1. To make blind; to deprive of sight or discernment. To blind the truth and me. A blind guide is certainly a great mischief; but a guide that blinds those whom he should lead is . . . A much greater. (South)
3. To darken; to obscure to the eye or understanding; to conceal; to deceive. Such darkness blinds the sky. (Dryden) The state of the controversy between us he endeavored, with all his art, to blind and confound. (Stillingfleet)
Origin: Blinded; Blinding.
2. 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. But hard be hardened, blind be blinded more, That they may stumble on, and deeper fall. (Milton)
8. (Science: botany) Abortive; failing to produce flowers or fruit; as, blind buds; blind flowers. Blind alley, an alley closed at one end; a cul-de-sac. Blind axle, an axle which turns but does not communicate motion. Blind beetle, one of the insects apt to fly against people, especially. at night.
(Science: botany) blind nettle, the point in the retina of the eye where the optic nerve enters, and which is insensible to light. Blind tooling, in bookbinding and leather work, the indented impression of heated tools, without gilding; called also blank tooling, and blind blocking. Blind wall, a wall without an opening; a blank wall.