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

That's because the store owner and the partially blind man dressed in character both couldn't foresee what was about to happen. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Florida man body slams partially blind man in a Minion costume in a ‘prank’ gone wrong," 11 July 2018 Two men accused of shooting a blind man to death on the West Side earlier this week were denied bail Friday afternoon. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Suspects accused of fatally shooting a blind man on West Side denied bail," 27 Apr. 2018 Svac also volunteers as director of programs the Chicago Blackhawks have for blind and special needs players. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin-area ice rinks host hockey festival for players with disabilities," 3 Apr. 2018 But according to the show's blind consultant, Lorri Bernson, this was the right move. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The CW’s In the Dark Is a Compelling Look at the Blind Experience," 4 Apr. 2019 As a blind makeup lover, there was nobody to teach me [how to apply makeup]. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "How Makeup Helped Beauty Vlogger Molly Burke Find Confidence After Losing Her Vision," 2 Apr. 2019 But a blind bunker shot off a downhill lie rolled just wide of the cup and the local favorite was eliminated from the Dell Technologies Match Play. Jim Vertuno, The Seattle Times, "Spieth fights back but eliminated on final hole," 29 Mar. 2019 According to NBC News, the budget also includes a 26% reduction in state special education grants and millions of dollars retracted from services for blind students. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Betsy DeVos Defended a Budget That Guts Federal Funding for the Special Olympics," 27 Mar. 2019 Instead, the 31-year-old massage therapist who is deaf and blind experienced the match with the help of interpreters using touch communication and a model soccer field to recount the passes, goals and fouls of the national team. Sarah Dilorenzo, The Seattle Times, "Brazil fan who is deaf, blind follows World Cup with help," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Running an important board meeting in blinding neon eyeliner? Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Scarlett Johansson Does a Wearable Take on One of Spring’s Biggest Beauty Trends," 11 Apr. 2019 The munitions could target aircraft sitting on tarmacs or the specific radar antennas on naval destroyers, blinding enemy ships and putting them out of action. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Pentagon Is Reviving Cold War “Assault Breaker” Concept to Thwart China, Russia," 4 Mar. 2019 That hunk of blinding shine cost a pretty $750,000. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Drake’s Million Dollar Outfit Is His Latest Fashion Milestone," 4 Apr. 2019 Lucas, one, is in my arms in a purple oversized life jacket, squinting his eyes against the blinding sun. Sarah Chaves, Glamour, "This Is Us Gets So Many Things Right—But I Think It Takes the Easy Route With Grief," 2 Apr. 2019 But critics now argue that the increasingly complex financial products tied to indexes could be blinding people to certain risks or encouraging speculative bets. Dawn Lim, WSJ, "Five Ways Jack Bogle Changed the World of the Everyday Investor," 18 Jan. 2019 This is how the real target — getting to zero net carbon — comes to the US: not in a blinding flash or a big federal bill (at least not at first), but like a virus, or a meme, catching hold and spreading through contact. David Roberts, Vox, "For the first time, a major US utility has committed to 100% clean energy," 5 Dec. 2018 On Twitter, Rotten Tomatoes compiled an image of the cast, and revealed, in unintentionally, a blinding white cast. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, "Quentin Tarantino Cast Every White Person He Could Find In His New Movie," 23 June 2018 Weeks earlier, the Pentagon accused the Chinese military of directing blinding lasers at American pilots in east Africa. Paul Sonne, Washington Post, "Mystery illness striking diplomats in China afflicts more victims," 6 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Snakes like tent blinds In much of Texas' best turkey range, almost everything on the landscape will bite, stick or sting. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Rattlers and ticks part of spring turkey hunting," 8 Apr. 2018 Or perhaps half-blind: My friend Tricia will pick up single boots at yard sales and wear them together; my friend Soo thinks nothing of a pink Indian dress with a Oaxacan skull necklace. Andrew Sean Greer, Vogue, "More Is More: Novelist Andrew Sean Greer on the Virtues of Questionable Taste," 16 Apr. 2019 Due to their sheerer nature, curtains are less effective at blocking out light, which is why people tend to pair them with blinds or shades, or use them in spaces that don't require a blackout effect. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Drapes or Curtains? Why Choosing the Right Window Treatment Matters," 27 Mar. 2019 The blinds go for about 99 – 155 euros, which converts to $113 – $181. Temi Adebowale, House Beautiful, "IKEA Is Launching Smart Window Treatments For Your Smart Hubs," 8 Jan. 2019 With eight different kinds of treatments, from roller shades to wooden blinds, there is one for nearly every kind of room. Madeleine Bokan, House Beautiful, "These Custom Window Shades Are 30% Off," 15 Jan. 2019 In a 2003 case, the Appeals Court also found that a Tigard cop did nothing wrong by looking through a 3-inch-wide gap in the blinds of an apartment window. Aimee Green, OregonLive.com, "Public masturbator claims his privacy was violated; Oregon appeals court disagrees," 2 May 2018 Since overhead lights and windows tend to cause the most glare, using lower wattage bulbs or coverings like blinds may also help. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Ways to Keep Your Eyes Comfortable If You Work at Computer All Day," 5 Oct. 2018 Yang's installation bathed the gallery at the Triennale in shadows and primary colors, the blinds filtering the natural light coming through the ceiling and windows. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Inside the Interactive Maze Gripping the Milan Art World," 27 Sep. 2018

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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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