American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Anatomy The small, circular, optically insensitive region in the retina where fibers of the optic nerve emerge from the eyeball. It has no rods or cones. Also called optic disk.
- n. A part of an area that cannot be directly observed under existing circumstances.
- n. An area where radio reception is weak or nonexistent.
- n. A subject about which one is markedly ignorant or prejudiced: "Of course, all of us . . . have our crotchets and our blind spots. I abhor novels written in the present tense” ( Mordecai Richler).
- n. The place where the optic nerve attaches to the retina, and so where the retina cannot detect light.
- n. In driving, the part of the road that cannot be seen in the rear-view mirror.
- n. figuratively An inability to recognize a fact or think clearly about a certain topic, especially because of a prejudice.
- n. A location where radio reception and/or transmission is significantly poorer than in surrounding locations.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Anat.) the point in the retina of the eye where the optic nerve enters, and which is insensible to light.
- n. the point where the optic nerve enters the retina; not sensitive to light
- n. a subject about which you are ignorant or prejudiced and fail to exercise good judgment
“This punches a hole in the retina, a place where there are no light-receiving cones or rods, and in doing so produces a blind spot in the signal sent to the brain.”
“REPRESENTATIVE CAREY GRANT R: The president’s remarks are one more example of his blind spot when it comes to the Chinese.”
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