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

The assets in Scott's trust are supposed to be blind to him, and managed by an independent trustee. Mary Ellen Klas, miamiherald, "Rick Scott and family made $550M in one transaction. How 'blind' is his blind trust?," 11 July 2018 The 25-year-old went blind in one eye after a firework exploded in his face earlier this year—an injury that’s sidelined his position as a firefighter and affected his role as a father. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "This 25-Year-Old's Warning About Fireworks Safety Is Going Viral After a Celebration Left Him Nearly Blind," 3 July 2018 Most of the teachers are blind to that kind of truth. refinery29.com, "The Affair," 2 July 2018 Benjamin, who at first seems morally superior, turns out to be blind to his own sense of entitlement. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: With ‘Skintight,’ Idina Menzel Takes On a Straight Play. Sort Of.," 21 June 2018 The problem with this theory is that the head of the FBI is supposed to be blind to the leanings of polls and political scuttlebutt. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "5 Takeaways From James Comey’s Petty-Ass Interview," 16 Apr. 2018 Thomas finds himself home alone with his nearly-blind grandfather on Christmas eve, because his mother, as CEO of the family toy empire, is working late to rake in all those holiday profits. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Dial Code: Santa Claus is our new favorite holiday cult classic," 24 Dec. 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker attended Spelman, a historically black women’s college, on a disability scholarship as a result of being blind in one eye. Ola Ojewumi, SELF, "I'm Celebrating My Disabled Black Girl Magic Because I'm Done Feeling Invisible," 7 Nov. 2018 Then Tyce, who is nearly blind from a progressive eye disease, put on a blindfold for a final trick—but ended up not being able to hold on to Mary’s legs during the stunt. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "‘America’s Got Talent’ Judges Were Shocked When a Couple's Trapeze Act Went Dangerously Wrong," 18 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There are things out there that try to blind people with complicated words, like a particular app that claims to improve your focus by playing specific music that gets your brain waves working in a particular way. Angela Chen, The Verge, "What happens when you spend a year using science to improve your brain," 22 Aug. 2018 The players are blindfolded to keep the game fair, as the players’ abilities vary from visually impaired to completely blind. Lauren Lumpkin, baltimoresun.com, "With hopes of a national team, Maryland School for the Blind hosts camp for visually impaired soccer players," 29 June 2018 True love may still exist—the singer was simply blinded by extreme hunger. Jennifer Lance, Glamour, "Ariana Grande Temporarily Gave Up on True Love Because She Was Hangry, and Honestly, Same," 2 Dec. 2018 At least 90 people, mostly young men and students, were killed and thousands wounded, hundreds of them in the eyes and blinded by shotgun pellets fired by Indian troops. Fox News, "Strike, curfew shuts Kashmir on rebel's death anniversary," 8 July 2018 Franco, blinded by the brim, settled himself and fired a perfect throw to first. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Phillies top Orioles behind Zach Eflin's gem, Maikel Franco's big play," 3 July 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The blinds go for about 99 – 155 euros, which converts to $113 – $181. Temi Adebowale, House Beautiful, "IKEA Is Launching Smart Window Treatments For Your Smart Hubs," 8 Jan. 2019 With eight different kinds of treatments, from roller shades to wooden blinds, there is one for nearly every kind of room. Madeleine Bokan, House Beautiful, "These Custom Window Shades Are 30% Off," 15 Jan. 2019 In a 2003 case, the Appeals Court also found that a Tigard cop did nothing wrong by looking through a 3-inch-wide gap in the blinds of an apartment window. Aimee Green, OregonLive.com, "Public masturbator claims his privacy was violated; Oregon appeals court disagrees," 2 May 2018 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

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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 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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