|1.||Of a white or pale color; without color.|
|2.||Free from writing, printing, or marks; having an empty space to be filled in with some special writing; - said of checks, official documents, etc.; |
|3.||Utterly confounded or discomfited.|
|4.||Empty; void; without result; fruitless; |
|5.||Lacking characteristics which give variety; |
|6.||Lacking animation and intelligence, or their associated characteristics, as expression of face, look, etc.; expressionless; vacant.|
|7.||Absolute; downright; unmixed; |
|n.||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.
|2.||A lot by which nothing is gained; a ticket in a lottery on which no prize is indicated.|
|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.|
|4.||A paper containing the substance of a legal instrument, as a deed, release, writ, or execution, with spaces left to be filled with names, date, descriptions, etc.|
|5.||The point aimed at in a target, marked with a white spot; hence, the object to which anything is directed.|
|6.||Aim; shot; range.|
|7.||A kind of base silver money, first coined in England by Henry V., and worth about 8 pence; also, a French coin of the seventeenth century, worth about 4 pence.|
|8.||(Mech.) A piece of metal prepared to be made into something by a further operation, as a coin, screw, nuts.|
|9.||(Dominoes) A piece or division of a piece, without spots; |
|v. t.||1.||To make void; to annul.|
|2.||To blanch; to make blank; to damp the spirits of; to dispirit or confuse.|
|Noun||1.||blank - a blank character used to separate successive words in writing or printing; "he said the space is the most important character in the alphabet"|
|2.||blank - a substitute for a taboo word; "I hit the blank blank car"|
|3.||blank - a blank gap or missing part|
|4.||blank - a piece of material ready to be made into something|
|5.||blank - a cartridge containing an explosive charge but no bullet|
|Verb||1.||blank - keep the opposing (baseball) team from winning|
|Adj.||1.||blank - of a surface; not written or printed on; "blank pages"; "fill in the blank spaces"; "a clean page"; "wide white margins"|
|2.||blank - void of expression; "a blank stare"|
|3.||blank - not charged with a bullet; "a blank cartridge"|
BLANK. A space left in writing to be filled, up with one or more words, in
order to make sense. 1. In what cases the ambiguity occasioned by blanks not
filled before execution of the writing may be explained 2. in what cases it
cannot be explained.
2. - 1. When a blank is left in a written agreement which need not - have been reduced to writing, and would have been equally binding whether written or unwritten, it is presumed, in an action for the non-performance of the contract, parol evidence might be admitted to explain the blank. And where a written instrument, which was made professedly to record a fact, is produced as evidence of that fact which it purports to record, and a blank appears in a material part, the omission may be supplied by other proof. 1 Phil. Ev. 475 1 Wils. 215; 7 Verm. R. 522; 6 Verm. R. 411. Hence a blank left in an award for a name, was allowed to be supplied by parol proof. 2 Dall. 180. But where a creditor signs a deed of composition leaving the amount of his debt in blank, he binds himself to all existing debts. 1 B. & A. 101; S. C. 2 Stark. R. 195.
3. - 2. If a blank is left in a policy of insurance for the name of the place of destination of a ship, it will avoid the policy. Molloy, b. 2, c. 7, s. 14; Park, Ins. 22; Wesk. Ins. 42. A paper signed and sealed in blank, with verbal authority to. fill it up, which is afterwards done, is void, unless afterwards delivered or acknowledged and adopted. 1 Yerg. 69, 149; 1 Hill, 267 2 N. & M. 125; 2 Brock. 64; 2 Dev. 379 1 Ham. 368; 6 Gill & John. 250; but see contra, 17 S. & R. 438. Lines ought to be drawn wherever there are blanks, to prevent anything from being inserted afterwards. 2 Valin's Comm. 151.
4. When the filling up blanks after the execution of deeds and other writings will vitiate them or not, see 3 Vin. Abr. 268; Moore, 547; Cro. Eliz. 626; 1 Vent. 185; 2 Lev. 35; 2 Ch. R. 187; 1 Anst. 228; 5 Mass. 538; 4 Binn. 1; 9 Crancb, 28; Yelv. 96; 2 Show. 161; 1 Saund. Pl. & Ev. 77; 4 B. & A. 672; Com. Dig. Fait, F 1; 4 @Bing. 123; 2 Hill. Ab. c. 25, Sec. 80; n. 33, Sec. 54-and 72; 1 Ohio, R. 368; 4 Binn. R. 1; 6 Cowen, 118; Wright, 176.