Meaning of “blank” in the English Dictionary

"blank" in British English

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blankadjective

uk /blæŋk/ us /blæŋk/

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.

More examples

  • Press the return key twice to leave a blank line.
  • If you give me a blank tape I'll record it for you.
  • Just as the film was starting, the screen went blank.
  • She left that page in her diary blank.
  • At the end of the two-hour exam, he handed in a blank sheet of paper.

blanknoun [ C ]

uk /blæŋk/ us /blæŋk/

a space in a piece of writing or on a form, left empty for information to be added:

Fill in the blanks on 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 starting gun fires blanks.

(Definition of “blank” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"blank" in American English

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blankadjective

us /blæŋk/

having no printing, writing, or images:

I needed a blank form to fill in.
The computer screen suddenly went blank.

A blank expression on someone’s face shows no emotion.

blanknoun [ C ]

us /blæŋk/

a form that has spaces to write in, or a space on a form:

Just fill out the order blank and fax it to me.

A blank is also a cartridge (= container filled with explosive powder) that does not contain a bullet.

(Definition of “blank” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"blank" in Business English

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blankadjective

uk /blæŋk/ us

empty or clear, or containing no information or mark:

Sign your name in the blank space at the bottom of the form.
a blank sheet of paper
a blank CD/screen

blanknoun [ 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 on this form.

US a form with empty spaces to be written in:

Never sign any loan documents that contain blanks.

(Definition of “blank” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)