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 The magnets make loading and unloading a break action in a blind or pit much easier and safer. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "First Look: CZ All-Terrain Shotguns," 29 Jan. 2020 Thus, like the proverbial blind men feeling an elephant, modern health care offers many fragmented pictures of a patient, but rarely a useful cohesive one. The Economist, "A system based on AI will scan the retina for signs of Alzheimer’s," 18 Dec. 2019 And in a neat twist, a replica of the yellow brick house in Detroit that serves as the blind man's home was constructed on a Budapest soundstage. Julie Hinds, Freep.com, "These are the 50 most essential movies set in Michigan," 12 Dec. 2019 Right now, research on fear (and other emotions) is like the blind men and the elephant. Dean Mobbs, Scientific American, "On the Nature of Fear," 20 Sep. 2019 Instead, the lawsuit alleges, the companies turned a blind eye to turn a profit. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Lawsuit: Big hotels should be held accountable for metro Detroit sex trafficking," 29 Jan. 2020 Starting in 1996, presidents began issuing annual proclamations about the month, and since then it has been regularly celebrated around the nation—all thanks to a devoted historian who refused to turn a blind eye to black excellence. National Geographic, "This courageous historian fought to make Black History Month possible," 24 Jan. 2020 To me, the religion's teachings are so wrong, so harmful, that acting friendly around them as long as religion doesn't come up would be like having a friend who's a member of a Neo-Nazi organization and just turning a blind eye to it. The Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax Live (Jan 24)," 24 Jan. 2020 That’s why, in December, many people cheered the president’s new executive order on antisemitism for addressing a problem that too many have turned a blind eye to: the rise of antisemitism on college campuses. Samantha Harris, National Review, "An Executive Order against Antisemitism Is Being Used to Justify Censorship," 23 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Lulay was alone with the fourth grader during tutoring sessions in violation of the school district’s tutoring agreement and made sure that blinds on the door and windows of the classroom were closed, according to the suit. oregonlive, "Mother of student sexually abused by a school tutor files federal suit against Cascade School District," 29 Jan. 2020 But the one factor that should not blind the Heat is short-term success. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Have trade considerations moved to Heat backburner?," 19 Nov. 2019 While a lighthouse is often thought of as a signal of safety in violent waters, Eggers' beacon is a menacing omen that blinds its keepers, delectably driving them to depravity. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "'The Lighthouse' is a grim nautical tale starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe," 24 Oct. 2019 Prince Philip cheated death on January 17 when his Land Rover Freelander crashed into another car after being momentarily blinded by the sun. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Biggest Royal Moments of the Past Decade," 1 Jan. 2020 What happens in the first 50 pages is an all-too-familiar experience for people of color, and what happens afterwards is a wake-up call for anybody who's been blinded by their white privilege. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Kiley Reid's 'Such a Fun Age' Keeps It Real on Race, Wealth, and Class," 23 Dec. 2019 The police and soldiers were using small-gauge shotguns—called pellet guns by the locals—and some of the victims had been blinded. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, "Blood and Soil in Narendra Modi’s India," 2 Dec. 2019 Guide Dogs for the Blind was founded in 1942 to help returning soldiers who had been blinded during World War II. oregonlive, "Guide Dogs for the Blind has trained hundreds of dogs in Boring and Gresham (Video)," 26 Nov. 2019 Next year the World Mosquito Program hopes to release data from a blinded randomized controlled trial in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, where 24 neighborhoods — home to 350,000 people — have been randomized, with half having Wolbachia-mosquito releases. Helen Branswell, STAT, "Across several continents, infecting mosquitoes with bacteria results in dramatic drops in dengue illness, trials show," 21 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun How to clean it: Remove the drapery or raise the blinds. Brooke Kosofsky Glassberg, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Your Carpets, and Wood Floors, and Tile," 12 Feb. 2020 While not at all cheap, LG’s Laser Smart Home Theater CineBeam Projector ($5,600, lg.com) projects a 120-inch, 4K image bright enough to be seen even with the blinds open. Joshua Fruhlinger, WSJ, "Don’t Just Watch the Super Bowl. Project It," 17 Jan. 2020 Just be sure to place socks and silhouettes around the blinds, so the shadows cast over the hunters. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "5 Goose Hunting Tactics for Water and Fields," 15 Jan. 2020 No tools are required for blind assembly, and once set, the blind can be left in the elements for extended periods without any worry of damage. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Best New Bowhunting Gear from the 2020 Archery Trade Show," 10 Jan. 2020 Close the blinds or curtains to reduce outside noises, and play some classical music to help reduce stress by creating a relaxing environment for your dog during the show. Popular Science, "Six ways you can ease your dog’s fear of fireworks," 31 Dec. 2019 Just be sure to have a plan for getting your blind to your hunting location—those shooting houses are heavy. Tony Hansen, Outdoor Life, "How to Hunt Winter Whitetails Without Freezing to Death," 14 Jan. 2020 So deep and so inexorable is the blind, bottom-up process of natural selection in evolution that there is no way to contain its potency, and no rival mechanism for creating adaptation. Quanta Magazine, "Can Darwinian Evolution Explain Lamarckism?," 11 May 2017 Some research has signaled that credit algorithms can also be more color-blind and less discriminatory than traditional loan officers. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "As branches close, tiny US community banks are sticking around," 17 Oct. 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

20 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Blind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blindly?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=b&file=blind002. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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