follow Dictionary.com

How do you spell Hannukah?

blind spot

noun
1.
Anatomy. a small area on the retina that is insensitive to light due to the interruption, where the optic nerve joins the retina, of the normal pattern of light-sensitive rods and cones.
2.
an area or subject about which one is uninformed, prejudiced, or unappreciative:
I confess that operettas are my blind spot.
3.
dead spot (def 1).
4.
Also called dead spot. any part of an auditorium, arena, or the like, in which a person is unable to see or hear satisfactorily.
5.
an area to the side and slightly behind a driver's field of vision that is not reflected in the vehicle's rearview mirror.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for blind spot
  • And those gorgeous sail panels behind the rear window that give the car a sleek silhouette create a wicked blind spot.
  • The best-known example occurs at the natural blind spot in each eye.
  • Ethics has a bizarre blind spot around parents and children.
  • His blind spot may be his own perceived invulnerability, his faith in his ability to always manipulate opinion.
  • Destroying this blind spot proved lengthy and contentious.
  • He evinces a blind spot for painting, with inert geometric canvases, but never a failure of nerve.
  • In the first, there is no vehicle in the blind spot.
British Dictionary definitions for blind spot

blind spot

noun
1.
a small oval-shaped area of the retina in which vision is not experienced. It marks the nonphotosensitive site of entrance into the eyeball of the optic nerve See optic disc
2.
a place or area, as in an auditorium or part of a road, where vision is completely or partially obscured or hearing is difficult or impossible
3.
a subject about which a person is ignorant or prejudiced, or an occupation in which he or she is inefficient
4.
a location within the normal range of a radio transmitter with weak reception
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for blind spot
n.

1864, "spot within one's range of vision where yet one cannot see." Of flaws in the eye, from 1872; figurative sense in use by 1907.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
blind spot in Medicine

blind spot n.

  1. See optic disk.

  2. The area of blindness in the visual field corresponding to the optic disk. Also called physiologic scotoma, punctum cecum.

  3. An area or facet of one's personality of which one remains ignorant or fails to gain understanding. Also called mental scotoma, scotoma.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
blind spot in Science
blind spot
  (blīnd)   
The small region of the retina where fibers of the optic nerve emerge from the eyeball. The blind spot has no rods or cones, so no light or visual image can be transmitted.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
blind spot in Culture

blind spot definition


A small region in the visual field (the area scanned by the eye) that cannot be seen. The blind spot corresponds to an area in the eye where the optic nerve enters the retina.

Note: In a general sense, the term is used to refer to an inability to see things that might be obvious to another observer: “He has a blind spot as far as his daughter's behavior is concerned.”
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with blind spot

blind spot

Subject about which one is ignorant or biased. For example, The boss has a blind spot about Henry; he wouldn't fire him for anything, or Dad has a blind spot about opera; he can't see anything good about it. This term uses blind in the sense of “covered or hidden from sight.” It has two literal meanings: an insensitive part of the retina and an area outside one's field of vision. The phrase has largely replaced blind side, which survives mainly in the verb to blindside, meaning “to hit someone on an unguarded side” and “to deal an unexpected blow.” [ Mid-1800s ]
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for blind spot

small portion of the visual field of each eye that corresponds to the position of the optic disk (also known as the optic nerve head) within the retina. There are no photoreceptors (i.e., rods or cones) in the optic disk, and, therefore, there is no image detection in this area. The blind spot of the right eye is located to the right of the centre of vision and vice versa in the left eye. With both eyes open, the blind spots are not perceived because the visual fields of the two eyes overlap. Indeed, even with one eye closed, the blind spot can be difficult to detect subjectively because of the ability of the brain to "fill in" or ignore the missing portion of the image

Learn more about blind spot with a free trial on Britannica.com
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for blind spot

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for blind

8
11
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with blind spot

Nearby words for blind spot