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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dim-sighted, near-blind, purblind, sand-blind, visually impaired, visually challengedadjective

    having greatly reduced vision

  2. obtuse, purblindadjective

    lacking in insight or discernment

    "too obtuse to grasp the implications of his behavior"; "a purblind oligarchy that flatly refused to see that history was condemning it to the dustbin"- Jasper Griffin


  1. purblindadjective

    Partially blind.

  2. purblindadjective

    Near-sighted or dim-sighted.

  3. purblindadjective

    Lacking in discernment or understanding.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PURBLINDadjective

    Nearsighted; shortsighted.

    Etymology: corrupted from poreblind, which is still used in Scotland; pore and blind.

    Speak to my gossip Venus one fair word,
    One nickname to her purblind son and heir. William Shakespeare.

    The truth appears so naked on my side,
    That any purblind eye may find it out. William Shakespeare.

    ’Tis known to several
    Of head piece extraordinary; lower messes
    Perchance, are to this business purblind. William Shakespeare.

    Like to purblind moles, no greater light than that little which they shun. William Drummond.

    Darkness, that here surrounded our purblind understandings, will vanish at the dawning of eternal day. Boyle.

    Dropt in blear thick-sighted eyes,
    They’d make them see in darkest night,
    Like owls, though purblind in the light. Hudibras.

    Purblind man
    Sees but a part o’ th’ chain, the nearest links;
    His eyes not carrying to that equal beam,
    That poises all above. John Dryden, Oedipus.


  1. purblind

    Visual impairment, also known as vision impairment, is a medical definition primarily measured based on an individual's better eye visual acuity; in the absence of treatment such as correctable eyewear, assistive devices, and medical treatment– visual impairment may cause the individual difficulties with normal daily tasks including reading and walking. Low vision is a functional definition of visual impairment that is chronic, uncorrectable with treatment or correctable lenses, and impacts daily living. As such low vision can be used as a disability metric and varies based on an individual's experience, environmental demands, accommodations, and access to services. The American Academy of Ophthalmology defines visual impairment as the best-corrected visual acuity of less than 20/40 in the better eye, and the World Health Organization defines it as a presenting acuity of less than 6/12 in the better eye. The term blindness is used for complete or nearly complete vision loss. In addition to the various permanent conditions, fleeting temporary vision impairment, amaurosis fugax, may occur, and may indicate serious medical problems. The abbreviation VIP is sometimes used for Visually Impaired Person, Persons or People.The most common causes of visual impairment globally are uncorrected refractive errors (43%), cataracts (33%), and glaucoma (2%). Refractive errors include near-sightedness, far-sightedness, presbyopia, and astigmatism. Cataracts are the most common cause of blindness. Other disorders that may cause visual problems include age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, corneal clouding, childhood blindness, and a number of infections. Visual impairment can also be caused by problems in the brain due to stroke, premature birth, or trauma, among others. These cases are known as cortical visual impairment. Screening for vision problems in children may improve future vision and educational achievement. Screening adults without symptoms is of uncertain benefit. Diagnosis is by an eye exam.The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 80% of visual impairment is either preventable or curable with treatment. This includes cataracts, the infections river blindness and trachoma, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, uncorrected refractive errors, and some cases of childhood blindness. Many people with significant visual impairment benefit from vision rehabilitation, changes in their environment, and assistive devices.As of 2015, there were 940 million people with some degree of vision loss. 246 million had low vision and 39 million were blind. The majority of people with poor vision are in the developing world and are over the age of 50 years. Rates of visual impairment have decreased since the 1990s. Visual impairments have considerable economic costs both directly due to the cost of treatment and indirectly due to decreased ability to work.


  1. purblind

    Purblind refers to someone who has poor or defective vision. It can also refer to someone who is slow in understanding, recognizing, or perceiving things; figuratively meaning lacking insight or discernment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Purblindadjective

    wholly blind

  2. Purblindadjective

    nearsighted, or dim-sighted; seeing obscurely; as, a purblind eye; a purblind mole

  3. Etymology: [For pure-blind, i. e., wholly blind. See Pure, and cf. Poreblind.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Purblind

    pur′blīnd, adj. nearly blind, near-sighted: (orig.) wholly blind.—adv. Pur′blindly.—n. Pur′blindness. [For pure-blind—i.e. wholly blind; the meaning has been modified, prob. through some confusion with the verb to pore.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of purblind in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of purblind in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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