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

Juan Carlos Gil, who is legally blind, was unable to access the coupons on the store’s website. Jason Mckee, WIRED, "Domino's and the Web are Failing the Disabled," 16 Aug. 2019 More than one million people in the United States are legally blind, but fewer than 10 percent can read Braille. CBS News, "Lego creates special bricks to teach Braille," 9 Aug. 2019 The longtime stonemason, who retired in 2014 and is now blind, spoke fondly about his work for Trump and their trips together to Mets and Yankees games. Anchorage Daily News, "How a Trump construction crew has relied on immigrants without legal status," 9 Aug. 2019 Manson Family Member Dianne Lake Speaks Out About Life Inside The Cult By the time the Manson Family moved in, Spahn was 80 and blind, a fact Tarantino makes note of in his film. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood: All About the Creepy Ranch the Manson Family Lived In," 30 July 2019 More Stories Hatidze lives with her mother, a half-blind 86-year-old who barely leaves their dwelling. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Honeyland Makes the Story of a Lonely Beekeeper Feel Epic," 25 July 2019 Centrally planned command economies failed spectacularly, revealing that communists had no economic solution to the modern riddles of injustice and inequality, and were, furthermore, devastatingly blind to their own environmental depredations. Pankaj Mishra, Twin Cities, "Pankaj Mishra: Putin’s wrong, but so are liberals," 11 July 2019 Today, my father is legally blind, hard of hearing and grappling with a recent diagnosis of throat cancer. Glenn Forbes Bunting, latimes.com, "Balls, strikes and beers: a father-son umpiring crew saw 4 gritty stars rise in Detroit sandlots," 10 July 2019 Then 22, Warmbier returned home to Ohio in a vegetative state -- blind, deaf, and having sustained severe brain damage during his year in detention. Bianca Britton, CNN, "Student arrested in North Korea tweets he's 'obviously' not a spy," 9 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For those folks who really tilt the scale, this feeling may also come with some difficulty swallowing without a blinding fear of choking on their tongue. Mike Adams, chicagotribune.com, "Marijuana hangovers are real: What you need to know," 22 Aug. 2019 Although apparently never used in action, LaWS was capable of blinding enemy forces as a warning, shooting down drones, disabling boats, or damaging helicopters. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Plans To Field the Most Powerful Laser Weapon Yet," 7 Aug. 2019 Police cruisers blinded them with their spotlights. Los Angeles Times, "After 9 years on L.A.’s streets, Big Mama needed a home. But it wasn’t that easy," 15 Aug. 2019 Ideological uniformity can blind them to their own biases, and a sense of national emergency can lead them to betray their own principles. David French, National Review, "Hands Off the Babylon Bee," 30 July 2019 Those who were less fortunate, unprotected, were temporarily blinded, howling, clutching one another, arms out, skin inflamed, snot pouring from noses, some with foam bubbling at their lips. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's magazine, "A Play with No End," 22 July 2019 The pilot, Portland Officer Joshua Goldschmidt, was struck in the eyes by the green laser and temporarily blinded, according to a prosecutor’s sentencing memo. oregonlive.com, "Locksmith, allowed by police to take laser pointer found in stolen car, now prosecuted for pointing it at police plane," 16 July 2019 In 1939 Stalin’s pact with Hitler to dissect Poland had allowed the German dictator to risk confronting France and the U.K.. Now the Soviet leader blinded himself to the warning signs of the imminent German attack. Daniel Todman, WSJ, "‘1941’ Review: The Year Hitler Lost the War," 12 July 2019 But his relentless drive to do so blinds him to the grim reality of his situation and why the house is out of his reach. Chuck Barney, The Mercury News, "‘Last Black Man in San Francisco’: Filmmakers offer ode to a disappearing city," 3 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Close your blinds and try not to use heat-producing devices, like stoves, during the hottest parts of the day. Emily Bamforth, cleveland.com, "5 ways to take care of your health in extreme heat," 18 July 2019 My window blinds were open, and the moon was big and pocked and glaring. David Rabe, The New Yorker, "Uncle Jim Called," 1 July 2019 Last week, new vertical blinds were installed, replacing the black trash bags that have been hanging over the curtain rods for several weeks. Burbank Leader, "Waiting is sometimes the hardest part when tackling cancer," 5 Aug. 2019 What of the wild bears, wolves, and wolverines in places like Romania and Finland, offered food near blinds for photographers within? National Geographic, "Is the food appropriate and safely provided?," 31 July 2019 According to a police report, Westmoreland was accused of attempting to fraudulently return three boxes of blinds. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Milwaukee man said he was racially profiled while trying to return blinds at The Home Depot in Wauwatosa," 29 July 2019 Gross recommended at-home measures to keeping air conditioning costs down including changing filters and coils every few months, closing blinds on south or west facing windows and keeping units out of direct sunlight when possible. Slade Rand, courant.com, "Public pools and air conditioners in high demand across Connecticut as triple-digit temperatures approach," 17 July 2019 The animal, blind in one eye, was banned from being paraded at the festival after a veterinary team declared it unfit. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "This elephant-obsessed Indian state is finally stepping in to protect abused captive animals," 13 June 2019 Even the enormous blinds behind the TV were automated to open and shut whenever the makeup mogul pleases. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Kim Kardashian’s Disappearing TV Will Blow Your Mind," 19 Apr. 2019

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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 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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