From Middle English blanket, blonket, from Old Northern French blanket, blankete, blanquette (Modern French blanchet), diminutive of blanc (“white”). More at blank. Apparently cognate to blunket, plunket.
blanket (plural blankets)
- A heavy, loosely woven fabric, usually large and woollen, used for warmth while sleeping or resting.
- The baby was cold, so his mother put a blanket over him.
- A layer of anything.
- The city woke under a thick blanket of fog.
- A thick rubber mat used in the offset printing process to transfer ink from the plate to the paper being printed.
- A press operator must carefully wash the blanket whenever changing a plate.
- A streak or layer of blubber in whales.
Terms derived from blanket (noun and adjective)
layer of anything
- General; covering or encompassing everything.
- 1994, Deborah Dash Moore, To the Golden Cities:
- Another observer offered a less blanket criticism.
- 2009, Gayle Letherby, Kate Williams, Philip Birch, Sex as Crime, page 57:
- Some others appear to be adopting a more blanket approach
- 2010, Jay Cassell, The Best Hunting Stories Ever Told, page 428:
- Disenchanted with socialism, they unleashed free enterprise (or tried to) and backed it up with a more-or-less blanket endorsement of the old ways.
- 2013, Eric Schopler, Gary B. Mesibov, (Please provide the book title or journal name), page 187:
- By contrast, any emotional or motivational explanation of autism would seem to predict too blanket a degree of social disinterest.
- 2017, Mary Kreiner Ramirez, Steven A. Ramirez, The Case for the Corporate Death Penalty (page 207)
- The second reason offered for blanket nonprosecutions for crimes committed at the megabanks involves the possibility that such prosecutions could harm the economy.
- 2021 October 15, “Stalin writes to four States CMs against blanket ban on firecrackers”, in The Hindu:
- Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on Friday wrote to his counterparts in Delhi, Haryana, Odisha and Rajasthan urging them to reconsider the blanket ban on sale of firecrackers in their respective States.
covering or encompassing everything
- (transitive) To cover with, or as if with, a blanket.
- c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene iii]:
- I'll […] blanket my loins.
- A fresh layer of snow blanketed the area.
- (transitive) To traverse or complete thoroughly.
- The salesman blanketed the entire neighborhood.
- (transitive) To toss in a blanket by way of punishment.
- We'll have our men blanket 'em i' the hall.
- (transitive) To take the wind out of the sails of (another vessel) by sailing to windward of it.
- (transitive) To nullify the impact of (someone or something).
- Of a radio signal: to override or block out another radio signal.
to traverse or complete
- form (document)