from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Devoid of writing, images, or marks: a blank page; a blank screen.
  • adj. Containing no information; unrecorded or erased: a blank tape; a blank diskette.
  • adj. Not completed or filled in: a blank questionnaire.
  • adj. Not having received final processing; unfinished: a blank key.
  • adj. Lacking expression; expressionless: "Although his gestures were elaborate, his face was blank” ( Nathanael West). See Synonyms at empty.
  • adj. Appearing or seeming to appear dazed or confused: greeted me with a blank stare.
  • adj. Devoid of thought or impression: a blank mind.
  • adj. Devoid of activity, interest, or distinctive character; empty: tried to fill the blank hours of the day.
  • adj. Absolute; complete: a blank refusal.
  • n. An empty space or place; a void: During the exam my mind was a blank.
  • n. An empty space on a document to be filled in.
  • n. A document with one or more such spaces.
  • n. A manufactured article of a standard shape or form that is ready for final processing, as by stamping or cutting: a key blank.
  • n. A blank cartridge.
  • n. Something worthless, such as a losing lottery ticket.
  • n. A mark, usually a dash (—), indicating the omission of a word or of a letter or letters.
  • n. The white circle in the center of a target; a bull's-eye.
  • transitive v. To remove, as from view; obliterate: "At times the strong glare of the sun blanked it from sight” ( Richard Wright).
  • transitive v. To block access to: blank off a subway tunnel.
  • transitive v. Sports To prevent (an opponent) from scoring.
  • transitive v. To punch or stamp from flat stock, especially with a die.
  • intransitive v. To become abstracted. Often used with out: My mind blanked out for a few seconds.
  • intransitive v. To fail to find or remember something: I blanked when asked the name of our mayor.
  • intransitive v. To fade away: The music gradually blanked out.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Without color; lacking characteristics which give variety.
  • adj. Free from writing, printing, or marks; having an empty space to be filled in; as, blank paper; a blank check; a blank ballot.
  • adj. Without expression.
  • n. A cartridge that is designed to simulate the noise and smoke of real gunfire without actually firing a projectile.
  • n. A void space on a paper.
  • n. A space to be filled in on a form or template.
  • n. A kind of base silver money, first coined in England by Henry V., and worth about 8 pence; also, a French coin of the seventeenth century, worth about 4 pence. Nares.
  • n. A piece of metal prepared to be made into something by a further operation, as a coin, screw, nuts.
  • n. A piece or division of a piece, without spots; as, the double blank"; the six blank." In blank, with an essential portion to be supplied by another; as, to make out a check in blank.
  • n. The space character; the character resulting from pressing the space-bar on a keyboard.
  • v. To make void; to erase.
  • v. To ignore.
  • v. To prevent from scoring, as in a sporting event.
  • v. To become blank.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of a white or pale color; without color.
  • adj. Free from writing, printing, or marks; having an empty space to be filled in with some special writing; -- said of checks, official documents, etc..
  • adj. Utterly confounded or discomfited.
  • adj. Empty; void; without result; fruitless.
  • adj. Lacking characteristics which give variety; ; destitute of interests, affections, hopes, etc.; ; destitute of sensations.
  • adj. Lacking animation and intelligence, or their associated characteristics, as expression of face, look, etc.; expressionless; vacant.
  • adj. Absolute; downright; unmixed.
  • n. Any void space; a void space on paper, or in any written instrument; an interval void of consciousness, action, result, etc; a void.
  • n. A lot by which nothing is gained; a ticket in a lottery on which no prize is indicated.
  • n. A paper unwritten; a paper without marks or characters a blank ballot; -- especially, a paper on which are to be inserted designated items of information, for which spaces are left vacant; a bland form.
  • n. A paper containing the substance of a legal instrument, as a deed, release, writ, or execution, with spaces left to be filled with names, date, descriptions, etc.
  • n. The point aimed at in a target, marked with a white spot; hence, the object to which anything is directed.
  • n. Aim; shot; range.
  • n. A kind of base silver money, first coined in England by Henry V., and worth about 8 pence; also, a French coin of the seventeenth century, worth about 4 pence.
  • n. A piece of metal prepared to be made into something by a further operation, as a coin, screw, nuts.
  • n. A piece or division of a piece, without spots
  • transitive v. To make void; to annul.
  • transitive v. To blanch; to make blank; to damp the spirits of; to dispirit or confuse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • White or pale: as, “the blanc moon,”
  • Pale from fear or terror; hence, dispirited; dejected; confounded; confused.
  • Empty or unoccupied; void; bare.
  • Specifically— Free from written or printed characters; not written upon: as, a blank book; blank paper; blank spaces.
  • Not filled up: applied to legal, banking, commercial, or other forms: as, a blank check or order; a blank ballot; a blank bond.
  • Of uniform surface; unrelieved or unbroken by ornament or opening: as, a blank wall.
  • Empty of results, of interest, etc.: as, a blank outlook for the future.
  • Without contents; especially, wanting some part necessary to completeness: as, blank cartridges, that is, cartridges containing powder but no ball.
  • Vacant in expression; exhibiting perplexity, real or feigned; nonplussed; disconcerted.
  • Complete; utter; unmitigated: as, “blank stupidity,”
  • Unrimed: applied to verse, particularly to the heroic verse of five feet without rime, such as that commonly adopted in English dramatic and epic poetry.
  • n. Any void space or vacant surface; a space from which something is absent or omitted; a void; a vacancy: as, a blank in one's memory; to leave blanks in writing.
  • n. A piece of paper prepared for some special use, but without writing or printed matter on it.
  • n. A form or document containing blank spaces; a document remaining incomplete till something essential is filled in.
  • n. In parliamentary usage, provisional words printed in italics in a bill, the final form of which is to be settled in committee.
  • n. A ticket in a lottery on which no prize is indicated; a lot by which nothing is gained.
  • n. In archery, the white mark in the center of a butt or target at which an arrow is aimed; hence (archaically), the object toward which anything is directed; aim; target.
  • n. Same as blanc
  • n. A small copper coin formerly current in France.
  • n. A piece of metal prepared to be formed into some finished object by a further operation: as, a blank for a file or a screw; specifically, in coining, a plate or piece of gold or silver, cut and shaped, but not stamped.
  • n. A blank verse.
  • n. A weight, equal to of a grain.
  • . To make blank; make white or pale; blanch.
  • . To confuse; put out of countenance; disconcert; nonplus.
  • . To frustrate; make void; bring to naught.
  • A common euphemistic substitute for damn, referring to the blank or dash which is commonly substituted in printing for that word when it is used as a profane expression.
  • To leave (a card) so that it must be played when the suit is led.
  • n. An opening in a forest where from any cause very few or no trees are growing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a piece of material ready to be made into something
  • v. keep the opposing (baseball) team from winning
  • n. a blank character used to separate successive words in writing or printing
  • adj. not charged with a bullet
  • adj. (of a surface) not written or printed on
  • n. a cartridge containing an explosive charge but no bullet
  • n. a blank gap or missing part
  • adj. void of expression


Middle English, white, having spaces to be filled in, from Old French blanc, white, of Germanic origin; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English blank, blonc, blaunc, blaunche, from Anglo-Norman blonc, blaunc, blaunche from Old French blanc, feminine blanche, from Frankish *blank (“gleaming, white, blinding”) from Proto-Germanic *blankaz (“white, bright, blinding”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhleg- (“to shine”). Akin to Old High German blanch ("shining, bright, white") (German blank), Old English blanc ("white, grey"), blanca ("white steed"), English blink, blind. See also blink, blind, and blanch. (Wiktionary)


  • Catherine kept her expression blank as Miss Almay shot her and Theresa a scathing look.

    The Book Of Spells

  • Instead she kept her expression blank and led Piper and Leo through the bar to a darkened hallway in the back.

    The Queen’s Curse

  • For a quick psychic shield, simply lower your eyelids, put a vague smile on your face, and repeat the word blank in your mind or draw circles around your head with your dominant index finger to balance your thoughts and protect you.

    Where To Park Your Broomstick

  • Keeping my expression blank, I said, Xerxadrea was a friend.

    Arcane Circle

  • “Orphans,” he mused, struggling to keep his expression blank.

    Fire The Sky

  • He stared at Gary, his expression blank, shoulders slumped.


  • The old man turned his head, stared at Gary, his expression blank, shoulders slumped.


  • I don't particularly care for the camo rod unless the blank is actually worth the price.

    Camo Rods?

  • I propped my hands on my knees, stiffening my arms, my expression blank, waiting for the balloon of anger in my chest to pass.

    The Glass Rainbow

  • But he stares out over my shoulder at the skyline, his expression blank, seemingly disinterested in whether I choose to go with him or not.

    A Hidden Affair


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  • As a verb (or gerund) in North American sports reporting, to deny points to, to keep a clean sheet:

    "It was the 30-year-old's 27th career blanking" - Vancouver Sun, 1-10-08

    January 11, 2008