- 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
point + blank,
- in a direct line; straight
- without hesitation or quibbling; directly; bluntly: to refuse point-blank
See point-blank in American Heritage Dictionary 4
- 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: Perhaps from French point (de tir), (firing) point
Origin: , or point (visé), (aiming) point (from Old French; see point)
Origin: + French blanc, bullseye, target (from Old French, white; see blank)
Learn more about point-blank