blank: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (blangk), [key]
— adj., n., v. -er, -est,
  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. (of a recording medium) containing no previously recorded information:Cf. prerecorded. a blank videocassette; a blank floppy disk.
  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; nonplussed; speechless: He looked blank when I asked him why he applied for the job.
  9. complete; utter; unmitigated: blank stupidity.
  10. white; pale; colorless.
  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. a piece of metal ready to be drawn, pressed, or machined into a finished object.
  6. the bull's-eye.
  7. the object toward which anything is directed; aim; target.
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  9. We've drawn a blank in the investigation.
    1. to fail in an attempt; be unsuccessful:We've drawn a blank in the investigation.
    2. 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. to keep (an opponent) from scoring in a game.
  3. to stamp or punch out of flat stock, as with a die.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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