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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Blank \Blank\, 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.
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            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.
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            From this time there ensues a long blank in the
            history of French legislation.        --Hallam.
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            I was ill. I can't tell how long -- it was a blank.
                                                  --G. Eliot.
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   2. A lot by which nothing is gained; a ticket in a lottery on
      which no prize is indicated.
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            In Fortune's lottery lies
            A heap of blanks, like this, for one small prize.
                                                  --Dryden.
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   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.
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            The freemen signified their approbation by an
            inscribed vote, and their dissent by a blank.
                                                  --Palfrey.
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   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.
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   5. The point aimed at in a target, marked with a white spot;
      hence, the object to which anything is directed.
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            Let me still remain
            The true blank of thine eye.          --Shak.
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   6. Aim; shot; range. [Obs.]
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            I have stood . . . within the blank of his
            displeasure
            For my free speech.                   --Shak.
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   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. --Nares.
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   8. (Mech.) A piece of metal prepared to be made into
      something by a further operation, as a coin, screw, nuts.
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   9. (Dominoes) A piece or division of a piece, without spots;
      as, the "double blank"; the "six blank."
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   In blank, with an essential portion to be supplied by
      another; as, to make out a check in blank.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Blank \Blank\, a. [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.]
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   1. Of a white or pale color; without color.
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            To the blank moon
            Her office they prescribed.           --Milton.
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   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.; as, blank paper; a
      blank check; a blank ballot.
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   3. Utterly confounded or discomfited.
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            Adam . . . astonied stood, and blank. --Milton.
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   4. Empty; void; without result; fruitless; as, a blank space;
      a blank day.
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   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.
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   6. Lacking animation and intelligence, or their associated
      characteristics, as expression of face, look, etc.;
      expressionless; vacant. "Blank and horror-stricken faces."
      --C. Kingsley.
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            The blank . . . glance of a half returned
            consciousness.                        --G. Eliot.
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   7. Absolute; downright; unmixed; as, blank terror.
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   Blank bar (Law), a plea put in to oblige the plaintiff in
      an action of trespass to assign the certain place where
      the trespass was committed; -- called also common bar.
      

   Blank cartridge, a cartridge containing no ball.

   Blank deed. See Deed.

   Blank door, or Blank window (Arch.), a depression in a
      wall of the size of a door or window, either for
      symmetrical effect, or for the more convenient insertion
      of a door or window at a future time, should it be needed.
      

   Blank indorsement (Law), an indorsement which omits the
      name of the person in whose favor it is made; it is
      usually made by simply writing the name of the indorser on
      the back of the bill.

   Blank line (Print.), a vacant space of the breadth of a
      line, on a printed page; a line of quadrats.

   Blank tire (Mech.), a tire without a flange.

   Blank tooling. See Blind tooling, under Blind.

   Blank verse. See under Verse.

   Blank wall, a wall in which there is no opening; a dead
      wall.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Blank \Blank\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Blanked; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Blanking.] [Cf. 3d Blanch.]
   1. To make void; to annul. [Obs.] --Spenser.
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   2. To blanch; to make blank; to damp the spirits of; to
      dispirit or confuse. [Obs.]
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            Each opposite that blanks the face of joy. --Shak.
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