3. Utterly confounded or discomfited. Adam . . . Astonied stood, and blank. (Milton)
5. Lacking characteristics which give variety; as, a blank desert; a blank wall; destitute of interests, affections, hopes, etc.; as, to live a blank existence; destitute of sensations; as, blank unconsciousness.
6. Lacking animation and intelligence, or their associated characteristics, as expression of face, look, etc.; expressionless; vacant. Blank and horror-stricken faces. The blank . . . Glance of a half returned consciousness. (g. Eliot)
7. Absolute; downright; unmixed; as, blank terror. Blank bar, a tire without a flange. Blank tooling. See blind tooling, under blind. Blank verse. See verse. Blank wall, a wall in which there is no opening; a dead wall.
Origin: oe. Blank, blonc, blaunc, blaunche, fr. F. Blanc, fem. Blanche, fr. OHG. Blanch shining, bright, white, g. Blank; akin to E. Blink, cf. Also as. Blanc white. 98. See Blink, and cf. 1st blanch.
1. Any void space; a void space on paper, or in any written instrument; an interval void of consciousness, action, result, etc; a void. I can not write a paper full, i used to do; and yet i will not forgive a blank of half an inch from you. (Swift) From this time there ensues a long blank in the history of french legislation. (Hallam) I was ill. I can't tell how long it was a blank. (g. Eliot)
3. A paper unwritten; a paper without marks or characters a blank ballot; especially, a paper on which are to be inserted designated items of information, for which spaces are left vacant; a bland form. The freemen signified their approbation by an inscribed vote, and their dissent by a blank. (Palfrey)