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[blang-ki-ting] /ˈblæŋ kɪ tɪŋ/
The blanketing was too warm.
Radio. the effect of a signal from a powerful transmitter that interferes with or prevents the reception of other signals.
Origin of blanketing
1570-80; blanket + -ing1


[blang-kit] /ˈblæŋ kɪt/
a large, rectangular piece of soft fabric, often with bound edges, used especially for warmth as a bed covering.
a similar piece of fabric used as a covering for a horse, dog, etc.
the chief garment traditionally worn by some American Indians.
any extended covering or layer:
a blanket of snow.
  1. (in a press for offset printing) the rubber-covered cylinder to which an inked impression is transferred from the plate for transfer directly to the paper.
  2. (in a press for letterpress printing) the resilient covering on the cylinder against which the paper is pressed in printing.
a thick roll or strip of material for thermal insulation.
verb (used with object)
to cover with or as with a blanket:
wild flowers blanketing the hillside.
to obscure or obstruct; interfere with; overpower (usually followed by out):
An electrical storm blanketed out the radio program.
to toss (someone) in a blanket, as in fraternity hazing.
Nautical. (of a vessel) to take wind from the sails of (another vessel) by passing closely to windward.
covering or intended to cover a large group or class of things, conditions, situations, etc.:
a blanket proposal; a blanket indictment.
born on the wrong side of the blanket, born out of wedlock.
1250-1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French, equivalent to blanc white (see blank) + -et -et
Related forms
blanketless, adjective
blanketlike, adjective
unblanketed, adjective
4. cover, coat, mantle, overlay, coating. Unabridged
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  • When a blanketing mist crawled down over the target again, one observer swore disgustedly and spoke down the telephone.

    Air Men o' War Boyd Cable
  • He was blanketing his horse, and Isabel had flown into the sitting-room.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • Batson Reeves was just blanketing his horse, for in his vigorous courtship forenoon calls figured regularly.

  • When we find Craven, we'll find the contraption that's blanketing Jupiter and its moons.

    Empire Clifford Donald Simak
  • A light rain had fallen during the night and a heavy, obliterating fog arose from the wet earth, blanketing hill and valley alike.

    Aces Up Covington Clarke
  • And there was a mound of blanketing above the actual place where the grenade might be.

    Space Platform Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for blanketing


a large piece of thick cloth for use as a bed covering, animal covering, etc, enabling a person or animal to retain natural body heat
a concealing cover or layer, as of smoke, leaves, or snow
a rubber or plastic sheet wrapped round a cylinder, used in offset printing to transfer the image from the plate, stone, or forme to the paper
(physics) a layer of a fertile substance placed round the core of a nuclear reactor as a reflector or absorber and often to breed new fissionable fuel
(modifier) applying to or covering a wide group or variety of people, conditions, situations, etc: blanket insurance against loss, injury, and theft
(informal) born on the wrong side of the blanket, illegitimate
verb (transitive)
to cover with or as if with a blanket; overlie
to cover a very wide area, as in a publicity campaign; give blanket coverage
(usually foll by out) to obscure or suppress: the storm blanketed out the TV picture
(nautical) to prevent wind from reaching the sails of (another sailing vessel) by passing to windward of it
Word Origin
C13: from Old French blancquete, from blanc; see blank
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Word Origin and History for blanketing



c.1300, "bed-clothing; white woolen stuff," from Old French blanchet "light wool or flannel cloth; an article made of this material," diminutive of blanc "white" (see blank (adj.), which had a secondary sense of "a white cloth." Wet blanket (1830) is from the notion of a person who throws a damper on social situations like a wet blanket smothers a fire. In U.S. history, a blanket Indian (1859) was one using the traditional garment instead of wearing Western dress.

Only 26,000 blanket Indians are left in the United States. ["Atlantic Monthly," March 1906]


c.1600, "to cover with or as with a blanket;" also "to toss in a blanket" (as punishment), from blanket (n.). Related: Blanketed; blanketing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for blanketing



  1. A pancake; hotcake (1950s+)
  2. A cigarette paper (1950s+)
  3. An overcoat •A shortening of blanket overcoat, which is attested in the early 1820s (1940s+)

Related Terms

beach blanket bingo, california blanket, security blanket, wet blanket

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