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.
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.
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How to use blind spot in a sentence
In any similar data pipeline, there is potential for these errors to compound, leading to blind spots — potentially large ones — in the final outcome.How We Found Pricey Provisions in New Jersey Police Contracts | by Agnes Chang, Jeff Kao and Agnel Philip, ProPublica, and Andrew Ford, Asbury Park Press | February 8, 2021 | ProPublica
On top of the inherent benefits that come with enjoying good art, immersing ourselves in stories from faraway lands can illuminate the blind spots in our own perspectives.The Best Result of the Streaming Boom? America Finally Loves Foreign-Language TV | Judy Berman | January 22, 2021 | Time
Spherical lenses have both vertical and horizontal curvatures that help widen your view and also minimizes blind spots.Best ski goggles: What to look for in a pair you’ll love | Eric Alt | January 20, 2021 | Popular-Science
When you change lanes, cameras also display live footage of the blind spot on the instrument panel—which has a large, digital-gauge cluster that looks like something from an Xbox game.
Anyone who represents two or more diverse classes becomes a blind spot.Better use of technology can help us close racial and gender gaps at work | matthewheimer | January 6, 2021 | Fortune
“It was clear that though Ed was this powerful character, he had a blind spot where women were concerned,” Kerzner said.Canada’s Subversive Sock Puppet: Ed the Sock Isn’t Afraid to Say Anything | Soraya Roberts | November 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And when it comes to holidays - see Will and Kate's latest trip to the Maldives - the young royals have a total blind spot.The British Royals Dubious Love Affair With Repressive Kazakhstan | Tom Sykes | March 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The thing that made me the most anxious, weirdly, was the interaction that Patrick had socially, where he had that blind spot on.‘Looking’ Star Jonathan Groff Talks About His Big Gay TV Show. (And Whether We Should Call It That.) | Kevin Fallon | January 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But when it comes to women, this pope, like past popes, has a blind spot.
Everybody knows what the blind spot is, and every psychology and physiology text-book talks about it.Criminal Psychology | Hans Gross
The size of the blind spot is large enough to cover in the heavens a plate which has twelve times the diameter of the moon.Criminal Psychology | Hans Gross
My fault—blind spot of apperception—human failure in engineering—as fifth columns entered nerve path filler spouts.The Brain | Alexander Blade
Meanwhile you are getting understandably impatient to explore that unknown realm of the blind spot.The Blind Spot | Austin Hall
It is an unfortunate case; but there is much to be learned in the circumstance that led the great doctor into the blind spot.The Blind Spot | Austin Hall
British Dictionary definitions for 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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Scientific definitions for 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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Cultural definitions for blind spot
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Other Idioms and Phrases with 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 replaced blind side, which survives mainly in the verb to blindside, meaning “to hit someone on an unguarded side” and “to deal an unexpected blow.” [Mid-1800s]
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