a person or thing that blinds.
a blinker for a horse.
British Informal. a spectacular shot or action in sports, especially soccer: He played a blinder.

1580–90; blind + -er1 Unabridged
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blinder (ˈblaɪndə)
1.  an outstanding performance in sport
2.  slang (Brit) another name for blind

blinders (ˈblaɪndəz)
pl n
(US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain and other countries): blinkers leather sidepieces attached to a horse's bridle to prevent sideways vision

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Word Origin & History

O.E. blind "blind," also "dark, obscure, unintelligent," probably sharing with blend a P.Gmc. base *blandjan "to blind" (cf. Du., Ger. blind, O.N. blindr, Goth. blinds "blind"), perhaps also "to make cloudy, deceive," from PIE base *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see
bleach); cf. Lith. blendzas "blind," blesti "to become dark." The original sense, not of "sightless," but of "confused," perhaps underlies such phrases as blind alley. Of aviators flying without instruments or without clear observation, from 1919. The verb is O.E. blendan, influenced in M.E. by the adj. The noun meaning "anything that obstructs sight" is from 1530s. Blindman's bluff is from 1580s.
"The twilight, or rather the hour between the time when one can no longer see to read and the lighting of the candles, is commonly called blindman's holiday." [Grose, 1796]
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blind (blīnd)

  1. Unable to see; without useful sight.

  2. Having a maximal visual acuity of the better eye, after correction by refractive lenses, of one-tenth normal vision or less (20/200 or less on the Snellen test).

  3. Of, relating to, or for sightless persons.

  4. Closed at one end, as a tube or sac.

blind'ness n.
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