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bland

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj bland smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication "he was too politic to quarrel with so important a personage","the manager pacified the customer with a smooth apology for the error"
    • adj bland lacking stimulating characteristics; uninteresting "a bland little drama","a flat joke"
    • adj bland lacking taste or flavor or tang "a bland diet","insipid hospital food","flavorless supermarket tomatoes","vapid beer","vapid tea"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bland Having soft and soothing qualities; not drastic or irritating; not stimulating; as, a bland oil; a bland diet.
    • Bland Mild; soft; gentle; smooth and soothing in manner; suave; as, a bland temper; bland persuasion; a bland sycophant. "Exhilarating vapor bland ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bland To mix; blend.
    • n bland Mixture; union.
    • n bland An agreeable summer beverage prepared from the whey of churned milk, common among the inhabitants of the Shetland islands.
    • bland Mild; soft; gentle; balmy.
    • bland Affable; suave; soothing; kindly: as, “bland words,”
    • bland Mild; free from irritating qualities: said of certain medicines: as, bland oils.
    • bland Not stimulating: said of food. Synonyms Mild, etc. See gentle.
    • bland To flatter; blandish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Bland bland smooth: gentle: mild
    • n Bland bland an Orcadian name for butter-milk and water.
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Quotations

  • Friedrich Nietzsche
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    “Where does one not find that bland degeneration which beer produces in the spirit!”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. blandus, of unknown origin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand. blanda.

Usage

In literature:

A bland face looked out at him.
"This World Is Taboo" by Murray Leinster
Commonly, as a chief Hanway manager, he lay as blandly close and noncommittal as a clam.
"The President" by Alfred Henry Lewis
He remained blandly humane under the most disconcerting circumstances.
"Franklin Kane" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Bland, of Newark, went into the hotel, and drank a glass or two of wine and water.
"A Treatise on Adulterations of Food, and Culinary Poisons" by Fredrick Accum
The gaze of Yeager met his blandly.
"Steve Yeager" by William MacLeod Raine
Bland's tame fish, which "sat up, and followed him about like a dog," turns out to have had some foundation in fact.
"Disturbed Ireland" by Bernard H. Becker
Why not accept Captain Bland's offer, and trade it to him for groceries?
"Under the Great Bear" by Kirk Munroe
Miss Bland's presence might not seem of importance to him.
"The Guests Of Hercules" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Should she not consent, then ask Miss Bland.
"The Rector of St. Mark's" by Mary J. Holmes
The Vicomte was blandly indifferent.
"Dross" by Henry Seton Merriman
Furthermore, both Bland and Mrs.
"The Letter of the Contract" by Basil King
On the other hand, an esper such as myself could be turned aside with bland remarks and a convincing attitude.
"Highways in Hiding" by George Oliver Smith
Fancy what Bland would say if he saw us!
"Reginald Cruden" by Talbot Baines Reed
Big James was in his best clothes, and seemed, with his indestructible blandness, to be perfectly happy.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
Look here, you, Max Blande: my father's the Chief of the Clan Mackhai.
"Three Boys" by George Manville Fenn
The new arrival was Mr. Sefton, a fur-lined cloak drawn high around his neck and his face as usual bland and smiling.
"Before the Dawn" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
His speech was as bland as ever.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
He smiled blandly over the edge of his mealie-cob.
"The Settler and the Savage" by R.M. Ballantyne
Gratitude, therefore, rendered it probable that Mrs Bland spake truly when she said that her master was as cross as two sticks.
"Charlie to the Rescue" by R.M. Ballantyne
Sir Jeremy sat down, smiling blandly.
"The Blue Germ" by Martin Swayne
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In poetry:

Contrast with JAMES'S greedy haste
And comprehensive hand,
The nice discriminating taste
Of APPLEBODY BLAND.
"The Two Ogres" by William Schwenck Gilbert
He the bland canaster puffing,
As upon his round he paces,
Sudden sees a ragamuffin
Clambering swiftly up the glacis.
"The Legend Of St. Sophia Of Kioff" by William Makepeace Thackeray
I lean my heart against the day
To feel its bland caressing;
I will not let it pass away
Before it leaves its blessing.
"St. Martin's Summer" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Or, if this tree whose shadows bland
Are on my face, could be
A voice to whisper things, and stand
A talking tree to me.
"In Kirkconnel Old Churchyard" by Alexander Anderson
"But as for BLAND who, as it seems,
Eats only naughty boys,
We've planned a recompense that teems
With gastronomic joys.
"The Two Ogres" by William Schwenck Gilbert
As from the evil good
Springs like a fire,
As bland beatitude
Wells from the dire,
So was the Chaos brood
Of us the sire.
"The Sprits Of Light And Darkness" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

The Bold to Mitt's Bland .
Total Recall' features good visuals, bland plot.
Local elections field mostly ' bland conservatives'.
Pop Music Getting Louder, More Bland .
Double bland, or doubly competent.
Bland Simpson, who teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is author of The Great Dismal and The Mystery of Beautiful Nell Cropsey.
3rd Ward's Oneava Barnes wants more trees and flowers in her 'quiet' but ' bland ' neighborhood.
Farewell to those bland old veggie burgers.
How the cuisine world's butt of jokes went from bland to sexy.
Weddings911-- Bland menu or fab spread.
Bland frights in 'Chernobyl Diaries'.
Bobby ' Blue ' Bland, T-Bone Walker.
Will the hot and dry summer lead to a boring, bland fall.
Recipe by Jeff Bland, Division Chef.
University of Maryland, Baltimore's Cafe Bon Appetit is eco-conscious, but still rather bland.
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In science:

Francis & Bland-Hawthorn (2004) failed to detect any fluorescent emission around a QSO, and indeed claimed that the presence of the QSO was suppressing even the normal background population of Lyα emitting galaxies.
Fluorescent Lyman-alpha Emission from Gas Near a QSO at Redshift 4.28
Following the method in Francis & Bland-Hawthorn (2004), we can estimate the fluorescent Lyα emission that the incident QSO flux will induce in it, as a function of its (proper) distance from the QSO.
Fluorescent Lyman-alpha Emission from Gas Near a QSO at Redshift 4.28
As for the rest, a summary of the good news appears in Bland-Hawthorn and Peebles (2006).
Astrophysics in 2006
Bland-Hawthorn (School of Physics, University of Sydney) J.S.
Conference Summary: Magellanic System - Stars, Gas and Galaxies
Chemical studies of the old disk stars in the Galaxy can help to identify disk stars which came in from outside in disrupting satellites, and also those that are the debris of dispersed star-forming aggregates like the HR 1614 group (Freeman & Bland-Hawthorn, 2002).
Structure and Evolution of the Milky Way
Simulations (Bland-Hawthorn & Freeman, 2004) show that a complete random sample of about a million stars with V < 14 would allow detection of about 20 thick disk dwarfs from each of about 4500 star formation sites, and about 10 thin disk dwarfs from each of about 35,000 star formation sites.
Structure and Evolution of the Milky Way
Nichols & Bland-Hawthorn have modeled the cloud as the baryonic component of a ∼ 108 M(cid:12) dark matter subhalo, which had lost at least half of its dark and baryonic mass to the Milky Way in an earlier passage through the disk.
The Milky and its Gas: Cold Fountains and Accretion
The model by Nichols & Bland-Hawthorn offers one possible explanation for the properties of the Smith Cloud; other work has suggested that HVCs without dark matter halos are disrupted significantly before they can reach the disk .
The Milky and its Gas: Cold Fountains and Accretion
No signi(cid:12)cant radio emission is detected from or near the possible ultra-massive \dark core" hypothesized by Bland-Hawthorn, Wilson & Tully ( ).
The Radio Emission from the Ultra-Luminous Far-Infrared Galaxy NGC 6240
Open circles: M, A, and C from Tufte et al. (1998), and GCP from Bland-Hawthorn et al. (1998).
Distance Constraints for High Velocity Clouds from Optical Emission Lines
Detailed optical, radio, and X-ray studies of this ob ject have revealed the presence of a powerful galactic wind that is strongly interacting with the ambient material of the host galaxy (e.g., Veilleux et al. 1994; Cecil et al. 2001; Cecil, Bland-Hawthorn, & Veilleux 2002).
The AGN Paradigm: Radio-Quiet Objects
Large-scale wind phenomena (Bland-Hawthorn & Cohen 2003; Shopbell & Bland-Hawthorn 1998) accelerate the Galaxy and alter the galactic rotation curve by decreasing the circular velocity.
On the Origin of the Eccentricities of Extrasolar Planets
The latter is rather bland: every subset of Z is open.
On an exotic topology of the integers
However, the Stream as old as ≈ 2 Gyr is at odds with the recent conclusions by Stanimirovi´c et al. (2008) or by Bland-Hawthorn (2009).
Rotation of the Milky Way and the formation of the Magellanic Stream
Bland-Hawthorn, J. 2009, in The Galaxy Disk in Cosmological Context, Vol. 254, IAU Symposium, ed. J.
Rotation of the Milky Way and the formation of the Magellanic Stream
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