blind

adjective
\ ˈblīnd How to pronounce blind (audio) \

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

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
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 intensivewas robbed blind

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Other Words from blind

Adjective

blindly \ ˈblīn(d)-​lē How to pronounce blindly (audio) \ adverb
blindness \ ˈblīn(d)-​nəs How to pronounce blindness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for blind

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 An intellectual cannot turn a blind eye when a nation dies after the surrender of its elite (especially since there are only two kinds of elites, the elites of the people and the intelligentsia). Madison Mainwaring, Harper's Magazine, "Survive and Advance," 25 May 2020 Some patients, as a result, are blind to the malfeasance. Audrey Farley, The New Republic, "The Nonprofit Grifters Who Want a Cut of the Coronavirus Bailout," 14 May 2020 In fairness, curators haven’t been entirely blind to net art’s significance. Andrew Dickson, New York Times, "With Galleries Closed, a Moment for Net Artists to Shine," 6 May 2020 Some will find this luxurious take on Hollywood self-indulgent, with a habit of casting a blind eye at all the painful steps towards equality made by real-life activists over the past eight decades. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Hollywood Is Netflix’s Latest, Greatest Thirst Trap & Here’s Photo Evidence," 30 Apr. 2020 Another brings an epidemic of dead eyes, as Kashmiris refer to protesters left blind after being struck in the eyes by pellets fired by police officers. Sameer Yasir, New York Times, "Kashmir, Under Siege and Lockdown, Faces a Mental Health Crisis," 26 Apr. 2020 The limits left top officials largely blind to the true dimensions of the outbreak. Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, "What we know about delays in coronavirus testing," 18 Apr. 2020 Planetary astronomers are blind to that magnetic field from Earth, although the Hubble Space Telescope can occasionally catch an indirect glimpse via Uranus’s auroras—which can shine far from the poles. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "Uranus blasted a gas bubble 22,000 times bigger than Earth," 30 Mar. 2020 After a 2012 drag-strip crash that left him blind, Dan Parker didn't give up his racing dreams. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "Dan Parker Aims to Be World's Fastest Blind Man in Corvette at 201 MPH," 21 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Striving for more accurate predictions might give us a false sense of certainty and blind us to what’s coming. Jed Kolko, Quartz, "What the next phase of the Covid-19 economic crisis looks like," 27 Apr. 2020 Unlike businesswoman Emma or trend-chasing Lyn, Mari always leads with her heart — a way of existence that blinded her to the insidious misogyny within both her activist group and her own family. Inkoo Kang, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Vida' Season 3: TV Review," 24 Apr. 2020 Jade DeLucia, 4, spent Christmas fighting to survive after a case of the flu hospitalized her and caused seizures and swelling in her brain that blinded her. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "An Iowa girl was blinded and almost killed by the flu. Now, she can see again.," 10 Mar. 2020 Our love for math shouldn’t blind us to these truths! Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Natural Law and Elegant Math’," 17 Jan. 2020 The cross is undoubtedly a Christian symbol, but that fact should not blind us to everything else that the Bladensburg Cross has come to represent. The Conversation, "Maryland ‘Peace Cross’ ruling: The Supreme Court rules that a cross stands for more than Christianity," 20 June 2019 The better to handicap them later in events like the Breeders’ Cup, presuming horseplayers are not blinded by 3½-year-olds. Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Santa Anita to Los Alamitos deal appears dead," 10 Apr. 2020 Around 120 youth lost their lives and several hundreds were blinded as security forces to tackle protesters. Riyaz Wani, Quartz India, "Imagine the Indian lockdown without the internet and phones. Now think Kashmir," 26 Mar. 2020 Two days before the massacre, a booby trap killed a sergeant, blinded a GI and wounded several others on a Charlie Company patrol. Fox News, "50 years ago, the My Lai massacre shamed the US military," 15 Mar. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That means cutting down trees, tilling dirt, planting, fertilizing, putting up blinds and treestands (multiples in bigger fields to hunt during different wind directions). Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "How to Get Your Own Private Hunting Property (and Improve its Habitat)," 14 May 2020 The master suite has a large sitting area facing a fireplace, remote blinds and a spa-like bathroom with an electric fireplace, rain shower and towel warming drawer. Dallas News, "Cindy O’Gorman presents estate in Chapel Creek," 21 Mar. 2020 Both functional and decorative, curtains, drapes, and blinds are a necessary part of any room design. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How to Make Your Own Curtains Like a Pro," 2 Mar. 2020 Nebraska Lincoln: Want to try your hand at waterfowl or turkey hunting, but leery of the expense of buying blinds and decoys? USA TODAY, "More pigeon hats, cushion cash, Chaka Khan: News from around our 50 states," 20 Jan. 2020 Large sections of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg — the two states that make up southern Germany — resemble central Wisconsin, right down to the cornfields, deer blinds, and roadside pumpkin stands. John Gurda, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Clean streets, clean government, good beer. On a trip through Germany, many hints of our Wisconsin home.," 30 Oct. 2019 That led them to looking at how Google Glass technology could benefit the blind and visually impaired in getting around and becoming more independent. Johnny Diaz, sun-sentinel.com, "App for blind and visually impaired tourists and residents comes to Miami Beach," 21 Aug. 2019 Make the room dark — by drawing the blinds, for example — though having a nightlight is fine. Roberta Kwok, New York Times, "How to Move Your Child to a Separate Room," 17 Apr. 2020 Above the small white writing desk, stacked with art history books, a few scarlet smudges dotted the blinds. Dallas Morning News, "Texas law enforcement uses hypnosis to investigate crimes. Does it uncover the truth?," 8 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of blind was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

28 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Blind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blind. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for blind

blind

adjective
How to pronounce blind (audio)

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 How to pronounce blind (audio) \
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 How to pronounce blind (audio) \

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 How to pronounce blindly (audio) \ adverb
blindness \ ˈblīn(d)-​nəs How to pronounce blindness (audio) \ noun

Medical Definition of blind (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make blind

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