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Meaning of BLANK

Pronunciation:  blangk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a cartridge containing an explosive charge but no bullet
  2. [n]  a piece of material ready to be made into something
  3. [n]  a blank gap or missing part
  4. [n]  a substitute for a taboo word; "I hit the blank blank car"
  5. [n]  a blank character used to separate successive words in writing or printing; "he said the space is the most important character in the alphabet"
  6. [adj]  void of expression; "a blank stare"
  7. [adj]  of a surface; not written or printed on; "blank pages"; "fill in the blank spaces"; "a clean page"; "wide white margins"
  8. [adj]  not charged with a bullet; "a blank cartridge"
  9. [v]  keep the opposing team from winning, in baseball

BLANK is a 5 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: blank shell, clean, dummy, empty, incommunicative, lacuna, space, uncommunicative, unloaded, white
 See Also: cartridge, character, crack, euphemism, flat solid, gap, grapheme, graphic symbol, keep, prevent, sheet



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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}.]
    1. Of a white or pale color; without color.
             To the blank moon Her office they prescribed.
    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.
    3. Utterly confounded or discomfited.
             Adam . . . astonied stood, and blank. --Milton.
    4. Empty; void; without result; fruitless; as, a blank space;
       a blank day.
    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.
    6. Lacking animation and intelligence, or their associated
       characteristics, as expression of face, look, etc.;
       expressionless; vacant. ``Blank and horror-stricken
       faces.'' --C. Kingsley.
             The blank . . . glance of a half returned
             consciousness.                        --G. Eliot.
    7. Absolute; downright; unmixed; as, blank terror.
    {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
  2. \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.
             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.
             From this time there ensues a long blank in the
             history of French legislation.        --Hallam.
             I was ill. I can't tell how long -- it was a blank.
                                                   --G. Eliot.
    2. A lot by which nothing is gained; a ticket in a lottery on
       which no prize is indicated.
             In Fortune's lottery lies A heap of blanks, like
             this, for one small prize.            --Dryden.
    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.
             The freemen signified their approbation by an
             inscribed vote, and their dissent by a blank.
    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.
    5. The point aimed at in a target, marked with a white spot;
       hence, the object to which anything is directed.
             Let me still remain The true blank of thine eye.
    6. Aim; shot; range. [Obs.]
             I have stood . . . within the blank of his
             displeasure For my free speech.       --Shak.
    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.
    8. (Mech.) A piece of metal prepared to be made into
       something by a further operation, as a coin, screw, nuts.
    9. (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.
  3. \Blank\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Blanked}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Blanking}.] [Cf. 3d {Blanch}.]
    1. To make void; to annul. [Obs.] --Spenser.
    2. To blanch; to make blank; to damp the spirits of; to
       dispirit or confuse. [Obs.]
             Each opposite that blanks the face of joy. --Shak.
 Definition: an "advanced" Preliminary stage in the manufacture of an artifact (also: "preform".)
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