blind

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Old English blind, from Proto-Germanic *blindaz. Akin to German blind, Old High German blint.

AdjectiveEdit

blind (comparative blinder, superlative blindest)

  1. (not comparable, of a person or animal) Unable to see, due to physiological or neurological factors.
    • Shakespeare
      He that is strucken blind cannot forget / The precious treasure of his eyesight lost.
    • 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island,
      He was plainly blind, for he tapped before him with a stick, and wore a great green shade over his eyes and nose...
  2. (not comparable, of an eye) Unable to be used to see, due to physiological or neurological factors.
  3. (comparable) Failing to see, acknowledge, perceive.
    The lovers were blind to each other's faults.
    Authors are blind to their own defects.
  4. (not comparable) Of a place, having little or no visibility.
    a blind path; a blind ditch; a blind corner
    • Milton
      the blind mazes of this tangled wood
  5. (not comparable) Closed at one end; having a dead end; as, a blind hole, a blind alley.
  6. (not comparable) Having no openings for light or passage.
    a blind wall, open only at one end; a blind alley; a blind gut
  7. smallest or slightest in phrases such as
    I shouted, but he didn't take a blind bit of notice.
    We pulled and pulled, but it didn't make a blind bit of difference.
  8. (not comparable) without any prior knowledge.
    He took a blind guess at which fork in the road would take him to the airport.
  9. (not comparable) unconditional; without regard to evidence, logic, reality, accidental mistakes, extenuating circumstances, etc.
    blind deference
    blind punishment
    • Jay
      This plan is recommended neither to blind approbation nor to blind reprobation.
  10. Unintelligible or illegible.
    a blind passage in a book; blind writing
  11. (horticulture) Abortive; failing to produce flowers or fruit.
    blind buds; blind flowers

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NounEdit

blind (plural blinds)

  1. A covering for a window to keep out light. The covering may be made of cloth or of narrow slats that can block light or allow it to pass.
    • 1956, Delano Ames, chapter 12, Crime out of Mind[1]:
      Light filtered in through the blinds of the french windows. It made tremulous stripes along the scrubbed pine floor.
  2. A destination sign mounted on a public transport vehicle displaying the route destination, number, name and/or via points, etc.
  3. Any device intended to conceal or hide.
    a duck blind
  4. Something to mislead the eye or the understanding, or to conceal some covert deed or design; a subterfuge.
  5. (military) A blindage.
  6. A halting place.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)
  7. (baseball, slang, 1800s) No score.
  8. (poker) A forced bet.
  9. (poker) A player who is or was forced to make a bet.

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  • (destination sign): rollsign (mainly US)

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blind (third-person singular simple present blinds, present participle blinding, simple past and past participle blinded)

  1. (transitive) To make temporarily or permanently blind.
    The light was so bright that for a moment he was blinded.
    Don't wave that pencil in my face - do you want to blind me?
    • South
      A blind guide is certainly a great mischief; but a guide that blinds those whom he should lead is [] a much greater.
  2. (slang, obsolete) To curse.
    • 1890, Rudyard Kipling, The Young British Soldier
      If you're cast for fatigue by a sergeant unkind,
      Don't grouse like a woman, nor crack on, nor blind;
      Be handy and civil, and then you will find
      That it's beer for the young British soldier.
  3. To darken; to obscure to the eye or understanding; to conceal.
    • Dryden
      Such darkness blinds the sky.
    • Stillingfleet
      The state of the controversy between us he endeavored, with all his art, to blind and confound.
  4. To cover with a thin coating of sand and fine gravel; as a road newly paved, in order that the joints between the stones may be filled.

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blind (comparative more blind, superlative most blind)

  1. Without seeing; unseeingly.
  2. (poker, three card brag) Without looking at the cards dealt.

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DanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse blindr, from Proto-Germanic *blindaz.

AdjectiveEdit

blind c (neuter blindt, plural and definite blinde, comparative mere blind, superlative mest blind)

  1. blind

DutchEdit

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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle Dutch blint, from Old Dutch *blind, from Proto-Germanic *blindaz.

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blind (comparative blinder, superlative blindst)

  1. blind (unable to see)
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Etymology 2Edit

From blinden.

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NounEdit

blind n (plural blinden, diminutive blindje n)

  1. window shutter
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GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

Old High German blint, from Proto-Germanic *blindaz.

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blind (comparative blinder, superlative am blindesten)

  1. blind
  2. (of a mirror or windowpane) cloudy
    • 1918, Elisabeth von Heyking, Die Orgelpfeifen, in: Zwei Erzählungen, Phillipp Reclam jun. Verlag, page 9:
      So dunkel und schauerlich die Gruft aussah, wenn man durch die blinden, bestaubten Scheibchen der kleinen Fenster hineinblickte, so hell und freundlich war oben die Kirche.
      Just as dark and eerie the crypt looked like, if one looked in it through the cloudy, dusted little panes of the small windows, as bright and friendly was the church above.

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Low GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

Cognate to Dutch blind, German blind.

AdjectiveEdit

blind (comparative blinner, superlative blinnst)

  1. blind

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Norwegian BokmålEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse blindr, from Proto-Germanic *blindaz.

AdjectiveEdit

blind m, f (neuter blindt, plural blinde)

  1. blind

Norwegian NynorskEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse blindr, from Proto-Germanic *blindaz.

AdjectiveEdit

blind m, f (neuter blindt, plural blinde)

  1. blind

Old SaxonEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *blindaz.

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blind

  1. blind

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SwedishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse blindr, from Proto-Germanic *blindaz.

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blind

  1. blind; unable or failing to see

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Derived termsEdit

  • blindgång
  • blindgångare
  • blindbock
  • blindstyre
  • färgblind
Last modified on 13 April 2014, at 18:46