- aimed horizontally, straight at a mark, at such close range that rise and fall in the projectile's flight need not be considered
- of or suitable for such fire: point-blank range
- straightforward; plain; blunt: a point-blank answer
Origin of point-blankpoint + blank, noun
- in a direct line; straight
- without hesitation or quibbling; directly; bluntly: to refuse point-blank
- Aimed straight at the mark or target without allowing for the drop in a projectile's course.
- a. So close to a target that a weapon may be aimed directly at it: point-blank range.b. Close enough so that missing the target is unlikely or impossible: a point-blank shot.
- Straightforward; blunt: a point-blank accusation.
- With a straight aim; directly: fired point-blank at the intruder.
- Without hesitation, deliberation, or equivocation: answered point-blank.
Origin of point-blankpoint blank on the model of Middle French (de) pointe (en) blanc de from pointe sharp end, tip, outermost end ( such as the place on a practice range from which an archer can shoot without compensating for gravity; from Old French pointe ; see point . ) en in, into blanc white, bull's-eye, target ( from Old French white ; see blank . )
- (obsolete or rare) Point blank
- (forensics) very close; not touching but not more than a few metres (yards).
- (ballistics) the distance between a firearm and a target where a projectile in flight is expected to strike the centre of the target without adjusting the elevation of the firearm.
- Disconcertingly straightforward or blunt.
- a point-blank assertion
French point blanc, white point, originally referring to the white spot to be aimed at on a target.
- The distance between a gun and a target such that it requires minimal effort in aiming it. In particular no allowance needs to be made for effects of gravity, target movement or wind in aiming the projectile.
This common shooting term derives old English longbow practices: A common target was the white skull of a bull, and the greatest skill could be illustrated by getting a "bulls eye". When the archer is far from the target, the arrow must be pointed high, due to the arched trajectory of an arrow. When the archer is very close to the target, then he may point directly, without aiming above the white bull's skull, hence "pointing at the white", or "Point Blanc" as it was stated in those times. Some say that the term comes from French, where point means the aim, blanc means white. The term is now an established military term, "Point Blank" range, or the distance at which a firearm can be directly aimed at the target without consideration of the arched trajectory. Modern firearms often have a "Point Blank" range of a few hundred yards.