Blank meaning

blăngk
The definition of blank is something not written upon or without thought or ideas.

An example of blank is a bank check on which the dollar amount is not specified.

An example of blank is an author with nothing to write about.

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Devoid of activity or distinctive character; empty.

Tried to fill the blank hours of the day.

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Not having received final processing; unfinished.

A blank key.

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Absolute; complete.

A blank refusal.

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A manufactured article of a standard shape or form that is ready for final processing, as by stamping or cutting.

A key blank.

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A blank cartridge.
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Something worthless, such as a losing lottery ticket.
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A mark, usually a dash (—), indicating the omission of a word or of a letter or letters.
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The white circle in the center of a target; a bull's-eye.
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An unmarked piece or portion of a piece, as a domino tile, whose value may be determined by the holder.
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To remove, as from view; obliterate.
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To block access to.

Blank off a subway tunnel.

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To prevent (an opponent) from scoring.
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To punch or stamp from flat stock, especially with a die.
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To become abstracted. Often used with out:

My mind blanked out for a few seconds.

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To fail to find or remember something.

I blanked when asked the name of our mayor.

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To fade away.

The music gradually blanked out.

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Colorless or white.
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Having an empty, vacant, or monotonous look or character.
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Empty of thought; lacking ideas.

A blank mind.

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Unproductive; barren.

Blank years.

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Utter; complete.

A blank denial.

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Lacking certain elements or characteristics, as a wall without an opening.
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An empty space, esp. one to be filled in on a printed form, school test, etc.
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A printed form or document with such empty spaces.
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An emptiness; vacant place or time; void.
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A manufactured article yet to be cut to a pattern or marked with a design.

A key blank.

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A lottery ticket that fails to win.
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A powder-filled cartridge without a bullet.
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A mark, usually a dash (—), indicating an omitted word, esp. an oath or curse.
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To hold (an opponent) scoreless in a game.
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To stamp with a die from flat stock.
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(archaic) White or pale; without colour.
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Free from writing, printing, or marks; having an empty space to be filled in; as, blank paper; a blank check; a blank ballot.
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(figuratively) Lacking characteristics which give variety; uniform.

A blank desert; a blank wall; blank unconsciousness.

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Absolute; downright; unmixed; sheer.

Blank terror.

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Without expression.

Failing to understand the question, he gave me a blank stare.

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Utterly confounded or discomfited.
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Empty; void; without result; fruitless.

A blank day.

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Devoid of thoughts, memory, or inspiration.
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A cartridge that is designed to simulate the noise and smoke of real gunfire without actually firing a projectile.
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An empty space; a void, as on a paper, or in one's memory.
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A space to be filled in on a form or template.
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A paper without marks or characters, or with space left for writing; a ballot, form, contract, etc. that has not yet been filled in.
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A lot by which nothing is gained; a ticket in a lottery on which no prize is indicated.
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(archaic) A kind of base silver money, first coined in England by Henry V., and worth about 8 pence; also, a French coin of the seventeenth century, worth about 4 pence.

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(engineering) A piece of metal prepared to be made into something by a further operation, as a coin, screw, nuts.
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(dominoes) A piece or division of a piece, without spots; as, the double blank"; the six blank." In blank, with an essential portion to be supplied by another; as, to make out a check in blank.
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The space character; the character resulting from pressing the space-bar on a keyboard.
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The point aimed at in a target, marked with a white spot; hence, the object to which anything is directed.
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Aim; shot; range.
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To make void; to erase.

I blanked out my previous entry.

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(slang) To ignore.

She blanked me for no reason.

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To prevent from scoring, as in a sporting event.

The team was blanked.

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(intransitive) To become blank.
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blank out
  • To cancel or obscure by covering over; void.
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draw a blank
  • To draw a lottery ticket that fails to win.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of blank

  • Middle English white, having spaces to be filled in from Old French blanc white of Germanic origin bhel-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English blank, blonc, blaunc, blaunche, from Anglo-Norman blonc, blaunc, blaunche from Old French blanc, feminine blanche, from Frankish *blank (“gleaming, white, blinding”) from Proto-Germanic *blankaz (“white, bright, blinding”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhleg- (“to shine”). Akin to Old High German blanch (“shining, bright, white”) (German blank), Old English blanc (“white, grey”), blanca (“white steed”), English blink, blind. See also blink, blind, and blanch.

    From Wiktionary