Blank
Blank Blank, a. [OE. blank, blonc, blaunc, blaunche, fr. F. blanc, fem. blanche, fr. OHG. blanch shining, bright, white, G. blank; akin to E. blink, cf. also AS. blanc white. ?98. See {Blink}, and cf. 1st {Blanch}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of a white or pale color; without color. [1913 Webster]

To the blank moon Her office they prescribed. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

3. Utterly confounded or discomfited. [1913 Webster]

Adam . . . astonied stood, and blank. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. Empty; void; without result; fruitless; as, a blank space; a blank day. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

6. Lacking animation and intelligence, or their associated characteristics, as expression of face, look, etc.; expressionless; vacant. ``Blank and horror-stricken faces.'' --C. Kingsley. [1913 Webster]

The blank . . . glance of a half returned consciousness. --G. Eliot. [1913 Webster]

7. Absolute; downright; unmixed; as, blank terror. [1913 Webster]

{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}, or {Blank window} (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. [1913 Webster]


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  • Blank — Blank, 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. [1913 Webster] I can not write a paper full, I used to do; and yet I will not forgive a blank of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blank — [blaŋk] adj. [ME < OFr blanc, white < Frank * blank, white, gleaming, akin to OE blanca, white steed < IE * bhleg , to shine: see BLACK] 1. Obs. colorless or white 2. a) not written, recorded, etc. on; not marked; empty [a blank sheet of …   English World dictionary

  • blank — blank: Mhd. blanc »blinkend, weiß glänzend, schön«, ahd. blanch »blank«, niederl. blank »blank, glänzend, weiß«, schwed. black »fahl« gehören mit den unter ↑ blinken behandelten Wörtern zu der Wortgruppe von ↑ blecken. Das Adjektiv wurde mit… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • Blank — blank: Mhd. blanc »blinkend, weiß glänzend, schön«, ahd. blanch »blank«, niederl. blank »blank, glänzend, weiß«, schwed. black »fahl« gehören mit den unter ↑ blinken behandelten Wörtern zu der Wortgruppe von ↑ blecken. Das Adjektiv wurde mit… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • Blank — Blank, er, este, adj. et adv. welches nur in den gemeinen Mundarten, besonders Niedersachsens, üblich ist. 1) Für weiß. Blanker Wein, weißer Wein, im Gegensatze des rothen. Ir hende ir arme blanch, Graf Werner von Hohenberg. Kele blank, Graf… …   Grammatisch-kritisches Wörterbuch der Hochdeutschen Mundart

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  • blank — blank; blank·er; blank·ly; blank·ness; blank·ety blank; …   English syllables

  • blank — Adj std. (10. Jh.), mhd. blank, ahd. blanc, mndd. blank Stammwort. Führen auf vd. * blanka Adj. glänzend, weiß, hell zurück. Damit vergleicht sich zunächst (als Pferdefarbe) anord. blakkr fahl , aber auch braun , ae. blanca Schimmel , so daß wohl …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

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