blank out

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v blank out cut out, as for political reasons "several line in the report were blanked out"
    • v blank out be unable to remember "I'm drawing a blank","You are blocking the name of your first wife!"
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Quotations

  • Steve Martin
    Steve Martin
    “I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper.”

Usage

In literature:

Old Roger Chillingworth knelt down beside him, with a blank, dull countenance, out of which the life seemed to have departed.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. IX (of X) - America - I" by Various
Tear out a blank page and write what I tell you.
"Tales of the Fish Patrol" by Jack London
The girls urge her not to go too far; to keep out of Jose's way, but she refuses point blank.
"Operas Every Child Should Know" by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
The Peri shut out of Paradise was as nothing to the disconcerted girl who stood blankly in the corridor.
"The Leader of the Lower School" by Angela Brazil
Her mind was a blank, and all human expression was rapidly fading out of her face.
"A Tangled Tale" by Lewis Carroll
If you draw a blank, go to Perryville and Havre de Grace and see what you can find out there.
"Poisoned Air" by Sterner St. Paul Meek
The facades of the houses, with their blank windows, might be carved out of ice.
"Rosinante to the Road Again" by John Dos Passos
I blanked out Kincaide and the men, feeling Dival's eyes searching my face.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
It is impossible to blank them out.
"Pirates of the Gorm" by Nat Schachner
The window of the little room in which they were, looked out only on to a blank wall.
"The Adventures of Herr Baby" by Mrs. Molesworth
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In poetry:

When frosty window-panes blank out
The world of light and motion,
Despair and grief are doubly like
The desert of the ocean.
"Parting" by Boris Pasternak
A sense of tinkling glasses,
Of love and laughter and light -
The piano stops, and the window
Stares blank out into the night.
"In The Placid Summer Midnight" by William Ernest Henley
Leave blanks in life, not in your papers,
And do not ever hesitate
To pencil out whole chunks, whole chapters
Of your existence, of your fate.
"It is not seemly to be famous..." by Boris Pasternak
I signed above, where all the stars were out,
As if an urgent heat had started there
A secret writing from a sombre page,
A blank, last moment, crowded suddenly
With hurrying splendours.
"Aurora Leigh: Book Eighth" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
I'm not sure. Maybe all that silence
spilled out of the church, maybe
the blank sky, suspended,
was the stillness of my life and
that moment was the many afternoons
in the dead center of the wheel.
"E. At The Zocalo" by Ernesto Trejo
The tale is somewhat out of joint—
I'm not much given to complain;
'Tis in a most essential point
A blank; I've read it oft in vain
To find one syllable about her size,
The color of her hair, or of her eyes.
"An Eastern Tale" by David John Scott

In news:

Behind a blank facade in one of North Boulder's industrial strip malls is a room vibrant with color, conversations and the noise of artisans turning out small, quirky masterpieces of recycled goodness.
Yes, I was screaming at the top of my lungs, but "Oh My God," was all I could get out as I sat there staring at my computer screen blankly.
K-State pulled away from Texas Tech in the second half of a 55-14 win, but once again had problems closing out the first half with a touchdown from point-blank range.
I asked out loud as I stared blankly into the men_s restroom mirror.
Those younger guys could do worse than following Blank 's example, coach Todd Woelfle pointed out.
Kyle Kendrick shut down the Milwaukee Brewers on three hits through eight innings while striking out seven as the Philadelphia Phillies blanked Milwaukee 8-0 on Sunday at Miller Park.
When you fill out the entry blank for the Hair Harvest, you will be contacted to slot your time.
Dan Henley point-blank refused the medicine his physician initially suggested to regulate his out-of-whack blood sugar.
Jordan Shipers threw a no-hit ter against the Whitecaps, walking two and striking out two, as Clinton blanked visiting West Michigan on Wednesday night, 10-0.
The folder begins with a blank piece of paper - an empty, uniform space - then literally creates something out of nothing.
Get me out of this mess, Lord, and I'll (fill in the blank).
With the rapid fingers of a professional typist, she plucks a printed business card out of the press and replaces the slot with a blank.
It happens all the time—someone's late to meet you, someone makes a snap judgement that foils your plans, or you yourself blank out, unable to answer a question that's being asked.
That's because "stuff" can weigh you down and hold you back, says Gail Blanke, author of Throw Out Fifty Things.
How CD- ROMs Are Made CD- ROMs are made by "burning" a blank CD-R disc and sending it to a media manufacturer, which creates a master disc that is used to stamp out the required quantity.
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In science:

The ideal way to carry out the local survey would be to do a blank field survey of large parts of the sky but this is currently impractical because the field of view of SCUBA is only ∼2 arcmins.
The SCUBA Local Universe Galaxy Survey II. 450 micron data - evidence for cold dust in bright IRAS Galaxies
The next step of research should consider the presented attacks and develop mechanism that blank out these vulnerabilities.
SPAM over Internet Telephony and how to deal with it
The bright radio continuum source which is still visible in the total intensity H I map was blanked out for clarity reasons.
Dynamical Centers and Non-Circular Motions in THINGS Galaxies: Implications for Dark Matter Halos
The effect due to rise time can be best reduced by blanking out the response of the correlator for that period.
A 2-20 GHz Analog Lag-Correlator for Radio Interferometry
Hughes Danbury Optical Systems (HDOS, Danbury, Connecticut) - now Raytheon Optical Systems Incorporated (ROSI) - precision figured and superpolished the 4mirror-pair grazing-incidence x-ray optics out of Zerodur blanks from Schott Glaswerke (Mainz, Germany).
Chandra X-Ray Observatory (CXO):Overview
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