: marked by no appreciable drop below initial horizontal line of flight
: so close to a target that a missile fired will travel in a straight line to the mark
: direct, blunt
a point-blank refusal
point-blank adverb

Examples of point-blank in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The horrors mount—a pit filled with dead bodies, a character executed point-blank for no reason beyond cruelty. Stephanie Zacharek, TIME, 12 Apr. 2024 George’s body-camera video appears to show Lynch rising up off the other officer, and George firing a fifth, fatal shot at point-blank range into Lynch’s neck. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2024 In 2021, Nichelle Thomas, 51, was killed in a point-blank shooting entering the same deli in Park Slope. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 18 Mar. 2024 The criminals were cold-blooded and purposefully going to kill, shoot our citizens at point-blank range — our children. Brie Stimson, Fox News, 24 Mar. 2024 One graphic video showed shooters firing for a full minute at point-blank range on a group of people trapped in an entranceway. Mary Ilyushina, Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2024 Davis continued to lose his battles with Domantas Sabonis, an issue exacerbated as Davis missed a ton of point-blank shots. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2024 De La Salle missed a point-blank shot at the rim with around 35 seconds remaining to give Modesto the possession. Joseph Dycus, The Mercury News, 29 Feb. 2024 The deputy shot the stun gun twice at Cure and hit him with a baton before shooting him with a gun at point-blank range. Char Adams, NBC News, 27 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of point-blank was in 1591

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Cite this Entry

“Point-blank.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/point-blank. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: aimed at a target from a very short distance away
fired from point-blank range
: blunt entry 1 sense 3, direct
a point-blank refusal
point-blank adverb

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