Meaning of BLANK in English


— blankness , n.

/blangk/ , adj., blanker, blankest , n. , v.


1. (of paper or other writing surface) having no marks; not written or printed on: a blank sheet of paper.

2. not filled in, as a printed form: a blank check.

3. unrelieved or unbroken by ornament, opening, decoration, etc.: a blank wall.

4. lacking some usual or completing feature: a blank roll of film.

5. (of a recording medium) containing no previously recorded information: a blank videocassette; a blank floppy disk. Cf. prerecorded .

6. void of interest, variety, results, etc.: She sometimes occupied her blank days reading detective stories.

7. showing no attention, interest, or emotion: a blank expression on his face.

8. disconcerted; nonplussed; speechless: He looked blank when I asked him why he applied for the job.

9. complete; utter; unmitigated: blank stupidity.

10. Archaic. white; pale; colorless.


11. a place where something is lacking; an empty space: a blank in one's memory.

12. a space in a printed form, test, etc., to be filled in: Write your name in the blank.

13. a printed form containing such spaces: Have you filled out one of these blanks?

14. a dash put in place of an omitted letter, series of letters, etc., esp. to avoid writing a word considered profane or obscene.

15. Metalworking. a piece of metal ready to be drawn, pressed, or machined into a finished object.

16. Archery. the bull's-eye.

17. the object toward which anything is directed; aim; target.

18. See blank cartridge .

19. draw a blank ,

a. to fail in an attempt; be unsuccessful: We've drawn a blank in the investigation.

b. to fail to comprehend or be unable to recollect: He asked me their phone number and I drew a blank.


20. to cross out or delete, esp. in order to invalidate or void (usually fol. by out ): to blank out an entry.

21. Informal. to keep (an opponent) from scoring in a game.

22. Metalworking. to stamp or punch out of flat stock, as with a die.

[ 1300-50; ME (n. and adj.) blanc (adj.) blanca white horse, OHG blanch bright, white ]

Syn. 1-4. See empty. 8. dumfounded, confused, astounded. 9. pure, simple, unadulterated; perfect, absolute, unqualified. 11. void, vacancy, emptiness; gap, lacuna, hiatus.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .