blindness

Definitions

  • 32 Blind mortise and tenon
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n blindness the state of being blind or lacking sight
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Additional illustrations & photos:

BLIND CHARITY BLIND CHARITY
The Blind Doe The Blind Doe
Three Blind Mice music Three Blind Mice music
THE TWO BLIND MEN THE TWO BLIND MEN
The Blind Cat and the Tailless Fox The Blind Cat and the Tailless Fox
A BLIND BEGGAR WOMAN A BLIND BEGGAR WOMAN
Brown cloth cover with gold blind-stamped title Brown cloth cover with gold blind-stamped title
THE BLIND MEN AND THE ELEPHANT THE BLIND MEN AND THE ELEPHANT

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The city of Nottingham in England was the first city to have Braille signs (signs for the blind) in its shopping malls for the blind
    • n Blindness State or condition of being blind, literally or figuratively.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The number one cause of blindness in adults in the United States is diabetes
    • n blindness The state of being blind. Want of sight.
    • n blindness Want of intellectual discernment; mental darkness; ignorance; heedlessness.
    • n blindness Concealment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: All babies are colour blind when they are born
    • ns Blindness want of sight, ignorance, folly
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Quotations

  • Alexi Sayle
    Alexi Sayle
    “Even a blind dog can find a bone every so often.”
  • Malcolm X
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    “You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it.”
  • Turkish Proverb
    Turkish Proverb
    “If a man would live in peace he should be blind, deaf, and dumb.”
  • Don Marquis
    Don%20Marquis
    “Poetry is what Milton saw when he went blind.”
  • Swedish Proverb
    Swedish Proverb
    “When a blind man carries a lame man both go forward.”
  • Robert Green Ingersoll
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    “The superior man is the providence of the inferior. He is eyes for the blind, strength for the weak, and a shield for the defenseless.”

Idioms

Blind acceptance - If people accept thing blindly, they accept them without questioning them at all.
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Blind as a bat - If you are in total darkness and can't see anything at all, you are as blind as a bat.
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Blind leading the blind - When the blind are leading the blind, the people in charge of something don't know anything more than the people they are in charge of, when they should have greater knowledge.
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Blind-sided - If you are blind-sided, an event with a negative impact takes you completely by surprise.
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Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while - This expression means that even if people are ineffective or misguided, sometimes they can still be correct just by being lucky.
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In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king - If surrounded by people less capable or able, someone who would not normally be considered special can shine.
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Justice is blind - Justice is blind means that justice is impartial and objective.
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Love is blind - If you love someone, it doesn't matter what they look like. You will also overlook faults.
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None so blind as those who will not see - This idiom is used when people refuse to accept facts presented to them. ('None so deaf as those who will not hear' is an alternative.)
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Turn a blind eye - When people turn a blind eye, they deliberately ignore something, especially if people are doing something wrong.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. blind; Ice. blindr.

Usage

In literature:

Madge, who was blind of sight, led Dorothy, who was piteously blind of soul, and the two girls went to their apartments.
"Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall" by Charles Major
To all that was horrible and ferocious, he was blind as a child in Paradise.
"The Redemption of David Corson" by Charles Frederic Goss
He could have blinded in a twinkling.
"The Man in the Twilight" by Ridgwell Cullum
Methinks that I can trace a meaning smile upon the faces of some of my readers at the detailed description of one they deem too blind to see.
"The World As I Have Found It" by Mary L. Day Arms
Love, that he had once dismissed as the principle of blind procreation, became more complex, enigmatic.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
Blind as I am, because of my miserable plight and through paternal affection, I bore it all.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
In St. Paul Andrew saw much of himself: especially could he see himself on the Damascus road when a blinding light came down.
"Captivity" by M. Leonora Eyles
I have been blind these twenty years, and they call me 'poor old blind Richard.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 3 (of 12)" by Various
Satan is the head and tail of bad things, and he fills up the Gentiles with proud notions, and blinds their eyes against us.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
There was in him a vein of madness which often burst forth in a blind fury.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
Old Mrs. Marshall is blind, and as helpless as the children,' He spoke abruptly, but not without feeling.
"Uncle Max" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
And if the blind guide the blind, both shall fall into a pit.
"His Life" by William E. Barton, Theodore G. Soares, Sydney Strong
His eyes, the color of the sea, stared blindly before him.
"The Scarecrow and Other Stories" by G. Ranger Wormser
With plenty of money you can keep people in the dark, or blind them with the brightness of the glare.
"The Catholic World. Volume II; Numbers 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12." by E. Rameur
There are some advantages in being blind; born blind, that is.
"Pippin; A Wandering Flame" by Laura E. Richards
For a fortnight before he had been quite blind, and had suffered grievously.
"Retrospect of Western Travel, Volume II (of 2)" by Harriet Martineau
Some were blind, some were lame and some had legs or arms all withered and palsied.
"Hurlbut's Life of Christ For Young and Old" by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
She went to the window and drew up the blind.
"Dodo's Daughter" by E. F. Benson
Try to walk a dozen paces as one blind.
"The Wiles of the Wicked" by William Le Queux
The arrangement may be a blind; you must watch him all you can.
"Sant of the Secret Service" by William Le Queux
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In poetry:

Lord of my life! if I am blind,
I reck not—thou canst see;
I well may wait my summer mind,
When I am sure of thee!
"Songs of the Autumn Nights" by George MacDonald
I hear the wintry wind again,
I see the blinding snow,
Pil'd high, by eddying winds, in heaps,
No matter where I go.
"A Snow Storm" by Thomas Frederick Young
And said — “an ancient faith is dead
And wonder fills my mind:
I marvel how the blind have led
So long the blind.
"Doubting" by Henry Kendall
The grass grows over Eureka
and Stuart's tree is burned;
Greenaway's stones are down
and our eyes are dull and blind.
"Nation Of The Blind" by Ian Mudie
Our eyes are blind or not inclined
To see that powerful hand,
That silently, yet forcibly
Gives us its strong command.
"Evil Habits" by Jared Barhite
Thus blinded mortals fondly scheme
For happiness below;
Till death disturb the pleasing dream,
And they awake to woe.
"The Worldling" by John Newton

In news:

Blind Date gets up late to take the Virginia Oaks.
This story comes from a friend who wishes to remain anonymous on the off chance her former blind date reads this.
On Saturday, I went on a blind date .
Real-Life ' Blind Side ' Couple Blasts Christian Store for Yanking DVD (Exclusive).
'The Blind Side ' Sparks Controversy as Christian Retailer Draws Criticism.
"The Blind Side " gets the boot.
Protecting Vick's blind side is key to Eagles season.
The right side of the Eagles' offensive line, Michael Vick's blind side .
A ' Blind Side ' life story.
Quinton Aaron, Star of the Blind Side , Helps Kids Beat the Odds.
Blind Side Actor Wants Michelle Obama's Help.
He's the newly famous actor who played alongside Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side , but with his size 22 shoes and offensive-tackle physique, Quinton Aaron knows the suffering of the obese kids who first lady Michelle Obama is trying to help.
Protecting Your Blind Side .
Have you seen 'The Blind Side ' movie about Michael Oher's life.
Pictured at Decora Blind Systems in Lisburn is Donal Durkan, Invest Northern Ireland (left) and Russell Dickson, Decora Blind Systems.
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In science:

Principe, “Underdetermined blind source separation i n a timevarying environment,” Proc. of IEEE Conf.
A Unified Approach to Sparse Signal Processing
Rickard, “Underdetermined blind sourc e separation in echoic environment using DESPRIT,” EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Proc., Article No. 86484, 2007. [198] K.
A Unified Approach to Sparse Signal Processing
What this says about poker is that it is better to ”mix up your game” than to blindly follow a predetermined strategy.
Quantized Poker
As in Simplified Poker, it is better to ”mix up your game” in the Nash-Shapley model than to blindly follow a predetermined pure strategy.
Quantized Poker
As with the previous analysis, we adopted a “blind” analysis method in that we did not examine the pre-defined signal region until all background and acceptance analysis was completed.
Study of the decay K+ => pi+,nu,nubar in the momentum region 140
First of all, the Zeeman effect is virtually blind to these fields and therefore they do not show up in conventional magnetograms.
The Prototype of the Small Synoptic Second Solar Spectrum Telescope (S5T)
The second, and more critical, question concerning (M1)-(M2) is that these definitions are completely blind to the local aspects of the dynamics.
On infinite-volume mixing
Let us begin with an example explaining how a blind comparison between autocorrelation and response can be misleading.
The fluctuation-dissipation relation: how does one compare correlation functions and responses?
For comparison, a Normal distribution resulting from blindly applying the CLT using the mean and variance of the sampled data is also shown.
Heavy-tailed random error in quantum Monte Carlo
Note however, that the ranking is blind to the individual positions within a firm: all of the k slots of a given firm are equivalent from the point of view of a worker.
Social Networks and Stable Matchings in the Job Market
In the literature, the task of recognizing astronomical images is known as “blind astrometric calibration” or the “lost in space” problem, since an early application was for estimating the attitude of a spacecraft using a camera mounted on the spacecraft.
Astrometry.net: Blind astrometric calibration of arbitrary astronomical images
Furthermore, these systems are not fully “blind” in that they are designed for particular cameras, the specifications of which are available to the system designers.
Astrometry.net: Blind astrometric calibration of arbitrary astronomical images
Completely blind systems have been attempted previously (for example, Harvey 2004 and references therein) but none we know of have been able to achieve the scalability and fidelity of our approach.
Astrometry.net: Blind astrometric calibration of arbitrary astronomical images
Since the original astrometric calibration for these plates consists of hand-written entries in log books, a blind astrometric calibration system was required to add calibration information to the digitized images.
Astrometry.net: Blind astrometric calibration of arbitrary astronomical images
We have also had excellent success using the same system for blindly calibrating a wide class of other astronomical images, including amateur telescope shots, photographs from consumer digital SLR cameras, some of which span tens of degrees.
Astrometry.net: Blind astrometric calibration of arbitrary astronomical images
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