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blind spot

Anatomy. a small area on the retina that is insensitive to light due to the interruption, where the optic nerve joins the retina, of the normal pattern of light-sensitive rods and cones.
an area or subject about which one is uninformed, prejudiced, or unappreciative:
I confess that operettas are my blind spot.
dead spot (def 1).
Also called dead spot. any part of an auditorium, arena, or the like, in which a person is unable to see or hear satisfactorily.
an area to the side and slightly behind a driver's field of vision that is not reflected in the vehicle's rearview mirror.
Origin of blind spot
First recorded in 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They might have gotten around me someway by sneaking up on a blind spot.

    In Case of Fire Gordon Randall Garrett
  • In execution we all have a blind spot in some part of our eye.

  • The finding of the blind spot is an interesting little experiment.

    How it Works Archibald Williams
  • The mere glimpse of the Rhamda had brought us both back to the blind spot.

    The Blind Spot Austin Hall
  • Jerome followed the professor and the Rhamda to the house of the blind spot, as he calls it.

    The Blind Spot Austin Hall
  • Somewhere in that lustre lies a great secret; it controls the blind spot.

    The Blind Spot Austin Hall
  • A few minutes later we were before the House of the blind spot.

    The Blind Spot Austin Hall
British Dictionary definitions for blind spot

blind spot

a small oval-shaped area of the retina in which vision is not experienced. It marks the nonphotosensitive site of entrance into the eyeball of the optic nerve See optic disc
a place or area, as in an auditorium or part of a road, where vision is completely or partially obscured or hearing is difficult or impossible
a subject about which a person is ignorant or prejudiced, or an occupation in which he or she is inefficient
a location within the normal range of a radio transmitter with weak reception
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Word Origin and History for blind spot

1864, "spot within one's range of vision where yet one cannot see." Of flaws in the eye, from 1872; figurative sense in use by 1907.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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blind spot in Medicine

blind spot n.

  1. See optic disk.

  2. The area of blindness in the visual field corresponding to the optic disk. Also called physiologic scotoma, punctum cecum.

  3. An area or facet of one's personality of which one remains ignorant or fails to gain understanding. Also called mental scotoma, scotoma.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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blind spot in Science
blind spot
The small region of the retina where fibers of the optic nerve emerge from the eyeball. The blind spot has no rods or cones, so no light or visual image can be transmitted.
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blind spot in Culture

blind spot definition

A small region in the visual field (the area scanned by the eye) that cannot be seen. The blind spot corresponds to an area in the eye where the optic nerve enters the retina.

Note: In a general sense, the term is used to refer to an inability to see things that might be obvious to another observer: “He has a blind spot as far as his daughter's behavior is concerned.”
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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Idioms and Phrases with blind spot

blind spot

Subject about which one is ignorant or biased. For example, The boss has a blind spot about Henry; he wouldn't fire him for anything, or Dad has a blind spot about opera; he can't see anything good about it. This term uses blind in the sense of “covered or hidden from sight.” It has two literal meanings: an insensitive part of the retina and an area outside one's field of vision. The phrase has largely replacedblind side, which survives mainly in the verbto blindside, meaning “to hit someone on an unguarded side” and “to deal an unexpected blow.” [ Mid-1800s ]
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