting
: something that is used to trick people or to prevent people from noticing a particular thing

blind

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of blind (Entry 4 of 4)

: without seeing outside of an airplane : using only a plane's instruments
informal : to the degree that you are unable to think clearly or to act reasonably

blind

adjective
\ ˈblīnd \
blinder; blindest

Kids Definition of blind

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : unable or nearly unable to see
2 : lacking in judgment or understanding He is blind to his own faults.
3 : unquestioning blind faith
4 : closed at one end a blind alley

Other Words from blind

blindly adverb
blindness noun

blind

verb
blinded; blinding

Kids Definition of blind (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : to cause the permanent loss of sight in
2 : to make it impossible to see well for a short time Our driver was blinded by the sun.

blind

noun

Kids Definition of blind (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : a device to reduce sight or keep out light window blinds
2 : a place of hiding We watched the wildlife from a blind.

blind

adverb

Kids Definition of blind (Entry 4 of 4)

: with only instruments as guidance Fog made it necessary to fly blind.

blind

adjective
\ ˈblīnd \

Medical Definition of blind

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : lacking or deficient in sight especially : having less than ¹/₁₀ of normal vision in the more efficient eye when refractive defects are fully corrected by lenses
b : of or relating to sightless persons blind care
2a : designed to prevent participants from having information that could cause bias a blind taste test a blind clinical trial — see double-blind, single-blind
b : having no knowledge of information that may cause bias during the course of an experiment or test researchers blind to whether the investigational drug is administered
3 : having but one opening or outlet the cecum is a blind pouch

Other Words from blind

blindly \ ˈblīn-​(d)lē \ adverb
blindness \ ˈblīn(d)-​nəs \ noun

Medical Definition of blind (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make blind

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