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

This paper played a big part in raising the national profile of Elena Zelayeta, a blind restaurateur from San Francisco who became America’s first Mexican celebrity chef. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, "For over 137 years, no newspaper has covered Mexican food better than the L.A. Times," 17 Sep. 2019 The late Harvard law professor William Stuntz, an eloquent critic of mass incarceration, argued that historically the role of the prosecutor as an instrument of blind injustice is a consequence of the changing composition of American cities. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "Power of Attorney," 16 Sep. 2019 But its protagonist, a young German boy who worships the Fuhrer, also serves as a vivid reminder, not just of the dangers of blind devotion to a demagogue, but of the human capacity to reclaim one's moral center. Ann Hornaday, Houston Chronicle, "Movies grapple with a thorny present by revisiting the past at the Toronto International Film Fest," 16 Sep. 2019 Every good love story has a moment in which the precious ingénue, blind to the complexities of the world, misinterprets the lover's move. Wired, "Flirty or Friendzone? New AI Scans Your Texts for True Love," 16 Sep. 2019 But its protagonist, a young German boy who worships the Fuhrer, also serves as a vivid reminder, not just of the dangers of blind devotion to a demagogue, but of the human capacity to reclaim one's moral center. cleveland.com, "At the Toronto International Film Festival, movies grapple with a confounding present by revisiting the past," 13 Sep. 2019 But its protagonist, a young German boy who worships the Fuhrer, also serves as a vivid reminder, not just of the dangers of blind devotion to a demagogue, but of the human capacity to reclaim one’s moral center. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, "At the Toronto International Film Festival, movies grapple with a confounding present by revisiting the past," 12 Sep. 2019 The magnet can hold up to 15 pounds and can be used in a gun safe, around the house, in a vehicle or in a blind. John Goodspeed, ExpressNews.com, "Scouting interesting stuff to make hunts more fun," 12 Sep. 2019 Scientists warn that Mount Hood, an active volcano outside Portland, Ore., lacks adequate monitoring equipment and bureaucratic red tape has left them blind to detect future eruptions, which could lead to deadly consequences, according to a report. Fox News, "Oregon's Mount Hood active volcano lacks adequate monitoring, scientists say," 10 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

According to Good Housekeeping Textile Director, Carolyn Forte, blinds and shades also are generally easier to care for than curtains or drapes. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "Our Favorite Custom Blinds and Shades Are 50% Off Right Now," 5 Sep. 2019 This little black cloud would turn into a sandstorm that was blinding and threw the camera equipment around. Clark Collis, EW.com, "Snakes, sandstorms, and strangulation: The making of 1999's The Mummy," 14 Aug. 2019 In 2015 a man sued an Alamo Drafthouse location in Texas for not being accessible to wheelchair users, and in 2018 a woman sued Alamo Drafthouse because its website was not accessible to blind people. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "Alamo Drafthouse in Westminster criticized for lack of access to disabled patrons," 13 Aug. 2019 Batters are sometimes blinded until dusk finally takes hold. Thomas Farragher, BostonGlobe.com, "‘It’s like walking into a scrapbook’: How Pittsfield’s Waconah Park has endured," 16 July 2019 While some might want their highlight to be blinding, these are more natural. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Here’s Laura Mercier’s New Limited-Edition Highlighter Palette," 18 June 2018 The most popular toilet nightlight for under $10 When nature calls in the middle of the night, the absolute worst feeling is being blinded by your bathroom lights. Samantha Gordon, USA TODAY, "These are the 4 best Amazon deals you can get right now," 16 Jan. 2018 In the first inning, Stephen Piscotty clearly could not pick up Buster Posey’s liner to right, blinded by the sun, but the ball went into his glove — which was at waist level as Piscotty looked in the opposite direction. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "Giants win when A’s bullpen collapses," 24 Aug. 2019 The accusations have divided the village, cutting through friendships and families and isolating the accusers, who say the benefits Hendricks brought — status, money, jobs — blinded villagers to his crimes. Washington Post, "Ex-clergyman says US priest in Philippines a known pedophile," 10 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

These blinds are quality-made and backed by lab experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute for their child safety and customization. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "Our Favorite Custom Blinds and Shades Are 50% Off Right Now," 5 Sep. 2019 Ikea’s first smart blinds will start sales in the US on October 1st. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "Ikea goes all in on smart home tech," 17 Aug. 2019 Three additional bedrooms on the upper floor have sliding closet doors, plush carpeting and wood blinds. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Updated home comes with high ceilings, designer details, an updated kitchen, a wet bar and a wood-burning fireplace," 17 July 2019 An enormous pile of books stood teetering against the wall as Kristen’s cat batted the blinds. Daniel Poppick, Harper's magazine, "Rumors," 16 Sep. 2019 The blinds stay closed during the day, and the lights are off in the classrooms. Meghan Lopez, The Denver Post, "60 Denver schools lack air conditioning as city heats up to 98 degrees," 20 Aug. 2019 Morrison’s prose has the effect of ripping the blinds off the wall and letting the sunlight in. Erin Overbey, The New Yorker, "Toni Morrison in The New Yorker," 6 Aug. 2019 But much of their leadership is corrupt, & robbing the U.S. Government blind! Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "9 questions about Puerto Rico’s political crisis you were too embarrassed to ask," 30 July 2019 Donald Sutherland draws the blinds in his apartment, dims the lights, locks the doors. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, "Commentary: Smell that? Why the new cannabis culture stinks," 25 July 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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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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