point-blank

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj point-blank close enough to go straight to the target "point-blank range","a point-blank shot"
    • adj point-blank 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"
    • adv point-blank in a direct and unequivocal manner "I asked him point-blank whether he wanted the job"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Point-blank Directed in a line toward the object aimed at; aimed directly toward the mark.
    • Point-blank Hence, direct; plain; unqualified; -- said of language; as, a point-blank assertion.
    • adv Point-blank In a point-blank manner. "To sin point-blank against God's word."
    • Point-blank The white spot on a target, at which an arrow or other missile is aimed.
    • Point-blank (Mil) With all small arms, the second point in which the natural line of sight, when horizontal, cuts the trajectory.
    • Point-blank (Mil) With artillery, the point where the projectile first strikes the horizontal plane on which the gun stands, the axis of the piece being horizontal.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n point-blank A direct shot; a shot with direct aim; a point-blank shot.
    • n point-blank The second point (that is, that furthest from the piece) at which the line of sight intersects the trajectory of a. projectile.
    • point-blank Directly; straight; without deviation or circumlocution.
    • point-blank In gunnery, having a horizontal direction: as, a point-blank shot. In point-blank shooting the ball is supposed to move directly toward the object without describing an appreciable curve.
    • point-blank Direct; plain; explicit; express: as, a pointblank denial.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Point-blank point′-blangk′ aimed directly at the mark: direct
    • adv Point-blank directly
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. point, point + blanc, white

Usage

In literature:

When the warrant for his minion's exile is submitted to him, the king refuses point blank, in the face of threatening insistence.
"The Growth of English Drama" by Arnold Wynne
The second shot had gone clear through her skull, and, being fired at point-blank distance, had almost blown her head off.
"The Boy With the U. S. Foresters" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
Asked point blank, Gen. von Emmich stoutly and with great good humor denied that he had ever committed suicide or even contemplated the step.
"The New York Times Current History: the European War, February, 1915" by Various
The girl refused, point-blank, to go.
"Then I'll Come Back to You" by Larry Evans
In the little rudely circular hollow from which Blenham had fired point-blank at Yellow Barbee was Terry's hat, trodden underfoot.
"Man to Man" by Jackson Gregory
I asked each of them point blank if they contemplated an attack while I was there.
"A Journal From Our Legation in Belgium" by Hugh Gibson
Seeing Roger's danger, Tom jumped downward again without hesitation and fired point-blank at the beast's scaly head, only ten feet away.
"The Revolt on Venus" by Carey Rockwell
This point-blank, therefore, depends on the class of gun, the charge, and the height above the water.
"Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy." by Bureau of Ordnance, USN
Stephen Hampton was the closest to her; she shot him first, point-blank in the chest.
"Dearest" by Henry Beam Piper
Janet Wren alone refused point-blank.
"An Apache Princess" by Charles King
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In poetry:

But when the widow's sobbing
Is carried from the bank,
With all my blood I'm with her
And see my death point-blank.
"False Alarm" by Boris Pasternak
A Rector of Pride, and a Justice of Peace,
(With sentiments high, they could ne'er coalesce)
Met point-blank together, one day, on the road,
Though the ground each detested the other had trod.
"The Way To Rule A Village" by William Hutton
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:

Gross, Point Blank: 10 Most Disgusting Eating Scenes From Movies.
Point blank, hats off to PR Pro, Robert Wynne, on his latest piece, Is Social Media a Waste of Time.
Candlelight vigil, man targeted, shot at point -blank range.
The ghost of Hamlet 's father has appeared to him and told him – point blank – that he was murdered by Hamlet 's uncle, who is now King and with a new wife – Hamlet 's mother.
Richard Kendall of Craig killed the bear at point blank range back in November.
VIOLENCE A point-blank shooting and quite a bit of similar violence, though in a comedy it needn't be taken too seriously.
There's seldom use of Maverick 's laid-back, tongue-in-cheek humor and an ample amount of grittiness, with "Point Blank" being the worst offender.
I mean , we had point-blank, wide open looks at the elbow, we missed layups, we missed free throws.
Fourteen seconds to go in regulation, Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals tied at 1-1, who would you rather see with the puck on his stick at point blank range than Ilya Kovalchuk.
RIVERSIDE, Calif (AP) — Nearly two years after a neo -Nazi leader was shot at near point-blank range while sleeping on his sofa, his son — who was 10 at the time of the killing — went on trial Tuesday for murder.
I think this misses the point, as Ms Le Pen 's announcement today that she would cast a blank vote suggests.
A collection of stills from Grosse Pointe Blank.
Recent news and coverage of Grosse Pointe Blank.
GROSSE POINTE BLANK (Popped Culture: Radio Goes to the Movies).
When Cardinals GM John Mozeliak was hiring a manager a little over a year ago he said it point blank.
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In science:

In fact it is parameter estimation that assumes that the parameter space is a blank canvas in which each point is of equal value.
Comment on `Tainted evidence: cosmological model selection versus fitting', by Eric V. Linder and Ramon Miquel (astro-ph/0702542v2)
The continuous lines are linear fits through the first five points of the curve (blank squares, blank triangles) to illustrate the deviation from linearity for the long-time diffusion in the denser systems.
Modelling diffusional transport in the interphase cell nucleus
The blank regions indicate models that at some point of the cosmic evolution, z ∈ [−1, ∞), have switched or will switch from quintessence to phantom behaviors or vice-versa.
A parametric model for dark energy
When the telescope points toward off-source blank sky, the output power, Wsky , is given as Wsky = kBGBTsys , where kB is the Boltzmann constant, G is the gain of the receiving system, and B is the bandwidth.
A New System Noise Measurement Method Using a 2-bit Analog-To-Digital Converter
The antenna pointed to blank sky at various elevations to generate system noise.
A New System Noise Measurement Method Using a 2-bit Analog-To-Digital Converter
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