Blanket meaning

blăng'kĭt
A blanket is defined as something that covers another surface completely, or is a soft piece of cloth or material that is used to cover.

When snow has completely covered over all of the land, this is an example of a blanket of snow.

A large flat piece of cotton that is on your bed that you use to cover yourself when you get cold is an example of a blanket.

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The definition of blanket is something that covers all cases or all instances of something.

A law banning all guns would be an example of a blanket ban on guns.

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Blanket means to cover something completely or to stifle something.

When snow covers the entire earth this is an example of when the snow blankets the earth.

When a window keeps noise from entering your home, this is an example of when it blankets the noise.

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A large piece of woven material used as a covering for warmth, especially on a bed.
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A layer that covers or encloses.

A thick blanket of snow.

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Applying to or covering all conditions or instances.

A blanket insurance policy.

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Applying to or covering all members of a class.

Blanket sanctions against human-rights violators.

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To cover with or as if with a blanket.

Leaves that blanket the ground.

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To cover so as to inhibit, suppress, or extinguish.

Blanketed the grease fire with sand.

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To apply to generally and uniformly without exception.

High telephone service charges that blanketed our region.

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A large piece of cloth, often of soft wool, used for warmth as a bed cover or a covering for animals.
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Anything used as or resembling a blanket; covering.

A blanket of leaves.

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Covering a group of conditions or requirements; including many or all items.

A blanket insurance policy.

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To cover with or as with a blanket; overspread; overlie.
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To apply uniformly to.
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To cut off wind from the sails of (another boat) by passing close to windward, as in yacht racing.
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To suppress; hinder; obscure.

A powerful radio station blankets a weaker one.

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To toss in a blanket, as in punishment.
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A heavy, loosely woven fabric, usually large and woollen, used for warmth while sleeping or resting.

The baby was cold, so his mother put a blanket over him.

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A layer of anything.

The city woke under a thick blanket of fog.

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A thick rubber mat used in the offset printing process to transfer ink from the plate to the paper being printed.

A press operator must carefully wash the blanket whenever changing a plate.

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In general; covering or encompassing everything.

They sought to create a blanket solution for all situations.

A blanket ban.

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To cover with, or as if with, a blanket.
  • 1884: Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Chapter VIII.
    I see the moon go off watch, and the darkness begin to blanket the river.

A fresh layer of snow blanketed the area.

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The salesman blanketed the entire neighborhood.

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To toss in a blanket by way of punishment.
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To take the wind out of the sails of (another vessel) by sailing to windward of her.
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Origin of blanket

  • Middle English from Old French an unbleached soft cloth from blanc white of Germanic origin bhel-1 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Old French blanchet, diminutive of blanc (“white”).
    From Wiktionary