- The definition of blindness refers to a literal or figurative inability to see.
- When your eyes do not work and you are unable to see anything, this is an example of blindness.
- When you love someone and cannot see his faults because of the depth of your love, this is an example of blindness.
Blindness is the inability to see.
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See also eyes.ablepsia a lack or loss of sight. —ableptical, adj. amaurosis a condition of partial or total blindness, caused by a disease of the optie nerve. —amaurotic, adj. amblyopia obscurity of vision, occurring without any organic change in the eyes; the first stage of amaurosis. —amblyopic, adj. anopsy, anopsia, anopsia blindness. cecity blindness. chionablepsia Medicine. the condition of snow blindness. eluscation Obsolete, the state of having defective eyesight; purblindness. excecation Obsolete, the process of blinding. glaucoma a disease of the eyes, in which the eyeball hardens and becomes tense, often resulting in blindness. —glaucomatous, adj. hemeralopia the loss of sight in daylight. —hemeralopic, adj. noctograph a writing frame designed for use by blind people. nyctalopia the loss of sight in darkness. —nyctalopic, adj. optophone a device combining a selenium cell and telephone apparatus that converts light energy into sound energy, used to enable blind people to sense light through the hearing and thus read printed matter. scotograph an instrument for writing when unable to see. scotoma a blind spot or blind area in the field of vision. typhlology the totality of medical knowledge concerning the causes, treatment, and prevention of blindness. typhlophile a person who devotes himself to helping the blind. typhlosis blindness. —typhlotic, adj.
blindness - Science Definition
A lack or impairment of vision in which maximal visual acuity after correction by refractive lenses is one-tenth normal vision or less in the better eye. Blindness can be genetic but is usually acquired as a result of injury, cataracts, or diseases such as glaucoma or diabetes. In Asia and Africa, trachoma is a common infectious cause of blindness.
Variant of blind
- 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: Middle English and amp; 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
- Venetian 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