• WordNet 3.6
    • adj blanket broad in scope or content "across-the-board pay increases","an all-embracing definition","blanket sanctions against human-rights violators","an invention with broad applications","a panoptic study of Soviet nationality"- T.G.Winner","granted him wide powers"
    • v blanket cover as if with a blanket "snow blanketed the fields"
    • v blanket form a blanket-like cover (over)
    • n blanket bedding that keeps a person warm in bed "he pulled the covers over his head and went to sleep"
    • n blanket a layer of lead surrounding the highly reactive core of a nuclear reactor
    • n blanket anything that covers "there was a blanket of snow"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Making the Sleeping Blanket Making the Sleeping Blanket
In the Sleeping Blanket In the Sleeping Blanket
William cycling over the picnic-blanket William cycling over the picnic-blanket

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1947, heavy snow blanketed the Northeast, burying New York City under 25.8 inches of snow in 16 hours; the severe weather was blamed for some 80 deaths.
    • Blanket A heavy, loosely woven fabric, usually of wool, and having a nap, used in bed clothing; also, a similar fabric used as a robe; or any fabric used as a cover for a horse.
    • Blanket (Print) A piece of rubber, felt, or woolen cloth, used in the tympan to make it soft and elastic.
    • Blanket A streak or layer of blubber in whales. "Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark
      To cry, “Hold, hold!”"
    • Blanket To cover with a blanket. "I'll . . . blanket my loins."
    • Blanket To take the wind out of the sails of (another vessel) by sailing to windward of her.
    • Blanket To toss in a blanket by way of punishment. "We'll have our men blanket 'em i' the hall."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Pennsylvania: "Any motorist who sights a team of horses coming toward him must pull well off the road, cover his car with a blanket or canvas that blends with the countryside, and let the horses pass. If the horses appear skittish, the motorist must take his car apart piece by piece, and hide it under the nearest bushes."
    • n blanket A coarse woolen fabric, white or undyed, used for clothing.
    • n blanket A large oblong piece of soft, loosely woven woolen cloth, used for the sake of its warmth as a bed-covering, or (usually made of coarser material and closer texture) as a covering for a horse when standing or exposed to cold, and sometimes worn as a garment, especially among rude or uncivilized people.
    • n blanket In printing, a sheet of woolen cloth, white baize, or rubber, laid between the outer and inner tympans of a hand-press, or on a machine-cylinder, to moderate and equalize the pressure on the type.
    • n blanket In cloth-printing, the cover of the printing-table.
    • n blanket Same as blanquette, 4.
    • n blanket In paper-making, an endless felt upon which the pulp is laid.
    • blanket To cover with a blanket or as with a blanket: as, to blanket a horse.
    • blanket To toss in a blanket by way of punishment or practical joke.
    • blanket To take the wind out of the sails of, as the sails of one vessel when it is passing close to windward of another.
    • blanket That covers, or is intended (like a blanket) to cover, many different but more or less closely related things, conditions, contingencies, requirements, or the like; as a blanket-mortgage; a blanket-clause in a deed or resolution.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Blanket blangk′et a white woollen covering for beds: a covering for horses, &c
    • v.t Blanket to cover with a blanket: to toss in a blanket
    • ***


  • Rupert Brooke
    Rupert Brooke
    “The cool kindliness of sheets, that soon smooth away trouble; and the rough male kiss of blankets.”
  • Jesse Jackson
    “America is not a blanket woven from one thread, one color, one cloth.”


Born on the wrong side of the blanket - A child born on the wrong side of the blanket is illegitimate- his or her parents were not married at the time of the birth.
Split the blanket - If people split the blanket, it means they get a divorce or end their relationship.
Wet blanket - A wet blanket is someone who tries to spoil other people's fun.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. blanchet, OF. also blanket, a woolen waistcoat or shirt, the blanket of a printing press; prop. white woolen stuff, dim. of blanc, white; blanquette, a kind of white pear, fr. blanc, white. See Blank (a.)


In literature:

His eyes had learned to cope with the dusk in the room, and he could see his four comrades stretched upon their blankets.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler
His baggage was one blanket, one rubber blanket, and one haversack.
"Detailed Minutiae of Soldier life in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865" by Carlton McCarthy
I might wear a blanket, for all you'd care.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
The man's hand, lying on the blanket, clutched a revolver.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
We are told that a fourth blanket will be served out to us.
"At Plattsburg" by Allen French
The owner was still sitting at the door, an odd little bundle in a blanket, as Bela approached.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
Tell her to take the blankets from the bed an' warm 'em.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
The coolie and I, shivering pitifully, shared the same blanket in order to keep warm.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
His saddle lay on the ground, half covering his blankets.
"'Me-Smith'" by Caroline Lockhart
In a large circle the chief's councilors sat perched upon their haunches and swathed in their blankets.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
Release yourself from your blanket and then do what I say!
"The Great Sioux Trail" by Joseph Altsheler
But you must allow eight inches at the top to be turned over the blankets and spread.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
The priest reached up into the cart and took down a long walking staff and a gray blanket.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Recovering himself instantly, Connie ran his hand beneath the blanket.
"Connie Morgan in the Fur Country" by James B. Hendryx
Old men in blankets and feathers sat near it, listening to young Cheschapah's talk in the flighty lustre of the flames.
"Red Men and White" by Owen Wister
The blankets and tent will make the seats.
"The Young Alaskans on the Trail" by Emerson Hough
Over these he threw a blanket.
"The Road to Frontenac" by Samuel Merwin
Blackness fell upon him like a blanket, thick, impenetrable.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Then, while Willow Spring was still miles away, he suddenly gasped, choked, and writhed beneath the blanket.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
There's a blanket on the foot.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown

In poetry:

In the restrooms all was cool
& silent
w/the salt-green of latrines.
Blankets were needed.
"Wilderness" by James Douglas Morrison
So from under the blanket's rim
I raised and showed him the other,
A snag as ugly and grim
As its ugly brother.
"Grand-Père" by Robert W Service
Throw a blanket over his body,
It need no longer stir;
Truth will but stand the stronger
For all who died for her.
"A Rebel" by John Gould Fletcher
While snowflakes blind and blanket out
The distance more and more,
A tipsy shadow gropes his way
And staggers to the door.
"First Snow" by Boris Pasternak
On my blankets I was lyin’
Too tired to lift my head,
An’ the long hot day was dyin’
An’ I wished that I was dead.
"The Western Stars" by Henry Lawson
My heart already touched and sad
The blanket down I gently drew
And saw a sturdy form, well clad
From head to heel in Blue.
"Under One Blanket" by James Barron Hope

In news:

Channel 4 Gives Blanket Coverage to Paralympics, While NBC Falls Short.
Yvette Bustillos, left, of Weston, and Sabine Joinville of North Lauderdale share a blanket as they watch the sun rise at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Tuesday, Oct 30, 2012.
Have you ever had trouble attaching satin blanket binding.
Bring a blanket and snacks for this outdoor screening on the beach.
The more practical, portable equivalent of my friend's office blanket is the hugely popular pashmina — a fringed shawl or scarf that is lightweight, packable, affordable — and everybody has them.
Having pretty much invented the hot hatchback, Volkswagen continues to blanket the segment with a range of them for every pocket and predilection.
Extreme heat is blanketing Southern California and the challenge to keep cool with the soaring temperatures is putting a lot of stress on the power grid.
DANVERS — Last January, amid a relatively balmy winter, Maple Street resident Carla King questioned the need for a blanket parking ban on town streets on days when there was not a snowball's chance in Hades that snow would fall.
A blanket of clouds capped temperatures at below average levels once again today, with highs struggling to reach 50.
The permit called SAJ- 91 is also known as the "master" or "blanket permit".
A Security Blanket for the Net.
Mark Ellis, security blanket at second.
He's missing a security blanket receiver.
Colorado vNet Bulks Up Security Blanket .
Post-9/11, a security blanket for a wounded nation.

In science:

However, it is significant that to address non-proliferation concerns, the fast neutron reactors are not conventional fast breeders, i.e. they do not have a blanket assembly where plutonium-239 is produced.
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?
The neutrons then must transfer their energy without being absorbed (e.g. by elastic scattering) to some kind of gas or liquid, like high pressure helium gas, within the lithium blanket.
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?
This heated gas has to be collected somehow from the gigantic blanket volume and must flow to the outside.
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?
However, it is known that the lithium blanket temperature can not be too high; this limits the efficiency to values well below those from today’s nuclear fission reactors, which also do not have a very high efficiency.
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?
While the first two are employed off-line only, the third can be applied in-line to blanket monitor wafers.
Noncontact electrical metrology of Cu/low-k interconnect for semiconductor production wafers
Dielectric constant measurements of blanket low-k films with an evanescent microwave probe have been reported , but the use of a 100-micron tip in physical contact with the sample precludes this technique from being applied on production wafers.
Noncontact electrical metrology of Cu/low-k interconnect for semiconductor production wafers
Our apparatus and the method for quantitative measurements on blanket low-k wafers have been described elsewhere [9, 11].
Noncontact electrical metrology of Cu/low-k interconnect for semiconductor production wafers
Since blending of P Cygni lines should have a net depolarizing effect due to line blanketing opacity (Maund et al. 2010b) it is reasonable to assume zero intrinsic polarization in that part of the spectrum.
Spectropolarimetry of the Type Ia SN 2007sr Two Months After Maximum Light
According to these models, both the sense and the magnitude of the effects of metallicity are dependent on wavelength: in the blue, higher metallicity Cepheids appear fainter due to line blanketing.
The Hubble Space Telescope Key Project to Measure the Hubble Constant
The magnitude effect is smaller in the red, and the redistribution of the line-blanketed radiation makes the Cepheids appear brighter.
The Hubble Space Telescope Key Project to Measure the Hubble Constant
Kurucz (1992) blanketed model atmospheres fluxes.
Oxygen abundances in unevolved metal-poor stars from near-UV OH lines
We have employed a grid of LTE, plane-parallel, constant flux, and blanketed model atmospheres provided by Kurucz (1992, private communication), computed with atlas9 without overshooting, which are interpolated for given values of Teff , log g , and [Fe/H].
Oxygen abundances in unevolved metal-poor stars from near-UV OH lines
The flux at a local high point in the spectra of these stars, near 2500 ˚A (whose level is controlled by line blanketing), was then compared to the continuum flux derived empirically from the spectrum synthesis (f(obs)) at this wavelength.
Light Element Abundance Patterns in the Orion Association: I) HST Observations of Boron in G-dwarfs
Note that the line-depth to continuum values increase for the metal-poor stars, as expected due to reduced metal line blanketing.
Light Element Abundance Patterns in the Orion Association: I) HST Observations of Boron in G-dwarfs
A change of temperature at a given period. 2. A change of atmospheric blanketing at a given temperature. 3. A change in bolometric luminosity at a given period.
Local Distance Indicators