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

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
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 intensivewas 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

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 According to the lyrics, Jellicle cats are blind when they’re born, can see in the dark, can look at a king and do various other activities that pretty much any cat can do. Katie Walsh, Anchorage Daily News, "Review: One question about ‘Cats’ — why?," 24 Dec. 2019 According to the lyrics, Jellicle cats are blind when they’re born, can see in the dark, can look at a king and do various other activities that pretty much any cat can do. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "One question about ‘Cats’: Why? (review)," 20 Dec. 2019 According to the lyrics, Jellicle cats are blind when they’re born, can see in the dark, can look at a king and do various other activities that pretty much any cat can do. Katie Walsh, Twin Cities, "Movie review: One question about ‘Cats’: Why?," 20 Dec. 2019 Even at home, Indian politicians are blind to some obvious conclusions from the crisis, however much their fate is tied to the markets for farm produce. The Economist, "Food is a fulcrum in Indian politics," 7 Dec. 2019 In addition to Alzheimer’s, Walker said his grandfather had been blind for at least 15 years because of cataracts. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos Briefs: DeMarcus Walker eager to return to lineup, but mourning loss of family member," 5 Dec. 2019 And the standard deduction goes up for those age 65 and older, as well as those who are blind. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "5 year-end tax tips to get your money safely through the holiday season," 4 Dec. 2019 Apple TV+ has committed to doing so conscientiously, with the production hiring consultants, cast, and crew who are blind or have low vision. Ani Bundel, Ars Technica, "See on Apple TV+: Less Game of Thrones, more unintentionally funny SyFy," 29 Oct. 2019 One of my friends who is blind says his biggest complaint is that elevators don’t have universal placement of the buttons. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Accessible Design is the Pinnacle of Good Design—And It’s for Everyone," 20 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The numbers have been blinding and the energy and endurance of the protesters staggering. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "The Story of 2019: Protests in Every Corner of the Globe," 30 Dec. 2019 The result: a blinding, suffocating smog overwhelming the region, including cities like Delhi, Meerut, Mathura, and Agra. Shivam Vij, Quartz India, "India’s Green Revolution, which once staved off famines, is now threatening lives," 7 Nov. 2019 Sugarawa pointed a high-powered laser at the microphone of his iPad—all inside of a black metal box, to avoid burning or blinding anyone—and had Fu put on a pair of ear buds to listen to the sound the iPad's mic picked up. Wired, "Hackers Can Use Lasers to ‘Speak’ to Your Amazon Echo or Google Home," 4 Nov. 2019 Lasers could blind the optics of enemy satellites or disable critical equipment such as solar panels. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "NATO Is Preparing for War in Space," 30 Oct. 2019 Wheelchair-accessible duck blinds on public lands remain rare, according to Andi Cooper, a spokeswoman for the national conservation nonprofit Ducks Unlimited. USA TODAY, "White Sands dust-up, distracted-driving cams, hog rules: News from around our 50 states," 10 Dec. 2019 After the German breakthrough, his battalion plowed through blinding snow for two days to reach Luxembourg. BostonGlobe.com, "For Gerry Goolkasian of Newton, the Battle of the Bulge barely lasted a morning.," 6 Dec. 2019 The injury was actually really serious, leaving the TV anchor temporarily blind in the affected eye. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "Savannah Guthrie Reveals Serious Eye Injury That Left Her Temporarily Blind," 27 Nov. 2019 In what is astonishingly his debut film, writer-director Joe Penna gives the North Pole its due as one of nature's great abysses, a land of blinding white and boundless desolation. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to Watch (and Skip) in Theaters and on Streaming Platforms This Weekend," 22 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In a video, Ballie was shown controlling a variety of smart home gadgets, like opening blinds in the morning, controlling a TV, and starting a smart vacuum. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Samsung’s CES vaporware keynote details AR glasses, fitness exoskeleton," 7 Jan. 2020 For one thing, since they are enclosed, blinds are usually warmer than most tree stands. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Great Gear for First Time Deer Hunters," 27 Dec. 2019 The Crane Trust’s blinds are available throughout March. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "From monarch butterflies to gray whales, animals are on the move. Here’s how travelers can tag along on their migratory journeys," 24 Oct. 2019 Today for instance, all Good Housekeeping blinds and shades are 50% off at Blindsgalore.com, perfect for anyone refreshing their decor for fall. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "Our Favorite Custom Blinds and Shades Are 50% Off Right Now," 5 Sep. 2019 The window blinds were closed, and the apartment smelled of bleach. Los Angeles Times, "When L.A. moved them off the streets, some knew it was their last chance. Others didn’t see it that way," 15 Aug. 2019 The center opens its four bird blinds from March 6 to April 11. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "From monarch butterflies to gray whales, animals are on the move. Here’s how travelers can tag along on their migratory journeys," 24 Oct. 2019 Till then, make sure to keep your doors locked and your blinds closed. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Netflix's 'You' Season 2: Everything We Know So Far," 2 Oct. 2019 FaZe Clan members block out the neighborhood’s breathtaking views with thick blinds to prevent glare. Taylor Lorenz, New York Times, "Can FaZe Clan Build a Billion-Dollar Business?," 15 Nov. 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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Last Updated

9 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Blind.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blindly. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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More Definitions for blind

blind

adjective
How to pronounce blind (audio)

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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