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unable to see; lacking the sense of sight; sightless:
a blind man.
unwilling or unable to perceive or understand:
They were blind to their children’s faults. He was blind to all arguments.
not characterized or determined by reason or control:
blind tenacity; blind chance.
not having or based on reason or intelligence; absolute and unquestioning:
She had blind faith in his fidelity.
lacking all consciousness or awareness:
a blind stupor.
hard to see or understand:
blind reasoning.
hidden from immediate view, especially from oncoming motorists:
a blind corner.
of concealed or undisclosed identity; sponsored anonymously:
a blind ad signed only with a box number.
having no outlets; closed at one end:
a blind passage; a blind mountain pass.
Architecture. (of an archway, arcade, etc.) having no windows, passageways, or the like.
dense enough to form a screen:
a blind hedge of privet.
done without seeing; by instruments alone:
blind flying.
made without some prior knowledge:
a blind purchase; a blind lead in a card game.
of or relating to an experimental design that prevents investigators or subjects from knowing the hypotheses or conditions being tested.
of, relating to, or for blind persons.
Bookbinding. (of a design, title, or the like) impressed into the cover or spine of a book by a die without ink or foil.
Cookery. (of pastry shells) baked or fried without the filling.
(of a rivet or other fastener) made so that the end inserted, though inaccessible, can be headed or spread.
to make sightless permanently, temporarily, or momentarily, as by injuring, dazzling, bandaging the eyes, etc.:
The explosion blinded him. We were blinded by the bright lights.
to make obscure or dark:
The room was blinded by heavy curtains.
to deprive of discernment, reason, or judgment:
a resentment that blinds his good sense.
to outshine; eclipse:
a radiance that doth blind the sun.
something that obstructs vision, as a blinker for a horse.
a window covering having horizontal or vertical slats that can be drawn out of the way, often with the angle of the slats adjustable to admit varying amounts of light.
venetian blind.
Chiefly Midland U.S. and British, window shade.
a lightly built structure of brush or other growths, especially one in which hunters conceal themselves:
a duck blind.
an activity, organization, or the like for concealing or masking action or purpose; subterfuge:
The store was just a blind for their gambling operation.
a decoy.
Slang. a bout of excessive drinking; drunken spree.
Poker. a compulsory bet made without prior knowledge of one’s hand.
(used with a plural verb) persons who lack the sense of sight (usually preceded by the):
The blind are said to have an acute sense of hearing.
into a stupor; to the degree at which consciousness is lost:
He drank himself blind.
without the ability to see clearly; lacking visibility; blindly:
They were driving blind through the snowstorm.
without guidance or forethought:
They were working blind and couldn’t anticipate the effects of their actions.
to an extreme or absolute degree; completely:
The confidence men cheated her blind.
fly blind. fly1 (def 34).
Contemporary Examples

Why Conservatives Should Be Rooting for Defense Cuts Mark McKinnon January 19, 2013
Before Ditching His Top Aides, Obama Should Look in the Mirror Leslie H. Gelb November 1, 2014
A Kiss Goodbye to Richard Dawson Rebecca Dana June 3, 2012
The Sacrificial Limbs of New Orleans Nina Strochlic March 11, 2014
Judy Clarke, the Defense Lawyer Appointed to Defend Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Michael Daly April 30, 2013

Historical Examples

On the Heels of De Wet The Intelligence Officer
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, No. 327 Various
A Man to His Mate J. Allan Dunn
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, No. 327 Various
The Accumulation of Capital Rosa Luxemburg


unable to see; sightless
(as collective noun; preceded by the): the blind

(usually foll by to) unable or unwilling to understand or discern
not based on evidence or determined by reason: blind hatred
acting or performed without control or preparation
done without being able to see, relying on instruments for information
hidden from sight: a blind corner, a blind stitch
closed at one end: a blind alley
completely lacking awareness or consciousness: a blind stupor
(informal) very drunk
having no openings or outlets: a blind wall
without having been seen beforehand: a blind purchase
(of cultivated plants) having failed to produce flowers or fruits
(intensifier): not a blind bit of notice
turn a blind eye, to disregard deliberately or pretend not to notice (something, esp an action of which one disapproves)
without being able to see ahead or using only instruments: to drive blind, flying blind
without adequate knowledge or information; carelessly: to buy a house blind
(intensifier) (in the phrase blind drunk)
bake blind, to bake (the empty crust of a pie, pastry, etc) by half filling with dried peas, crusts of bread, etc, to keep it in shape
verb (mainly transitive)
to deprive of sight permanently or temporarily
to deprive of good sense, reason, or judgment
to darken; conceal
(foll by with) to overwhelm by showing detailed knowledge: to blind somebody with science
(intransitive) (Brit, slang) to drive very fast
(intransitive) (Brit, slang) to curse (esp in the phrase effing and blinding)
(modifier) for or intended to help blind and partially sighted people: a blind school
a shade for a window, usually on a roller
any obstruction or hindrance to sight, light, or air
a person, action, or thing that serves to deceive or conceal the truth
a person who acts on behalf of someone who does not wish his identity or actions to be known
(Brit, old-fashioned, slang) Also called blinder. a drunken orgy; binge
(poker) a stake put up by a player before he examines his cards
(hunting, mainly US & Canadian) a screen of brush or undergrowth, in which hunters hide to shoot their quarry Brit name hide
(military) a round or demolition charge that fails to explode

The twilight, or rather the hour between the time when one can no longer see to read and the lighting of the candles, is commonly called blindman’s holiday. [Grose, 1796]

Related: Blinded; blinding.

blind’ness n.

Very drunk; blind drunk, snockered, zonked (1630s+)
Uncircumcised (1920s+ Homosexuals)

blind alley
blind as a bat
blind leading the blind
blind side
blind spot


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