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English definition of “blank”

blank

adjective uk   /blæŋk/ us  

blank adjective (EMPTY)

B1 empty or clear, or containing no information or mark: a blank sheet of paper a blank computer screen Sign your name in the blank space at the bottom of the form.

blank adjective (NOT REACTING)

C2 showing no understanding or no emotion in the expression on your face: a blank stare/expression
blankly
adverb uk   /ˈblæŋk.li/ us  
He just stared blankly at me.

blank

noun [C] uk   /blæŋk/ us  
a space in a piece of writing or on a form, left empty for information to be added: Fill in the blanks in this form. something not yet drawn or finished, such as a key not yet cut into a finished shape (also blank cartridge) a small tube containing explosive but no bullet, used in a gun in order to make a loud noise without causing harm: The starter's pistol fires blanks.
(Definition of blank from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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