Meaning of BLANK in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ blæŋk ]

( blanks, blanking, blanked)


Something that is blank has nothing on it.

We could put some of the pictures over on that blank wall over there...

He tore a blank page from his notebook.

...blank cassettes.



A blank is a space which is left in a piece of writing or on a printed form for you to fill in particular information.

Put a word in each blank to complete the sentence.



If you look blank , your face shows no feeling, understanding, or interest.

Abbot looked blank. ‘I don’t quite follow, sir.’...

His daughter gave him a blank look.


• blank‧ly

She stared at him blankly.

ADV : ADV with v

• blank‧ness

His eyes have the blankness of someone half-asleep.



If your mind or memory is a blank , you cannot think of anything or remember anything.

I’m sorry, but my mind is a blank...

I came round in hospital and did not know where I was. Everything was a complete blank.

N-SING : a N


Blanks are gun cartridges which contain explosive but do not contain a bullet, so that they cause no harm when the gun is fired.

...a starter pistol which only fires blanks.

N-COUNT : usu pl


see also point-blank


If you draw a blank when you are looking for someone or something, you do not succeed in finding them. ( INFORMAL )

They drew a blank in their search for the driver.

PHRASE : V inflects


If your mind goes blank , you are suddenly unable to think of anything appropriate to say, for example in reply to a question.

My mind went totally blank.

PHRASE : V inflects

Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Английский словарь Коллинз COBUILD для изучающих язык на продвинутом уровне.