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(of paper or other writing surface) having no marks; not written or printed on:
a blank sheet of paper.
not filled in, as a printed form:
a blank check.
unrelieved or unbroken by ornament, opening, decoration, etc.:
a blank wall.
lacking some usual or completing feature:
a blank roll of film.
(of a recording medium) containing no previously recorded information:
a blank videocassette; a blank floppy disk.
Compare prerecorded.
void of interest, variety, results, etc.:
She sometimes occupied her blank days reading detective stories.
showing no attention, interest, or emotion:
a blank expression on his face.
disconcerted; nonplussed; speechless:
He looked blank when I asked him why he applied for the job.
complete; utter; unmitigated:
blank stupidity.
Archaic. white; pale; colorless.
a place where something is lacking; an empty space:
a blank in one’s memory.
a space in a printed form, test, etc., to be filled in:
Write your name in the blank.
a printed form containing such spaces:
Have you filled out one of these blanks?
a dash put in place of an omitted letter, series of letters, etc., especially to avoid writing a word considered profane or obscene.
Metalworking. a piece of metal ready to be drawn, pressed, or machined into a finished object.
Archery. the bull’s-eye.
the object toward which anything is directed; aim; target.
blank cartridge.
to cross out or delete, especially in order to invalidate or void (usually followed by out):
to blank out an entry.
Informal. to keep (an opponent) from scoring in a game.
Metalworking. to stamp or punch out of flat stock, as with a die.
draw a blank,

to fail in an attempt; be unsuccessful:
We’ve drawn a blank in the investigation.
to fail to comprehend or be unable to recollect:
He asked me their phone number and I drew a blank.

Historical Examples

For the Term of His Natural Life Marcus Clarke
Wild Oranges Joseph Hergesheimer
Dave Dawson on the Russian Front R. Sidney Bowen
The Giant’s Robe F. Anstey
Aletta Bertram Mitford
The Key to Yesterday Charles Neville Buck

(of a writing surface) bearing no marks; not written on
(of a form, etc) with spaces left for details to be filled in
without ornament or break; unrelieved: a blank wall
not filled in; empty; void: a blank space
exhibiting no interest or expression: a blank look
lacking understanding; confused: he looked blank even after the explanations
absolute; complete: blank rejection
devoid of ideas or inspiration: his mind went blank in the exam
unproductive; barren
an emptiness; void; blank space
an empty space for writing in, as on a printed form
a printed form containing such empty spaces
something characterized by incomprehension or mental confusion: my mind went a complete blank
a mark, often a dash, in place of a word, esp a taboo word
short for blank cartridge
a plate or plug used to seal an aperture
a piece of material prepared for stamping, punching, forging, etc
(archery) the white spot in the centre of a target
draw a blank

to choose a lottery ticket that fails to win
to get no results from something

verb (transitive)
(usually foll by out) to cross out, blot, or obscure
(slang) to ignore or be unresponsive towards (someone): the crowd blanked her for the first four numbers
to forge, stamp, punch, or cut (a piece of material) in preparation for forging, die-stamping, or drawing operations
(often foll by off) to seal (an aperture) with a plate or plug
(US & Canadian, informal) to prevent (an opponent) from scoring in a game

To hold an opponent scoreless; schneider, shut out, skunk: The hapless Tigers were blanked twice last week (1970s+ Sports)
To kill; rub out, whack: the woman Loftus was with the night he was blanked (1980s+ Underworld)

In addition to the idiom beginning with


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