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  • n. The characteristic of being blank.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being blank.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being blank.

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

  • n. the state of being blank; void; emptiness


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  • Johnny is a lost soul whose blankness translates as depth on a movie screen, apparently.

    Marshall Fine: Movie Review: Somewhere

  • Their blankness is a screen on which he projects his own ideas.

    September 2005

  • That blankness is part of the package being hawked so aggressively.

    Cult of Personality |

  • In another sequence, an African-American dancer's monologue says she wants "blankness" - but only after her character has gone into histrionics when another dancer claims she can take on the racial appearance of the people she's around.

    Independent Weekly: All Recent Stories

  • I couldn't decide whether the 'blankness' of the Matt Damon character was deliberate or a deficiency in the script/acting.

    Reviews Too Late: The Good Shepherd

  • The result of Cameron's experiments, for the patients, was often considerable loss of short term and even long term memory and a subsequent lifelong feeling of "blankness" on the part of the patients

    Jane Smiley: The Shock Doctrine

  • The reality of his feeling reference to the painful position of the defendant's father, the sincerity of his regret on behalf of the bank, for the deplorable exigency under which proceedings had been instituted, spread a kind of blankness through the court; men frowned thoughtfully, and one or two ladies shed furtive tears.

    The Imperialist

  • There was always a kind of blankness in their faces.

    Died in the Wool

  • She stopped short, and a kind of blankness came into her eyes.

    Vintage Murder

  • Again and again he told himself that it was fancy that made him see in the faces of these people -- people, it must be remembered, who were not commonplace, but rather enthusiasts for their cause, since they preferred exile to a life under the Christian system -- that made him see a kind of blankness and heaviness corresponding to that which the aspect of their street presented.

    Dawn of All


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