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Definition of BLANK

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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 half an inch from you.
                                                    --Swift. [1913 Webster]

              From this time there ensues a long blank in the history of French legislation.        --Hallam. [1913 Webster]

              I was ill. I can't tell how long -- it was a blank.
                                                    --G. Eliot. [1913 Webster]

     2. A lot by which nothing is gained; a ticket in a lottery on which no prize is indicated. [1913 Webster]

              In Fortune's lottery lies
              A heap of blanks, like this, for one small prize.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     3. A paper unwritten; a paper without marks or characters a blank ballot; -- especially, a paper on which are to be inserted designated items of information, for which spaces are left vacant; a bland form. [1913 Webster]

              The freemen signified their approbation by an inscribed vote, and their dissent by a blank.
                                                    --Palfrey. [1913 Webster]

     4. A paper containing the substance of a legal instrument, as a deed, release, writ, or execution, with spaces left to be filled with names, date, descriptions, etc. [1913 Webster]

     5. The point aimed at in a target, marked with a white spot; hence, the object to which anything is directed. [1913 Webster]

              Let me still remain
              The true blank of thine eye.          --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     6. Aim; shot; range. [Obs.]
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              I have stood . . . within the blank of his displeasure For my free speech.                   --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     7. 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. --Nares. [1913 Webster]

     8. (Mech.) A piece of metal prepared to be made into something by a further operation, as a coin, screw, nuts. [1913 Webster]

     9. (Dominoes) A piece or division of a piece, without spots; as, the "double blank"; the "six blank." [1913 Webster]

     {In blank}, with an essential portion to be supplied by another; as, to make out a check in blank. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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 color; without color.
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              To the blank moon
              Her office they prescribed.           --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     2. Free from writing, printing, or marks; having an empty space to be filled in with some special writing; -- said of checks, official documents, etc.; as, blank paper; a blank check; a blank ballot. [1913 Webster]

     3. Utterly confounded or discomfited.
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              Adam . . . astonied stood, and blank. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     4. Empty; void; without result; fruitless; as, a blank space; a blank day. [1913 Webster]

     5. Lacking characteristics which give variety; as, a blank desert; a blank wall; destitute of interests, affections, hopes, etc.; as, to live a blank existence; destitute of sensations; as, blank unconsciousness. [1913 Webster]

     6. Lacking animation and intelligence, or their associated characteristics, as expression of face, look, etc.; expressionless; vacant. "Blank and horror-stricken faces."
        --C. Kingsley.
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              The blank . . . glance of a half returned consciousness.                        --G. Eliot. [1913 Webster]

     7. Absolute; downright; unmixed; as, blank terror. [1913 Webster]

     {Blank bar} (Law), a plea put in to oblige the plaintiff in an action of trespass to assign the certain place where the trespass was committed; -- called also {common bar}.


     {Blank cartridge}, a cartridge containing no ball.

     {Blank deed}. See {Deed}.

     {Blank door}, or {Blank window} (Arch.), a depression in a wall of the size of a door or window, either for symmetrical effect, or for the more convenient insertion of a door or window at a future time, should it be needed.


     {Blank indorsement} (Law), an indorsement which omits the name of the person in whose favor it is made; it is usually made by simply writing the name of the indorser on the back of the bill.

     {Blank line} (Print.), a vacant space of the breadth of a line, on a printed page; a line of quadrats.

     {Blank tire} (Mech.), a tire without a flange.

     {Blank tooling}. See {Blind tooling}, under {Blind}.

     {Blank verse}. See under {Verse}.

     {Blank wall}, a wall in which there is no opening; a dead wall. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Blank \Blank\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Blanked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Blanking}.] [Cf. 3d {Blanch}.]
     1. To make void; to annul. [Obs.] --Spenser.
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     2. To blanch; to make blank; to damp the spirits of; to dispirit or confuse. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

              Each opposite that blanks the face of joy. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

248 Moby Thesaurus words for "blank":
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Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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