Blank cartridge
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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Blank cartridge — Cartridge Car tridge (k[aum]r tr[i^]j), n. [Formerly cartrage, corrupted fr. F. cartouche. See {Cartouch}.] (Mil.) A complete charge for a firearm, contained in, or held together by, a case, capsule, or shell of metal, pasteboard, or other… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blank cartridge — noun count a BLANK for a gun …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Blank (cartridge) — A blank is a type of cartridge for a firearm that contains gunpowder but no bullet or shot. When fired, the blank makes a flash and an explosive sound (report).It should not be confused with a dummy, which does not contain gunpowder, and is… …   Wikipedia

  • blank cartridge — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms blank cartridge : singular blank cartridge plural blank cartridges a cartridge for a gun that can be fired but has no bullet in it …   English dictionary

  • blank cartridge — blank′ car′tridge n. mil a cartridge containing powder only, without a bullet • Etymology: 1820–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • blank cartridge — Ordn. a cartridge containing powder only, without a bullet. [1820 30] * * * …   Universalium

  • blank cartridge — gun cartridge containing powder but no bullet …   English contemporary dictionary

  • blank cartridge — noun (C) a cartridge (1) that contains an explosive but no bullet …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • blank cartridge — /blæŋk ˈkatrɪdʒ/ (say blangk kahtrij) noun a cartridge containing powder only, without a bullet …   Australian English dictionary

  • blank cartridge — noun : a cartridge having instead of a projectile a wadding (as of paper) sealed in the mouth of the case …   Useful english dictionary

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