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Definitions

  • 32 Blind mortise and tenon
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj blind unable or unwilling to perceive or understand "blind to a lover's faults","blind to the consequences of their actions"
    • adj blind not based on reason or evidence "blind hatred","blind faith","unreasoning panic"
    • adj blind unable to see "a person is blind to the extent that he must devise alternative techniques to do efficiently those things he would do with sight if he had normal vision"--Kenneth Jernigan"
    • v blind make dim by comparison or conceal
    • v blind make blind by putting the eyes out "The criminals were punished and blinded"
    • v blind render unable to see
    • n blind a protective covering that keeps things out or hinders sight "they had just moved in and had not put up blinds yet"
    • n blind a hiding place sometimes used by hunters (especially duck hunters) "he waited impatiently in the blind"
    • n blind something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity "he wasn't sick--it was just a subterfuge","the holding company was just a blind"
    • n blind people who have severe visual impairments, considered as a group "he spent hours reading to the blind"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

BLIND CHARITY BLIND CHARITY
The Blind Doe The Blind Doe
Three Blind Mice music Three Blind Mice music
THE TWO BLIND MEN THE TWO BLIND MEN
The Blind Cat and the Tailless Fox The Blind Cat and the Tailless Fox
A BLIND BEGGAR WOMAN A BLIND BEGGAR WOMAN
Brown cloth cover with gold blind-stamped title Brown cloth cover with gold blind-stamped title
THE BLIND MEN AND THE ELEPHANT THE BLIND MEN AND THE ELEPHANT

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The city of Nottingham in England was the first city to have Braille signs (signs for the blind) in its shopping malls for the blind
    • Blind (Mil) A blindage. See Blindage.
    • Blind A halting place.
    • Blind (Hort) Abortive; failing to produce flowers or fruit; as, blind buds; blind flowers.
    • Blind Destitute of the sense of seeing, either by natural defect or by deprivation; without sight. "He that is strucken blind can not forget
      The precious treasure of his eyesight lost."
    • Blind Having no openings for light or passage; as, a blind wall; open only at one end; as, a blind alley; a blind gut.
    • Blind Having such a state or condition as a thing would have to a person who is blind; not well marked or easily discernible; hidden; unseen; concealed; as, a blind path; a blind ditch.
    • Blind Involved; intricate; not easily followed or traced. "The blind mazes of this tangled wood."
    • Blind Not having the faculty of discernment; destitute of intellectual light; unable or unwilling to understand or judge; as, authors are blind to their own defects. "But hard be hardened, blind be blinded more,
      That they may stumble on, and deeper fall."
    • n Blind See Blende.
    • Blind Something to hinder sight or keep out light; a screen; a cover; esp. a hinged screen or shutter for a window; a blinder for a horse.
    • Blind Something to mislead the eye or the understanding, or to conceal some covert deed or design; a subterfuge.
    • Blind To cover with a thin coating of sand and fine gravel; as a road newly paved, in order that the joints between the stones may be filled.
    • Blind To darken; to obscure to the eye or understanding; to conceal; to deceive. "Such darkness blinds the sky.""The state of the controversy between us he endeavored, with all his art, to blind and confound."
    • Blind To deprive partially of vision; to make vision difficult for and painful to; to dazzle. "Her beauty all the rest did blind ."
    • Blind To make blind; to deprive of sight or discernment. "To blind the truth and me.""A blind guide is certainly a great mischief; but a guide that blinds those whom he should lead is . . . a much greater."
    • Blind Undiscerning; undiscriminating; inconsiderate. "This plan is recommended neither to blind approbation nor to blind reprobation."
    • Blind Unintelligible, or not easily intelligible; as, a blind passage in a book; illegible; as, blind writing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The blind cavefish is born with eyes, but they fall off as the fish grows
    • blind Destitute of the sense of sight, whether by natural defect or by deprivation, permanently or temporarily; not having sight.
    • blind Hence Figuratively, lacking in the faculty of discernment; destitute of intellectual, moral, or spiritual sight; unable to understand or judge.
    • blind Not directed or governed by sight, physical or mental; not proceeding from or controlled by reason: as, blind groping; blind tenacity.
    • blind Specifically Undiscriminating; heedless; inconsiderate; unreflecting; headlong.
    • blind Not possessing or proceeding from intelligence or consciousness; without direction or control; irrational; fortuitous: as, a blind force or agency; blind chance.
    • blind Filled with or enveloped in darkness; dark; obscure; not easily discernible: as, a blind corner.
    • blind Hence Difficult to see, literally or figuratively; hard to understand; hard to make out; unintelligible: as, blind outlines; blind writing; blind reasoning.
    • blind Unlighted: as, blind candles.
    • blind Covered; concealed from sight; hidden.
    • blind Out of sight or public view; out of the way; private; secret.
    • blind Without openings for admitting light or seeing through: as, a blind window; “blind walls,”
    • blind Not serving any apparent purpose; wanting something ordinarily essential to completeness; not fulfilling its purpose: as, a blind shell, one that from a bad fuse or other reason has fallen without exploding.
    • blind Closed at one end; having no outlet; cæcal: as, a blind alley.
    • blind a small chestnut-colored beetle destitute of eyes, found in rice.
    • blind Ornamental sewing on leather, designed to be seen on only one side of the material.
    • blind Same as blind-story.
    • blind To make blind; deprive of sight; render incapable of seeing, wholly or partially.
    • blind To dim the perception or discernment of; make morally or intellectually blind.
    • blind To render dark, literally or figuratively; obscure to the eye or to the mind; conceal.
    • blind To dim or obscure by excess of light; outshine; eclipse.
    • blind In road-making, to fill with gravel, as interstices between stones; cover with gravel or earth: as, to blind road-metal.
    • blind In gunnery, to provide with blindages.
    • blind To become blind or dim.
    • n blind Anything which obstructs the sight, intercepts the view, or keeps out light.
    • n blind Specifically— A screen of some sort to prevent too strong a light from shining in at a window, or to keep people from seeing in; a sun-screen or shade for a window, made of cloth, laths, etc., and used either inside or outside.
    • n blind One of a pair of pieces of leather, generally square, attached to a horse's bridle on either side of his head to prevent him from seeing sidewise or backward; a blinder or blinker.
    • n blind A strong plank shutter placed in front of a port-hole as soon as the gun has been discharged.
    • n blind Something intended to mislead the eye or the understanding by concealing, or diverting attention from, the principal object or true design; a pretense or pretext.
    • n blind A hiding-place; an ambush or covert, especially one prepared for concealing a hunter or fowler from his game.
    • n blind Milit., a kind of bomb-proof shelter for men or material; a blindage.
    • n blind A single blind is commonly made of three strong perpendicular posts with planks between them, covered with plates of iron on the outside, rendering them shot-proof. It is used as a protection to laborers in the trenches. A double blind is made by filling large wooden chests with earth or bags of sand.
    • n blind In the game of poker, the stake deposited in the pool previous to the deal.
    • n blind Same as blende.
    • blind In horticulture, said of a shoot that does not bloom. It is most frequently applied to roses, chrysanthemums, and other twiggy growers. Such shoots are often spoken of as blind wood. Shoots which do not fulfil their promise, or fulfil the expectations of the gardener in producing flowers, are said to “come blind.”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Colour blind people are used to detect camouflaged units in previous war-fare. And some of you thought Jonathan was useless.. :P~
    • adj Blind blīnd without sight: dark: ignorant or undiscerning: without an opening
    • n Blind something to mislead: a window-screen: a shade
    • v.t Blind to make blind; to darken, obscure, or deceive; to dazzle
    • pa.p Blind blīnd′ed; pr.p. blīnd′ing
    • v.t Blind to cover the eyes: to mislead
    • pr.p Blind making blind
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Quotations

  • Michael Apostolius
    Michael Apostolius
    “In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is King.”
  • L. Ron Hubbard
    L. Ron Hubbard
    “There is a condition worse than blindness, and that is, seeing something that isn't there.”
  • Helen Keller
    Helen%20Keller
    “What a blind person needs is not a teacher but another self.”
  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “A blind man will not thank you for a looking-glass.”
  • Jonathan Swift
    Jonathan%20Swift
    “There's none so blind as they that won't see.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It's sad that, in our blindness we gather thorns for flowers”

Idioms

Blind acceptance - If people accept thing blindly, they accept them without questioning them at all.
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Blind as a bat - If you are in total darkness and can't see anything at all, you are as blind as a bat.
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Blind leading the blind - When the blind are leading the blind, the people in charge of something don't know anything more than the people they are in charge of, when they should have greater knowledge.
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Blind-sided - If you are blind-sided, an event with a negative impact takes you completely by surprise.
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Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while - This expression means that even if people are ineffective or misguided, sometimes they can still be correct just by being lucky.
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In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king - If surrounded by people less capable or able, someone who would not normally be considered special can shine.
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Justice is blind - Justice is blind means that justice is impartial and objective.
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Love is blind - If you love someone, it doesn't matter what they look like. You will also overlook faults.
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None so blind as those who will not see - This idiom is used when people refuse to accept facts presented to them. ('None so deaf as those who will not hear' is an alternative.)
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Turn a blind eye - When people turn a blind eye, they deliberately ignore something, especially if people are doing something wrong.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS.; akin to D., G., OS., Sw., & Dan. blind, Icel. blindr, Goth. blinds,; of uncertain origin

Usage

In literature:

But, Therese, have you really been blind to all that's been going on here?
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
And I say sanity is the determined blindness which keeps us from seeing one another.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
He shows us two charming young men becoming morally blind with passion, in a company not so blinded.
"William Shakespeare" by John Masefield
He touched the eyes of the blind, and they were opened.
"The World I Live In" by Helen Keller
Then he got pneumonia, and that left him with a bad cough, and then one day he couldn't see to read, then he went quite blind.
"Nobody's Girl" by Hector Malot
There is one blind girl, who has two blind sisters at home.
"Popular Education" by Ira Mayhew
Strange how they ignored it, blinded themselves to it, thrust it, the grinning, threatening Death's-head, on one side.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Thus rebuffed, Jinnie turned the blind face toward the east, and together they made their way slowly to the plank walk.
"Rose O'Paradise" by Grace Miller White
But we are blind; we neither see nor read the beautiful lesson taught us in our own bodies.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
The large room was lit with a thick ochreish light through the squares of its drawn blinds.
"The Flaw in the Crystal" by May Sinclair
And he is a decrepit old hound, blind, lame and toothless.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
THE BLIND VICAR OF SANDYCLIFFE.
"Wee Wifie" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
A moment more, and he was blinded.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
He took the uncertain steps of a blind man, because his mind was blind with weeping.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
For a moment light blinded him.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
She had not pastured in the meadows about Chartres with blind eyes.
"The Book of Saints and Friendly Beasts" by Abbie Farwell Brown
This evening the blind man came up the path from the village.
"Mountain Meditations" by L. Lind-af-Hageby
He certainly escaped with his life, but the thorns stuck into his eyes and blinded them.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
Say," he went on, "the ol' blind hoss has hunched it together pretty neat.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
One was not only a beggar, but blind from his birth; the other was one of the rich men of Jerusalem.
"Men of the Bible" by Dwight Moody
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In poetry:

Flower - a blind man's word.
Your eye and mine:
they see
to water.
"Flower" by Paul Celan
And blind as are
These three to me,
So blind to someone
I must be.
"All But Blind" by Walter de la Mare
Lo, I grow blind!
Lo, right and wrong
Fade to my mind….
O sorry song!
"Sleep, Darksome, Deep" by Paul Verlaine
Die leek omlaaggebleven,
Maar rijst ons tegen
In blind ontzweven
Naar ongekende wegen.
"Niets Bindt Zoo Ongelijken" by Pieter Cornelis Boutens
Jehu, the furious.
Blind to the crown.
Called up the tower wall,
"Slaves, throw her down."
"Jezebel" by Ethel Clifford
Or when the mind, the mind
Is ever-glowing wood,
And fire runs in the blood
Lunatic, blind;
"But Most Thy Light" by John Freeman

In news:

B Christian Blind Mission, Nairobi, Kenya.
Blinding us with science journals.
Blinding Bacteria to Nutrient Deficiency Boosts Sensitivity to Antibiotics.
A review of government documents adds to evidence of a major lobbying campaign by a politically connected company that appears to have blinded government officials to Solyndra's true financial condition.
Blinding flashes of the obvious.
THE BLINDING CLARITY OF WISCONSIN.
In short, the idea is to blind pirates with light so they can't fire their weapons, let alone take a commercial ship hostage.
The long and blinding road in Iraq wars.
A Blinding Flash of the Obvious.
Blinding Blues, Stinging Bees.
Broadway's 'Passing Strange' stews up youth, the Bard and blinding lights.
Berger's Burg: Two parachutes, then a blinding flash.
Apple Will Shine in 2011, if Not as Blindingly .
Toronto FC players now sport blindingly bright soccer boots, following a global fashion trend.
GOP blindly opposes Obama's health care law.
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In science:

Various explanations have been suggested: according to one of them, the human cognitive and psychological constitution, trained over the years to look for patters and trends (even where there are none) is “blind” when it comes to see randomness.
Incompleteness, Complexity, Randomness and Beyond
Blind separation of noisy Gaussian stationary sources.
Blind separation of noisy Gaussian stationary sources. Application to cosmic microwave background imaging
This paper deals with blind component separation.
Blind separation of noisy Gaussian stationary sources. Application to cosmic microwave background imaging
It is thus very tempting to run blind algorithms which do not require a priori information about the mixture coefficients.
Blind separation of noisy Gaussian stationary sources. Application to cosmic microwave background imaging
Blind separation methods Several attempts at blind component separation for CMB imaging have already been reported.
Blind separation of noisy Gaussian stationary sources. Application to cosmic microwave background imaging
Blind identification via spectral matching Our proposal for blind identification simply is to match the sample spectral covariance matrices h ˆSy iq, which depend on the data, to their theoretical values hSy iq, which depend on the unknown parameters.
Blind separation of noisy Gaussian stationary sources. Application to cosmic microwave background imaging
It has been introduced for the blind separation of noise-free mixtures by Pham .
Blind separation of noisy Gaussian stationary sources. Application to cosmic microwave background imaging
Thus, blind separation of noisy mixtures of stationary sources can be achieved by computing the periodogram, averaging it into a set of sample covariance matrices and maximizing the likelihood by then running the EM algorithm.
Blind separation of noisy Gaussian stationary sources. Application to cosmic microwave background imaging
As final note, we recall that, in the noise-free case, the ability to blindly separate Gaussian stationary components rests on spectral diversity : the spectra of any two sources should not be proportional.
Blind separation of noisy Gaussian stationary sources. Application to cosmic microwave background imaging
Moulines et al., Maximum likelihood for blind separation and deconvolution of noisy signals using mixture models.
Blind separation of noisy Gaussian stationary sources. Application to cosmic microwave background imaging
Blind separation of instantaneous mixture of sources via the Gaussian mutual information criterion.
Blind separation of noisy Gaussian stationary sources. Application to cosmic microwave background imaging
Snoussi et al., Bayesian blind component separation for cosmic microwave background observations.
Blind separation of noisy Gaussian stationary sources. Application to cosmic microwave background imaging
Examples of the brain completing images are the filling in of the blind spot, the coloring of periferal vision and the completion of a square.
A model of memory, learning and recognition
The uncertainty in the FUSE blind offset is believed to be about 1′′ .
Far Ultraviolet Spectra of a Non-Radiative Shock Wave in the Cygnus Loop
We concentrate in the most conservative case from the point of flavour violation1, namely the class of scenarios where supersymmetry is broken in a hidden sector, and the breaking is transmitted to the observable sector by a flavour blind mechanism, like gravity.
Neutrino Phenomenology -- the case of two right handed neutrinos
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