- The definition of blank is something not written upon or without thought or ideas.
- 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.
A blank sign.
blank definition by Webster's New World
- Obsolete 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: Middle 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
blank definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective blank·er, blank·est
- a. Devoid of writing, images, or marks: a blank page; a blank screen.b. Containing no information; unrecorded or erased: a blank tape; a blank diskette.
- Not completed or filled in: a blank questionnaire.
- Not having received final processing; unfinished: a blank key.
- a. Lacking expression; expressionless: “Although his gestures were elaborate, his face was blank” (Nathanael West). See Synonyms at empty.b. Appearing or seeming to appear dazed or confused: greeted me with a blank stare.
- Devoid of thought or impression: a blank mind.
- Devoid of activity, interest, or distinctive character; empty: tried to fill the blank hours of the day.
- Absolute; complete: a blank refusal.
- An empty space or place; a void: During the exam my mind was a blank.
- a. An empty space on a document to be filled in.b. A document with one or more such spaces.
- 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.
- 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: Middle English, white, having spaces to be filled in, from Old French blanc, white, of Germanic origin; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots.
- blankˈly adverb
- blankˈness noun
blank - Phrases/Idioms
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