Meaning of BLANK in English


I. ˈblaŋk adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French blanc colorless, white, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German blanch white; probably akin to Latin flagrare to burn — more at black

Date: 14th century

1. archaic : colorless


a. : appearing or causing to appear dazed, confounded, or nonplussed

stared in blank dismay

b. : expressionless

a blank stare


a. : devoid of covering or content ; especially : free from writing or marks

blank paper

b. : having spaces to be filled in

c. : lacking interest, variety, or change

blank hours

4. : absolute , unqualified

a blank refusal

5. : unfinished ; especially : having a plain or unbroken surface where an opening is usual

a blank key

a blank arch

Synonyms: see empty

• blank·ly adverb

• blank·ness noun

II. noun

Date: 1554

1. obsolete : the bull's-eye of a target


a. : an empty space (as on a paper)

b. : a paper with spaces for the entry of data

an order blank


a. : a piece of material prepared to be made into something (as a key) by a further operation

b. : a cartridge loaded with propellant and a seal but no projectile


a. : an empty or featureless place or space

my mind was a blank

b. : a vacant or uneventful period

a long blank in history

5. : a dash substituting for an omitted word

III. verb

Date: circa 1765

transitive verb


a. : obscure , obliterate

blank out a line

b. : to stop access to : seal

blank off a tunnel

2. : to keep (an opponent) from scoring

were blank ed for eight innings

intransitive verb

1. : fade — usually used with out

the music blank ed out

2. : to become confused or abstracted — often used with out

his mind blank ed out momentarily

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.