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

Other Words from blind

Adjective

blindly \ ˈblīn(d)-​lē How to pronounce blind (audio) \ adverb
blindness \ ˈblīn(d)-​nəs How to pronounce blind (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Maybe the taxpayer is a willing participant or turns a blind eye to some sketchy claims on that return. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 16 June 2022 Though the two presidents and their agents discussed IP theft, the United States mostly turned a blind eye to the continuation of the Chinese practice. Milton Ezrati, Forbes, 13 June 2022 Tenants have a few tools at their disposal when a landlord or management company turns a blind eye. New York Times, 11 June 2022 The Good News: This is referencing a very specific situation but the overall sentiment rings true — don't turn a blind eye to the suffering of others. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 10 June 2022 Our intention is not to diminish the values of those who support the boycott or to turn a blind eye to those suffering. Shirley Halperin, Variety, 9 June 2022 It is accused by rights groups of stoking Hindu nationalist sentiment and turning a blind eye to religious violence. Gerry Shih, Washington Post, 7 June 2022 Our intention is not to diminish the values of those who support the boycott or to turn a blind eye to those suffering. Katrina Nattress, SPIN, 4 June 2022 Many recruits are now fleeing, turned off by a management culture that former executives say at its worst belittles expatriates, makes unrealistic demands and turns a blind eye to discrimination. Rory Jones, WSJ, 31 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But that shouldn’t blind them to what is coming later this year. Ewan Spence, Forbes, 26 Mar. 2022 Russia’s advanced systems are designed to blind U.S. Airborne Warning and Control Systems, or AWACS, aircraft — the eyes and ears of battlefield commanders — as well as cruise missiles and spy satellites. Oleksandr Stashevskyi And Frank Bajak, Anchorage Daily News, 3 June 2022 Lasers can blind pilots and damage cockpit equipment, the FAA said in a Feb. 4 news release. Don Sweeney, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Feb. 2022 The prospect of investing and implementing new tech tools can sometimes blind companies to the potential risks associated with such an investment. David Gasparyan, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 Although each element alone could read as too much—the belt alone is enough to blind passersby—there’s a harmony among all the earth tones and the gold. Jake Smith, Glamour, 14 Apr. 2022 Such cognitive bias can blind us to what the data is trying to tell us. Thor Olof Philogène, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 This cognitive bias can blind doctors to possible errors the machine learning algorithm may make. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 22 Mar. 2022 Germany and others are beginning to shift away from this policy, but that should not blind the West to the challenges that change itself poses. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 10 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But when par- or blind-baking, not every type of crust needs to be docked. Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, 3 June 2022 Best valentine’s memory was when my ex-boyfriend blind folded me and took me to a trail of flowers that led to a romantic dinner on the beach in Mexico. Griselda Flores, Billboard, 14 Feb. 2022 Wright took particular issue with how police completed the double-blind photo array for both witnesses. Lee O. Sanderlin, Baltimore Sun, 23 Mar. 2022 Another TikTok creator breaks down a rumor that Harry Styles’ team is quietly deleting unfavorable articles about the singer, and another points out how a blind about Elon Musk separating from Grimes was, in fact, true. Rachel Brodsky, Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar. 2022 According to Kentucky Owl, McGuane and Rhea blind tasted various cask samples and blended them together in different proportions before settling on this particular combination of bourbon aged from 4 to 11 years. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 4 Mar. 2022 At daybreak, deer graze until spooked by the motion of a window blind being raised. Mary Bergin, chicagotribune.com, 26 Nov. 2021 The researchers made this discovery through a classic double-blind study in which 127 people were randomly assigned to an experimental or a control group, either inhaling clove oil infused with HEX or clove oil alone. Susan Pinker, WSJ, 20 Jan. 2022 The competition involved a double-blind taste test by professional food scientists at Cornell University as well as an extensive scientific study of the ice cream’s ingredients in Cornell’s dairy lab. San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Docking can be called for in recipes where par- or blind-baking the crust is required. Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, 3 June 2022 Forced to leave the police force after turning blind, Johnson Chong See-tun takes on cold cases the police can't solve. Men's Health, 29 Mar. 2022 The city told the newspaper that the recipients of the initial email were supposed to be blind-copied, meaning their names and emails would have been hidden from other recipients. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 14 Feb. 2022 The lab in the bowels of the winery, where the team is blind-tasting vial after vial of intricate blends? Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 15 Nov. 2021 This kind of attitude is how our public-health establishment wound up blind-sided by an actual epidemic. WSJ, 6 Oct. 2021 The going out to watch stars, stumbling blind through the difficult door. Anthony Lan, The New Yorker, 5 July 2021 This year, the competition took place in Estes park, Colorado, where a professional tasting panel made of whisky, beer, and wine experts blind tasted each whisky using a 100-point scale system. Emily Price, Forbes, 15 June 2021 This beer was selected Best of Show at a blind-tasting event of over 40 Oktoberfest beers hosted by the Growler magazine in 2019. Michael Agnew, Star Tribune, 9 Sep. 2020 See More

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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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More Definitions for blind

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 blind (audio) \ adverb
blindness \ ˈblīn(d)-​nəs How to pronounce blind (audio) \ noun

blind

transitive verb

Medical Definition of blind (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make blind

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