A blind woman sitting on a fence.
An example of blind is a person who loses their sight after an accident.
- without the power of sight; unable to see; sightless
- of or for sightless persons
- not able or willing to notice, understand, or judge
- done without adequate directions or knowledge: a blind search
- having certain information concealed or withheld intentionally: a blind ad, a blind test
- disregarding evidence, sound logic, etc.: blind love, blind faith
- reckless; unreasonable
- out of sight; hard to see; hidden: a blind driveway
- dense; impenetrable: a blind hedge
- closed at one end: a blind duct
- not controlled by intelligence: blind destiny
- Slang drunk
- illegible; indistinct: a blind letter
- not bearing flowers or fruit: said of an imperfectly developed plant
- guided only by flight instruments, as in a storm: a blind landing
- Archit. having no opening: a blind wall
- Bookbinding designating stamping or tooling done without ink or foil
Origin of blindMiddle English and OE: see blend
- to make sightless
- to make temporarily unable to see; dazzle
- to deprive of the power of insight or judgment
- to make dim; obscure
- to outshine or eclipse
- to hide or conceal
- anything that obscures or prevents sight
- anything that keeps out light, as a window shade or shutter
- [often pl.] Venetian blind
- [often pl.] vertical blind
- a place of concealment, as for a hunter; ambush
- a person or thing used to deceive or mislead; decoy
- a person who, while appearing to act out of self-interest, really acts on behalf of another
- blindly; specif., so as to be blind, insensible, etc.
- guided only by flight instruments: to fly blind
- sight unseen: to buy a thing blind
- a. Sightless.b. Having a maximal visual acuity of the better eye, after correction by refractive lenses, of one-tenth normal vision or less (20/200 or less on the Snellen test).c. Of, relating to, or for sightless persons.
- a. Performed or made without the benefit of background information that might prejudice the outcome or result: blind taste tests used in marketing studies.b. Performed without preparation, experience, or knowledge: a blind stab at answering the question.c. Performed by instruments and without the use of sight: blind navigation.
- Unable or unwilling to perceive or understand: blind to a lover's faults.
- Not based on reason or evidence; unquestioning: put blind faith in their leaders.
- Slang Drunk.
- Lacking reason or purpose: blind fate; blind choice.
- a. Difficult to comprehend or see; illegible.b. Incompletely or illegibly addressed: blind mail.c. Hidden from sight: a blind seam.d. Screened from the view of oncoming motorists: a blind driveway.e. Secret or otherwise undisclosed: a blind item in a military budget.
- Closed at one end: a blind socket; a blind passage.
- Having no opening: a blind wall.
- Botany Failing to produce flowers or fruits: a blind bud.
- used with a pl. verb Blind people considered as a group. Used with the: a radio station for reading to the blind.
- often blinds Something, such as a window shade or a Venetian blind, that hinders vision or shuts out light.
- A shelter for concealing hunters, photographers, or observers of wildlife.
- Something intended to conceal the true nature, especially of an activity; a subterfuge.
- A forced bet in poker that is placed before the cards are dealt.
- a. Without seeing; blindly.b. Without the aid of visual reference: flew blind through the fog.
- Without forethought or provision; unawares: entered into the scheme blind.
- Without significant information, especially that might affect an outcome or result: “When you read blind, you see everything but the author” ( Margaret Atwood )
- Informal Into a stupor: drank themselves blind.
- Used as an intensive: Thieves in the bazaar robbed us blind.
transitive verbblind·ed, blind·ing, blinds
- To deprive of sight: was blinded in an industrial accident.
- To dazzle: skiers temporarily blinded by sunlight on snow.
- To deprive of perception or insight: prejudice that blinded them to the proposal's merits.
- To withhold light from: Thick shrubs blinded our downstairs windows.
Origin of blindMiddle English from Old English; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative blinder, superlative blindest)
- (not comparable, of a person or animal) Unable to see, due to physiological or neurological factors.
- (not comparable, of an eye) Unable to be used to see, due to physiological or neurological factors.
- (comparable) Failing to see, acknowledge, perceive.
- The lovers were blind to each other's faults.
- Authors are blind to their own defects.
- (not comparable) Of a place, having little or no visibility.
- a blind path; a blind ditch; a blind corner
- (not comparable) Closed at one end; having a dead end; as, a blind hole, a blind alley.
- (not comparable) Having no openings for light or passage.
- a blind wall, open only at one end; a blind alley; a blind gut
- smallest or slightest in phrases such as
- I shouted, but he didn't take a blind bit of notice.
- We pulled and pulled, but it didn't make a blind bit of difference.
- (not comparable) without any prior knowledge.
- He took a blind guess at which fork in the road would take him to the airport.
- (not comparable) unconditional; without regard to evidence, logic, reality, accidental mistakes, extenuating circumstances, etc.
- blind deference
- blind punishment
- Unintelligible or illegible.
- a blind passage in a book; blind writing
- (horticulture) Abortive; failing to produce flowers or fruit.
- blind buds; blind flowers
- A covering for a window to keep out light. The covering may be made of cloth or of narrow slats that can block light or allow it to pass.
- A destination sign mounted on a public transport vehicle displaying the route destination, number, name and/or via points, etc.
- Any device intended to conceal or hide.
- a duck blind
- Something to mislead the eye or the understanding, or to conceal some covert deed or design; a subterfuge.
- (military) A blindage.
- A halting place.
- (baseball, slang, 1800s) No score.
- (poker) A forced bet.
- (poker) A player who is or was forced to make a bet.
(third-person singular simple present blinds, present participle blinding, simple past and past participle blinded)
- To make temporarily or permanently blind.
- The light was so bright that for a moment he was blinded.
- Don't wave that pencil in my face - do you want to blind me?
- To darken; to obscure to the eye or understanding; to conceal.
- To cover with a thin coating of sand and fine gravel; as a road newly paved, in order that the joints between the stones may be filled.
(comparative more blind, superlative most blind)
From Old English blind, from Proto-Germanic *blindaz. Akin to German blind, Old High German blint.