blind

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adjective

1
a(1)
(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
2
a
: unable or unwilling to discern or judge
blind to a lover's faults
b
: unquestioning
blind loyalty
3
a
: having no regard to rational discrimination, guidance, or restriction
blind choice
b
: lacking a directing or controlling consciousness
blind chance
4
a
: 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
6
a
: 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
blindly adverb
blindness noun

blind

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verb

blinded; blinding; blinds

transitive verb

1
a
: to make blind
b
: dazzle
2
a
: to withhold light from
b

blind

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noun

1
: something to hinder sight or keep out light: such as
a
: a window shutter
b
: a roller window shade
d
2
: a place of concealment
especially : a concealing enclosure from which one may shoot game or observe wildlife
3
a
: something put forward for the purpose of misleading : subterfuge
b
: a person who acts as a decoy or distraction

blind

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adverb

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

Example Sentences

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
How could so many smart people be so blind to such bright red flags? Jason Zweig, WSJ, 18 Nov. 2022 Federal regulators, meanwhile, are almost blind to the incursion, since private equity typically acquires practices and hospitals below the regulatory radar. Fred Schulte, CBS News, 14 Nov. 2022 The Court is not blind to the current political division in our country. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2022 The court is not blind to the current political division in our country. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 11 Nov. 2022 Hope is not being blind to the magnitude of this problem. Brian Schatz, Time, 4 Nov. 2022 This would become a pattern throughout my career: middle-class reporters were blind to stories that I was born to see. Sarah Smarsh, Harper’s Magazine , 26 Oct. 2022 Gomperts is not blind to the realities of the moment. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, 25 Oct. 2022 Nepenthes collectors are blind not to the plants themselves, but to their own eradication campaign. Brian Howey, WIRED, 20 Oct. 2022
Verb
This is a statement piece, with enough silver sheen to blind your eyes probably. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 15 Nov. 2022 Initially believed to blind or burn would-be victims, it is later discovered the vemon turns the body into a host for Gorn, leading to the deadly species’ babies bursting out of the body à la Alien. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 June 2022 Iron Dome has been remarkably effective at protecting Israel from rocket attacks, and Iron Beam offers the chance to blind a drone headed for civilians. Arkansas Online, 14 July 2022 In some experiments, the infants see no faces for a year, either because laboratory staff wear masks, or because the researchers effectively blind them. Bydavid Grimm, science.org, 19 Oct. 2022 Under the scorching heat, sweat would bathe his entire body and blind him within minutes. Selene Rivera, Los Angeles Times, 18 July 2022 Iron Dome has been remarkably effective at protecting Israel from rocket attacks, and Iron Beam offers the chance to blind a drone headed for civilians. Arkansas Online, 14 July 2022 Iron Dome has been remarkably effective at protecting Israel from rocket attacks, and Iron Beam offers the chance to blind a drone headed for civilians. Arkansas Online, 14 July 2022 Iron Dome has been remarkably effective at protecting Israel from rocket attacks, and Iron Beam offers the chance to blind a drone headed for civilians. New York Times, 13 July 2022
Noun
In a double-blind administration, half were given intravenous iron to correct their iron deficiency, while the other half were given a saline placebo. Brittany Trang, STAT, 21 Sep. 2022 Before Monfils agreed to his Artengo deal, Belfils says Monfils blind tested differing rackets from a variety of brands. Tim Newcomb, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2022 In the past, our experts also reviewed (and were equally impressed by) Pella’s between-the glass blind and shade system, a similar technology that integrates window coverings directly into the system. Dan Diclerico, Good Housekeeping, 30 Sep. 2022 To lose whole freezers is to lose all the work that went into filling them, the friendships nurtured by bored chit chat in a bird blind, the lessons imparted to youngsters learning to pick fish from a salmon net. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Sep. 2022 Held in person for the first time since the pandemic, the WBA blind tasted and scored more than 3,200 beers from more than 50 countries to identify the best beers in 10 categories. Hudson Lindenberger, Forbes, 25 Aug. 2022 This, Singh points out, is a common trope in colour-blind casting in both fantasies and historical dramas. Nylah Burton, refinery29.com, 16 Aug. 2022 Face-nailing through the top of the boards—instead of blind-nailing at the tongue edge—can help prevent cupping of the board in the center, keeping the floor flat and even. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, 29 June 2022 If all this and more sound good to you, make the drive to the bucolic Huntsville State Park with 21 miles of trails, playground, a bird blind and nature center. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Chron, 29 May 2022
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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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German blint blind, Old English blandan to mix — more at blend

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of blind was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near blind

Cite this Entry

“Blind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blind. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

blind 1 of 4

adjective

1
a
b
: having less than frac::1/10 normal vision in the best eye even with the aid of glasses
2
: lacking in judgment or understanding
3
: made or done without the aid of sight or knowledge that could provide guidance or cause bias
a blind taste test
4
a
: having only one opening or outlet
a blind street
b
: having no opening
a blind wall
blindly adverb
blindness noun

blind

2 of 4

verb

1
: to make blind
2
: to make blind for a short time : dazzle
blinded by the lights
3
: to take judgment or understanding away from
blinded by love

blind

3 of 4

noun

1
: a device (as a window shade) to prevent sight or keep out light
2
: a hiding place for hunters or wildlife observers

blind

4 of 4

adverb

1
: without seeing outside of an airplane
fly blind
2
: without knowledge of facts that could guide or cause bias

Medical Definition

blind 1 of 2

adjective

1
a
: 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
2
a
: 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
blindly adverb
blindness noun

blind

2 of 2

transitive verb

: to make blind

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