blanket

blanket
[[t]blæ̱ŋkɪt[/t]]
blankets, blanketing, blanketed
1) N-COUNT A blanket is a large square or rectangular piece of thick cloth, especially one which you put on a bed to keep you warm.
2) N-COUNT: usu sing, N of n A blanket of something such as snow is a continuous layer of it which hides what is below or beyond it.

The mud disappeared under a blanket of snow...

Cold damp air brought in the new year under a blanket of fog.

3) N-SING: N of n You can refer to something such as an unpleasant emotion or an undesirable quality that seems to affect every aspect of a particular situation as a blanket of that emotion or quality. [LITERARY]

It seems as if the blanket of depression is in some way necessary to help them blot out the even greater pain of real life...

A blanket of silence descended.

4) VERB If something such as snow blankets an area, it covers it.

[V n] More than a foot of snow blanketed parts of Michigan...

[V n] With a thick mist now blanketing the trees, I got thoroughly lost.

5) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n (emphasis) You use blanket to describe something when you want to emphasize that it affects or refers to every person or thing in a group, without any exceptions.

There's already a blanket ban on foreign unskilled labour in Japan.

...the blanket coverage of the Barcelona Olympics.

Syn:
6) See also , security blanket, wet blanket

English dictionary. 2008.

См. также в других словарях:

  • Blanket — Blan ket, n. [F. blanchet, OF. also blanket, a woolen waistcoat or shirt, the blanket of a printing press; prop. white woolen stuff, dim. of blanc white; blanquette a kind of white pear, fr. blanc white. See {Blank}, a.] 1. A heavy, loosely woven …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Blanket — Blan ket, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Blanketed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Blanketing}.] 1. To cover with a blanket. [1913 Webster] I ll . . . blanket my loins. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To toss in a blanket by way of punishment. [1913 Webster] We ll have our men …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blanket — blan‧ket [ˈblæŋkt] adjective [only before a noun] affecting or including everything or everyone: • The authorities have introduced a blanket ban on all deals of this kind. • The agency is offering a blanket settlement to all groups. * * *… …   Financial and business terms

  • blanket — [blaŋk′it] n. [ME < OFr blanchet, dim. of blanc, white: see BLANK] 1. a large piece of cloth, often of soft wool, used for warmth as a bed cover or a covering for animals 2. anything used as or resembling a blanket; covering [a blanket of… …   English World dictionary

  • blanket — ► NOUN 1) a large piece of woollen material used as a covering for warmth. 2) a thick mass or layer of a specified material: a blanket of cloud. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ covering all cases or instances; total: a blanket ban. ► VERB (blanketed, blanketing) …   English terms dictionary

  • blanket — blan·ket adj 1: covering or affecting all members of a group or class blanket health coverage 2: covering or affecting all situations a blanket release of liability Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • Blanket — Blanket, TX U.S. town in Texas Population (2000): 402 Housing Units (2000): 189 Land area (2000): 0.574704 sq. miles (1.488477 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.574704 sq. miles (1.488477 sq. km) …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Blanket, TX — U.S. town in Texas Population (2000): 402 Housing Units (2000): 189 Land area (2000): 0.574704 sq. miles (1.488477 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.574704 sq. miles (1.488477 sq. km) FIPS code:… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • blanket — [adj] comprehensive absolute, acrossthe board, all inclusive, overall, powerful, sweeping, unconditional, wide ranging; concept 772 Ant. incomplete, uncomprehensive blanket [n] cover, covering afghan, carpet, cloak, coat, coating, comforter,… …   New thesaurus

  • Blanket —   [ blæȖkɪt; englisch »Decke«] das, s/ s, Kerntechnik: der Brutmantel bei Brutreaktoren (Brüten) und Fusionsreaktoren (Kernfusion). * * * Blan|ket [ blæŋkɪt], das; s, s [engl. blanket < (a)frz. blanchet = Decke (aus weißer Wolle), zu: blanc, ↑ …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Blanket — (vom fr. Blanquet, Charta blanca, Carte blanche), Art Vollmacht, wo der Vollmachtgeber entweder nur seinen Namen, mit beigefügtem Siegel, auf einen leeren Bogen schreibt, welche Unterschrift die Kraft einer generellen Vollmacht hat; od. bei der… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon


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