blind·​ing ˈblīn-diŋ How to pronounce blinding (audio)
: causing or seeming to cause blindness : making sight difficult or impossible
a blinding light
a blinding snowstorm
a blinding headache [=an extremely painful headache]
: extremely or impressively fast
a runner with blinding speed
blindingly adverb
a blindingly bright light
blindingly fast speed

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Venture investors have provided $100 million in fresh funding to Ray Therapeutics, a biotech company seeking to restore vision in people with the rare blinding disease retinitis pigmentosa. Brian Gormley, WSJ, 16 May 2023 However, Kempe failed to add any disclosures about the UAE’s relationship with the Atlantic Council—a blinding oversight, considering the substantial sums the Atlantic Council has accepted from the dictatorship. Casey Michel, The New Republic, 12 May 2023 At least six people died and dozens were injured when a blinding dust storm caused a pileup of more than 70 vehicles along a 2-mile section of I-55 in central Illinois early Monday. George Petras, USA TODAY, 3 May 2023 For an offense that has lacked blinding speed of late, the Chargers had other faster options — Jalin Hyatt and Zay Flowers among them — still available when their first pick arrived. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2023 At the maximum setting (or turbo mode), the PD36R puts out a blinding 1,600-lumen beam for up to three hours, making this flashlight ideal for outdoor after-dark activities, such as camping. Hunter Fenollol, Popular Mechanics, 25 Apr. 2023 Like with blinding lasers, there is unlikely to be a regulatory authority or inspection regime for autonomous weapons. IEEE Spectrum, 14 Dec. 2016 Instead, ease yourself into the day with this Philips Wake-Up Light which imitates the less blinding, natural light of a sunrise. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, 30 Oct. 2020 While Duvall circled the sacks, the park alternated between greatly dim and blinding/pulsating brightness. Globe Staff,, 4 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1786, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of blinding was in 1786

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Cite this Entry

“Blinding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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