blank

blank
blank1 [ blæŋk ] adjective **
1. ) showing no emotion or no sign of understanding something or recognizing someone:
His eyes were blank and he barely responded to us.
a blank look/expression/face
2. ) blank paper or a blank space is empty and contains no writing or other marks:
a blank sheet of paper
Write your name in the blank space at the top of the page.
The last three boxes should be left blank.
a ) not containing any sound, pictures, or information:
a blank tape/disk/video
b ) a blank surface has nothing on it:
He was tired of staring at the four blank walls.
c ) a blank screen, for example on a computer, has no writing or images on it:
Suddenly my computer screen went blank.
go blank
if your mind goes blank, you are unable to remember something, especially when someone has asked you a question:
When he asked me what her name was my mind just went blank.
╾ blank|ness noun uncount
blank
blank 2 [ blæŋk ] noun count
1. ) an empty space on a piece of paper, for example, on an official form, where you write something:
Please put either a check or an X in the blanks.
2. ) a gun CARTRIDGE that explodes when the gun is fired, but contains no bullet
be firing/shooting blanks
1. ) to be unsuccessful in what you are trying to achieve
2. ) HUMOROUS used for saying that a man is unable to make a woman pregnant
blank
blank 3 [ blæŋk ] verb
1. ) transitive AMERICAN INFORMAL to prevent your opponent from scoring in a game or sport:
Our team blanked its first two regular season foes.
2. ) blank or blank out intransitive INFORMAL to unexpectedly be unable to remember something:
I totally blanked when it came to the written part of the test.
3. ) transitive BRITISH SPOKEN to deliberately ignore someone, as if you have not seen or heard them
,blank `out phrasal verb
1. ) transitive if you blank out a feeling, memory, warning, etc., you deliberately try not to think about it or try to forget it:
The experience was so terrible he just blanked it out.
2. ) transitive to hide or cover something so that you cannot see it:
Some of the words had been blanked out.
3. ) intransitive same as BLANK 3 2:
I don't know what happened I just blanked out.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Blank — ist: als Adjektiv abgeleitet von blank „schimmernd“ oder „hell“ (von „blinken“; vgl. Blanker Hans) In der saloppen Sprache wird mit „blank“ jedoch auch eine Person bezeichnet, der momentan kein Geld zur Verfügung hat. Das Wort „blank“ kann auch… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

  • blank — I (emptiness) noun absence, barrenness, cipher, hiatus, hollowness, mexistence, insubstantiality, nil, nonesse, nonexistence, nonsubsistence, nonentity, nothing, nothingness, nullity, tabula rasa, unsubstantiality, vacancy, vacuousness, vacuum,… …   Law dictionary

  • 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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