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Meaning of blank by Wiktionary Dictionary

blank


    Etymology

    Middle English blank, blonc, blaunc, blaunche, from Anglo-Norman blonc, blaunc, blaunche from Old French blanc, feminine blanche, of Germanic origin, from Frankish *blank "gleaming, white, blinding" from Proto-Germanic *blankaz ( “white, bright, blinding” ), from Proto-Indo-European *bhleg- ( “to shine” ). Akin to Old High German blanch ( “shining, bright, white” ) ( German blank ), Old English blanc ( “white, grey” ), blanca ( “white steed” ), English blink, blind. See also blink, blind, and blanch .

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /blæŋk/, X-SAMPA: /bl{Nk/
    • Rhymes: -æŋk

    Adjective

    blank ( comparative blanker or more blank, superlative blankest or most blank )

    1. Without color; lacking characteristics which give variety .
    2. Free from writing, printing, or marks; having an empty space to be filled in; as, blank paper; a blank check; a blank ballot.
    3. Without expression .
      When asked, his answer was a blank stare. When asked again his stare was even more blank .

    Noun

    blank ( plural: blanks )

    1. A bullet that does not harm; a cartridge inserted into a gun that fires no projectile .
    2. A void space on a paper .
    3. A space to be filled in on a form or template .
    4. ( archaic ) A kind of base silver money, first coined in England by Henry V., and worth about 8 pence; also, a French coin of the seventeenth century, worth about 4 pence. Nares .
    5. ( engineering ) A piece of metal prepared to be made into something by a further operation, as a coin, screw, nuts .
    6. ( dominoes ) A piece or division of a piece, without spots; as, the double blank"; the six blank." In blank, with an essential portion to be supplied by another; as, to make out a check in blank .
    7. The space character; the character resulting from pressing the space-bar on a keyboard .

    Synonyms

    Verb

    blank ( third-person singular simple present blanks present participle blanking, simple past and past participle blanked )

    1. ( transitive ) To make void; to erase .
      I blanked out my previous entry .
    2. ( transitive, slang ) To ignore .
      She blanked me for no reason .
    3. ( transitive ) To prevent from scoring, as in a sporting event .
      The team was blanked .
    4. ( intransitive ) To become blank .

    Usage notes



Explanation of blank by Wordnet Dictionary

blank


    Verb
    1. keep the opposing ( baseball ) team from winning

    Adjective
    1. void of expression

    2. a blank stare
    3. ( of a surface ) not written or printed on

    4. blank pages
      fill in the blank spaces
    5. not charged with a bullet

    6. a blank cartridge
    Noun
    1. a cartridge containing an explosive charge but no bullet

    2. a piece of material ready to be made into something

    3. a blank gap or missing part

    4. a blank character used to separate successive words in writing or printing



    Definition of blank by GCIDE Dictionary

    blank


    1. Blank a. [OE. blank, blonc, blaunc, blaunche, fr. F. blanc, fem. blanche, fr. OHG. blanch shining, bright, white, G. blank; akin to E. blink, cf. also AS. blanc white. 98. See Blink, and cf. 1st Blanch.]

      1. Of a white or pale color; without color.

      To the blank moon

      Her office they prescribed. Milton.

      2. Free from writing, printing, or marks; having an empty space to be filled in with some special writing; -- said of checks, official documents, etc.; as, “blank paper; a blank check; a blank ballot”.

      3. Utterly confounded or discomfited.

      Adam . . . astonied stood, and blank. Milton.

      4. Empty; void; without result; fruitless; as, “a blank space; a blank day”.

      5. Lacking characteristics which give variety; as, “a blank desert; a blank wall”; destitute of interests, affections, hopes, etc.; as, “to live a blank existence”; destitute of sensations; as, “blank unconsciousness”.

      6. Lacking animation and intelligence, or their associated characteristics, as expression of face, look, etc.; expressionless; vacant. “Blank and horror-stricken faces.” C. Kingsley.

      The blank . . . glance of a half returned consciousness. G. Eliot.

      7. Absolute; downright; unmixed; as, “blank terror”.

      Blank bar ( Law ), a plea put in to oblige the plaintiff in an action of trespass to assign the certain place where the trespass was committed; -- called also common bar. -- Blank cartridge, a cartridge containing no ball. -- Blank deed. See Deed. -- Blank door, or Blank window ( Arch. ), a depression in a wall of the size of a door or window, either for symmetrical effect, or for the more convenient insertion of a door or window at a future time, should it be needed. -- Blank indorsement ( Law ), an indorsement which omits the name of the person in whose favor it is made; it is usually made by simply writing the name of the indorser on the back of the bill. -- Blank line ( Print. ), a vacant space of the breadth of a line, on a printed page; a line of quadrats. -- Blank tire ( Mech. ), a tire without a flange. -- Blank tooling. See Blind tooling, under Blind. -- Blank verse. See under Verse. -- Blank wall, a wall in which there is no opening; a dead wall.

    2. Blank n.
      1. Any void space; a void space on paper, or in any written instrument; an interval void of consciousness, action, result, etc; a void.

      I can not write a paper full, I used to do; and yet I will not forgive a blank of half an inch from you. Swift.

      From this time there ensues a long blank in the history of French legislation. Hallam.

      I was ill. I can't tell how long -- it was a blank. G. Eliot.

      2. A lot by which nothing is gained; a ticket in a lottery on which no prize is indicated.

      In Fortune's lottery lies

      A heap of blanks, like this, for one small prize. Dryden.

      3. A paper unwritten; a paper without marks or characters a blank ballot; -- especially, a paper on which are to be inserted designated items of information, for which spaces are left vacant; a bland form.

      The freemen signified their approbation by an inscribed vote, and their dissent by a blank. Palfrey.

      4. A paper containing the substance of a legal instrument, as a deed, release, writ, or execution, with spaces left to be filled with names, date, descriptions, etc.

      5. The point aimed at in a target, marked with a white spot; hence, the object to which anything is directed.

      Let me still remain

      The true blank of thine eye. Shak.

      6. Aim; shot; range. [Obs.]

      I have stood . . . within the blank of his displeasure

      For my free speech. Shak.

      7. A kind of base silver money, first coined in England by Henry V., and worth about 8 pence; also, a French coin of the seventeenth century, worth about 4 pence. Nares.

      8. ( Mech. ) A piece of metal prepared to be made into something by a further operation, as a coin, screw, nuts.

      9. ( Dominoes ) A piece or division of a piece, without spots; as, “the “double blank”; the “six blank.””

      In blank, with an essential portion to be supplied by another; as, to make out a check in blank.

    3. Blank, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Blanked ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Blanking.] [Cf. 3d Blanch.]
      1. To make void; to annul. [Obs.] Spenser.

      2. To blanch; to make blank; to damp the spirits of; to dispirit or confuse. [Obs.]

      Each opposite that blanks the face of joy. Shak.