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”
    clean, white


    holding or containing nothing
  2. noun

    a blank gap or missing part

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    crack, gap

    a narrow opening

  3. noun

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

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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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    flat solid, sheet

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

  5. adjective

    void of expression

    blank stare”

    incommunicative, uncommunicative

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

    a cartridge containing an explosive charge but no bullet

    blank shell, dummy
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    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

    blank cartridge”


    (of weapons) not charged with ammunition
  8. verb

    keep the opposing (baseball) team from winning

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    keep, prevent

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

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