- 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,
- 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-blankPerhaps from French point (de tir), (firing) point, or point (visé), (aiming) point (from Old French; see point) + French blanc, 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.