blank




Something that’s blank is empty or undecorated. A blank canvas hasn’t been drawn or painted on yet — it’s clean and unmarked.

A blank computer screen has no information on it, and a blank look on someone’s face is completely free of any expression, revealing nothing. If your mind goes blank during a job interview, you are left without any thoughts for a moment. When blank is a noun, it means “a line to be filled in” or “an empty space.” In the 1500s, a blank was the empty, white center of a target, from the French word blanc, or “white.”

Definitions of blank
  1. adjective

    (of a surface) not written or printed on

    blank pages”
    “fill in the
    blank spaces”
    synonyms:
    clean, white

    empty

    holding or containing nothing
  2. noun

    a blank gap or missing part

    synonyms:
    lacuna
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    type of:

    crack, gap

    a narrow opening

  3. noun

    a blank character used to separate successive words in writing or printing

    synonyms:
    space
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    type of:

    character, grapheme, graphic symbol

    a written symbol that is used to represent speech

  4. noun

    a piece of material ready to be made into something

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    type of:

    flat solid, sheet

    a flat artifact that is thin relative to its length and width

  5. adjective

    void of expression

    “a
    blank stare”
    synonyms:
    vacuous

    incommunicative, uncommunicative

    not inclined to talk or give information or express opinions
  6. noun

    a cartridge containing an explosive charge but no bullet

    synonyms:
    blank shell, dummy
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    type of:

    cartridge

    ammunition consisting of a cylindrical casing containing an explosive charge and a bullet; fired from a rifle or handgun

  7. adjective

    not charged with a bullet

    “a
    blank cartridge”
    Synonyms:

    unloaded

    (of weapons) not charged with ammunition
  8. verb

    keep the opposing (baseball) team from winning

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    type of:

    keep, prevent

    stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state

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