blankness


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blankness - the state of being blankblankness - the state of being blank; void; emptiness
emptiness - the state of containing nothing

blankness

blankness

noun
1. Total lack of ideas, meaning, or substance:
2. A desolate sense of loss:
Translations
عَدم تَعْبير، انْشِداه
bezvýraznostneurčitost
tomhed
tómleiki, svipleysi
bezvýraznosť
anlamsızlıkboşluk

blankness

[ˈblæŋknɪs] n [expression, eyes] → absence f d'expressionblank verse nvers mpl non rimés

blankness

n (= emptiness)Leere f; (of expression)Ausdruckslosigkeit f; (= not understanding)Verständnislosigkeit f; (= puzzlement)Verdutztheit f, → Verblüffung f

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.
References in classic literature ?
She gave me a look that I remarked at the moment; then, visibly, with a quick blankness, seemed to try to take it back.
Or is it, that as in essence whiteness is not so much a color as the visible absence of color, and at the same time the concrete of all colors; is it for these reasons that there is such a dumb blankness, full of meaning, in a wide landscape of snows --a colorless, all-color of atheism from which we shrink?
In my rooms too, with which she had never been at all associated, there was at once the blankness of death and a perpetual suggestion of the sound of her voice or the turn of her face or figure, as if she were still alive and had been often there.
He was not gifted with an imperturbable temper, and on music-nights it was apparent that patience could never be an easy virtue to him; but this evening, as he glances over his spectacles at Bill Downes, the sawyer, who is turning his head on one side with a desperate sense of blankness before the letters d-r-y, his eyes shed their mildest and most encouraging light.
It had that typical vagueness which is not vacuity, that blankness which is not simplicity, that look of being committed to nothing in particular, of standing in an attitude of general hospitality to the chances of life, of being very much at one's own disposal so characteristic of many American faces.
The remedy is sleep, and certain drugs,' said the Sahiba; and he was glad to give himself up to the blankness that half menaced and half soothed him.
Steuben would pay her visit first--it was probably only a question of leaving cards--and bring her young friend to the Capitol at the hour when the yellow afternoon light would give a tone to the blankness of its marble walls.
It seemed to him he had waited an age for some stir of the great grim hush; the life of the town was itself under a spell - so unnaturally, up and down the whole prospect of known and rather ugly objects, the blankness and the silence lasted.
But neither girl by word or gesture revealed her blankness.
And when the mist departed a skeleton world and blankness alone remained--a terrible prospect for the eyes of the living to behold.
And now he was in danger of being saddened by the very conviction that his circumstances were unusually happy: there was nothing external by which he could account for a certain blankness of sensibility which came over him just when his expectant gladness should have been most lively, just when he exchanged the accustomed dulness of his Lowick library for his visits to the Grange.
Then there came the old blankness, and he saw nothing but what seemed to him the face of a satyr - dark and evil - mocking him through the shadows which had surely fallen now for ever.