blank

blank
I UK [blæŋk] / US adjective
Word forms "blank":
adjective blank comparative blanker superlative blankest
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1) blank paper or a blank space is empty and contains no writing or other marks

a blank sheet of paper

Write your name in the blank space at the top of the page.

The last three boxes should be left blank.

a) not containing any sound, pictures, or information

a blank tape/disk/video

b) a blank surface has nothing on it

He was tired of staring at the four blank walls.

c) a blank screen, for example on a computer, has no writing or images on it

He seemed to be staring at a blank television screen.

Suddenly my computer screen went blank.

2) showing no emotion or no sign of understanding something or recognizing someone

His eyes were blank and he barely responded to us.

a blank look/expression/face


Derived word:
blankness
noun uncountable
II UK [blæŋk] / US noun [countable]
Word forms "blank":
singular blank plural blanks
1) an empty space on a piece of paper, for example on an official form, where you write something

Please put either a tick or an X in the blanks.

2) a gun cartridge that explodes when the gun is fired, but contains no bullet

be firing/shooting blankshumorous used for saying that a man is unable to make a woman pregnant; to be unsuccessful in what you are trying to achieve


III UK [blæŋk] / US verb
Word forms "blank":
present tense I/you/we/they blank he/she/it blanks present participle blanking past tense blanked past participle blanked
1) [transitive] British spoken to deliberately ignore someone, as if you have not seen or heard them

I said hello, but she completely blanked me.

2) blank or blank out
[intransitive] informal to unexpectedly be unable to remember something

I totally blanked when it came to the written part of the exam.

3) [transitive] American informal to prevent your opponent from scoring in a game or sport
Phrasal verbs:

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  • Blank — Blank, a. [OE. blank, blonc, blaunc, blaunche, fr. F. blanc, fem. blanche, fr. OHG. blanch shining, bright, white, G. blank; akin to E. blink, cf. also AS. blanc white. ?98. See {Blink}, and cf. 1st {Blanch}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of a white or pale …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Blank — Blank, n. 1. Any void space; a void space on paper, or in any written instrument; an interval void of consciousness, action, result, etc; a void. [1913 Webster] I can not write a paper full, I used to do; and yet I will not forgive a blank of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blank — [blaŋk] adj. [ME < OFr blanc, white < Frank * blank, white, gleaming, akin to OE blanca, white steed < IE * bhleg , to shine: see BLACK] 1. Obs. colorless or white 2. a) not written, recorded, etc. on; not marked; empty [a blank sheet of …   English World dictionary

  • blank — blank: Mhd. blanc »blinkend, weiß glänzend, schön«, ahd. blanch »blank«, niederl. blank »blank, glänzend, weiß«, schwed. black »fahl« gehören mit den unter ↑ blinken behandelten Wörtern zu der Wortgruppe von ↑ blecken. Das Adjektiv wurde mit… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • Blank — blank: Mhd. blanc »blinkend, weiß glänzend, schön«, ahd. blanch »blank«, niederl. blank »blank, glänzend, weiß«, schwed. black »fahl« gehören mit den unter ↑ blinken behandelten Wörtern zu der Wortgruppe von ↑ blecken. Das Adjektiv wurde mit… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • Blank — Blank, er, este, adj. et adv. welches nur in den gemeinen Mundarten, besonders Niedersachsens, üblich ist. 1) Für weiß. Blanker Wein, weißer Wein, im Gegensatze des rothen. Ir hende ir arme blanch, Graf Werner von Hohenberg. Kele blank, Graf… …   Grammatisch-kritisches Wörterbuch der Hochdeutschen Mundart

  • blank — I (emptiness) noun absence, barrenness, cipher, hiatus, hollowness, mexistence, insubstantiality, nil, nonesse, nonexistence, nonsubsistence, nonentity, nothing, nothingness, nullity, tabula rasa, unsubstantiality, vacancy, vacuousness, vacuum,… …   Law dictionary

  • blank — blank; blank·er; blank·ly; blank·ness; blank·ety blank; …   English syllables

  • blank — Adj std. (10. Jh.), mhd. blank, ahd. blanc, mndd. blank Stammwort. Führen auf vd. * blanka Adj. glänzend, weiß, hell zurück. Damit vergleicht sich zunächst (als Pferdefarbe) anord. blakkr fahl , aber auch braun , ae. blanca Schimmel , so daß wohl …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

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