blankness

blank

[blangk]
adjective, blanker, blankest.
1.
(of paper or other writing surface) having no marks; not written or printed on: a blank sheet of paper.
2.
not filled in, as a printed form: a blank check.
3.
unrelieved or unbroken by ornament, opening, decoration, etc.: a blank wall.
4.
lacking some usual or completing feature: a blank roll of film.
5.
(of a recording medium) containing no previously recorded information: a blank videocassette; a blank floppy disk. Compare prerecorded.
6.
void of interest, variety, results, etc.: She sometimes occupied her blank days reading detective stories.
7.
showing no attention, interest, or emotion: a blank expression on his face.
8.
disconcerted; nonplussed; speechless: He looked blank when I asked him why he applied for the job.
9.
complete; utter; unmitigated: blank stupidity.
10.
Archaic. white; pale; colorless.
noun
11.
a place where something is lacking; an empty space: a blank in one's memory.
12.
a space in a printed form, test, etc., to be filled in: Write your name in the blank.
13.
a printed form containing such spaces: Have you filled out one of these blanks?
14.
a dash put in place of an omitted letter, series of letters, etc., especially to avoid writing a word considered profane or obscene.
15.
Metalworking. a piece of metal ready to be drawn, pressed, or machined into a finished object.
16.
Archery. the bull's-eye.
17.
the object toward which anything is directed; aim; target.
verb (used with object)
19.
to cross out or delete, especially in order to invalidate or void (usually followed by out ): to blank out an entry.
20.
Informal. to keep (an opponent) from scoring in a game.
21.
Metalworking. to stamp or punch out of flat stock, as with a die.
Idioms
22.
draw a blank,
a.
to fail in an attempt; be unsuccessful: We've drawn a blank in the investigation.
b.
to fail to comprehend or be unable to recollect: He asked me their phone number and I drew a blank.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English (noun and adj.) < Anglo-French, French blanc (adj.) < Germanic; compare Old English blanca white horse, Old High German blanch bright, white

blankness, noun


1–4. See empty. 8. dumfounded, confused, astounded. 9. pure, simple, unadulterated; perfect, absolute, unqualified. 11. void, vacancy, emptiness; gap, lacuna, hiatus.
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blank (blæŋk)
 
adj
1.  (of a writing surface) bearing no marks; not written on
2.  (of a form, etc) with spaces left for details to be filled in
3.  without ornament or break; unrelieved: a blank wall
4.  not filled in; empty; void: a blank space
5.  exhibiting no interest or expression: a blank look
6.  lacking understanding; confused: he looked blank even after the explanations
7.  absolute; complete: blank rejection
8.  devoid of ideas or inspiration: his mind went blank in the exam
9.  unproductive; barren
 
n
10.  an emptiness; void; blank space
11.  an empty space for writing in, as on a printed form
12.  a printed form containing such empty spaces
13.  something characterized by incomprehension or mental confusion: my mind went a complete blank
14.  a mark, often a dash, in place of a word, esp a taboo word
15.  short for blank cartridge
16.  a plate or plug used to seal an aperture
17.  a piece of material prepared for stamping, punching, forging, etc
18.  archery the white spot in the centre of a target
19.  draw a blank
 a.  to choose a lottery ticket that fails to win
 b.  to get no results from something
 
vb
20.  (usually foll by out) to cross out, blot, or obscure
21.  slang to ignore or be unresponsive towards (someone): the crowd blanked her for the first four numbers
22.  to forge, stamp, punch, or cut (a piece of material) in preparation for forging, die-stamping, or drawing operations
23.  (often foll by off) to seal (an aperture) with a plate or plug
24.  informal (US), (Canadian) to prevent (an opponent) from scoring in a game
 
[C15: from Old French blanc white, of Germanic origin; related to Old English blanca a white horse]
 
'blankly
 
adv
 
'blankness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

blank
early 13c., from O.Fr. blanc "white, shining," from Frankish *blank "white, gleaming," of W.Gmc. origin (cf. O.N. blakkr, O.E. blanca "white horse;" O.H.G. blanc, blanch; Ger. blank "shining, bright"), from P.Gmc. *blangkaz "to shine, dazzle," from PIE base *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see
bleach). Originally "colorless," meaning "having empty spaces" evolved c.1400. Sense of "void of expression" (a blank look) is from 1550s. The noun in the sense of "empty space" (in a document, etc.) is from c.1570.
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