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From Middle English blanket, blonket, from Old Northern French blanket, blankete, blanquette (Modern French blanchet), diminutive of blanc (“white”). More at blank. Apparently cognate to blunket, plunket.
blanket (plural blankets)
- A heavy, loosely woven fabric, usually large and woollen, used for warmth while sleeping or resting.
- The baby was cold, so his mother put a blanket over him.
- A layer of anything.
- The city woke under a thick blanket of fog.
- A thick rubber mat used in the offset printing process to transfer ink from the plate to the paper being printed.
- A press operator must carefully wash the blanket whenever changing a plate.
- A streak or layer of blubber in whales.
Terms derived from blanket (noun and adjective)
layer of anything
- General; covering or encompassing everything.
- They sought to create a blanket solution for all situations.
- a blanket ban
- 1994, Deborah Dash Moore, To the Golden Cities:
- Another observer offered a less blanket criticism.
- 2009, Gayle Letherby, Kate Williams, Philip Birch, Sex as Crime, page 57:
- Some others appear to be adopting a more blanket approach
- 2010, Jay Cassell, The Best Hunting Stories Ever Told, page 428:
- Disenchanted with socialism, they unleashed free enterprise (or tried to) and backed it up with a more-or-less blanket endorsement of the old ways.
- 2013, Eric Schopler, Gary B. Mesibov, (Please provide the book title or journal name), page 187:
- By contrast, any emotional or motivational explanation of autism would seem to predict too blanket a degree of social disinterest.
covering or encompassing everything
- (transitive) To cover with, or as if with, a blanket.
- c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene iii]:
- I'll […] blanket my loins.
- A fresh layer of snow blanketed the area.
- (transitive) To traverse or complete thoroughly.
- The salesman blanketed the entire neighborhood.
- (transitive) To toss in a blanket by way of punishment.
- (transitive) To take the wind out of the sails of (another vessel) by sailing to windward of it.
- (transitive) To nullify the impact of (someone or something).
- Of a radio signal: to override or block out another radio signal.
to traverse or complete
- form (document)