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BLIND

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does blind mean? 

BLIND (noun)
  The noun BLIND has 4 senses:

1. people who have severe visual impairments, considered as a group
2. a hiding place sometimes used by hunters (especially duck hunters)
3. something that keeps things out or hinders sight
4. something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity

  Familiarity information: BLIND used as a noun is uncommon.


BLIND (adjective)
  The adjective BLIND has 3 senses:

1. unable to see
2. unable or unwilling to perceive or understand
3. not based on reason or evidence

  Familiarity information: BLIND used as an adjective is uncommon.


BLIND (verb)
  The verb BLIND has 3 senses:

1. render unable to see
2. make blind by putting the eyes out
3. make dim by comparison or conceal

  Familiarity information: BLIND used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


BLIND (noun)


Sense 1blind [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

People who have severe visual impairments, considered as a group

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Context example:

he spent hours reading to the blind

Hypernyms ("blind" is a kind of...):

people ((plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively)

Meronyms (members of "blind"):

blind person (a person with a severe visual impairment)


Sense 2blind [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A hiding place sometimes used by hunters (especially duck hunters)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Context example:

he waited impatiently in the blind

Hypernyms ("blind" is a kind of...):

concealment; cover; covert; screen (a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something)


Sense 3blind [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something that keeps things out or hinders sight

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

screen; blind

Context example:

they had just moved in and had not put up blinds yet

Hypernyms ("blind" is a kind of...):

protection; protective cover; protective covering (a covering that is intend to protect from damage or injury)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "blind"):

curtain; drape; drapery; mantle; pall (hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window))

shutter (a hinged blind for a window)

window blind (a blind for privacy or to keep out light)

blinder; blinker; winker (blind consisting of a leather eyepatch sewn to the side of the halter that prevents a horse from seeing something on either side)


Sense 4blind [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

subterfuge; blind

Context examples:

he wasn't sick--it was just a subterfuge / the holding company was just a blind

Hypernyms ("blind" is a kind of...):

deceit; deception; misrepresentation (a misleading falsehood)


BLIND (adjective)


Sense 1blind [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Unable to see

Synonyms:

blind; unsighted

Context example:

a person is blind to the extent that he must devise alternative techniques to do efficiently those things he would do with sight if he had normal vision

Similar:

stone-blind (completely blind)

snow-blind; snow-blinded (temporarily blinded by exposure to light reflected from snow or ice)

protanopic; red-blind (inability to see the color red or to distinguish red and bluish-green)

eyeless; sightless; unseeing (lacking sight)

dim-sighted; near-blind; purblind; sand-blind; visually challenged; visually impaired (having greatly reduced vision)

deuteranopic; green-blind (inability to see the color green or to distinguish green and purplish-red)

dazzled (having vision overcome temporarily by or as if by intense light)

color-blind; colour-blind (unable to distinguish one or more chromatic colors)

blindfold; blindfolded (wearing a blindfold)

blinded (deprived of sight)

blue-blind; tritanopic (inability to see the color blue or to distinguish the colors blue and yellow)

Antonym:

sighted (able to see)


Sense 2blind [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Unable or unwilling to perceive or understand

Context examples:

blind to a lover's faults / blind to the consequences of their actions

Similar:

unperceiving; unperceptive (lacking perception)


Sense 3blind [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not based on reason or evidence

Synonyms:

unreasoning; blind

Context examples:

blind hatred / blind faith / unreasoning panic

Similar:

irrational (not consistent with or using reason)


BLIND (verb)


Sense 1blind [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Render unable to see

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "blind"):

bedazzle; daze; dazzle (to cause someone to lose clear vision, especially from intense light)

seel (sew up the eyelids of hawks and falcons)

snow-blind (affect with snow blindness)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s somebody


Sense 2blind [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make blind by putting the eyes out

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Context example:

The criminals were punished and blinded

Hypernyms (to "blind" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "blind"):

abacinate (blind by holding a red-hot metal plate before someone's eyes)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 3blind [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make dim by comparison or conceal

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

blind; dim

Hypernyms (to "blind" is one way to...):

darken (make dark or darker)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


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