—blankness, n./blangk/, adj., blanker, blankest, 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.11. a place where something is lacking; an empty space: a blank in one's memory.12. a space in a printed form, test, etc., to be filled in: Write your name in the blank.13. a printed form containing such spaces: Have you filled out one of these blanks?14. a dash put in place of an omitted letter, series of letters, etc., esp. to avoid writing a word considered profane or obscene.15. Metalworking. a piece of metal ready to be drawn, pressed, or machined into a finished object.16. Archery. the bull's-eye.17. the object toward which anything is directed; aim; target.18. See blank cartridge.19. 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.20. to cross out or delete, esp. in order to invalidate or void (usually fol. by out): to blank out an entry.21. Informal. to keep (an opponent) from scoring in a game.22. Metalworking. to stamp or punch out of flat stock, as with a die.[1300-50; ME (n. and adj.) < AF, F blanc (adj.) < Gmc; cf. OE blanca white horse, OHG blanch bright, white]Syn. 1-4. See empty. 8. dumfounded, confused, astounded. 9. pure, simple, unadulterated; perfect, absolute, unqualified. 11. void, vacancy, emptiness; gap, lacuna, hiatus.
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