blank

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Middle English blank, blonc, blaunc, blaunche, from Anglo-Norman blonc, blaunc, blaunche from Old French blanc, feminine blanche, from Frankish *blank (gleaming, white, blinding) from Proto-Germanic *blankaz (white, bright, blinding), from Proto-Indo-European *bhleg- (to shine). Akin to Old High German blanch (shining, bright, white) (German blank), Old English blanc (white, grey), blanca (white steed), English blink, blind. See also blink, blind, and blanch.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

blank (comparative blanker or more blank, superlative blankest or most blank)

  1. (archaic) White or pale; without colour.
    • Milton
      To the blank moon / Her office they prescribed.
  2. Free from writing, printing, or marks; having an empty space to be filled in; as, blank paper; a blank check; a blank ballot.
    • 2011 December 27, Mike Henson, “Norwich 0 - 2 Tottenham”, BBC Sport:
      Referee Michael Oliver failed to detect a foul in a crowded box and the Canaries escaped down the tunnel with the scoreline still blank.
  3. (figuratively) Lacking characteristics which give variety; uniform.
    a blank desert; a blank wall; blank unconsciousness
  4. Absolute; downright; unmixed; sheer.
    blank terror
  5. Without expression.
    Failing to understand the question, he gave me a blank stare.
  6. Utterly confounded or discomfited.
    • Milton
      Adam [] astonied stood, and blank.
  7. Empty; void; without result; fruitless.
    a blank day
  8. Devoid of thoughts, memory, or inspiration.

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Noun[edit]

blank (plural blanks)

  1. A cartridge that is designed to simulate the noise and smoke of real gunfire without actually firing a projectile.
  2. An empty space; a void, as on a paper, or in one's memory.
    • Jonathan Swift
      I cannot write a paper full, I used to do; and yet I will not forgive a blank of half an inch from you.
    • Hallam
      From this time there ensues a long blank in the history of French legislation.
    • George Eliot
      I was ill. I can't tell how long — it was a blank.
  3. A space to be filled in on a form or template.
  4. A paper without marks or characters, or with space left for writing; a ballot, form, contract, etc. that has not yet been filled in.
    • Palfrey
      The freemen signified their approbation by an inscribed vote, and their dissent by a blank.
  5. A lot by which nothing is gained; a ticket in a lottery on which no prize is indicated.
    • Dryden
      In Fortune's lottery lies / A heap of blanks, like this, for one small prize.
  6. (archaic) A kind of base silver money, first coined in England by Henry V., and worth about 8 pence; also, a French coin of the seventeenth century, worth about 4 pence.
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  7. (engineering) A piece of metal prepared to be made into something by a further operation, as a coin, screw, nuts.
  8. (dominoes) A piece or division of a piece, without spots; as, the double blank"; the six blank." In blank, with an essential portion to be supplied by another; as, to make out a check in blank.
  9. The space character; the character resulting from pressing the space-bar on a keyboard.
  10. The point aimed at in a target, marked with a white spot; hence, the object to which anything is directed.
    • Shakespeare
      Let me still remain / The true blank of thine eye.
  11. Aim; shot; range.
    • Shakespeare
      I have stood [] within the blank of his displeasure / For my free speech.

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Verb[edit]

blank (third-person singular simple present blanks, present participle blanking, simple past and past participle blanked)

  1. (transitive) To make void; to erase.
    I blanked out my previous entry.
  2. (transitive, slang) To ignore.
    She blanked me for no reason.
  3. (transitive) To prevent from scoring, as in a sporting event.
    The team was blanked.
  4. (intransitive) To become blank.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Almost any sense of this can occur with out. See blank out.

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Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch blank.

Adjective[edit]

blank (attributive blanke, comparative blanker, superlative blankste)

  1. white
  2. White; Caucasian

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Dalmatian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

blank m (plural blanke, feminine blanca)

  1. white

References[edit]

  • 2000, Matteo Giulio Bartoli, Il Dalmatico: Resti di un’antica lingua romanza parlata da Veglia a Ragusa e sua collocazione nella Romània appenino-balcanica, Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana.

Danish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

blank (neuter blankt, definite and plural blanke, comparative blankere, superlative blankest)

  1. bright, shining, glossy
  2. empty
  3. blank
  4. broke (be without money)

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch *blank, from Proto-Germanic *blankaz.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

blank (comparative blanker, superlative blankst)

  1. white, pale
  2. (race) White, Caucasian.

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German[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

blank (comparative blanker, superlative am blanksten)

  1. pure, sheer
    Blanke Wut packte ihn. — Sheer anger seized him.

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Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Low German blank, from Old Saxon blank, from Proto-Germanic *blankaz. Displaced native Swedish black, from Old Norse blakkr.

Adjective[edit]

blank (comparative blankare, superlative blankast)

  1. reflective, shiny

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