adjective, blank·er, blank·est.
verb (used with object)
- to fail in an attempt; be unsuccessful: We've drawn a blank in the investigation.
- to fail to comprehend or be unable to recollect: He asked me their phone number and I drew a blank.
Origin of blank
Related formsblank·ness, noun
Examples from the Web for blank
Tonn and Blank Construction An Indiana construction company.
In the case of Steven Eugene Washington, nothing more than a blank stare made him a target for police bullets.Worse Than Eric Garner: Cops Who Got Away With Killing Autistic Men and Little Girls|Emily Shire|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I was in front of him trying to talk him out of it but he was just looking at me with a blank stare on his face.
Listening to Creed is perhaps his way of saying, “Forget everything you think you know about music, and start with a blank slate.”Jenny Lewis on 'The Voyager,' the End of Rilo Kiley, and High School Classmate Angelina Jolie|Marlow Stern|August 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A young officer loaded the rifles of the 12-man firing squad each with a single bullet, one of them a blank.
We may even say that these fits of incapacity and blank despondency are part of the cost of all creative work.Adventures in Criticism|Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
In this passage it would seem that he could not make up his mind and left a blank accordingly.The Works of William Shakespeare [Cambridge Edition] [Vol. 7 of 9]|William Shakespeare
I suppose a blank or a dash rather fends a good many people off—because it always has that effect upon me.The Letters of Charles Dickens|Charles Dickens
Ah Fe, without removing his eyes from blank vacancy, saw that both Mrs. Tretherick and Carry were poorly dressed.Tales of the Argonauts|Bret Harte
It would seem as if the celestial army had been supplied with blank cartridges.A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century|Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
British Dictionary definitions for blank
- to choose a lottery ticket that fails to win
- to get no results from something
Derived Formsblankly, adverbblankness, noun
Word Origin for blank
Idioms and Phrases with blank
In addition to the idiom beginning with blank
- blank check
- draw a blank
- fill in (the blanks)