Nearby words

  1. blimey,
  2. blimp,
  3. blimp out,
  4. blimpish,
  5. blin,
  6. blind alley,
  7. blind as a bat,
  8. blind blocking,
  9. blind carbon copy,
  10. blind casing

Idioms

    fly blind. fly1(def 34).

Origin of blind

before 1000; (adj.) Middle English blind, Old English; cognate with Gothic blinds, Old Norse blindr, German, Dutch blind (< Germanic *blindaz, perhaps akin to blend; original sense uncertain); (v.) Middle English blinden, derivative of the adj.

Related forms

Synonym study

1. Blind, stone-blind, purblind mean unable to see. Blind means unable to see with the physical eyes. Stone-blind emphasizes complete blindness. Purblind refers to weakened vision, literally or figuratively. 25. See curtain.

Regional variation note

27. See window shade.

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British Dictionary definitions for blindness
Derived Formsblindly, adverbblindness, noun

Word Origin for blind

Old English blind; related to Old Norse blindr, Old High German blint; Lettish blendu to see dimly; see blunder

usage

It is preferable to avoid using phrases such as the blind . Instead you should talk about blind and partially sighted people

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Word Origin and History for blindness
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Medicine definitions for blindness

blind

[ blīnd ]

adj.

Unable to see; without useful sight.
Having a maximal visual acuity of the better eye, after correction by refractive lenses, of one-tenth normal vision or less (20/200 or less on the Snellen test).
Of, relating to, or for sightless persons.
Closed at one end, as a tube or sac.
Related formsblindness n.


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Science definitions for blindness

blindness

[ blīndnĭs ]

A lack or impairment of vision in which maximal visual acuity after correction by refractive lenses is one-tenth normal vision or less in the better eye. Blindness can be genetic but is usually acquired as a result of injury, cataracts, or diseases such as glaucoma or diabetes. In Asia and Africa, trachoma is a common infectious cause of blindness.
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Idioms and Phrases with blindness

blind

In addition to the idioms beginning with blind

  • blind alley
  • blind as a bat
  • blind leading the blind
  • blind side
  • blind spot

also see:

  • fly blind
  • rob someone blind
  • turn a blind eye
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