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 Three people in New Mexico have died and a fourth is permanently blind after drinking a dangerous amount of hand sanitizer, officials said. Washington Post, "National Digest: Rope resembling a noose found in black firefighter’s locker in Minnesota," 27 June 2020 Sanders, 24, is now blind in one eye, and the incident is under investigation. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Justice Center security video shows police fired pepper spray, tear gas before bulk of violence at Cleveland’s George Floyd protests," 27 June 2020 Vision scientists have been at work for years building artificial retinas that would allow blind people to see by sending signals directly to their brains, bypassing any nonfunctional parts of the eye or optic nerve. Grace Huckins, Wired, "Scientists Taught Mice to Smell an Odor That Doesn’t Exist," 25 June 2020 And so the pair make their unlikely way toward Eurovision semifinals glory in Edinburgh, blind optimism and double synthesizers in tow. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Netflix's star-studded Eurovision movie is goofy to a fault: Review," 24 June 2020 Martha Bergmark, the executive director of Voices for Civil Justice and a past president of LSC, said the problem reminded her of the story of the blind men and the elephant. Kathryn Joyce, The New Republic, "No Money, No Lawyer, No Justice," 22 June 2020 Five promising classical pianists would be chosen from a blind audition pool of more than 40 participants. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, "Indy organization is awarding $50,000 to 5 young star pianists whose concerts were upended," 19 June 2020 Officials at the Memorial and Library Association, in charge of Westerly Library and Wilcox Park, demanded Gail Blair, 63 at the time and blind, stop having conversations with others in the park about Jesus. Fox News, "Blind woman banned from park for 2 years for sharing Jesus," 17 June 2020 More of the same, basically, which is to say Gundy offered another example of his blind lack of appreciation for his players’ civil rights. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "It’s time for Mike Gundy to get a haircut," 17 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Leaving the organization could also significantly blind the U.S. to health threats in remote foreign locales that, as the pandemic has shown, have the potential to make their way to the U.S. shores. James Bandler, ProPublica, "Inside the Trump Administration’s Decision to Leave the World Health Organization," 20 June 2020 Using spotlights to blind and shoot hibernating black bear mothers and their cubs. National Geographic, "How do you steer clear of dangerous animals?," 11 June 2020 After spotting a target, keep the light trained on its eyes, which serves to effectively blind and confuse the amphibian. Johnny Sain, Outdoor Life, "Frog Gigging is Cheap, Hot, Muddy Fun," 11 June 2020 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, severe tear gas poisoning, particularly if the gas was released in an enclosed space — can blind or kill people through chemical burns and respiratory failure. Lisa Song, ProPublica, "Tear Gas Is Way More Dangerous Than Police Let On — Especially During the Coronavirus Pandemic," 4 June 2020 In Minneapolis, a journalist and mother of two was permanently blinded by a rubber bullet. Nelini Stamp, Glamour, "Do Not Let Your Outrage Go to Waste. After Protests, Here's What Comes Next," 3 June 2020 In Minneapolis, the epicenter of the unrest, a freelance journalist reported being blinded in her left eye after being hit in her face with a rubber bullet fired by police officers while covering protests in Minneapolis. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Minnesota governor apologizes to journalists detained or struck by rubber bullets during protests," 31 May 2020 Last year, a Sumatran orangutan was shot 74 times with a pellet gun and blinded by a teenage boy who tried to steal her baby. Richard C. Paddock, New York Times, "Virus Delays Orangutans’ Long Awaited Return Home," 6 May 2020 Striving for more accurate predictions might give us a false sense of certainty and blind us to what’s coming. Jed Kolko, Quartz, "What the next phase of the Covid-19 economic crisis looks like," 27 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Traditional hunts take place in a blind—to conceal hunters—over water or in cut agriculture fields where hunters deploy spreads of decoys to mimic ducks and geese that are feeding and/or loafing. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "How to Hunt Ducks and Geese," 26 June 2020 The University of Minnesota study is a double-blind randomized clinical control trial, considered the gold standard in medicine. Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, "Trump said he took hydroxychloroquine to prevent coronavirus, but new study shows that doesn't work," 3 June 2020 The entire Brantley family goes stir crazy, sitting in a blind. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, "What I Learned from 22 Straight Days of Turkey Hunting," 26 May 2020 There is a 10 percent off sale on select furniture, mattresses, electronics, small electrics, fitness equipment and accessories, floor care, blinds and shades, watches, and salon products. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "JC Penney’s closures result in clearance sales; Up to 60 percent off apparel, shoes, jewelry, home," 28 May 2020 That means cutting down trees, tilling dirt, planting, fertilizing, putting up blinds and treestands (multiples in bigger fields to hunt during different wind directions). Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "How to Get Your Own Private Hunting Property (and Improve its Habitat)," 14 May 2020 The master suite has a large sitting area facing a fireplace, remote blinds and a spa-like bathroom with an electric fireplace, rain shower and towel warming drawer. Dallas News, "Cindy O’Gorman presents estate in Chapel Creek," 21 Mar. 2020 Both functional and decorative, curtains, drapes, and blinds are a necessary part of any room design. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How to Make Your Own Curtains Like a Pro," 2 Mar. 2020 Nebraska Lincoln: Want to try your hand at waterfowl or turkey hunting, but leery of the expense of buying blinds and decoys? USA TODAY, "More pigeon hats, cushion cash, Chaka Khan: News from around our 50 states," 20 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Instead, my new run-and-gun approach is to sneak—still-hunting-deer-with-a-bow slow—through good country, and make multiple blind-calling sets. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, "What I Learned from 22 Straight Days of Turkey Hunting," 26 May 2020

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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

1 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Blind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blind. Accessed 6 Jul. 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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