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blank

 (blăngk)
adj. blank·er, blank·est
1.
a. Devoid of writing, images, or marks: a blank wall; a blank screen.
b. Containing no information; unrecorded or erased: a blank tape; a blank diskette. See Synonyms at empty.
c. Having spaces for information to be provided; not completed or filled in: a blank questionnaire.
2. Not having received final processing; unfinished: a blank key.
3.
a. Devoid of thought or impression: a blank mind.
b. Showing no expression, interest, or understanding; expressionless: a blank stare.
4. Devoid of activity or distinctive character; empty: tried to fill the blank hours of the day.
5. Absolute; complete: a blank refusal.
n.
1.
a. An empty space or place, especially an empty space on a document to be filled in.
b. A document with one or more such spaces.
2.
a. Something without information or thought: When I read that question on the test, my mind was a blank.
b. Something showing no expression or understanding: When he told his mother what happened, her face was a blank.
3. A manufactured article of a standard shape or form that is ready for final processing, as by stamping or cutting: a key blank.
4. A blank cartridge.
5. Something worthless, such as a losing lottery ticket.
6. A mark, usually a dash (—), indicating the omission of a word or of a letter or letters.
7. The white circle in the center of a target; a bull's-eye.
8. Games An unmarked piece or portion of a piece, as a domino tile, whose value may be determined by the holder.
v. blanked, blank·ing, blanks
v.tr.
1. To remove, as from view; obliterate: "At times the strong glare of the sun blanked it from sight" (Richard Wright).
2. To block access to: blank off a subway tunnel.
3. Sports To prevent (an opponent) from scoring.
4. To punch or stamp from flat stock, especially with a die.
v.intr.
1. To become abstracted. Often used with out: My mind blanked out for a few seconds.
2. To fail to find or remember something: I blanked when asked the name of our mayor.
3. To fade away: The music gradually blanked out.

[Middle English, white, having spaces to be filled in, from Old French blanc, white, of Germanic origin; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]

blank′ly adv.
blank′ness n.

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: a blank wall.
4. not filled in; empty; void: a blank space.
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.
9. unproductive; barren
n
10. an emptiness; void; blank space
11. an empty space for writing in, as on a printed form
12. a printed form containing such empty spaces
13. something characterized by incomprehension or mental confusion: my mind went a complete blank.
14. a mark, often a dash, in place of a word, esp a taboo word
15. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) short for blank cartridge
16. (Mechanical Engineering) a plate or plug used to seal an aperture
17. (Mechanical Engineering) a piece of material prepared for stamping, punching, forging, etc
18. (Archery) archery the white spot in the centre of a target
19. draw a blank
a. to choose a lottery ticket that fails to win
b. to get no results from something
vb (tr)
20. (usually foll by out) to cross out, blot, or obscure
21. slang to ignore or be unresponsive towards (someone): the crowd blanked her for the first four numbers.
22. (Mechanical Engineering) to forge, stamp, punch, or cut (a piece of material) in preparation for forging, die-stamping, or drawing operations
23. (Mechanical Engineering) (often foll by off) to seal (an aperture) with a plate or plug
24. (American Football) informal US and Canadian to prevent (an opponent) from scoring in a game
[C15: from Old French blanc white, of Germanic origin; related to Old English blanca a white horse]
ˈblankly adv
ˈblankness n

blank

(blæŋk)

adj. blank•er, blank•est,
n., v. adj.
1. having no marks; not written or printed on: blank pages.
2. not filled in: a blank check.
3. unrelieved or unbroken by ornament or opening: a blank wall.
4. containing no recorded sound or images: blank tape.
5. void of interest or variety: to pass blank days at the beach.
6. expressionless: a blank look on her face.
7. nonplussed: He looked blank when I asked for his ticket.
8. complete; utter: blank stupidity.
9. Archaic. colorless.
n.
10. a place where something is lacking; void or gap.
11. a space in a printed form, test, etc., to be filled in.
12. a printed form containing such spaces.
13. a dash put in place of an omitted letter or letters, esp. to avoid writing a word considered profane or obscene.
14. a piece of metal ready to be drawn, pressed, or machined into a finished object.
v.t.
16. to keep (an opponent) from scoring in a game.
17. to stamp or punch out of flat stock, as with a die.
18. blank out,
a. to cross out or delete: to blank out an entry.
b. to suffer a loss of memory or concentration.
Idioms:
draw a blank,
a. to be unsuccessful: to draw a blank in an investigation.
b. to fail to comprehend or remember: I drew a blank on her name.
[1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French blanc white < Germanic]
blank′ly, adv.
blank′ness, n.

blank


Past participle: blanked
Gerund: blanking

Imperative
blank
blank
Present
I blank
you blank
he/she/it blanks
we blank
you blank
they blank
Preterite
I blanked
you blanked
he/she/it blanked
we blanked
you blanked
they blanked
Present Continuous
I am blanking
you are blanking
he/she/it is blanking
we are blanking
you are blanking
they are blanking
Present Perfect
I have blanked
you have blanked
he/she/it has blanked
we have blanked
you have blanked
they have blanked
Past Continuous
I was blanking
you were blanking
he/she/it was blanking
we were blanking
you were blanking
they were blanking
Past Perfect
I had blanked
you had blanked
he/she/it had blanked
we had blanked
you had blanked
they had blanked
Future
I will blank
you will blank
he/she/it will blank
we will blank
you will blank
they will blank
Future Perfect
I will have blanked
you will have blanked
he/she/it will have blanked
we will have blanked
you will have blanked
they will have blanked
Future Continuous
I will be blanking
you will be blanking
he/she/it will be blanking
we will be blanking
you will be blanking
they will be blanking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been blanking
you have been blanking
he/she/it has been blanking
we have been blanking
you have been blanking
they have been blanking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been blanking
you will have been blanking
he/she/it will have been blanking
we will have been blanking
you will have been blanking
they will have been blanking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been blanking
you had been blanking
he/she/it had been blanking
we had been blanking
you had been blanking
they had been blanking
Conditional
I would blank
you would blank
he/she/it would blank
we would blank
you would blank
they would blank
Past Conditional
I would have blanked
you would have blanked
he/she/it would have blanked
we would have blanked
you would have blanked
they would have blanked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blank - a blank character used to separate successive words in writing or printingblank - a blank character used to separate successive words in writing or printing; "he said the space is the most important character in the alphabet"
grapheme, graphic symbol, character - a written symbol that is used to represent speech; "the Greek alphabet has 24 characters"
2.blank - a blank gap or missing part
crack, gap - a narrow opening; "he opened the window a crack"
3.blank - a piece of material ready to be made into somethingblank - a piece of material ready to be made into something
flat solid, sheet - a flat artifact that is thin relative to its length and width
4.blank - a cartridge containing an explosive charge but no bullet
cartridge - ammunition consisting of a cylindrical casing containing an explosive charge and a bullet; fired from a rifle or handgun
Verb1.blank - keep the opposing (baseball) team from winning
prevent, keep - stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state; "We must prevent the cancer from spreading"; "His snoring kept me from falling asleep"; "Keep the child from eating the marbles"
Adj.1.blank - (of a surface) not written or printed onblank - (of a surface) not written or printed on; "blank pages"; "fill in the blank spaces"; "a clean page"; "wide white margins"
empty - holding or containing nothing; "an empty glass"; "an empty room"; "full of empty seats"; "empty hours"
2.blank - void of expressionblank - void of expression; "a blank stare"
incommunicative, uncommunicative - not inclined to talk or give information or express opinions
3.blank - not charged with a bullet; "a blank cartridge"
unloaded - (of weapons) not charged with ammunition; "many people are killed by guns thought to be unloaded"

blank

adjective
1. unmarked, white, clear, clean, empty, plain, bare, void, spotless, unfilled, uncompleted He tore a blank page from his notebook.
unmarked full, marked, completed, busy, filled in
noun
1. empty space, space, gap Put a word in each blank to complete the sentence.
2. void, vacuum, vacancy, emptiness, nothingness, vacuity, tabula rasa Everything was a complete blank.
blank something out forget, overlook, think no more of, consign to oblivion, not give another thought to I learned to blank those feelings out.

blank

adjective
1. Containing nothing:
2. Lacking expression:
3. Lacking intelligent thought or content:
Translations
أبْيَض، خالٍ من الكِتابَةِبِدون بابٍ أو شُبّاكخَرْطوشَةٌ خلّبيّـهغير مُعَبِّرفَارِغ
prázdnýmezeranepopsanýprázdné místoslepá patrona
blankrubriktomløst krudtmellemrum
tühi
tyhjätyhjä kohtaaihioilmeetön
prazanpraznina
nyomtatvány
auîurblind-eyîapúîurskotsviplaus
白紙の空欄
공백
aklinasaptemtibereikšmisbereikšmiškumasbereikšmiu žvilgsniu
aklaneaizpildītsneaprakstītstrulstukša patrona
brezizrazenprazen
blankatomtom yta
ช่องว่างว่าง
boşboşlukifadesizkurusıkı fişekyazısız
chỗ trốngtrống

blank

[blæŋk]
A. ADJ
1. [paper, space etc] → en blanco; [tape] → virgen, sin grabar; [wall] → liso, sin adorno
the screen went blankse fue la imagen de la pantalla
2. [expression etc] → vacío, vago
a blank lookuna mirada vacía or vaga
a look of blank amazementuna mirada de profundo asombro
when I asked him he looked blankcuando se lo pregunté se quedó mirando con una expresión vaga
my mind went blankse me quedó la mente en blanco
3. (= unrelieved) in a state of blank despairen un estado de desesperación total
B. N
1. (= void) → vacío m; (in form) → espacio m en blanco
my mind was a complete blankno pude recordar nada
to draw a blankno llegar a ninguna parte
2. (Mil) → cartucho m de fogueo
to fire blanksusar municiones de fogueo
C. VT (Brit) (= snub) → dar de lado a
D. CPD blank cartridge Ncartucho m de fogueo
blank cheque, blank check (US) Ncheque m en blanco
to give sb a blank chequedar a algn un cheque en blanco (fig) → dar carta blanca a algn (to para) blank verse Nverso m blanco or suelto
blank out VT + ADV [+ feeling, thought] → desechar

blank

[ˈblæŋk]
adj
[sheet, page] → blanc(blanche)
[cassette] → vierge
[mind]
My mind went blank.; My mind was a blank → J'ai eu un trou., J'ai eu un trou de mémoire., J'ai eu un blanc.
[look] → sans expression, dénué(e) d'expression
to look blank → avoir l'air déconcerté(e), avoir l'air ahuri(e)
n
(= empty space) → espace m vide, vide m, blanc m
Fill in the blanks → Remplissez les blancs.
(= cartridge) → cartouche f à blanc
to draw a blank → faire chou blancblank cheque (British) blank check (US) nchèque m en blanc
to give sb a blank cheque to do sth (= give sb complete freedom) → donner carte blanche à qn pour faire qch

blank

adj (+er)
piece of paper, page, wallleer; silence, darknesstief; coinungeprägt; blank spaceLücke f; (on form) → freies Feld; (Typ) → Zwischenraum m, → Leerraum m; blank formFormular(blatt) nt, → Vordruck m; please leave blank (on form) → bitte frei lassen or nicht ausfüllen
(= expressionless) face, lookausdruckslos; (= stupid)verständnislos; (= puzzled)verdutzt, verblüfft; he looked at me with blank incomprehensioner sah mich völlig verständnislos an; to look blank (= expressionless)eine ausdruckslose Miene aufsetzen; (= stupid)verständnislos dreinschauen; (= puzzled)ein verdutztes Gesicht machen; he just looked blank or gave me a blank looker guckte mich nur groß an (inf); my mind or I went blankich hatte Mattscheibe (inf), → ich hatte ein Brett vor dem Kopf (inf); sorry, I’ve gone blank (inf)tut mir leid, aber ich habe totale Mattscheibe (inf)
(= empty) life etcunausgefüllt, leer; these blank and characterless house frontsdiese nackten, charakterlosen Fassaden
n
(in document) → freier Raum, leere Stelle; (= blank document)Vordruck m, → Formular nt; (= gap)Lücke f
(= void)Leere f; I or my mind was/went a complete blankich hatte totale Mattscheibe (inf)
(in lottery) → Niete f; to draw a blank (fig)kein Glück haben
(in a target) → Scheibenmittelpunkt m
(= cartridge)Platzpatrone f ? also blank cartridge
(= domino)Blank nt
(= coin)Schrötling m (spec); (= key)Rohling m
vt (= ignore) personignorieren

blank

:
blank book
nNotizbuch nt
blank cartridge
nPlatzpatrone f
blank CD
n (Comput) → Rohling m
blank cheque, (US) blank check
nBlankoscheck m; (fig)Freibrief m; to give somebody a blank (fig)jdm Carte blanche geben (geh), → jdm freie Hand geben

blank

[blæŋk]
1. adj (paper, space) → bianco/a; (wall) → cieco/a; (empty, expression) → vacuo/a; (look) → distratto/a
a look of blank amazement → uno sguardo allibito
my mind went blank → ho avuto un vuoto
2. n (void) → vuoto; (in form) → spazio in bianco; (blank cartridge) → cartuccia a salve
his mind was a blank → si sentiva la testa vuota
to draw a blank (fig) → non aver nessun risultato

blank

(blӕŋk) adjective
1. (of paper) without writing or marks. a blank sheet of paper.
2. expressionless. a blank look.
3. (of a wall) having no door, window etc.
noun
1. (in forms etc) a space left to be filled (with a signature etc). Fill in all the blanks!
2. a blank cartridge. The soldier fired a blank.
ˈblankly adverb
with a blank expression. He looked at me blankly.
ˈblankness noun
blank cartridge
a cartridge without a bullet.
blank cheque
a signed cheque on which the sum to be paid has not been entered.
go blank
to become empty. My mind went blank when the police questioned me.

blank

فَارِغ, فِرَاغ mezera, prázdný blank, mellemrum leer, Leerstelle κενό, κενός en blanco, espacio en blanco tyhjä, tyhjä kohta vide prazan, praznina spazio vuoto, vuoto 白紙の, 空欄 공백, 빈 blanco, leegte blank, tomrom puste miejsce, pusty em branco, espaço vazio бланк, пустой tom, tom yta ช่องว่าง, ว่าง boş, boşluk chỗ trống, trống 空白, 空白的
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Her teachers complained that instead of doing her sums she covered her slate with animals, the blank pages of her atlas were used to copy maps on, and caricatures of the most ludicrous description came fluttering out of all her books at unlucky moments.
The nightwatchman settled into his chair and his mind became a blank.
On the blank wall at my left the dark, old-fashioned wall-paper was covered by a large map of ancient Rome, the work of some German scholar.
Edna's face was a blank picture of bewilderment, which she never thought of disguising.
I used to lie awake as a child and get more entertainment and terror out of blank walls and plain furniture than most children could find in a toy store.
But she was not prepared for the look of blank resignation that seemed to drive the color from his face and moisten the fire of his dark eyes.
Letters, parchments, and blank sheets of paper were on the table before him.
Old Roger Chillingworth knelt down beside him, with a blank, dull countenance, out of which the life seemed to have departed,
But as I was crowded for space, and wished the other parts of my body to remain a blank page for a poem I was then composing --at least, what untattooed parts might remain --I did not trouble myself with the odd inches; nor, indeed, should inches at all enter into a congenial admeasurement of the whale.
The lawyer read over the deed, and when he had read it he informed Szedvilas that it was all perfectly regular, that the deed was a blank deed such as was often used in these sales.
Haley had stood a perfectly amazed spectator of the scene, till Eliza had disappeared up the bank, when he turned a blank, inquiring look on Sam and Andy.
They're a great endeavor To be something forever; Blank tablets of stone, Where a traveler might groan, And in one sentence Grave all that is known Which another might read, In his extreme need.