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The blanketing was too warm.
Radio. the effect of a signal from a powerful transmitter that interferes with or prevents the reception of other signals.
a large, rectangular piece of soft fabric, often with bound edges, used especially for warmth as a bed covering.
a similar piece of fabric used as a covering for a horse, dog, etc.
the chief garment traditionally worn by some American Indians.
any extended covering or layer:
a blanket of snow.

(in a press for offset printing) the rubber-covered cylinder to which an inked impression is transferred from the plate for transfer directly to the paper.
(in a press for letterpress printing) the resilient covering on the cylinder against which the paper is pressed in printing.

a thick roll or strip of material for thermal insulation.
to cover with or as with a blanket:
wild flowers blanketing the hillside.
to obscure or obstruct; interfere with; overpower (usually followed by out):
An electrical storm blanketed out the radio program.
to toss (someone) in a blanket, as in fraternity hazing.
Nautical. (of a vessel) to take wind from the sails of (another vessel) by passing closely to windward.
covering or intended to cover a large group or class of things, conditions, situations, etc.:
a blanket proposal; a blanket indictment.
born on the wrong side of the blanket, born out of wedlock.
Contemporary Examples

Wall Street’s Not Buying This ‘Cheap’ iPhone Daniel Gross September 10, 2013
A Giant Bubble Bath Ilana Glazer January 27, 2013
Return of the Normal-Size Bag Misty White Sidell October 8, 2011
Iran Goes on Strike Reza Aslan July 5, 2009

Historical Examples

Air Men o’ War Boyd Cable
Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
The Skipper and the Skipped Holman Day
Empire Clifford Donald Simak
Aces Up Covington Clarke
Space Platform Murray Leinster

a large piece of thick cloth for use as a bed covering, animal covering, etc, enabling a person or animal to retain natural body heat
a concealing cover or layer, as of smoke, leaves, or snow
a rubber or plastic sheet wrapped round a cylinder, used in offset printing to transfer the image from the plate, stone, or forme to the paper
(physics) a layer of a fertile substance placed round the core of a nuclear reactor as a reflector or absorber and often to breed new fissionable fuel
(modifier) applying to or covering a wide group or variety of people, conditions, situations, etc: blanket insurance against loss, injury, and theft
(informal) born on the wrong side of the blanket, illegitimate
verb (transitive)
to cover with or as if with a blanket; overlie
to cover a very wide area, as in a publicity campaign; give blanket coverage
(usually foll by out) to obscure or suppress: the storm blanketed out the TV picture
(nautical) to prevent wind from reaching the sails of (another sailing vessel) by passing to windward of it

Only 26,000 blanket Indians are left in the United States. [“Atlantic Monthly,” March 1906]


A pancake; hotcake (1950s+)
A cigarette paper (1950s+)
An overcoat •A shortening of blanket overcoat, which is attested in the early 1820s (1940s+)


security blanket
wet blanket


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