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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Blank
  1. Of a white or pale color; without color."To the blank moon Her office they prescribed." [Milton.]
  2. Free from writing, printing, or marks; having an empty space to be filled in with some special writing; -- said of checks, official documents, etc.; as, blank paper; a blank check; a blank ballot.
  3. Utterly confounded or discomfited."Adam . . . astonied stood, and blank." [Milton.]
  4. Empty; void; without result; fruitless; as, a blank space; a blank day.
  5. Lacking characteristics which give variety; as, a blank desert; a blank wall; destitute of interests, affections, hopes, etc.; as, to live a blank existence; destitute of sensations; as, blank unconsciousness.
  6. Lacking animation and intelligence, or their associated characteristics, as expression of face, look, etc.; expressionless; vacant." Blankand horror-stricken faces." [C. Kingsley.]"The blank . . . glance of a half returned consciousness." [G. Eliot.]
  7. Absolute; downright; unmixed; as, blank terror.

Etymology: OE. blank blonc blaunc blaunche, fr. F. blanc, fem. blanche, fr. OHG. blanch shining, bright, white, G. blank; akin to E. blink, cf. also AS. blanc white. �98. See Blink, and cf. 1st Blanch

noun Blank
  1. Any void space; a void space on paper, or in any written instrument; an interval void of consciousness, action, result, etc; a void."I can not write a paper full, I used to do; and yet I will not forgive a blank of half an inch from you." [Swift.]"From this time there ensues a long blank in the history of French legislation." [Hallam.]"I was ill. I can't tell how long -- it was a blank." [G. Eliot.]
  2. A lot by which nothing is gained; a ticket in a lottery on which no prize is indicated."In Fortune's lottery lies A heap of blanks, like this, for one small prize." [Dryden.]
  3. 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."The freemen signified their approbation by an inscribed vote, and their dissent by a blank." [Palfrey.]
  4. 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.
  5. The point aimed at in a target, marked with a white spot; hence, the object to which anything is directed."Let me still remain The true blank of thine eye." [Shak.]
  6. Aim; shot; range.(Obs)"I have stood . . . within the blank of his displeasure For my free speech." [Shak.]
  7. 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.
  8. [Mech] A piece of metal prepared to be made into something by a further operation, as a coin, screw, nuts.
  9. [Dominoes] A piece or division of a piece, without spots; as, the “double blank”; the “six blank.”
verb Blank
  1. To make void; to annul.(Obs)
  2. To blanch; to make blank; to damp the spirits of; to dispirit or confuse.(Obs)"Each opposite that blanks the face of joy." [Shak.]

Etymology: Cf. 3d Blanch

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A cartridge containing an explosive charge but no bullet
  2. A piece of material ready to be made into something
  3. A blank gap or missing part
  4. A blank character used to separate successive words in writing or printing
  5. Keep the opposing (baseball) team from winning
  6. Complete and absolute ("blank stupidity")
  7. (of a surface) not written or printed on ("blank pages" and "fill in the blank spaces")
  8. Not charged with a bullet ("a blank cartridge")
  9. Without comprehension ("When I called her name, she gave me a blank look, as though she didn't know me")

From 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 *bʰleyǵ- (“to shine”). Akin to Old High German blanch (“shining, bright, white”) (German blank), Old English blanc (“white, grey”), blanca (“white steed”). More at blink, blind, blanch.

  1. A cartridge that is designed to simulate the noise and smoke of real gunfire without actually firing a projectile.
  2. An physical empty space; a void, for example on a paper
  3. An empty space in one's memory; a forgotten item or memory
  4. A space to be filled in on a form or template.
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  5. A paper without marks or characters, or with space left for writing; a ballot, form, contract, etc. that has not yet been filled in.
  6. A lot by which nothing is gained; a ticket in a lottery on which no prize is indicated.
  7. (archaic, historical) A kind of base silver money, first coined in England by Henry V., and worth about 8 pence
  8. (archaic, historical) a French coin of the seventeenth century, worth about 4 pence.
  9. (engineering) A piece of metal prepared to be made into something by a further operation, such as a coin, screw, nuts.
  10. (dominoes) A domino without spots
    the double
    the six
  11. The space character; the character resulting from pressing the space-bar on a keyboard.
  12. The point aimed at in a target, marked with a white spot
  13. (figuratively) The object to which anything is directed or aimed.
  14. Aim; shot; range.
  15. (chemistry) A sample for a control experiment that does not contain any of the analyte of interest, in order to deliberately produce a non-detection to verify that a detection is distinguishable from it.

blank was also found in the following language(s): Afrikaans, Dalmatian, Danish, Dutch, German, Norwegian Nynorsk, Plautdietsch, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Blank

Blank Pages was a political analyst, linguist, and historian. Blank was born on July 11th, 1914 in Rybnik, Poland. He left this life on May 21st, 2001.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Blank

Mel Blanc was a voice actor, actor, and voice acting. He was most prominent from 1927 to 1989. Mel was given the name Melvin Jerome Blank on May 30th, 1908. He died on July 10th, 1989.


Arthur Blank is a the home depot, entrepreneurship, atlanta falcons, ownership, businessperson, home depotco-founder, atlanta falconsowner, and businessman. Arthur was born on September 27th, 1942 in Sunnyside, Queens.


Steve Blank is an author, entrepreneur, entrepreneurship, and authorandentrepreneur. Steve was born in 1953 in Lower East Side.


Boris Blank is an electronic music musician, conceptual artist, and conceptual art. Boris was born on January 15th, 1952 in Zürich.


Rebecca Blank is a Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, United States Secretary of Commerce, United States Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs, List of presidents, and chancellors of the University of Wisconsin–Madis. Rebecca was born on September 19th, 1955 in Columbia, Missouri.


Les Blank was a documentary filmmaker and documentary film. Les was born on November 27th, 1935 in Tampa, Florida. He left this life on April 7th, 2013.


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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Blank U.S.
  White 94.72% 64.26%
  African American 1.24% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.60% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.34% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.98% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.12% 16.26%

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People with the last name Blank are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Blank

  • How Popular is the name Blank? As a last name Blank was the 2,765th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Blank first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Blank is Monday, July 16th, 1900.
  • How unique is the name Blank? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Blank. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Blank: Your name in reverse order is Knalb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Knbla. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Blank? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 13,050 people with the last name Blank.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Blank? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Blank as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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