A blank sign.
- An example of blank is a bank check on which the dollar amount is not specified.
- An example of blank is an author with nothing to write about.
- Obs. colorless or white
- not written, recorded, etc. on; not marked; empty: a blank sheet of paper, a blank tape
- having empty spaces to be filled in
- having an empty, vacant, or monotonous look or character
- without interest or expression: blank looks
- showing incomprehension or confusion
- empty of thought; lacking ideas: a blank mind
- unproductive; barren: blank years
- utter; complete: a blank denial
- lacking certain elements or characteristics, as a wall without an opening
- Slang blankety-blank
Origin of blankMiddle English from Old French blanc, white from Frankish an unverified form blank, white, gleaming, akin to Old English blanca, white steed from Indo-European an unverified form bhleg-, to shine: see black
- an empty space, esp. one to be filled in on a printed form, school test, etc.
- a printed form or document with such empty spaces
- an emptiness; vacant place or time; void
- the center spot of a target
- anything aimed at or pointed at
- a manufactured article yet to be cut to a pattern or marked with a design: a key blank
- a lottery ticket that fails to win
- a powder-filled cartridge without a bulletin full blank cartridge
- a mark, usually a dash (—), indicating an omitted word, esp. an oath or curse
- to hold (an opponent) scoreless in a game
- to stamp with a die from flat stock
draw a blank
- to draw a lottery ticket that fails to win
- to be unsuccessful in any attempt
- to be unable to remember a particular thing
- a. Devoid of writing, images, or marks: a blank wall; a blank screen.b. Containing no information; unrecorded or erased: a blank tape; a blank diskette. See Synonyms at empty.c. Having spaces for information to be provided; not completed or filled in: a blank questionnaire.
- Not having received final processing; unfinished: a blank key.
- a. Devoid of thought or impression: a blank mind.b. Showing no expression, interest, or understanding; expressionless: a blank stare.
- Devoid of activity or distinctive character; empty: tried to fill the blank hours of the day.
- Absolute; complete: a blank refusal.
- a. An empty space or place, especially an empty space on a document to be filled in.b. A document with one or more such spaces.
- a. Something without information or thought: When I read that question on the test, my mind was a blank.b. Something showing no expression or understanding: When he told his mother what happened, her face was a blank.
- A manufactured article of a standard shape or form that is ready for final processing, as by stamping or cutting: a key blank.
- A blank cartridge.
- Something worthless, such as a losing lottery ticket.
- A mark, usually a dash (—), indicating the omission of a word or of a letter or letters.
- The white circle in the center of a target; a bull's-eye.
- Games An unmarked piece or portion of a piece, as a domino tile, whose value may be determined by the holder.
verbblanked, blank·ing, blanks
- To remove, as from view; obliterate: “At times the strong glare of the sun blanked it from sight” ( Richard Wright )
- To block access to: blank off a subway tunnel.
- Sports To prevent (an opponent) from scoring.
- To punch or stamp from flat stock, especially with a die.
- To become abstracted. Often used with out: My mind blanked out for a few seconds.
- To fail to find or remember something: I blanked when asked the name of our mayor.
- To fade away: The music gradually blanked out.
Origin of blankMiddle English white, having spaces to be filled in from Old French blanc white of Germanic origin ; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative blanker or more blank, superlative blankest or most blank)
- (archaic) White or pale; without colour.
- Free from writing, printing, or marks; having an empty space to be filled in; as, blank paper; a blank check; a blank ballot.
- (figuratively) Lacking characteristics which give variety; uniform.
- a blank desert; a blank wall; blank unconsciousness
- Absolute; downright; unmixed; sheer.
- blank terror
- Without expression.
- Failing to understand the question, he gave me a blank stare.
- Utterly confounded or discomfited.
- Empty; void; without result; fruitless.
- a blank day
- Devoid of thoughts, memory, or inspiration.
- A cartridge that is designed to simulate the noise and smoke of real gunfire without actually firing a projectile.
- An empty space; a void, as on a paper, or in one's memory.
- A space to be filled in on a form or template.
- A paper without marks or characters, or with space left for writing; a ballot, form, contract, etc. that has not yet been filled in.
- A lot by which nothing is gained; a ticket in a lottery on which no prize is indicated.
- (archaic) A kind of base silver money, first coined in England by Henry V., and worth about 8 pence; also, a French coin of the seventeenth century, worth about 4 pence.
- (engineering) A piece of metal prepared to be made into something by a further operation, as a coin, screw, nuts.
- (dominoes) A piece or division of a piece, without spots; as, the double blank"; the six blank." In blank, with an essential portion to be supplied by another; as, to make out a check in blank.
- The space character; the character resulting from pressing the space-bar on a keyboard.
- The point aimed at in a target, marked with a white spot; hence, the object to which anything is directed.
- Aim; shot; range.
(third-person singular simple present blanks, present participle blanking, simple past and past participle blanked)
- Almost any sense of this can occur with out. See blank out.
Middle English blank, blonc, blaunc, blaunche, from Anglo-Norman blonc, blaunc, blaunche from Old French blanc, feminine blanche, from Frankish *blank (“gleaming, white, blinding”) from Proto-Germanic *blankaz (“white, bright, blinding”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhleg- (“to shine”). Akin to Old High German blanch (“shining, bright, white”) (German blank), Old English blanc (“white, grey”), blanca (“white steed”), English blink, blind. See also blink, blind, and blanch.