WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
blank /blæŋk/USA pronunciation   adj.,  -er, -est, n., v. 
  1. having no marks:blank paper.
  2. not filled in:a blank check.
  3. with no ornaments or openings: a blank wall.
  4. containing no recorded sound or images: a blank videotape.
  5. expressionless: a blank look on her face.
  6. confused, puzzled, or without understanding: He looked blank when I asked for his ticket.
  7. without thoughts or ideas: My mind went blank.
  8. complete;
    utter:blank stupidity.

n. [countable]
  1. a place where something is lacking;
    an empty space:Her mind is a blank whenever it comes to that episode.
  2. a space in a printed form, etc., to be filled in:Fill in the blanks with your answers.
  3. a printed form containing such spaces:Take the blank to that table, fill it in, and bring it back to me.
  4. a dash put in place of an omitted letter or letters, esp. to avoid writing a word considered profane or obscene.
  5. Militarya cartridge for a gun that has explosive powder inside but no bullet:fired blanks into the air.

v. [+ object]
  1. Informal Termsto keep (an opponent) from scoring in a game:managed to blank the Giants for six innings.
  1. Idiomsdraw a blank: 
    • to be unsuccessful: The detective drew a blank in the investigation.
    • to fail to remember: I drew a blank when she asked me for their phone number.

blank•ly, adv.: She stared blankly at me when I asked her for directions.
blank•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
blank  (blangk),USA pronunciation adj.,  -er, -est, n., v. 
  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. Sound Reproduction(of a recording medium) containing no previously recorded information:a blank videocassette; a blank floppy disk.Cf. 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;
    speechless:He looked blank when I asked him why he applied for the job.
  9. complete;
    unmitigated:blank stupidity.
  10. [Archaic.]white;

  1. a place where something is lacking;
    an empty space:a blank in one's memory.
  2. a space in a printed form, test, etc., to be filled in:Write your name in the blank.
  3. a printed form containing such spaces:Have you filled out one of these blanks?
  4. a dash put in place of an omitted letter, series of letters, etc., esp. to avoid writing a word considered profane or obscene.
  5. Metallurgya piece of metal ready to be drawn, pressed, or machined into a finished object.
  6. Sport[Archery.]the bull's-eye.
  7. the object toward which anything is directed;
  8. MilitarySee  blank cartridge. 
  9. Idiomsdraw a blank: 
    • to fail in an attempt;
      be unsuccessful:We've drawn a blank in the investigation.
    • to fail to comprehend or be unable to recollect:He asked me their phone number and I drew a blank.

  1. to cross out or delete, esp. in order to invalidate or void (usually fol. by out):to blank out an entry.
  2. Informal Termsto keep (an opponent) from scoring in a game.
  3. Metallurgyto stamp or punch out of flat stock, as with a die.
blankness, n. 
  • Gmc; compare Old English blanca white horse, Old High German blanch bright, white
  • Anglo-French, French blanc (adjective, adjectival)
  • Middle English (noun, nominal and adjective, adjectival) 1300–50
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged –4. See  empty. 
    • 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged dumfounded, confused, astounded.
    • 9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged pure, simple, unadulterated;
      perfect, absolute, unqualified.
    • 11.See corresponding entry in Unabridged void, vacancy, emptiness;
      gap, lacuna, hiatus.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

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
  4. not filled in; empty; void
  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
  1. an emptiness; void; blank space
  2. an empty space for writing in, as on a printed form
  3. a printed form containing such empty spaces
  4. something characterized by incomprehension or mental confusion: my mind went a complete blank
  5. a mark, often a dash, in place of a word, esp a taboo word
  6. short for blank cartridge
  7. a plate or plug used to seal an aperture
  8. a piece of material prepared for stamping, punching, forging, etc
  9. draw a blankto get no results from something
vb (transitive)
  1. (usually followed by out) to cross out, blot, or obscure
Etymology: 15th Century: from Old French blanc white, of Germanic origin; related to Old English blanca a white horse

ˈblankness n

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