- 1(Of a surface or background) unrelieved by decorative or other features; bare, empty, or plain: the blank skyline a blank wallMore example sentences
- He would roam the streets looking for nice blank surfaces to paint the letter of the day on.
- The blank background beautifully reflects the tonal differences, conjuring up the stark light of the Mediterranean and the murky tones of America.
- In both photographs the inanimate face is shown in three-quarter profile facing right against a blank background.
- 1.1Not written or printed on: a blank sheet of paperMore example sentences
- The police brought him in, gave him a blank sheet to write down what he did the day before, and then released him.
- I start with a blank sheet of paper and I just write a sentence.
- The four-page statement was printed on blank paper.
- 1.2(Of a document) with spaces left for a signature or details: blank tax-return formsMore example sentences
- This word processor starts up in about three seconds on a decent system and takes about 5MB of memory for a blank document.
- She had gotten back to the blank document she had started earlier.
- Many travel documents in the existing Interpol database are blank passports stolen from consulates around the world.
- 1.3(Of a tape) with nothing recorded on it: blank cassettesMore example sentences
- It turned out that the tape was blank and had not been used to record the conversation.
- I record my favourite songs onto blank tapes to play in the car and I normally do them by mood or genre.
- He caught up with me later in the afternoon and pressed a blank tape into my hand and bashfully asked if I could make him a copy of it.
- 2Showing incomprehension or no reaction: we were met by blank looksMore example sentences
expressionless, deadpan, wooden, stony, impassive, unresponsive, poker-faced, vacuous, empty, glazed, fixed, lifeless, inscrutablepuzzled, perplexed, stumped, at a loss, stuck, bewildered, dumbfounded, nonplussed, bemused, lost, uncomprehending, at sea, confused• informal flummoxed, bamboozled
- Her face was blank; its lack of expression scared him.
- Her first reaction was a blank look at the receptionist.
- The actual reactions run the gamut from blank stares to gently-furrowed brows.
- 2.1Having temporarily no knowledge or understanding: her mind went blankMore example sentences
- This caught her off guard, then her mind went temporarily blank.
- Slight anger stirred inside my temporarily blank mind, what about me?
- If you ask someone in attendance to recount these scenes you're likely to get a blank response and a claim of a lack of memory.
- 2.2Lacking incident or result: those blank moments aboard airplanesMore example sentences
- Nobody had their putting stroke in the best mode, resulting in another blank day for the twos pool and another pot to carry forward to next week's outing.
- 3 [attributive] Complete; absolute (used emphatically with negative force): he was met with a blank refusal to discuss the issueMore example sentences
- I don't believe that could happen today, one of my students sighed in blank refusal of this simple chain of reasoning.
- What's interesting about the posts on the website is this blank refusal to accept the true nature of freedom of speech.
- Those advisers who urged on him an expression of contrition as a way of finding closure met with a blank refusal.
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- 1A space left to be filled in a document: leave blanks to type in the appropriate names this measure required subjects to fill in the blanks in a storyMore example sentences
- I'd been accumulating information and photographs, but when it came time to write it I knew I'd have to uncover more to fill in the blanks.
- It had colloquial English phrases and you had to fill in the blanks.
- This is your chance to fill in the blanks on a missive already written, then simply post it off to the public figure in question.
- 1.1A document with blank spaces to be filled.More example sentences
- In this country, town governments issue passports, so thieves frequently break into the town hall and steal blanks.
- In addition to controlled storage, prescription blanks are serialized, and the dispersal of all prescription pads and storage destination is documented by pharmacy staff.
- Prescription blanks must not be stored in patient examination rooms.
- 2 (also blank cartridge) A cartridge containing gunpowder but no bullet, used for training or as a signal.More example sentences
- She let the cartridges of blanks drop to the ground and reloaded with live fire.
- The bullets were blanks in our desert, but the situations and attitudes of the soldiers we reported on were as real as they come.
- No one on the firing squad knows whether their gun has a bullet or a blank.
- 3An empty space or period of time, especially in terms of a lack of knowledge or understanding: my mind was a total blankMore example sentences
- So while Shakespeare's life is not a total blank, it does contain a lot of empty spaces.
- He said all the drinks at the event had been free and believes their beers may have been spiked because of his total blank about the evening.
- It's just a total blank, as though everyone had forgotten about that bit of the world.
- 4An object that has no mark or design on it, in particular.More example sentences
- A lens blank is marked to show where the cylinder axis will be.
- Those are the sorts of benefits that can be achieved by utilizing hard turning in place of grinding for a variety of workpieces, ranging from gear blanks to wheel hubs.
- One of the best ways to reduce vulnerabilities is to eliminate public access to key blanks for these systems, lock experts say.
- 4.1A roughly cut metal or wooden block intended for further shaping or finishing.More example sentences
- Worthing shaped the blank into a traditional British style and finished the wood with a hand-rubbed oil finish.
- The hydroforming process forms a heated metal blank into a desired shape by means of hydraulic pressure.
- Multidirectional core reduction techniques produced a wide variety of larger reduction flakes that formed blanks for small tools.
- 4.3A plain metal disk from which a coin is made by stamping a design on it.More example sentences
- The country's largest stainless steel making outfit, has bagged an order to supply coin blanks to the French national mint.
- The Central Bank expects to sell them to the manufacturers of coin blanks in Europe.
- You put the die on a coin blank and hit it with a big hammer to mould the impression into the metal.
- 5A dash written instead of a word or letter, especially instead of an obscenity or profanity.More example sentences
- But, more importantly, you'll find a blank for words that should not appear.
- The way we would test them is we would sing it a few times and then leave something out - Astrolabe, Quadrant and blank blank blank will find a new blank to the East.
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- 1Cover up, obscure, or cause to appear blank or empty: electronic countermeasures blanked out the radar signalsMore example sentences
- A lot of the text in the documents is blanked out, including, intriguingly, the distribution list!
- Swear words were blanked out, but much more offensive racist remarks were left in.
- The next three pages of that all-important document are completely blanked out.
- 1.1 [no object] Become blank or empty: the picture blanked outMore example sentences
- Her mind blanked out and she felt lost as if in a dream.
- He had written it on his calendar, in his planner and left a reminder on his cell phone and his mind still completely blanked out at remembering that piece of news.
- I closed my eyes for a second, and as I tried to breath, my mind blanked out and my hands began to shake.
- 2North American • informal Defeat (a sports opponent) without allowing the opposition to score: Baltimore blanked Toronto in a 7-0 victoryMore example sentences
- By blanking Chicago, it was the fourth consecutive shutout, a feat that had been accomplished in the American League by only the 1903 Indians and the 1932 Yankees.
- Also in Division Two, FC Japan blanked Roosevelt Island International 4 -.
- The Midget Raiders blanked the Eagles 43- last Saturday in Steinbach.
draw a blank
- Elicit no successful response; fail: the search drew a blankMore example sentences
- Within days of his death, they went to the home of his widow and daughters to conduct an early-morning search, but drew a blank.
- As their searches drew a blank, fears grew that she had been abducted, or even run away from the school party.
- Many searches ultimately draw a blank, but people do turn up on occasion.
- • informal (Of a man) infertile.More example sentences
- Will my princess be disappointed when she discovers I am firing blanks?
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- Just now I was staring blankly out the window for the longest time, watching Harry sleep.
- She scanned it with her eyes and stared blankly at the computer screen.
- If anyone protests, just smile blankly, say thank you, and go ahead anyway.
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- She searched his face, looking for any indication of his recognition, but still there was nothing but blankness.
- The blankness of space was bombarded by a series of explosions coming from all directions.
- He had experienced that blankness before.
Middle English (in the sense 'white, colorless'): from Old French blanc 'white', ultimately of Germanic origin.