Definition of blinding in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈblʌɪndɪŋ


  • 1(Of light) very bright and likely to dazzle or cause temporary blindness: the sunlight outside was blinding figurative a blinding flash of inspiration
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    • There was a blinding flash of white light as the blade struck home.
    • Photographers following Diana and Dodi claimed they saw a blinding flash of light as Diana's car entered the underpass where it went out of control.
    • The cold darkness was suddenly lit brightly by a blinding flash of light.
  • 1.1Temporarily obstructing the vision: blinding rain
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    • Conditions on Australia's east coast were vastly improved yesterday from the blinding rain that greeted the 57 starters a day earlier.
    • Folks elsewhere are dealing with snow, blinding rain, even flooding.
    • A swirling wind and blinding rain destroyed the quality of play.
  • 1.2(Especially of pain) very intense: I’ve got a blinding headache
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    • A swollen jaw and blinding pain made worse by gentle breezes on the cheek indicate a trip to the dentist is necessary.
    • And with that said her hands began to move, carefully applying pressure at particular points to help ease the blinding pain.
    • A blinding pain burns in my left shoulder, and I yell in pain.
  • 2British informal (Of an action) remarkably skilful and exciting: he denied Norwich victory with two blinding saves
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    • A first-half spectator, he made three blinding saves in the second-half that kept his side in the contest as Addingham struggled to raise their game and cohesion.
    • Henderson earned his corn with a blinding save from Terriers dangerman Chris Brandon as City clung precariously to their lead.
    • A good save from Wilkshire was the appetiser for a blinding effort to deny League One's top scorer Leroy Lita from adding to his six-goal tally.


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  • 1The process of covering a newly made road with grit to fill cracks.
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    • Formation appears to have deteriorated after rain and was not properly cleared out after blinding.
    • Blinding with 3mm to dust local stone may be necessary to produce a surface suitable for horses and ordinary cycles.
    • The latest technical development of Kirchner is the paver-integrated Gritter, which places the chipping for blinding of the road directly behind the paving screed in one process and improves the quality of the road significantly.
  • 1.1Grit used to cover a newly made road.
  • 1.2A thin bed of concrete laid down over an area before the main mass of concrete is put in place.
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    • The gravel blinding further helps to blend the revetment into its surroundings.
    • If a reduced fines sub-base layer is specified, this must be covered with either a geotextile filter membrane and/or a suitable clean gravel blinding layer, to avoid fine particles entering the sub-base layer.
    • The invert of the 4100 Level was graded with a gravel blinding layer (Roktek).



[as submodifier]: the reason was blindingly obvious
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  • The reason is blindingly obvious, yet profoundly significant.
  • Record collectors are all awful with money, for the blindingly obvious reason that they spend it all on records.
  • Ideally, of course, there would be a blindingly obvious reason for this state of affairs.

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