blind·​ing | \ ˈblīn-diŋ How to pronounce blinding (audio) \

Definition of blinding

1 : causing or seeming to cause blindness : making sight difficult or impossible a blinding light a blinding snowstorm a blinding headache [=an extremely painful headache]
2 : extremely or impressively fast a runner with blinding speed

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Other Words from blinding

blindingly adverb
a blindingly bright light blindingly fast speed

Examples of blinding in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Director Stephen Brackett's frantic staging also periodically assaults us with deafening noises and bright lights shined directly in our eyes, the latter unfortunately not quite blinding enough to prevent us from seeing what's going on. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical': Theater Review," 17 Oct. 2019 Instead, disputes with locals spiraled out of control, coalescing in the killing of a white fisherman that sent the community into a blinding rage and brought the Ku Klux Klan to town. Ben Brazil, Daily Pilot, "Film revisiting tensions between white and Vietnamese refugee fishermen in Texas screens at Viet Film Fest," 7 Oct. 2019 Henderson is considered a first-round pick due to his blinding speed, length (6-1, 202) and ball skills. Edgar Thompson,, "2019 College Football Rankings: No. 8 Florida Gators surging entering Year 2 under Dan Mullen," 17 Aug. 2019 Thick clouds of dust filtered the blinding sunlight as the agents stepped out of their vehicles. Felipe Fittipaldi, National Geographic, "Inside the faltering fight against illegal Amazon logging," 28 Aug. 2019 The Black Widow star took the stage in a black and white David Koma pantsuit with sheer paneling, styled with Gianvito Rossi PVC pumps, Marli New York circle earrings and her new blinding accessory — her jaw-dropping engagement ring. Mikayla Grossman,, "Scarlett Johansson Debuts Enormous Engagement Ring from Colin Jost at Comic-Con," 22 July 2019 Smith, still dazed from the blinding number on the scoreboard, sounded a bit star-struck by that idea. News Services, Twin Cities, "Watch: Lakeville teen Regan Smith sets world record in women’s 200-meter backstroke," 26 July 2019 Granted, the photo spoke for itself—a blinding diamond engagement ring, indicating that her boyfriend, Alex Rodriguez, had proposed after their two years of dating. Vogue, "Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Open Up About Their Engagement," 20 Mar. 2019 Jenner certainly has the most outré take on the challenge so far, and her blinding outfit complements the extreme nature of the phenomenon. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Has an Extreme Fashion Take on the Latest Social Media Challenge," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of blinding

1786, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of blinding was in 1786

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23 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Blinding.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of blinding

: very bright or strong especially : so bright or strong that you cannot see
: very fast

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very cautious or careful

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