from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A gun cartridge with a charge of powder but no bullet.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. a cartridge containing no ball.
- n. a cartridge without a projectile.
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Some one fired off a blank cartridge close to him, and blew the wad into his fore-arm.