- 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/face2. ) blank paper or a blank space is empty and contains no writing or other marks:a blank sheet of paperWrite 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/videob ) 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 blankif 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 uncountblankblank 2 [ blæŋk ] noun count1. ) 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 bulletbe firing/shooting blanks1. ) to be unsuccessful in what you are trying to achieve2. ) HUMOROUS used for saying that a man is unable to make a woman pregnantblankblank 3 [ blæŋk ] verb1. ) 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 verb1. ) 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.