What does blind mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. blindnoun

    people who have severe visual impairments, considered as a group

    "he spent hours reading to the blind"

  2. blindnoun

    a hiding place sometimes used by hunters (especially duck hunters)

    "he waited impatiently in the blind"

  3. blind, screennoun

    a protective covering that keeps things out or hinders sight

    "they had just moved in and had not put up blinds yet"

  4. subterfuge, blindadjective

    something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity

    "he wasn't sick--it was just a subterfuge"; "the holding company was just a blind"

  5. blind, unsightedadjective

    unable to see

    "a person is blind to the extent that he must devise alternative techniques to do efficiently those things he would do with sight if he had normal vision"--Kenneth Jernigan

  6. blindadjective

    unable or unwilling to perceive or understand

    "blind to a lover's faults"; "blind to the consequences of their actions"

  7. blind, unreasoningverb

    not based on reason or evidence

    "blind hatred"; "blind faith"; "unreasoning panic"

  8. blindverb

    render unable to see

  9. blindverb

    make blind by putting the eyes out

    "The criminals were punished and blinded"

  10. blind, dimverb

    make dim by comparison or conceal


  1. blindnoun

    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.

  2. blindnoun

    Any device intended to conceal or hide; as, a duck blind.

  3. blindnoun

    An 1800s baseball term meaning no score.

  4. blindnoun

    A forced bet.

  5. blindnoun

    A player who is or was forced to make a bet.

  6. blindverb

    To make temporarily or permanently blind.

  7. blindadverb

    Without seeing; unseeingly.

  8. blindadverb

    Without looking at the cards dealt.

  9. blindadjective

    Unable to see, due to physiological or neurological factors.

  10. blindadjective

    Unable to being used to see, due to physiological or neurological factors.

  11. blindadjective

    Failing to see, acknowledge, perceive.

    The lovers were blind to each other's faults.

  12. blindadjective

    Of a place, having little or no visibility; as, a blind corner.

  13. blindadjective

    Closed at one end; having a dead end; as, a blind hole, a blind alley.

  14. blindadjective

    Without opening; as, a blind wall.

  15. blindadjective

    smallest or slightest in phrases such as

  16. blindadjective

    without any prior knowledge.

    He took a blind guess at which fork in the road would take him to the airport.

  17. blindadjective

    unconditional; without regard to evidence, logic, reality, accidental mistakes, extenuating circumstances, etc.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BLINDadjective

    Etymology: blind, Saxon.

    The blind man that governs his steps by feeling, in defect of eyes, receives advertisement of remote things through a staff. Kenelm Digby, on the Soul.

    Those other two equall’d with me in fate,
    So were I equall’d with them in renown!
    Blind Thamyris, and blind Mæonides;
    And Tiresias, and Phineus, prophets old. Par. Lost, b. iii.

    All authors to their own defects are blind;
    Hadst thou, but Janus like, a face behind,
    To see the people, what splay mouths they make;
    To mark their fingers, pointed at thy back. John Dryden, Pers.

    Blind of the future, and by rage misled,
    He pulls his crimes upon his people’s head. John Dryden, Fab.

    To grievous and scandalous inconveniencies they make themselves subject, with whom any blind or secret corner is judged a fit house of common prayer. Richard Hooker, b. v. § 25.

    There be also blind fires under stone, which flame not out; but oil being poured upon them, they flame out. Francis Bacon.

    Where else
    Shall I inform my unacquainted feet
    In the blind mazes of this tangl’d wood? John Milton.

    How have we wander’d a long dismal night,
    Led through blind paths by each deluding light. Wentworth Dillon.

    Part creeping underground, their journey blind,
    And climbing from below, their fellows meet. Dryden.

    So mariners mistake the promis’d gust,
    And, with full sails, on the blind rocks are lost. Dryden.

    A postern door, yet unobserv’d and free,
    Join’d by the length of a blind gallery,
    To the king’s closet bed. John Dryden, Æneid.

  2. Blindnoun

    Hardly any thing in our conversation is pure and genuine; civility casts a blind over the duty, under some customary words. Roger L'Estrange.

    These discourses set an opposition between his commands and decrees; making the one a blind for the execution of the other. Decay of Piety.

  3. To Blindverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    You nimble lightnings, dart your blinding flames
    Into her scornful eyes! William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Of whose hand have I received any bribe to blind mine eyes therewith? and I will restore it. 1 Sam. xii. 3.

    A blind guide is certainly a great mischief; but a guide that blinds those whom he should lead, is undoubtedly a much greater. South.

    So whirl the seas, such darkness blinds the sky,
    That the black night receives a deeper dye. John Dryden, Fab.

    The state of the controversy between us he endeavoured, with all his art, to blind and confound. Edward Stillingfleet.


  1. Blind

    "When a Blind Man Cries" is a song by British rock band Deep Purple, originally only available as the B-side of the single "Never Before", released in 1972. It was recorded during the Machine Head sessions in December 1971. According to Ian Gillan, "It's just an example, for example, if you think of the phrase 'if a blind man cries' then it's pretty sad, those who are disadvantaged tend to be less complaining than those who are able-bodied".


  1. blind

    Blind refers to the complete or partial inability to see due to physiological or neurological factors. This condition can be congenital or acquired over time due to certain diseases or injuries. It can also be metaphorically used to describe unawareness or the lack of knowledge about something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Blindadjective

    destitute of the sense of seeing, either by natural defect or by deprivation; without sight

  2. Blindadjective

    not having the faculty of discernment; destitute of intellectual light; unable or unwilling to understand or judge; as, authors are blind to their own defects

  3. Blindadjective

    undiscerning; undiscriminating; inconsiderate

  4. Blindadjective

    having such a state or condition as a thing would have to a person who is blind; not well marked or easily discernible; hidden; unseen; concealed; as, a blind path; a blind ditch

  5. Blindadjective

    involved; intricate; not easily followed or traced

  6. Blindadjective

    having no openings for light or passage; as, a blind wall; open only at one end; as, a blind alley; a blind gut

  7. Blindadjective

    unintelligible, or not easily intelligible; as, a blind passage in a book; illegible; as, blind writing

  8. Blindadjective

    abortive; failing to produce flowers or fruit; as, blind buds; blind flowers

  9. Blindverb

    to make blind; to deprive of sight or discernment

  10. Blindverb

    to deprive partially of vision; to make vision difficult for and painful to; to dazzle

  11. Blindverb

    to darken; to obscure to the eye or understanding; to conceal; to deceive

  12. Blindverb

    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

  13. Blindnoun

    something to hinder sight or keep out light; a screen; a cover; esp. a hinged screen or shutter for a window; a blinder for a horse

  14. Blindnoun

    something to mislead the eye or the understanding, or to conceal some covert deed or design; a subterfuge

  15. Blindnoun

    a blindage. See Blindage

  16. Blindnoun

    a halting place

  17. Blindnoun

    alt. of Blinde


  1. Blind

    "Blind" is a song written and recorded by American nu metal band Korn for their self-titled debut album. It was released as the album's first single in August 1994.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Blind

    blīnd, adj. without sight: dark: ignorant or undiscerning: without an opening.—n. something to mislead: a window-screen: a shade.—v.t. to make blind; to darken, obscure, or deceive; to dazzle.—pa.p. blīnd′ed; pr.p. blīnd′ing.—ns. Blind′age (mil.) a temporary wooden screen faced with earth as a protection against splinters of shell and the like; Blind′-coal, non-bituminous coal.—adj. Blind′ed, deprived of sight: without intellectual discernment.—n. Blind′er, one who or that which blinds; (pl.) a horse's blinkers.—adj. Blind′fold, having the eyes bandaged, so as not to see: thoughtless: reckless.—v.t. to cover the eyes: to mislead.—adj. Blind′ing, tending to make blind.—pr.p. making blind.—adv. Blind′ly.—ns. Blind′ness, want of sight, ignorance, folly; Blind′-side, the side on which a person is blind to danger: weak point; Blind′worm, a small reptile, like a snake, having eyes so small as to be supposed blind.—Blind-man's buff, a game in which one of the party is blindfolded and tries to catch the others. [A.S. blind; Ice. blindr.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. blind

    A name on the west coast of Scotland for the pogge, or miller's thumb (Cottus cataphractus).

  2. blind

    Everything that covers besiegers from the enemy. (See ORILLON.)


  1. Blind

    without eyes: applied also to an ocellate spot without a pupil.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BLIND

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Blind is ranked #28552 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Blind surname appeared 835 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Blind.

    94.3% or 788 total occurrences were White.
    2% or 17 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 15 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.8% or 7 total occurrences were Black.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'blind' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3891

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'blind' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2306

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'blind' in Adjectives Frequency: #485

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of blind in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of blind in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of blind in a Sentence

  1. Sandra Bullock:

    The Blind Side, real beauty is quiet. Especially in this town, it's just so hard not to say, 'Oh, I need to look like that.

  2. Adam Andrzejewski:

    In an ironic vignette, at a healthcare facility dedicated to serving blind veterans—the new Palo Alto Polytrauma and Blind Rehabilitation Center—the agency wasted $670,000 on two sculptures no blind veteran can even see, the ‘Helmick Sculpture’ cost $385,000 (2014) and a parking garage exterior wall faade by King Ray Studio for the ‘design, fabrication, and installation of the public artwork’ cost $285,000 (2014).

  3. Xiong Qingzhen:

    We must conduct double blind tests with large enough samples -- and they have to be chosen completely randomly.

  4. The Hitopadesa:

    Learning dissipates many doubts, and causes things otherwise invisible to be seen, and is the eye of everyone who is not absolutely blind.

  5. Proverb:

    When the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

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    not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy; impenetrable to sight
    A greedy
    B blistering
    C opaque
    D occasional

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