blunt

Definitions

  • Auger-Bit-File.  Single-Cut Blunt, Flat, Bastard File.  Three-Square Single-Cut File.  Open Cut, taper, Half-Round File.  Double-Cut File.  Cabinet Wood-Rasp.  File-Card
    Auger-Bit-File. Single-Cut Blunt, Flat, Bastard File. Three-Square Single-Cut File. Open Cut, taper, Half-Round File. Double-Cut File. Cabinet Wood-Rasp. File-Card
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj blunt devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment "the blunt truth","the crude facts","facing the stark reality of the deadline"
    • adj blunt characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion "blunt talking and straight shooting","a blunt New England farmer","I gave them my candid opinion","forthright criticism","a forthright approach to the problem","tell me what you think--and you may just as well be frank","it is possible to be outspoken without being rude","plainspoken and to the point","a point-blank accusation"
    • adj blunt used of a knife or other blade; not sharp "a blunt instrument"
    • adj blunt having a broad or rounded end "thick marks made by a blunt pencil"
    • v blunt make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation "Terror blunted her feelings","deaden a sound"
    • v blunt make less sharp "blunt the knives"
    • v blunt make less intense "blunted emotions"
    • v blunt make dull or blunt "Too much cutting dulls the knife's edge"
    • v blunt make numb or insensitive "The shock numbed her senses"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Blunt A fencer's foil.
    • Blunt A short needle with a strong point. See Needle.
    • Blunt Abrupt in address; plain; unceremonious; wanting the forms of civility; rough in manners or speech. "Hiding his bitter jests in blunt behavior.""A plain, blunt man."
    • Blunt Dull in understanding; slow of discernment; stupid; -- opposed to acute. "His wits are not so blunt ."
    • Blunt Hard to impress or penetrate. "I find my heart hardened and blunt to new impressions."
    • Blunt Having a thick edge or point, as an instrument; dull; not sharp. "The murderous knife was dull and blunt ."
    • Blunt Money. "The gilt of France."
    • Blunt To dull the edge or point of, by making it thicker; to make blunt.
    • Blunt To repress or weaken, as any appetite, desire, or power of the mind; to impair the force, keenness, or susceptibility, of; as, to blunt the feelings.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • blunt Obtuse, thick, or dull, as an angle, edge, or point; having an obtuse, thick, or dull edge or point, as a foil, sword, pencil, etc.; not sharp or acute.
    • blunt Dull in understanding; slow of discernment.
    • blunt Obtuse; free from sharp angularities, projections, or corners.
    • blunt Rough in manner or speech; rude; unpolished; hence, abrupt in address or manner; plain-spoken; unceremonious: applied to persons.
    • blunt Plain; plain-spoken; unceremonious or unconventional; direct; free from circumlocution: as, blunt truths; a blunt bearing.
    • blunt Hard to penetrate.
    • blunt Faint.
    • blunt Synonyms Brusk, bluff, uncivil, rude, uncourteous.
    • n blunt A blunt sword for fencing; a foil.
    • n blunt A needle of a grade shorter and less sharply pointed than a sharp. See needle.
    • n blunt [Slang, and perhaps of different origin.] Money; ready money.
    • blunt To make blunt, as an edge or point; dull the edge or point of, as a knife or bodkin, by making it thicker.
    • blunt To weaken or deaden, as appetite, desire, or power of the mind; impair the force, keenness, or susceptibility of.
    • blunt To become blunt: as, the blade blunts easily.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Blunt blunt having a dull edge or point; rough, outspoken, dull
    • v.t Blunt to dull the edge or point: to weaken
    • n Blunt (slang) money
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Quotations

  • Sir Max Beerbohm
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    “Men of genius are not quick judges of character. Deep thinking and high imagining blunt that trivial instinct by which you and I size people up.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
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    “He was always smoothing and polishing himself, and in the end he became blunt before he was sharp.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Prov. G. bludde, a dull or blunt knife, Dan. blunde, to sleep, Sw. & Icel. blunda,; or perh. akin to E. blind,

Usage

In literature:

If he could show her stiff and blunt, as she was, so much the better.
"The Coast of Bohemia" by William Dean Howells
If the points are too fine they will cut the paper; if too blunt the lines will be ragged.
"Practical Mechanics for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
Your account in a big bank is only an incidental detail, and the cashier is cold and distant and blunt.
"Dollars and Sense" by Col. Wm. C. Hunter
It wasn't a blow exactly; it was more like a clout from a heavily-shod blunt-ended brogan.
"From Place to Place" by Irvin S. Cobb
Blunt: not sharp; obtuse at the edge or tip.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
The stranger was amused rather than offended at these blunt criticisms, and the catechising went on.
"The Nebuly Coat" by John Meade Falkner
But who, after the fall of Corporal Blunt, shall declare that there is a living man free from the lures of betrayal?
"Captain Canot" by Brantz Mayer
These teeth are blunt, and are not used for biting or mastication, but merely to keep in the food which has entered its mouth.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
The blunt, roughly-hewn profile stared stolidly ahead.
"The Lady of the Basement Flat" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Arundel bluntly refused to alter his sentence.
"Mistress Margery" by Emily Sarah Holt
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In poetry:

By Hungary she's passing,
And blunt grows Szela's knife;
And the famished of Silesia
Are thinking of their life.
"The March Of Freedom" by Ernest Jones
In short, to be exact and blunt,
In his own estimation
He's "out and out" the head and front
Top-sawyer of creation!
"Billy Vickers" by Henry Kendall
With lenient balm may Oberon hence
To fairy land be driven,
With every herb that blunts the sense
Mankind received from heaven.
"Addressed To Miss Macartney, Afterwards Mrs. Greville, On Reading The Prayer For Indifference" by William Cowper
Let us, by this gentle river,
Blunt the axe and break the quiver,
While, as leaves upon the spray,
Peaceful flow our cares away.
"Fragment Of An Indian Poem." by George Pope Morris
The rippling of our childhood's laugh,
Will roll adown the years,
And time will blunt, each day we live,
The mem'ry of our tears.
"Memories Of Schooldays" by Thomas Frederick Young
But if I scribble longer now
The deuce a soul will stay to read;
My pen is blunt, my ink is low;
'Tis almost time to stop, indeed.
"Granta: A Medley" by Lord George Gordon Byron

In news:

A worker cleaning up after Hurricane Sandy on Rockaway Beach in Queens, above, found the body of a man that showed signs of blunt trauma and was stuffed in a garbage bag.
While professional and amateur leagues focus obsessively on head injuries and how best to identify, treat, and prevent them, the problem continues to alter the games Americans play and watch in ways both subtle and blunt.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who spoke bluntly about Mitt Romney's immigration policies during an appearance on CBS's "Face the Nation".
However, his well-meaning but overly blunt talk instead complicated Marine sexual-assault cases worldwide and raised troubling questions about whether accused Marines will get a fair shake.
"You're Beautiful," by James Blunt.
An ambitious, devastating, revelatory survey at the ICP is the first of several upcoming museum shows to explore how South African photography evolved from a document into a blunt instrument.
Machine Gun Preacher' a blunt advocate against apathy .
To blunt 'fiscal cliff' pain, administration could assert broad powers, experts say.
The Virginia Beach Police Department said Monday that 2-year-old Garrett King died from blunt force trauma.
Brenda Garner has been charged after 2-year-old Garrett King died from blunt force trauma on Nov 15, 2012.
GOP leaders, in a private meeting last month, delivered a blunt and at times heated message to RNC Chairman Michael Steele: quit meddling in policy.
Gov Rick Perry says he wants to help blunt the rising costs of higher education by letting students lock in four-year tuition rates at state colleges and universities.
A break-in at the zoo early Saturday left a Patas monkey dead from blunt force trauma to the head and neck.
When strangers asked Patty Roy about the injuries to her face, she would reply bluntly.
NEW YORK – Emily Blunt's arsenal of gifts is enviable.
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In science:

Of course, 3.1 is a very blunt hammer in this setting, as it uses nothing about o-minimality (yet relies heavily on countability).
Expansions of the real field by open sets: definability versus interpretability
Newer experiments7 over distances of up to 10km seem to make the space-like separation blunt.
Secure Quantum Communication and Superluminal Signalling on the Bell Channel
Blunt, Tenth SPE comparative solution project: A comparison of upscaling techniques, SPE Reser.
A hybrid HDMR for mixed multiscale finite element method with application for flows in random porous media
In Ref. Blunt et al. also suggested a scaling relation for ∆Pnw , however, in 3D they found ∆Pnw ∝ ∆ht/ν+1 .
A Numerical Study of Capillary and Viscous Drainage in Porous Media
First moments, however, are relatively blunt instruments to study the perturbative-nonperturbative interface, and there are interesting alternative explanations of the data [127].
Summary: Working Group on QCD and Strong Interactions
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