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ABOUT THIS WORD
What does blind mean?
Blind is most commonly used to describe a person who is unable to see. It can describe someone who has severe vision impairment or no vision at all.
Some people who cannot see may prefer to be described or referred to with terms other than blind. As with all forms of disabilities, it is always best to use the language that the person prefers.
The term the blind is sometimes used to collectively refer to people who are blind, such as in the names of organizations like the National Federation of the Blind. However, some people object to such collective uses, which are sometimes thought to prevent people from being viewed as individuals (in contrast with person-first language, such as people who are blind).
Blind is sometimes used in figurative ways, especially as an adjective meaning unable or unwilling to accept or perceive something, as in Don’t be blind to the risks. It is also sometimes used to describe something that is not based on logic, as in blind faith. Such figurative uses can be considered a form of ableism due to likening negative characteristics to a physical disability.
As a verb, blind can be used in a literal way meaning to temporarily or permanently take away someone’s ability to see, as in I was blinded by the sun or The accident blinded him.
As a noun, blind can refer to a number of objects that obstruct vision or light in some way, most commonly window coverings that can be closed to darken a room (typically referred to with the plural form blinds).
Example: As a blind person, I want people to remember that just because I can’t see doesn’t mean I’m incapable of living a full life.
Where does blind come from?
The first records of the word blind come from before 1000. It’s an Old English word that’s related to the Old Norse blindr and the Lettish blendu, meaning “to see dimly.”
Blind is a very common word that’s used in a number of terms and idioms, such as blindside, blind spot, and blind as a bat, among many others. Some of these expressions, such as blind leading the blind, can be considered ableist for associating a lack of awareness or capability with people who have a visual disability.
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Some people who cannot see prefer to be described in other ways, but blind is the most widely used term.
Listening to the latest @MillennialShow and just want to add that the increased @Uber and @Lyft prices will have a huge impact on people with disabilities or those who can't drive. As a blind person I'll be back to a place where I'm spending 2 hours on a bus to go 4 miles.
— Karen Anderson (@kea_anderson) June 17, 2021
As of today (23rd of June), all Dutch government corporations must comply with accessibility requirements by law. This would provide online access to resources from the government for people who are Blind, Visually impaired, or deaf. A big step in making the world more accessible
— Hable One (@iamhable) June 23, 2021
One of my favorite apps on my phone is @BeMyEyes which connects people who are blind or who have low vision with people who are sighted for visual assistance – like help with reading a label or identifying something.
The calls are usually brief but they seem very helpful to…
— Dr. Oni Blackstock (@oni_blackstock) June 18, 2021
How to use blind in a sentence
So, it’s definitely like the blind person figuring out where the stove is in the room.What if Your Company Had No Rules? (Bonus Episode)|Maria Konnikova|September 12, 2020|Freakonomics
Digging further into the data reveals only larger blind spots.Despite some gains in the past year, Hollywood still has inclusion problems, study says|radmarya|September 10, 2020|Fortune
I was so blinded by how beautiful they were, how great bedtime was.Tan France Goes Deep on Racism and When He Almost Quit ‘Queer Eye’|Eugene Robinson|September 3, 2020|Ozy
When Walter became blind and hard of hearing, Margaret helped him in the voting booth.Hundreds of Thousands of Nursing Home Residents May Not Be Able to Vote in November Because of the Pandemic|by Ryan McCarthy and Jack Gillum|August 26, 2020|ProPublica
Carefully crafted engagement cannot come from buying generic, context-blind ad exposures to consumers that simply “check the box” for a given sociodemographic or online behavior.Multicultural audiences are making nuanced media choices|Vevo|August 25, 2020|Digiday
The numbers reinforce another article in the Post, in which cops confessed to “turning a blind eye” to minor crimes.
And in this era of impact-blind, across-the-board budget cuts, we see an opportunity.
What designer West lacks in productivity, he more than makes up for in pure, unadulterated confidence and blind anger.Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s Balmain Campaign: High Fashion Meets Low Culture|Amy Zimmerman|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sandra Bullock won for ‘The Blind Side’ and Al Pacino lost for both Godfather movies.Exclusive: Aaron Sorkin Thinks Male Film Roles Have Bigger ‘Degree of Difficulty’ Than Female Ones|William Boot|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Strandf could photograph anything from a blind woman to a picket fence and make the image indelible.
On May 13 Polavieja arrived in Barcelona physically broken, half blind, and with evident traces of a disordered liver.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
The blind Samson of labor will seize upon the pillars of society and bring them down in a common destruction.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
I do not wholly like these cold and stately English, yet I think I am not blind to their many sterling qualities.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
And in that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book, and out of darkness and obscurity the eyes of the blind shall see.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
It is a blind act of unconscious absorption, however little be absorbed.Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
British Dictionary definitions for blind
- unable to see; sightless
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the blind
Derived forms of blindblindly, adverbblindness, noun
Word Origin for blind
usage for blind
Medical definitions for blind
Other words from blindblind′ness n.
Other Idioms and Phrases with blind
In addition to the idioms beginning with blind
- blind alley
- blind as a bat
- blind leading the blind
- blind side
- blind spot
- fly blind
- rob someone blind
- turn a blind eye