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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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BLANK, adjective

1. Void; empty; consequently white; as a blank paper.

2. White or pale; as the blank moon.

3. Pale from fear or terror; hence confused; confounded; dispirited; dejected.

Adam--astonished stood, and blank

4. Without rhyme; as blank verse, verse in which rhyme is wanting.

5. Pure; entire; complete.

6. Not containing balls or bullets; as blank cartridges.

This word is applied to various other objects, usually in the sense of destitution, emptiness; as a blank line; a blank space, in a book.etc.

BLANK, noun Any void space; a void space on paper, or in any written instrument.

1. A lot by which nothing is gained; a ticket in a lottery which draws no prize.

2. A paper unwritten; a paper without marks or characters.

3. A paper containing the substance of a legal instrument, as a deed, release, writ or execution, with vacant spaces left to be filled with names, date, descriptions. etc.

4. The point to which an arrow is directed, marked with white paper. [Little used.]

5. Aim; shot.

6. Object to which any thing is directed.

7. A small copper coin formerly current in France, at the rate of 5 deniers Tournois. There were also pieces of three blanks, and of six; but they are now become moneys of account.

BLANK-bar, in law, a common bar, or a plea in bar, which, in an action of trespass, is put in to oblige the plaintiff to assign the place where the trespass was committed.

Point-blank, in gunnery, the shot of a gun leveled horizontally. The distance between the piece, and the point where the shot first touches the ground, is called the point-blank range; the shot proceeding on a straight line, without curving.

BLANK, verb transitive To make void; to annul.

1. To deprive of color, the index of health and spirits; to damp the spirits; to dispirit or confuse; as, to blank the face of joy.