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 blind (audio) \ adverb
blindness \ ˈblīn(d)-​nəs How to pronounce blind (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 In 2019, rights groups accused F1 of turning a blind eye to the plight of Bahraini activist Najah Yusuf, a critic of the Grand Prix. Ben Morse, CNN, "Lewis Hamilton 'spoken to Bahrain officials' about human rights issues ahead of F1 race in country," 26 Mar. 2021 This story has it all: ratepayers footing the bill for cleanup, contaminated wells, and utilities and lawmakers turning a blind eye to a public health catastrophe. Mark Olalde, USA TODAY, "Climate Point: The Wright brothers make it to Mars and dire drought forecasts in California," 26 Mar. 2021 The Saudi Human Rights Commission, which Awwad heads, has been criticized over the past few years for turning a blind eye to violations in the country. Washington Post, "Saudi official rejects reports that he threatened U.N. investigator in Khashoggi murder," 25 Mar. 2021 One reason many in the West turned a blind eye to the war was the confusion in explaining the multiple warring factions in what is now Bosnia-Herzegovina. Gregory Ellwood, Los Angeles Times, "‘Quo Vadis, Aida?’ pushes to find the lost souls of a 1995 massacre," 24 Mar. 2021 Some American diplomats and consuls fumed at the brazen evasion of American law, while others turned a blind eye. James Oakes, The New York Review of Books, "Why Did the Slave Trade Survive So Long?," 23 Mar. 2021 Turning a blind eye is no longer an option given the social stakes. Aparna Dhinakaran, Forbes, "The Chronicles Of AI Ethics: The Man, The Machine, And The Black Box," 12 Mar. 2021 Some workplaces are turning a blind eye to marijuana use completely. Austen Erblat, sun-sentinel.com, "What are the rights of employees who use medical marijuana? Here are the answers.," 11 Mar. 2021 Dressed as a giant cannabis leaf, Ms. Medina was attending a protest last year that began at a small marijuana plantation outside the Senate offices in Mexico City, where locals now regularly come to smoke pot while the police turn a blind eye. New York Times, "Mexico Set to Legalize Marijuana, Becoming World’s Largest Market," 10 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Voting can often be difficult for disabled Americans because of obstacles at polling places and with mail ballots, and many websites are still not accessible to blind people or others with low vision. Abigail Abrams, Time, "Senator Tammy Duckworth Wants FDR Memorial to Be Accessible for People with All Disabilities," 2 Mar. 2021 And those drugs can blind or kill you, due in large part to an almost total absence of regulatory oversight. Ann Levin, Star Tribune, "Review: New book spotlights rogue lab and a shadow industry," 22 Feb. 2021 Its biggest failings—arrogance, messianic hubris, a self-regard so bright as to blind one to shortcomings—stem from the Puritan legacy Bancroft was so steeped in. Colin Woodard, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Pitfalls and Promise of America’s Founding Myths," 23 Feb. 2021 Advanced weapons at China’s military bases can fire warheads that smash satellites and can shoot laser beams that have a potential to blind arrays of delicate sensors. New York Times, "How Space Became the Next ‘Great Power’ Contest Between the U.S. and China," 24 Jan. 2021 Advanced weapons at China’s military bases can fire warheads that smash satellites and laser beams with a potential to blind arrays of delicate sensors. William J. Broad, BostonGlobe.com, "How space became the next ‘great power’ contest between the US and China," 25 Jan. 2021 The story goes that ninjas in Feudal Japan would use pepper powder to sting the eyes of their opponents and temporarily blind them. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "Personal Defense Tools and Weapons That Could Save Your Life in an Emergency," 4 Nov. 2020 The pandemic raged on all the while but did dip enough in Connecticut and surrounding states for all that hope to temporarily blind us to what a great undertaking a 2020-21 season actually would be. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: Enjoy what you can, while you can, from college basketball in 2020-21; UConn men start another quarantine and it’s anyone’s guess what this season holds," 8 Dec. 2020 Put another way, acknowledging that change happens because of impure motives should not blind us to what that change meant to those who benefited from it. Eric Herschthal, The New Republic, "The Elusive Promise of the Underground Railroad," 7 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Shop Amazon's top-selling window blind duster brush below to have your treatments as clean as a whistle. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "This Window Blind Duster Brush with Nearly 10,000 Amazon Reviews Is the Easiest Trick To Cleaning Dirty Blinds," 31 Mar. 2021 Eleftheriou went on to create a new typing system for the blind called Fleksy, which in 2012 received an award from the Royal National Institute of Blind People and was honored by Apple, according to the suit. Washington Post, "Maker of keyboard apps for the blind sues Apple, claiming anticompetitive behavior," 18 Mar. 2021 The trial is what's known as a double-blind randomized control trial, the gold-standard of trials. Jacqueline Howard And Jen Christensen, CNN, "FDA warns against using anti-parasitic drug for Covid-19 after reports of hospitalizations," 5 Mar. 2021 There’s also plenty of info online about how to outfit one with a layout blind. Matthew Every, Field & Stream, "How to Hunt Ducks in a Winter Storm and Live to Tell About It," 24 Dec. 2020 In that case, a second choice for many hunters is to climb into a tree stand or crawl into a ground blind and wait for a buck to pass by. Hal Blood, Outdoor Life, "3 Great Places to Take a Stand in the Big Woods," 10 Nov. 2020 Some people might not invite you back if your dog howls like a wolf or hoots like an owl in the blind. Anchorage Daily News, "A good duck dog is always by your side, even when she’s too old to join you for every hunt," 10 Oct. 2020 My shotgun slid sideways along the mesh wire fence that held the blind together. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, "The Evolution of Shotgun Coatings: From Blued Barrels to (Mostly) Impervious Firearm Finishes," 11 Jan. 2021 It is not intended to stick two different items together, repair tears in a hunting blind or that kind of thing. Bob Beacham, chicagotribune.com, "The best camouflage hunting tape," 19 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb This beer was selected Best of Show at a blind-tasting event of over 40 Oktoberfest beers hosted by the Growler magazine in 2019. Michael Agnew, Star Tribune, "Celebrate the fall with Oktoberfest beers," 9 Sep. 2020 Instead, my new run-and-gun approach is to sneak—still-hunting-deer-with-a-bow slow—through good country, and make multiple blind-calling sets. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, "What I Learned from 22 Straight Days of Turkey Hunting," 26 May 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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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 blind (audio) \ adverb
blindness \ ˈblīn(d)-​nəs How to pronounce blind (audio) \ noun

Medical Definition of blind (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make blind

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