Definition of blind in English:

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Pronunciation: /blīnd/


1Unable to see because of injury, disease, or a congenital condition: she suffered from glaucoma, which has left her completely blind he was blind in one eye
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  • Two years ago, MS patient Natasha Bagan lost her ability to walk and was almost blind after her condition rapidly deteriorated.
  • Jurors heard that Mr Ward, who suffered from a rare eye condition and had been blind since he was 15, had been celebrating his birthday.
  • I had a little Chihuahua named Carlos that had some kind of skin disease and was totally blind.
1.1 [attributive] (Of an action, especially a test or experiment) done without being able to see or without being in possession of certain information: a blind tasting of eight wines
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  • The test will be a blind exam so applicants cannot memorise the answers but the Government is publishing a handbook guide to the areas being tested.
  • The skates did feel slightly lighter, but I'm convinced that was only placebo effect - I bet that I'd not be able to tell the difference in a blind test.
  • In a blind test last week, nine out of 12 shoppers said they preferred the taste of a £1.45 loaf from Safeway to Poilâne's finest sourdough.
1.2 Aeronautics (Of flying) using instruments only: blind landings during foggy conditions
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  • The Lorenz beam system for blind landing consisted of two transmitters located on opposite sides of the airstrip runway.
  • From this point on, they'd be practically flying blind, with only the occasional glimpse of their surroundings.
  • This could be nerve-racking for the pilot while the copilot made blind takeoffs.
2 [predicative] Lacking perception, awareness, or discernment: he’s absolutely blind where you’re concerned, isn’t he? she was blind to the realities of her position
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  • The enemy had been left virtually blind in the area of the English Channel and were unable to mount a naval challenge that could have thwarted the invasion.
  • By having the opportunity to see what the best of the best look like, and how they practice and perform, it's hard to be barn blind.
  • I never really noticed how much she had changed, but I guess I was just blind.
imperceptive, unperceptive, insensitive, slow, obtuse, uncomprehending;
stupid, unintelligent
informal dense, dim, thick, dumb, dopey, dozy
unmindful of, mindless of, careless of, heedless of, oblivious to, insensible to, unconcerned about, indifferent to
uncritical, unreasoned, unthinking, unconsidered, mindless, undiscerning, indiscriminate
2.1 [attributive] (Of an action or state of mind) not controlled by reason or judgment: they left in blind panic
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  • There's another reason why blind devotion to rules won't do.
  • All I wanted to do was to survive and really was driven by blind hope than by reason.
  • True, you could have fully murdered him, but the only reason you hurt him enough to get away was blind panic.
impetuous, impulsive, uncontrolled, uncontrollable, wild, unrestrained, immoderate, intemperate, irrational, unbridled
2.2 [attributive] Not governed by purpose: moving purposelessly in a world of blind chance
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  • There is no way that every organism could have been created by blind chance, they say.
  • The chances of a watch being constructed by blind chance are astronomically small.
  • By blind chance, some of these emails reach customers of targeted organisations.
3(Of a corner or bend in a road) impossible to see around: two trucks collided on a blind curve in the road
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  • About half-way back to Boston I slowed down even further to go round a blind bend in the road, to come upon a police car and a mobile speed camera.
  • They certainly had no problem coping with a brisk run along a narrow, twisty country road where oncoming traffic and constant blind bends required repeated firm applications.
  • A car in front of the Welshman had pulled out a series of rocks into the road on a blind corner, and Hughes ran straight over the rocks, unable to avoid them due to the narrowness of the road.
3.1(Of a door or window) walled up.
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  • Glazed doors, provided that the panes are rectangular, can be reduced by removing one tier of panes; blind doors can be cut down at will.
  • When you first walked in and entered the small rotunda, there was a blind window that had been revealed.
  • The metal ladder was cooperative enough against rubber-soled boots, but moisture and time had warped the blind door, and there was no other way into the box.
3.2Closed at one end: a blind pipe
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  • Bromley redefined Trypanites to include all blind, simple, unbranched borings in hard substrata with a single opening to the surface.
  • Such blind pools loose water by evaporation, or if below the water table remain as permanent bodies.
  • This blind-ended, complex structure is embryologically distinct from the body of the left atrium and is sometimes regarded as just a minor extension of the atrium.
4 [attributive with negative] British informal (Used in emphatic expressions) not the slightest: you don’t know a blind thing!
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  • A spokesman for the National Association of Headteachers said the downgrading should not make ‘a blind bit of difference’ to school drugs policies.
  • It amazes me how people seem to forget that they were young once and that no amount of pep talks, pleading or punishment would have made a blind bit of difference to how they carried on when away from their parents' beady eyes.
  • We consulted people on Goldiggers and the skatepark and then did not take a blind bit of notice of them.
5(Of a plant) without buds, eyes, or terminal flowers: planting too shallowly is the most common cause of bulbs coming up blind
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  • It sounds cruel, but during one long hot summer I did once shock a blind camellia into flowering by withholding water for as long as I felt the plant could bear it.
  • One of the original reasons to burn the straw was to combat blind seed disease.
  • The non-germinating “blind-seeds” carry a mass of fungus tissue in the endosperm and are the carry-over phase of the disease.
6 informal Drunk.
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  • Originally the upper floor housed the council chambers, while the underneath had a storeroom and a blind house, where drunks were locked up for the night.
  • I finished the drink at the end of the little speech and threw it to the floor, suddenly becoming blind once more and having to clear the claret from my brow again.
  • Vodka is a blind stumble around the streets of Shettleston with your pants around your ankles, looking for your front teeth.


[with object]
1Cause (someone) to be unable to see, permanently or temporarily: the injury temporarily blinded him eyes blinded with tears
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  • I said nothing, but merely nodded, tears temporarily blinding me, blurring my vision.
  • Five players were permanently blinded and a dozen more had permanent eye defects leading to reduced vision.
  • She was blinded by her tears and the smoke, so she couldn't see the burning timber above her that was about to fall.
make blind, deprive of sight, render sightless;
put someone's eyes out
2 (be blinded) Deprive (someone) of understanding, judgment, or perception: a clever tactician blinded by passion somehow Clare and I were blinded to the truth
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  • In the process, the patient is willfully blinded to the conduct that inevitably causes his misery in the first place.
  • He was used to getting his own way and was so enraged that he was blinded to the consequences of his actions.
  • I cried as I admitted that I was so selfish that I was blinded to the fact that Will had needed my help all along.
deprive of judgment, deprive of perception, deprive of reason, deprive of sense
2.1 (blind someone with) Confuse or overawe someone with something difficult to understand: they try to blind you with science
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  • Of the communists, Richard Wright concluded: ‘They're blind… Their enemies have blinded them with too much oppression.’
  • Jon has too much value cos he can blind them with science and they are confused by him.
  • Identifying with either side blinds you with ideology, makes up your mind for you and stops you thinking.
overawe, intimidate, daunt, deter, discourage, cow, subdue, dismay;
disquiet, discomfit, unsettle, disconcert;
disorient, stun, stupefy, confuse, bewilder, bedazzle, confound, perplex, overwhelm
informal faze, psych out


1 (as plural noun the blind) People who are unable to see: guide dogs for the blind
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  • Its steady, amiable temperament makes it a dependable guide dog for the blind.
  • On a different note, maybe you want your dog to become a service dog or guide dog for the blind.
  • Legend has it that the blind can recover their sight if they wash their eyes with only a handful of the miraculous water.
2An obstruction to sight or light, in particular.
2.1A screen for a window, especially one on a roller or made of slats: she pulled down the blinds
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  • Sunlight poked through the slats in the white blinds over my window.
  • I shut my screen, window and blinds, and looked around my room.
  • The moon shines through the slats of the window blinds, casting stripes of light and shadow over the two beds in the semi-private room.
shade, screen, sunshade, brise-soleil, shutter, curtain, awning, canopy;
louver, jalousie;
Venetian blind, miniblind, vertical blind
2.2British An awning over a shop window.
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  • For the past 30 years the 58-year-old has worked for a company in Devon that produces blinds and awnings.
  • That is why, for the past 10 years, McLeod has watched his firm, which specialises in manufacturing shop blinds and awnings, flourish.
  • Having been here when Queen Victoria reigned, Deans is the only blinds company that is still in business who can provide an authentic Victorian or Edwardian awning to complete the finishing touch to a serious restoration project on a shop, restaurant or even a special private house.
3 [in singular] Something designed to conceal one’s real intentions: he phoned again from his own home: that was just a blind for his wife
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  • The aversion to addressing race concerns that is demonstrated through this research carries through to an aversion to discussing race as a driver in and a blind for bad social policy.
  • ‘Ruse’ applies to that which is contrived as a blind for one's real intentions or for the truth.
  • Our advantages and disadvantages then, can be summarized as follows:… 6. Serves as a blind for the real project.
deception, smokescreen, front, facade, cover, pretext, masquerade, feint, camouflage;
trick, ploy, ruse, machination
3.1A hiding place: you can sometimes use your car as a blind
3.2North American A camouflaged shelter used by hunters to get close to wildlife: a duck blind
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  • Add a camouflage blind from Hunter's View to your customer's purchase and you have made him totally invisible.
  • They'll even serve as a stool in camp or duck blind.
  • As just one example, last fall I had a chance to see how the '03 500i handled multiple soakings when I used it as a mobile duck blind.
4British informal, dated A heavy drinking bout: he’s off on a blind again
5British A legitimate business concealing a criminal enterprise.
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  • The third time he wins, and afterward uses a big-town barber shop as a blind for his elaborate gambling house.
  • Papa and Mama Aven use their quiet bookstore as a blind for smuggling diamonds.
  • The boys from the Press had been told to lay off investigations - the word was that the Corporation was a blind for something much bigger.


1Without being able to see clearly: he was the first pilot in history to fly blind
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  • I heard it and felt it, but did the whole thing blind.
  • Divson obliged, his single hand not shaking in the least as his free one searched blind for the objects, produced them and slid them to Prast.
  • It was like fighting blind, and against a ferocious wild cat at that.
1.1Without having all the relevant information; unprepared: he was going into the interview blind
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  • Legislatures who pass RFRAs, then, are legislating blind.
  • In short, Hatfill would no longer be proceeding blind.
  • I won't have the minor characters, I won't have the solution to the problem; I'm writing blind.
1.2(Of a stake in poker and other games) put up by a player before the cards dealt are seen.
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  • When there is that extra dead money out there, it is simply terrible to give two people free rides, and the small blind a cheap look, when you have a playable hand in best position.
  • Simply calling the big blind would make no sense if hands indeed ran close together in value.
  • Others allow the dealer to identify one trick before play begins, the winner of which gets the blind along with the trick.



(as) blind as a bat

informal Having very bad eyesight.
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  • The ringleader said I couldn't identify them because I was blind as a bat.
  • However encyclopaedic your knowledge of antiques, if you're blind as a bat, forget it.
  • It knocked my glasses off and I am as blind as a bat without them.

blind drunk

informal Extremely drunk.
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  • Unsurprisingly, Mr Manners took to blundering into my flat at 3.30 am in a most unchivalrous manner: blind drunk, ranting that his mother didn't love him, and mistaking my saxophone case for a lavatory.
  • The blog entry I wanted to write claimed that I was able to install Movable Type Blacklist without a hitch despite being blind drunk and, temporarily, a willful hater of computers.
  • I thought of him while writing this piece because in 1916 he challenged Jack Johnson, the Heavyweight Champion of the World, to a fight, turned up blind drunk and lost within one round.

effing and blinding

British see eff.

rob (or steal) someone blind

informal Rob or cheat someone in a comprehensive or merciless way.
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  • But I don't see anyone, even Davis who let them rob us blind, doing that.
  • Dry cleaners and hairdressers don't rob you blind.
  • I suspect this is one of those evil schemes where he and his crony pray on the innocence of passing motorists so they may take advantage of you and rob you blind.

turn a blind eye

Pretend not to notice.
Said to be in allusion to Nelson, who lifted a telescope to his blind eye at the Battle of Copenhagen (1801), in order to avoid seeing the signal to 'discontinue the action'
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  • We cannot continue to turn a blind eye or ear and pretend that all is well when many people are hurting and yearning for help.
  • In many ways, I think he's given the Saudis a pass and he's turned a blind eye to them.
  • It is a problem people are prepared to turn a blind eye to it because people rarely notice these sites as they are covered over.


Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German blind.

  • The original sense was ‘unable to see’. The sense of blinds that are hung on windows developed in the early 18th century, and Venetian blinds appear at the end of that century. To turn a blind eye to, ‘to pretend not to notice’, goes back to the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801. The British admiral Horatio Nelson (1758–1805), who was leading the attack against the Danes, had lost the sight in one eye in action several years before. His superior, Sir Hyde Parker (1739–1807), feared that his men would suffer very heavy losses, so hoisted the signal for Nelson to halt his attack and withdraw. Nelson avoided seeing the signal by putting a telescope to his blind eye, and continued the battle. An hour later he was victorious. The -fold of blindfold is not the fold meaning ‘to bend over on itself’. It derives from fell, ‘to knock or strike over’. The Old English word from which blindfold developed meant ‘to strike blind’. By the 16th century people stopped understanding blindfell, and substituted the more familiar fold. See also buff

Words that rhyme with blind

affined, behind, bind, find, hind, humankind, interwind, kind, mankind, mind, nonaligned, resigned, rind, unaligned, unassigned, unconfined, undefined, undersigned, undesigned, unlined, unrefined, unsigned, wynd

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