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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj blank void of expression "a blank stare"
    • adj blank (of a surface) not written or printed on "blank pages","fill in the blank spaces","a clean page","wide white margins"
    • adj blank not charged with a bullet "a blank cartridge"
    • v blank keep the opposing (baseball) team from winning
    • n blank a cartridge containing an explosive charge but no bullet
    • n blank a piece of material ready to be made into something
    • n blank a blank gap or missing part
    • n blank a blank character used to separate successive words in writing or printing "he said the space is the most important character in the alphabet"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Blank A kind of base silver money, first coined in England by Henry V., and worth about 8 pence; also, a French coin of the seventeenth century, worth about 4 pence.
    • Blank A lot by which nothing is gained; a ticket in a lottery on which no prize is indicated. "In Fortune's lottery lies
      A heap of blanks, like this, for one small prize."
    • Blank A paper containing the substance of a legal instrument, as a deed, release, writ, or execution, with spaces left to be filled with names, date, descriptions, etc.
    • Blank A paper unwritten; a paper without marks or characters a blank ballot; -- especially, a paper on which are to be inserted designated items of information, for which spaces are left vacant; a bland form. "The freemen signified their approbation by an inscribed vote, and their dissent by a blank ."
    • Blank (Mech) A piece of metal prepared to be made into something by a further operation, as a coin, screw, nuts.
    • Blank (Dominoes) A piece or division of a piece, without spots; as, the “double blank”; the “six blank.”
    • Blank Absolute; downright; unmixed; as, blank terror.
    • Blank Aim; shot; range. "I have stood . . . within the blank of his displeasure
      For my free speech."
    • Blank Any void space; a void space on paper, or in any written instrument; an interval void of consciousness, action, result, etc; a void. "I can not write a paper full, I used to do; and yet I will not forgive a blank of half an inch from you.""From this time there ensues a long blank in the history of French legislation.""I was ill. I can't tell how long -- it was a blank ."
    • Blank Empty; void; without result; fruitless; as, a blank space; a blank day.
    • Blank Free from writing, printing, or marks; having an empty space to be filled in with some special writing; -- said of checks, official documents, etc.; as, blank paper; a blank check; a blank ballot.
    • Blank Lacking animation and intelligence, or their associated characteristics, as expression of face, look, etc.; expressionless; vacant. "Blank and horror-stricken faces.""The blank . . . glance of a half returned consciousness."
    • Blank Lacking characteristics which give variety; as, a blank desert; a blank wall; destitute of interests, affections, hopes, etc.; as, to live a blank existence; destitute of sensations; as, blank unconsciousness.
    • Blank Of a white or pale color; without color. "To the blank moon
      Her office they prescribed."
    • Blank The point aimed at in a target, marked with a white spot; hence, the object to which anything is directed. "Let me still remain
      The true blank of thine eye."
    • Blank To blanch; to make blank; to damp the spirits of; to dispirit or confuse. "Each opposite that blanks the face of joy."
    • Blank To make void; to annul.
    • Blank Utterly confounded or discomfited. "Adam . . . astonied stood, and blank ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • blank White or pale: as, “the blanc moon,”
    • blank Pale from fear or terror; hence, dispirited; dejected; confounded; confused.
    • blank Empty or unoccupied; void; bare.
    • blank Specifically— Free from written or printed characters; not written upon: as, a blank book; blank paper; blank spaces.
    • blank Not filled up: applied to legal, banking, commercial, or other forms: as, a blank check or order; a blank ballot; a blank bond.
    • blank Of uniform surface; unrelieved or unbroken by ornament or opening: as, a blank wall.
    • blank Empty of results, of interest, etc.: as, a blank outlook for the future.
    • blank Without contents; especially, wanting some part necessary to completeness: as, blank cartridges, that is, cartridges containing powder but no ball.
    • blank Vacant in expression; exhibiting perplexity, real or feigned; nonplussed; disconcerted.
    • blank Complete; utter; unmitigated: as, “blank stupidity,”
    • blank Unrimed: applied to verse, particularly to the heroic verse of five feet without rime, such as that commonly adopted in English dramatic and epic poetry.
    • n blank Any void space or vacant surface; a space from which something is absent or omitted; a void; a vacancy: as, a blank in one's memory; to leave blanks in writing.
    • n blank A piece of paper prepared for some special use, but without writing or printed matter on it.
    • n blank A form or document containing blank spaces; a document remaining incomplete till something essential is filled in.
    • n blank In parliamentary usage, provisional words printed in italics in a bill, the final form of which is to be settled in committee.
    • n blank A ticket in a lottery on which no prize is indicated; a lot by which nothing is gained.
    • n blank In archery, the white mark in the center of a butt or target at which an arrow is aimed; hence (archaically), the object toward which anything is directed; aim; target.
    • n blank Same as blanc
    • n blank A small copper coin formerly current in France.
    • n blank A piece of metal prepared to be formed into some finished object by a further operation: as, a blank for a file or a screw; specifically, in coining, a plate or piece of gold or silver, cut and shaped, but not stamped.
    • n blank A blank verse.
    • n blank A weight, equal to of a grain.
    • blank To make blank; make white or pale; blanch.
    • blank To confuse; put out of countenance; disconcert; nonplus.
    • blank To frustrate; make void; bring to naught.
    • blank A common euphemistic substitute for damn, referring to the blank or dash which is commonly substituted in printing for that word when it is used as a profane expression.
    • n blank An opening in a forest where from any cause very few or no trees are growing.
    • blank To leave (a card) so that it must be played when the suit is led.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Blank blangk without writing or marks, as in white paper: empty, empty of results: vacant, confused:
    • n Blank a paper without writing: a lottery-ticket having no mark, and therefore valueless: an empty space, a void, or vacancy:
    • v.t Blank to make pale:
    • adj Blank blangk (poetry) not having rhyme
    • n Blank (archery) the white mark in the centre of a target at which an arrow is aimed, hence the object or aim of anything: a form of document having blank spaces afterwards to be filled in
    • v.t Blank (Milton) to confuse
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  • Allen Ginsberg
    Allen Ginsberg
    “Nobody saves America by sniffing cocaine, jiggling your knees blankly in the rain, when it snows in your nose you catch cold in your brain.”
  • John Carey
    John Carey
    “A blank helpless sort of face, rather like a rose just before you drench it with D.D.T.”
  • Victor Serge
    Victor Serge
    “I followed his argument with the blank uneasiness which one might feel in the presence of a logical lunatic.”
  • Thornton Wilder
    “Many plays, are like blank checks. The actors and directors put their own signatures on them.”
  • Steve Martin
    Steve Martin
    “I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper.”
  • Gaston Bachelard
    “A word is a bud attempting to become a twig. How can one not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives the right to dream.”


Blank cheque - If you are given a blank cheque, you are allowed to use as much money as you need for a project.
Blank slate - A blank slate is something that hasn't been developed or described in any detail.
Draw a blank - If you try to find something out and draw a blank, you don't get any useful information.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

Fury flashed up in her eyes and was gone, leaving them almost blank blue.
"The Maids of Paradise" by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
He tried to make his mind a blank, and in the effort he forgot for a time where he was.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Urban took a gleaming blank sheet of parchment from the pile on his desk, dipped a quill, shook it, and began to write.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
At first all was blank.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
It was a great blot looming blank in its darkness.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Below us lay the empty stretch of blank desert.
"The Floating Island of Madness" by Jason Kirby
Devil's Hill's a cursed blank.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
Drawn a blank way up ther' on your mudbank?
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
She feared the angry blank of the eyeglass.
"Love and Lucy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
The Greek tragedians, therefore, wrote in iambics, the kind of verse nearest to prose, which with us is blank verse.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 57, No. 352, February 1845" by Various
In other words, this would indicate that the minds of these patients were blank.
"Benign Stupors" by August Hoch
Brother Blank is just the man for her case.
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
She did not hear Esther enter, and for a moment the girl stood staring at her in blank amazement.
"The Phantom Lover" by Ruby M. Ayres
I have a blank here to be filled out with the name and description of a mineral property.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
We were blankly ignorant of economics.
"The Passionate Friends" by Herbert George Wells
O'Connor nodded again, and blanked out.
"Occasion for Disaster" by Gordon Randall Garrett
At first the workmen looked at each other in blank dismay.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
Her eyes left his face and seemed to shield her thoughts behind a film of blankness.
"The Monk of Hambleton" by Armstrong Livingston
They were sheets of blank, white paper, and they had been creased by folding.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
Thus Angus was up against a blank wall.
"The Land of Strong Men" by Arthur M. Chisholm

In poetry:

"Your mind is not as blank
Who holds a curate's rank
At Assesmilk-cum-Worter.
"The Rival Curates" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"O blanke ziel, o roode bloed,
O hart verdwaald daartusschen,--
Wie zal in slaap u sussen
Tezamen en voorgoed?
"Lethe" by Pieter Cornelis Boutens
The words are Edgar Allan Poe's,
As any man may see,
But what a POE-t wrote in prose,
Shall make blank verse for me.
"Borrow'd Plumes" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
Overhead, a roof of cloud
With its weight of thunder bowed;
Underneath, to left and right,
Blankness and abysmal night.
"My Dream" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The blank page of my heart grows rife
With wealth of tender lore;
Her image, stamped upon my life,
Gives value evermore.
"Quand-Meme" by John Hay
Blank sea to sail upon,
Cold bed to sleep in:
While you clasp, I must be gone
For all your weeping:
I must die.
"Wife To Husband" by Christina Georgina Rossetti

In news:

French action thriller 'Point Blank' hits at close range.
'Point Blank' review: French thriller delivers.
The crazed Florida mom who allegedly killed her four children before killing herself last week pumped 18 hollow-point rounds into the kids, some at point-blank range, according to a coroner's report.
As you may recall, I landed a super-advance copy of Fear of a Blank Planet on DVD-Audio for an exclusive review in the May issue.
Oct 5, 1998 Christine Blank Supermarket News.
Pushbutton Problem Blanks Dehumidifier.
Painter Don Callarman refers to that 1958 movie when he says he might have found the perfect canvas: the blank back wall of Quixote 's True Blue (2151 Lawrence Street).
Sarah Rall scored a pair of goals and Keely Stover had a shutout game in goal Tuesday as Upper Sandusky blanked Mohawk 4-0 in girls soccer.
MOORESVILLE – Point Blank shooting range will host a grand opening celebration and charity fundraising event the weekend of Oct 29 and 30.
Fill in the blank with the correct answer.
Service Centers Invest in New Red Bud Blanking Lines.
Service Centers Invest in New Red Bud Blanking Lines Precision Metalforming Association.
Local repairman stole and cashed homeowner's blank checks.
Mauro Rosales injured late as Sounders blank DC United, 3-0.
Amanda Blank, La Roux, and Jemina Pearl put their own fresh spins on the female pop-star paradigm.

In science:

There will also be a blank form for users who may wish to enter the SQL query directly.
A GRB Tool Shed
The lensing has been exploited to achieve even better sensitivities with respect to ultra-deep blank-field surveys (e.g. the HDFs), and allowed detection of sources between 30 and 100 µJ y at 15 µm.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
The variable t should be replaced by p, q, r or s and either of the symbols 2 and 3 by a blank or a ∗.
Bicomplex algebra and function theory
Nevertheless, we will give enough indications (we hope) for the reader to fill in the blanks.
Number Operator Algebras
Blank, Stability and localization in chaotic dynamics, MCCME, Moscow, 2001.
Perron-Frobenius spectrum for random maps and its approximation
The ideal way to carry out the local survey would be to do a blank field survey of large parts of the sky but this is currently impractical because the field of view of SCUBA is only ∼2 arcmins.
The SCUBA Local Universe Galaxy Survey II. 450 micron data - evidence for cold dust in bright IRAS Galaxies
Within the Constructor() the maximum number of processes is set and a blank list of Single Processes is generated.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
We also correct for the residual field contamination using the blank field data. (c) The field-corrected luminosity function for cluster galaxies in the three density slices from Panel (a).
History of mass assembly and star formation in clusters
We statistically subtract residual field contamination using a Subaru blank field data .
History of mass assembly and star formation in clusters
At brighter K ′ magnitudes our surface densities are higher than those determined by Smith et al. (2002) and by previous blank field surveys (e.g., Barger et al. 1999; Daddi et al. 2000).
The Submillimeter Properties of Extremely Red Objects
FIG. 2. (a) Spatial distribution of the wave function of the anomalously localized solution, ψ(ρ), of Eq. (1) is shown schematically. (b) Spatial distribution of the dielectric constant, ǫ(ρ), corresponding to the trap, responsible for the solution ψ(ρ); ǫ(ρ) = ǫ outside the blank region.
Coherent Random Lasing and "Almost Localized" Photon Modes
We extract the source spectrum from an aperture of 8 and 4 arcmin radius in the LECS and MECS images, respectively, and we evaluate the background from blank sky fields.
The nuclear SED of NGC6251: a BL Lac in the center of an FR I radio galaxy
The rest of the mask area was used for a blank sky survey.
Three Lyman-alpha Emitters at z approx 6: Early GMOS/Gemini Data from the GLARE Project
The “local” MECS background count rate is within 2% than that in the “blank fields”.
Absorption in Gamma Ray Burst afterglows
On the other hand, the “local” LECS background count rate differs from that of the “blank fields” by up to 20% in 7 cases.
Absorption in Gamma Ray Burst afterglows