Blanket
Blanket Blan"ket, n. [F. blanchet, OF. also blanket, a woolen waistcoat or shirt, the blanket of a printing press; prop. white woolen stuff, dim. of blanc white; blanquette a kind of white pear, fr. blanc white. See {Blank}, a.] 1. A heavy, loosely woven fabric, usually of wool, and having a nap, used in bed clothing; also, a similar fabric used as a robe; or any fabric used as a cover for a horse. [1913 Webster]

2. (Print.) A piece of rubber, felt, or woolen cloth, used in the tympan to make it soft and elastic. [1913 Webster]

3. A streak or layer of blubber in whales. [1913 Webster]

Note: The use of blankets formerly as curtains in theaters explains the following figure of Shakespeare. --Nares. [1913 Webster]

Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark To cry, ``Hold, hold!'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Blanket sheet}, a newspaper of folio size.

{A wet blanket}, anything which damps, chills, dispirits, or discour?ges. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Blanket — Blan ket, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Blanketed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Blanketing}.] 1. To cover with a blanket. [1913 Webster] I ll . . . blanket my loins. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To toss in a blanket by way of punishment. [1913 Webster] We ll have our men …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blanket — blan‧ket [ˈblæŋkt] adjective [only before a noun] affecting or including everything or everyone: • The authorities have introduced a blanket ban on all deals of this kind. • The agency is offering a blanket settlement to all groups. * * *… …   Financial and business terms

  • blanket — [blaŋk′it] n. [ME < OFr blanchet, dim. of blanc, white: see BLANK] 1. a large piece of cloth, often of soft wool, used for warmth as a bed cover or a covering for animals 2. anything used as or resembling a blanket; covering [a blanket of… …   English World dictionary

  • blanket — ► NOUN 1) a large piece of woollen material used as a covering for warmth. 2) a thick mass or layer of a specified material: a blanket of cloud. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ covering all cases or instances; total: a blanket ban. ► VERB (blanketed, blanketing) …   English terms dictionary

  • blanket — blan·ket adj 1: covering or affecting all members of a group or class blanket health coverage 2: covering or affecting all situations a blanket release of liability Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • Blanket — Blanket, TX U.S. town in Texas Population (2000): 402 Housing Units (2000): 189 Land area (2000): 0.574704 sq. miles (1.488477 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.574704 sq. miles (1.488477 sq. km) …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • blanket — [adj] comprehensive absolute, acrossthe board, all inclusive, overall, powerful, sweeping, unconditional, wide ranging; concept 772 Ant. incomplete, uncomprehensive blanket [n] cover, covering afghan, carpet, cloak, coat, coating, comforter,… …   New thesaurus

  • Blanket —   [ blæȖkɪt; englisch »Decke«] das, s/ s, Kerntechnik: der Brutmantel bei Brutreaktoren (Brüten) und Fusionsreaktoren (Kernfusion). * * * Blan|ket [ blæŋkɪt], das; s, s [engl. blanket < (a)frz. blanchet = Decke (aus weißer Wolle), zu: blanc, ↑ …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Blanket — (vom fr. Blanquet, Charta blanca, Carte blanche), Art Vollmacht, wo der Vollmachtgeber entweder nur seinen Namen, mit beigefügtem Siegel, auf einen leeren Bogen schreibt, welche Unterschrift die Kraft einer generellen Vollmacht hat; od. bei der… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Blanket — (Blanquet, carte blanche, ital. carta bianca), allgemeine, nicht in bestimmter Form angegebene Vollmacht, wobei auf dem Document allein Unterschrift und Siegel des Vollmachtgebenden steht, sowohl bei Privat als öffentlichen Verhandlungen üblich …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

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