Meaning of BLANK in English


I. ˈblaŋk, -aiŋk adjective

( usually -er/-est )

Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French blanc, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German blanch shining, bright, white, Old English blanca white horse, Old Norse blakkr; akin to Latin flagrare to burn — more at black

1. archaic : of a white or pale color : lacking color


a. archaic : lacking resource or answer : disconcerted : taken aback : abashed

the Damsel of Burgundy at sight of her own letter was soon blank — John Milton

b. of emotions : overmastering , intense , sheer : lacking relief or break

watched with blank awe

blank terror gripped them

c. of expressions : lacking animation as though dazed, confounded, or nonplused

her face blank with wonder


a. : devoid of interest or event, of variety or change, or of affections or hopes

a blank prospect

if it is a bad day, he can occupy his blank hours looking at the scenery — Michael Warr

b. : devoid of covering or content : unoccupied , unfilled

a blank space

c. : free from writing or marks — used of paper or other substances normally written on

give me a blank sheet to do my sums

d. : having an empty space or spaces to be filled in with some special writing

a blank application form

a blank check

e. : blind 6d


(1) : lacking some critical ingredient

a blank solution used as a control

(2) : involving the use of such a blank substance (as in analysis or pharmacological experimentation)

a blank test

a blank run


(1) : lacking any card : void

a blank suit

he was blank in spades

(2) : containing no valuable cards : worthless

a blank hand

4. : absolute , downright , unmixed

the blank impossibilities of Lilliput — Thomas De Quincey

5. : having a plain or unbroken surface where an opening, finish, or other interruption of continuity is usual: as

a. of a key : not yet having had the slots made

b. of an architectural feature : lacking the opening that is characteristic of such a feature

a blank arch

blank window over a stair well

6. : of a kind denoted euphemistically or for the occasion by a blank (sense) 4 — often used as a substitute for an abusive or imprecatory epithet

you blank idiot

or for something (as a date or address) that one cannot or is unwilling to supply

when the blank regiment was transferred to Ireland

Synonyms: see empty

II. noun

( -s )


a. : an empty space on a paper or in any written or printed instrument

leave a blank for his signature

b. : a paper with spaces left to be filled with desired or appropriate data (as names, dates, descriptions) ; especially : a paper containing the substance of a document or legal instrument (as a deed, release, or charter) with spaces to be filled in before execution

a deed made out in blank

c. : a sheet, card, leaf, or other object without printing, writing, or other impression on it

this machine turns out few blanks


a. : an empty form without substance or significance

he is a mere blank of what he once was

b. : an empty place or space

my mind became a blank when I heard the question

c. : an empty interval ; especially : a period devoid of consciousness, interest, action, or result

a long blank in American history between the decline of the Mayans and the Aztec civilization

they say I talked rationally enough but for me the time after the accident was a total blank

d. : something useless, valueless, or undesirable ; specifically : a lottery ticket that does not win a prize — usually used as object of draw

3. : something aimed at ; specifically : the bull's-eye of a target

4. : a dash written or printed as a substitute for an omitted word — see blank I 6

5. archaic : blank verse

and rhyme and blank maintain an equal race — Lord Byron

6. : something in an unfinished or incomplete state that is designed for further working or manipulation: as

a. : a piece of flint or shell roughly blocked out for later shaping into a prehistoric tool

b. : a wooden gunstock before it is cut to receive the metal parts

c. : a piece of material prepared to be made into something (as a coin, key, screw, tile, or container) by a further operation ; especially : a small segment (as one produced by punching, sawing, or cleaving a large sheet, block, or billet) suitable for the production of a single finished piece (as a dowel, key, or button)

d. : an unrecorded lacquer disc

7. : blank determination

8. : any of certain cardboards made in standard thicknesses with a white or colored liner and combining stiffness and printability

9. : an old moneyers' unit of weight equal to 1/24 perit or 1/230400 grain


a. : something lacking a critical element and used (as in experimental medicine or chemical analysis) to provide a control for comparison with the complete material ; especially : a solution for use in a blank determination

b. : blank cartridge

11. : a domino without any spots on one of its halves


a. : an instance of having no cards in a specified suit : void

a blank in spades

b. : carte blanche

III. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

transitive verb

1. archaic

a. : nonplus , foil , disconcert

b. : to make void or ineffective : frustrate


a. : obstruct , obscure , blot — usually used with out

an announcement apparently timed to blank out their opponents' claims of progress

b. : to seal (as an oil sand, a tunnel, or part of a pipeline) against the unwanted flow of oil or water — used with off

c. : to make (a radio or television signal) undetectable at the output for short periods of time in order to avoid undesirable effects (as return traces in a television receiver)


a. : to indicate by a written or printed dash — compare blank II 4

b. : damn

blank him! that is just like him — Charles Reade

4. : to keep (an opposing team) from scoring

5. : to cut with a die from a sheet or flat piece of stock : form into blanks — often used with out

levers blanked out of strip steel

6. : to fill out with space (as a short line of type, a column, a page, or the nonprinting areas of a form) — often used with out

7. : blind II 4

intransitive verb

1. : to become obscure or tenuous : fade — usually used with out

laughter and music that blanked out as he passed on his way

2. : to become confused or distrait : black out

her mind seemed to have blanked out — Peggy Bennett


variant of blanc

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