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blank



Pronunciation: (blangk), [key]
adj., -er, -est,
n., v.


adj.
1. (of paper or other writing surface) having no marks; not written or printed on: a blank sheet of paper.
2. not filled in, as a printed form: a blank check.
3. unrelieved or unbroken by ornament, opening, decoration, etc.: a blank wall.
4. lacking some usual or completing feature: a blank roll of film.
5. (of a recording medium) containing no previously recorded information: a blank videocassette; a blank floppy disk. Cf. prerecorded.
6. void of interest, variety, results, etc.: She sometimes occupied her blank days reading detective stories.
7. showing no attention, interest, or emotion: a blank expression on his face.
8. disconcerted; nonplussed; speechless: He looked blank when I asked him why he applied for the job.
9. complete; utter; unmitigated: blank stupidity.
10. Archaic.white; pale; colorless.

n.
1. a place where something is lacking; an empty space: a blank in one's memory.
2. a space in a printed form, test, etc., to be filled in: Write your name in the blank.
3. a printed form containing such spaces: Have you filled out one of these blanks?
4. a dash put in place of an omitted letter, series of letters, etc., esp. to avoid writing a word considered profane or obscene.
5. Metalworking.a piece of metal ready to be drawn, pressed, or machined into a finished object.
6. Archery.the bull's-eye.
7. the object toward which anything is directed; aim; target.
8. See blank cartridge.
9. draw a blank,
a. to fail in an attempt; be unsuccessful: We've drawn a blank in the investigation.
b. to fail to comprehend or be unable to recollect: He asked me their phone number and I drew a blank.

v.t.
1. to cross out or delete, esp. in order to invalidate or void (usually fol. by out): to blank out an entry.
2. Informal.to keep (an opponent) from scoring in a game.
3. Metalworking.to stamp or punch out of flat stock, as with a die.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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