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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.



blanket (plural blankets)

  1. 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.
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room Chapter 1
      The little boys in the front bedroom had thrown off their blankets and lay under the sheets.
  2. A layer of anything.
    The city woke under a thick blanket of fog.
  3. 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.
  4. A streak or layer of blubber in whales.

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blanket (not comparable)

  1. In general; covering or encompassing everything.
    They sought to create a blanket solution for all situations.
    a blanket ban



blanket (third-person singular simple present blankets, present participle blanketing, simple past and past participle blanketed)

  1. (transitive) To cover with, or as if with, a blanket.
    • Shakespeare
      I'll [] blanket my loins.
    A fresh layer of snow blanketed the area.
  2. (transitive) To traverse or complete thoroughly.
    The salesman blanketed the entire neighborhood.
  3. To toss in a blanket by way of punishment.
    • Ben Jonson
      We'll have our men blanket 'em i' the hall.
  4. To take the wind out of the sails of (another vessel) by sailing to windward of her.





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