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Meaning of blind by Wiktionary Dictionary


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    • Rhymes: -aɪnd


    From Old English blind, from Proto-Germanic *blindaz. Akin to German blind, Old High German blint .


    blind ( comparative blinder, superlative blindest )

    1. ( not comparable, of a person or animal ) Unable to see, due to physiological or neurological factors.
    2. ( not comparable, of an eye ) Unable to being used to see, due to physiological or neurological factors .
    3. ( comparable ) Failing to see, acknowledge, perceive .
      The lovers were blind to each other’s faults .
    4. ( not comparable ) Of a place, having little or no visibility; as, a blind corner .
    5. ( not comparable, engineering ) Closed at one end; having a dead end; as, a blind hole, a blind alley .
    6. ( not comparable ) Without opening; as, a blind wall .
    7. smallest or slightest in phrases such as
      I shouted, but he didn't take a blind bit of notice .
      We pulled and pulled, but it didn't make a blind bit of difference .
    8. ( not comparable ) without any prior knowledge .
      He took a blind guess at which fork in the road would take him to the airport .
    9. ( not comparable ) unconditional; without regard to evidence, logic, reality, accidental mistakes, extenuating circumstances, etc .
      blind deference
      blind punishment

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    blind ( plural: blinds )

    1. A covering for a window to keep out light. The covering may be made of cloth or of narrow slats that can block light or allow it to pass .
    2. Any device intended to conceal or hide; as, a duck blind .
    3. ( baseball, slang ) An 1800s baseball term meaning no score .
    4. ( poker ) A forced bet .
    5. ( poker ) A player who is or was forced to make a bet .

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    blind ( comparative more blind, superlative most blind )

    1. Without seeing; unseeingly .
    2. ( poker, three card brag ) Without looking at the cards dealt .

Explanation of blind by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. make dim by comparison or conceal

    2. make blind by putting the eyes out

    3. The criminals were punished and blinded
    4. render unable to see

    1. unable or unwilling to perceive or understand

    2. blind to a lover's faults
      blind to the consequences of their actions
    3. not based on reason or evidence

    4. blind hatred
      blind faith
    5. unable to see

    6. a person is blind to the extent that he must devise alternative techniques to do efficiently those things he would do with sight if he had normal vision--Kenneth Jernigan
    1. a protective covering that keeps things out or hinders sight

    2. they had just moved in and had not put up blinds yet
    3. a hiding place sometimes used by hunters ( especially duck hunters )

    4. he waited impatiently in the blind
    5. something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity

    6. the holding company was just a blind
    7. people who have severe visual impairments, considered as a group

    8. he spent hours reading to the blind

    Definition of blind by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Blind a. [AS.; akin to D., G., OS., Sw., & Dan. blind, Icel. blindr, Goth. blinds; of uncertain origin.]
      1. Destitute of the sense of seeing, either by natural defect or by deprivation; without sight.

      He that is strucken blind can not forget

      The precious treasure of his eyesight lost. Shak.

      2. Not having the faculty of discernment; destitute of intellectual light; unable or unwilling to understand or judge; as, “authors are blind to their own defects”.

      But hard be hardened, blind be blinded more,

      That they may stumble on, and deeper fall. Milton.

      3. Undiscerning; undiscriminating; inconsiderate.

      This plan is recommended neither to blind approbation nor to blind reprobation. Jay.

      4. Having such a state or condition as a thing would have to a person who is blind; not well marked or easily discernible; hidden; unseen; concealed; as, “a blind path; a blind ditch”.

      5. Involved; intricate; not easily followed or traced.

      The blind mazes of this tangled wood. Milton.

      6. Having no openings for light or passage; as, “a blind wall”; open only at one end; as, “a blind alley; a blind gut”.

      7. Unintelligible, or not easily intelligible; as, “a blind passage in a book”; illegible; as, “blind writing”.

      8. ( Hort. ) Abortive; failing to produce flowers or fruit; as, “blind buds; blind flowers”.

      Blind alley, an alley closed at one end; a cul-de-sac. -- Blind axle, an axle which turns but does not communicate motion. Knight. -- Blind beetle, one of the insects apt to fly against people, esp. at night. -- Blind cat ( Zool. ), a species of catfish ( Gronias nigrolabris ), nearly destitute of eyes, living in caverns in Pennsylvania. -- Blind coal, coal that burns without flame; anthracite coal. Simmonds. -- Blind door, Blind window, an imitation of a door or window, without an opening for passage or light. See Blank door or Blank window, under Blank, a. -- Blind level ( Mining ), a level or drainage gallery which has a vertical shaft at each end, and acts as an inverted siphon. Knight. -- Blind nettle ( Bot. ), dead nettle. See Dead nettle, under Dead. -- Blind shell ( Gunnery ), a shell containing no charge, or one that does not explode. -- Blind side, the side which is most easily assailed; a weak or unguarded side; the side on which one is least able or disposed to see danger. Swift. -- Blind snake
      ( Zool. ), a small, harmless, burrowing snake, of the family Typhlopidæ, with rudimentary eyes. -- Blind spot ( Anat. ), the point in the retina of the eye where the optic nerve enters, and which is insensible to light. -- Blind tooling, in bookbinding and leather work, the indented impression of heated tools, without gilding; -- called also blank tooling, and blind blocking. -- Blind wall, a wall without an opening; a blank wall.

    2. Blind v. t. [imp. & p. p. Blinded; p. pr. & vb. n. Blinding.]
      1. To make blind; to deprive of sight or discernment. “To blind the truth and me.” Tennyson.

      A blind guide is certainly a great mischief; but a guide that blinds those whom he should lead is . . . a much greater. South.

      2. To deprive partially of vision; to make vision difficult for and painful to; to dazzle.

      Her beauty all the rest did blind. P. Fletcher.

      3. To darken; to obscure to the eye or understanding; to conceal; to deceive.

      Such darkness blinds the sky. Dryden.

      The state of the controversy between us he endeavored, with all his art, to blind and confound. Stillingfleet.

      4. To cover with a thin coating of sand and fine gravel; as a road newly paved, in order that the joints between the stones may be filled.

    3. Blind n.
      1. Something to hinder sight or keep out light; a screen; a cover; esp. a hinged screen or shutter for a window; a blinder for a horse.

      2. Something to mislead the eye or the understanding, or to conceal some covert deed or design; a subterfuge.

      3. [Cf. F. blindes, p, fr. G. blende, fr. blenden to blind, fr. blind blind.] ( Mil. ) A blindage. See Blindage.

      4. A halting place. [Obs.] Dryden.

    4. Blind, Blinde n. See Blende.