blandness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n blandness the trait of exhibiting no personal embarrassment or concern "the blandness of his confession enraged the judge"
    • n blandness the quality of being bland and gracious or ingratiating in manner
    • n blandness lacking any distinctive or interesting taste property
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Blandness The state or quality of being bland.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n blandness The state or quality of being bland; mildness; gentleness; soothingness.
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Quotations

  • Friedrich Nietzsche
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    “Where does one not find that bland degeneration which beer produces in the spirit!”

Usage

In literature:

Company H, Captain Elbert Bland.
"History of Kershaw's Brigade" by D. Augustus Dickert
Hamdi Bey, and Hamdi's eunuchs, would be blandly ignorant of such a scandal.
"The Fortieth Door" by Mary Hastings Bradley
But aloud she acquiesced blandly and arranged that they should start at eleven o'clock.
"Halcyone" by Elinor Glyn
Bland and his family, was described as being very rich and influential man in the community where he lived.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume IV, Georgia Narratives, Part 1" by Work Projects Administration
Hunter Watts, Hughes, Bland, Keddell, Pease, Stapleton, Chubb, Burns-Gibson, Swan, Podmore, Estcourt, etc.
"The History of the Fabian Society" by Edward R. Pease
Mr. Hubert Bland was at one time an almost ideal portrait-painter of commonplace novels.
"The Art of Letters" by Robert Lynd
It is characteristic of our bland cookery.
"The Complete Book of Cheese" by Robert Carlton Brown
The old professor apologized blandly for his intrusion, but seemed in no hurry to make the obvious reparation.
"Queed" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
She did these things with the bland and deadly air of an inexorable Fate.
"Jaffery" by William J. Locke
To-morrow morning all go away except the Blands and the Morrises and George Harvie's little Dorothea.
"Lewis Rand" by Mary Johnston
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In poetry:

In the street of the thousand lanterns
The East of Limehouse Reach
Lived a bland Chinee, who loved the sea
For he was a son of the beach.
"The Street Of A Thousand Lanterns 1934" by Billy Bennett
The shade is dark as a palmer's hood,
The air with balm is bland:
But I wish the trees that breathe in the wood
Were ashes in God's hand.
"The Wood" by Duncan Campbell Scott
That realm that doth thy power obey,
Is richer far than these,
More sweet its nights, more bright its day,
More bland its wandering breeze.
"To A Poet's Wife" by James Avis Bartley
When last I saw her, full of peace,
She waited for her great release;
And that old friend so sage and bland,
Our later Franklin, held her hand.
"The Singer" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Love, like a rock, should firmly stand,
And hang its shelter o’er thee;
While only zephyrs soft and bland,
Dispense their sweets before thee.
"Anemone" by S C Edgarton
Phinn to the drink put forth his hand;
Blood drawed his knife, with accent bland,
"I ax yer parding, Mister Phinn--
Jest drap that whisky-skin."
"The Mystery Of Gilgal" by John Hay

In news:

The funeral for Carol Sue Blackwell Bland , 70, of Ardmore will be at 1 pm Wednesday at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home with Alan Hughes officiating.
If the presidential candidates' clothes and appearance are safe and bland , nothing could be further from the truth about their wives.
Michelle Obama and Ann Romney are not alike but not bland , either.
Comparing candidates' wives' fashion: Not so bland .
The Spice Man Cometh To Cuba, A Hot Land Of Bland Food.
TARBORO — JACKSONVILLE — Margaret Ann Bland , 68 of Jacksonville, NC passed away Saturday at Carolina Rivers Nursing home.
She is survived by her mother, Blanche Valentine of Jacksonville, son Peter Ostapow of Yelm, WA, brother Allen Bland of Tarboro, N.C.
Congestion on Jefferson Avenue between Bland and Denbigh boulevards.
Port Authority CEO Bland passed over for Florida job.
Trigg County Senior Citizens Center Director Carolyn Bland is among those who has fungal meningitis as a result of a tainted steroid injection, and she is still in the hospital, said Beth Taylor, Bland 's daughter.
CLARKSVILLE, Texas—Karen Dee Hardin Bland , 51, of Clarksville died Monday, Oct 8, 2012, in Clarksville.
The best kept secret in Petersburg is the Richard Bland College Wind Ensemble conducted by Iris Schwartz for the past 42 years.
Corey Perrine/Staff Tina Bland works to set up cages in order to capture ferrel cats Wednesday, Sept 27, 2012 in Naples, Fla.
It could have been more sugary, because the cone itself is very bland.
"What I've certainly heard from a lot of elected officials is that it's a no-brainer, just convert ," authority CEO Steve Bland said at a briefing Wednesday.
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In science:

Following the method in Francis & Bland-Hawthorn (2004), we can estimate the fluorescent Lyα emission that the incident QSO flux will induce in it, as a function of its (proper) distance from the QSO.
Fluorescent Lyman-alpha Emission from Gas Near a QSO at Redshift 4.28
As for the rest, a summary of the good news appears in Bland-Hawthorn and Peebles (2006).
Astrophysics in 2006
Bland-Hawthorn (School of Physics, University of Sydney) J.S.
Conference Summary: Magellanic System - Stars, Gas and Galaxies
Chemical studies of the old disk stars in the Galaxy can help to identify disk stars which came in from outside in disrupting satellites, and also those that are the debris of dispersed star-forming aggregates like the HR 1614 group (Freeman & Bland-Hawthorn, 2002).
Structure and Evolution of the Milky Way
Simulations (Bland-Hawthorn & Freeman, 2004) show that a complete random sample of about a million stars with V < 14 would allow detection of about 20 thick disk dwarfs from each of about 4500 star formation sites, and about 10 thin disk dwarfs from each of about 35,000 star formation sites.
Structure and Evolution of the Milky Way
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