Blank

Definition of Blank

a.1.
1.Of a white or pale color; without color.
To the blank moon
Her office they prescribed.
- Milton.
2.Free from writing, printing, or marks; having an empty space to be filled in with some special writing; - said of checks, official documents, etc.; as, blank paper; a blank check; a blank ballot.
3.Utterly confounded or discomfited.
Adam . . . astonied stood, and blank.
- Milton.
4.Empty; void; without result; fruitless; as, a blank space; a blank day.
5.Lacking characteristics which give variety; as, a blank desert; a blank wall; destitute of interests, affections, hopes, etc.; as, to live a blank existence; destitute of sensations; as, blank unconsciousness.
6.Lacking animation and intelligence, or their associated characteristics, as expression of face, look, etc.; expressionless; vacant.
The blank . . . glance of a half returned consciousness.
- G. Eliot.
7.Absolute; downright; unmixed; as, blank terror.
Blank bar
(Law) a plea put in to oblige the plaintiff in an action of trespass to assign the certain place where the trespass was committed; - called also common bar.
Blank cartridge
a cartridge containing no ball.
Blank deed
See Deed.
Blank door
(Arch.) a depression in a wall of the size of a door or window, either for symmetrical effect, or for the more convenient insertion of a door or window at a future time, should it be needed.
Blank indorsement
(Law) an indorsement which omits the name of the person in whose favor it is made; it is usually made by simply writing the name of the indorser on the back of the bill.
Blank line
(Print.) a vacant space of the breadth of a line, on a printed page; a line of quadrats.
Blank tire
(Mech.) a tire without a flange.
Blank tooling
See Blind tooling, under Blind.
Blank verse
See under Verse.
Blank wall
a wall in which there is no opening; a dead wall.
n.1.Any void space; a void space on paper, or in any written instrument; an interval void of consciousness, action, result, etc; a void.
I can not write a paper full, I used to do; and yet I will not forgive a blank of half an inch from you.
- Swift.
From this time there ensues a long blank in the history of French legislation.
- Hallam.
I was ill. I can't tell how long - it was a blank.
- G. Eliot.
2.A lot by which nothing is gained; a ticket in a lottery on which no prize is indicated.
In Fortune's lottery lies
A heap of blanks, like this, for one small prize.
- Dryden.
3.A paper unwritten; a paper without marks or characters a blank ballot; - especially, a paper on which are to be inserted designated items of information, for which spaces are left vacant; a bland form.
The freemen signified their approbation by an inscribed vote, and their dissent by a blank.
- Palfrey.
4.A paper containing the substance of a legal instrument, as a deed, release, writ, or execution, with spaces left to be filled with names, date, descriptions, etc.
5.The point aimed at in a target, marked with a white spot; hence, the object to which anything is directed.
Let me still remain
The true blank of thine eye.
- Shak.
6.Aim; shot; range.
I have stood . . . within the blank of his displeasure
For my free speech.
- Shak.
7.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.
8.(Mech.) A piece of metal prepared to be made into something by a further operation, as a coin, screw, nuts.
9.(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.
v. t.1.To make void; to annul.
[imp. & p. p. Blanked ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Blanking.]
2.To blanch; to make blank; to damp the spirits of; to dispirit or confuse.
Each opposite that blanks the face of joy.
- Shak.

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