bluntness

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
    • n bluntness without sharpness or clearness of edge or point "the dullness of the pencil made his writing illegible"
    • n bluntness the quality of being direct and outspoken "the bluntness of a Yorkshireman"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bluntness Abruptness of address; rude plainness. "Bluntness of speech."
    • Bluntness Want of edge or point; dullness; obtuseness; lack of sharpness. "The multitude of elements and bluntness of angles."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bluntness The state or quality of being blunt. Want of sharpness; dullness; obtuseness.
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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.”

Usage

In literature:

The Lord High Functionary had put it bluntly to the Prime Minister.
"King John of Jingalo" by Laurence Housman
The seed inside the berry is a stone which is flattened, blunt-pointed, and grooved.
"On the Trail" by Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
However, Richard had but scanty space wherein either to enjoy his blunt hatred of that bridegroom or theorize as to its roots.
"The President" by Alfred Henry Lewis
The young man was too blunt, too out-spokenly direct.
"The Fourth R" by George Oliver Smith
He didn't like the blunt, brutal way this Southern Democrat talked.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
Axe, grooved near the blunt end, which is shaped similarly to the edge.
"Illustrated Catalogue Of The Collections Obtained From The Indians Of New Mexico And Arizona In 1879" by James Stevenson
It is the mind that is blunted and not the ear.
"The Last Harvest" by John Burroughs
In most things he was unusually frank, bluntly honest.
"The Short Cut" by Jackson Gregory
Then they went to Blunt Rand, as bright and hateful as twin daggers.
"Wolf Breed" by Jackson Gregory
Those who knew Swift, took no offence at his bluntness of behavior.
"Irish Wit and Humor" by Anonymous
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In poetry:

The blunt, clumsy stumblers, the boors.
Winter is for women ——
The woman, still at her knitting,
At the cradle of Spanis walnut,
Her body a bulb in the cold and too dumb to think.
"Wintering" by Sylvia Plath
Well, I must go in. There are meals to serve.
Join us there, Carpenter, when you’ve had enough
Of cattle-company. The world is a sad place,
But wine and music blunt the truth of it.
"The Innkeeper’s Wife" by Clive Sansom
Wipe off my tears, destroy each wily snare,
Preserve my soul, and blunt each keen-edg'd care;
Behold my woes, my piteous wailings hear,
Judge thou my cause, and then thy servant clear.
"A Prayer, Against The Oppression Of One's Foe. " by Rees Prichard
Ragged and grim on the parched hill-rim,
The cottonwoods sulk in gray:
The guiding word of the plowman is heard
A dream-thralled mile away — half blurred,
Wounding the calm as a blunted sword.
"Prarie Storm Rune" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
What good soe'er the gods dispense,
The enjoyment of its influence
Still on her love depends;
Her love the shield that guards his heart,
Or wards the blow, or blunts the dart
That peevish fortune sends.
"See Where The Thames, The Purest Stream" by William Cowper
But bidèn up till dead o' night,
When han's o' clocks do stan' upright,
By candle-light, do soon consume
The feäce's bloom, an' turn it white.
An' light a-cast vrom midnight skies
Do blunt the sparklèn ov the eyes.
"Early Risèn" by William Barnes

In news:

Without jittery eye motion, our most powerful sense is blunted.
What trappers need is a durable sifter that isn't, to put it bluntly, junk.
Or to put it more bluntly, our American election cycle is making us appear like Bill Murray in "Groundhog Day".
Let's be blunt about the average viewer's response to the very idea of Christopher Reeve in a remake of "Rear Window": it sounds like a cruel joke.
When former Minnesota Gov Tim Pawlenty entered the back room for a meet-and-greet at Cronk's Café in Denison, Iowa on Wednesday afternoon, my neighbor offered a blunt assessment: "They had a much bigger crowd here Monday".
Jason Segel and Emily Blunt find humor in heartache in 'The Five-Year Engagement'.
When Brooklyn's Xray Eyeballs debuted with Not Nothing a year ago, it was easy to mistake its three-chord garage-punk grind for the Black Lips—admittedly not an unflattering comparison to make when shopping around for blunt punk instruments.
Bluntly and Impatiently, Chief Upends G.M.
Marriage begins blissfully enough for Prince Albert (Rupert Friend) and the young Queen Victoria (Emily Blunt).
Steelman challenges Blunt on earmarks.
Eating Salmon with Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor.
A Lady Blunt Stradivarius sale is to help tsunami and quake victims.
Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt was in Milan, Missouri on Saturday.
Navy, Air Force CMOs decry ' blunt , formulaic' cuts to civilian workforce.
Schools are blunt about new pot law: Not on our campus.
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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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