• 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"
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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."
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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.
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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
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  • 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

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