blank


blank
[[t]blæ̱ŋk[/t]]
blanks, blanking, blanked
1) ADJ Something that is blank has nothing on it.

We could put some of the pictures over on that blank wall over there...

He tore a blank page from his notebook.

...blank cassettes.

2) N-COUNT A blank is a space which is left in a piece of writing or on a printed form for you to fill in particular information.

Put a word in each blank to complete the sentence.

3) ADJ-GRADED If you look blank, your face shows no feeling, understanding, or interest.

Abbot looked blank. `I don't quite follow, sir.'...

His daughter gave him a blank look.

Derived words:
blankly ADV-GRADED ADV with v

She stared at him blankly.

blankness N-UNCOUNT

His eyes have the blankness of someone half-asleep.

4) N-SING: a N If your mind or memory is a blank, you cannot think of anything or remember anything.

I'm sorry, but my mind is a blank...

I came round in hospital and did not know where I was. Everything was a complete blank.

5) N-COUNT: usu pl Blanks are gun cartridges which contain explosive but do not contain a bullet, so that they cause no harm when the gun is fired.

...a starter pistol which only fires blanks.

6) See also point-blank
7) PHRASE: V inflects If you draw a blank when you are looking for someone or something, you do not succeed in finding them. [INFORMAL]

They drew a blank in their search for the driver.

8) PHRASE: V inflects If your mind goes blank, you are suddenly unable to think of anything appropriate to say, for example in reply to a question.

My mind went totally blank.

Phrasal Verbs:

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Blank — Blank, a. [OE. blank, blonc, blaunc, blaunche, fr. F. blanc, fem. blanche, fr. OHG. blanch shining, bright, white, G. blank; akin to E. blink, cf. also AS. blanc white. ?98. See {Blink}, and cf. 1st {Blanch}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of a white or pale …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Blank — Blank, n. 1. Any void space; a void space on paper, or in any written instrument; an interval void of consciousness, action, result, etc; a void. [1913 Webster] I can not write a paper full, I used to do; and yet I will not forgive a blank of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blank — [blaŋk] adj. [ME < OFr blanc, white < Frank * blank, white, gleaming, akin to OE blanca, white steed < IE * bhleg , to shine: see BLACK] 1. Obs. colorless or white 2. a) not written, recorded, etc. on; not marked; empty [a blank sheet of …   English World dictionary

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  • Blank — blank: Mhd. blanc »blinkend, weiß glänzend, schön«, ahd. blanch »blank«, niederl. blank »blank, glänzend, weiß«, schwed. black »fahl« gehören mit den unter ↑ blinken behandelten Wörtern zu der Wortgruppe von ↑ blecken. Das Adjektiv wurde mit… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • Blank — Blank, er, este, adj. et adv. welches nur in den gemeinen Mundarten, besonders Niedersachsens, üblich ist. 1) Für weiß. Blanker Wein, weißer Wein, im Gegensatze des rothen. Ir hende ir arme blanch, Graf Werner von Hohenberg. Kele blank, Graf… …   Grammatisch-kritisches Wörterbuch der Hochdeutschen Mundart

  • blank — I (emptiness) noun absence, barrenness, cipher, hiatus, hollowness, mexistence, insubstantiality, nil, nonesse, nonexistence, nonsubsistence, nonentity, nothing, nothingness, nullity, tabula rasa, unsubstantiality, vacancy, vacuousness, vacuum,… …   Law dictionary

  • blank — blank; blank·er; blank·ly; blank·ness; blank·ety blank; …   English syllables

  • blank — Adj std. (10. Jh.), mhd. blank, ahd. blanc, mndd. blank Stammwort. Führen auf vd. * blanka Adj. glänzend, weiß, hell zurück. Damit vergleicht sich zunächst (als Pferdefarbe) anord. blakkr fahl , aber auch braun , ae. blanca Schimmel , so daß wohl …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache


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