Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Blighting adjective Causing blight.
Blightingly adverb So as to cause blight.
Blimbi, Blimbing noun See Bilimbi , etc.
Blin transitive verb & i. [ Middle English blinnen , Anglo-Saxon blinnan ; prefix be- + linnan to cease.] To stop; to cease; to desist. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Blin noun [ Anglo-Saxon blinn .] Cessation; end. [ Obsolete]
[ Anglo-Saxon ; akin to D., G., Old Saxon , Swedish , & Danish blind
, Icelandic blindr
, Goth. blinds
; of uncertain origin.] 1. Destitute of the sense of seeing, either by natural defect or by deprivation; without sight.
He that is strucken blind can not forget 2. Not having the faculty of discernment; destitute of intellectual light; unable or unwilling to understand or judge; as, authors are blind to their own defects.
The precious treasure of his eyesight lost.
But hard be hardened, blind be blinded more, 3. Undiscerning; undiscriminating; inconsiderate.
That they may stumble on, and deeper fall.
This plan is recommended neither to blind approbation nor to blind reprobation. 4. Having such a state or condition as a thing would have to a person who is blind; not well marked or easily discernible; hidden; unseen; concealed; as, a blind path; a blind ditch. 5. Involved; intricate; not easily followed or traced.
The blind mazes of this tangled wood. 6. Having no openings for light or passage; as, a blind wall; open only at one end; as, a blind alley; a blind gut. 7. Unintelligible, or not easily intelligible; as, a blind passage in a book; illegible; as, blind writing. 8. (Hort.) Abortive; failing to produce flowers or fruit; as, blind buds; blind flowers. Blind alley
, an alley closed at one end; a cul- de-sac .
-- Blind axle
, an axle which turns but does not communicate motion. Knight.
-- Blind beetle
, one of the insects apt to fly against people, esp. at night.
-- Blind cat (Zoology)
, a species of catfish ( Gronias nigrolabris ), nearly destitute of eyes, living in caverns in Pennsylvania.
-- Blind coal
, coal that burns without flame; anthracite coal. Simmonds.
- - Blind door
, Blind window
, an imitation of a door or window, without an opening for passage or light. See Blank door or window , under Blank , adjective
-- Blind level (Mining)
, a level or drainage gallery which has a vertical shaft at each end, and acts as an inverted siphon. Knight.
-- Blind nettle (Botany)
, dead nettle. See Dead nettle , under Dead .
-- Blind shell (Gunnery)
, a shell containing no charge, or one that does not explode.
-- Blind side
, the side which is most easily assailed; a weak or unguarded side; the side on which one is least able or disposed to see danger. Swift.
-- Blind snake (Zoology)
, a small, harmless, burrowing snake, of the family Typhlopidæ , with rudimentary eyes.
-- Blind spot (Anat.)
, the point in the retina of the eye where the optic nerve enters, and which is insensible to light.
-- Blind tooling
, in bookbinding and leather work, the indented impression of heated tools, without gilding; -- called also blank tooling , and blind blocking .
-- Blind wall
, a wall without an opening; a blank wall.
Blind transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Blinded
; present participle & verbal noun Blinding
.] 1. To make blind; to deprive of sight or discernment.
the truth and me." Tennyson.
A blind guide is certainly a great mischief; but a guide that blinds those whom he should lead is . . . a much greater. 2. To deprive partially of vision; to make vision difficult for and painful to; to dazzle.
Her beauty all the rest did blind . 3. To darken; to obscure to the eye or understanding; to conceal; to deceive.
Such darkness blinds the sky.
The state of the controversy between us he endeavored, with all his art, to blind and confound. 4. To cover with a thin coating of sand and fine gravel; as a road newly paved, in order that the joints between the stones may be filled.
Blind noun 1. Something to hinder sight or keep out light; a screen; a cover; esp. a hinged screen or shutter for a window; a blinder for a horse. 2. Something to mislead the eye or the understanding, or to conceal some covert deed or design; a subterfuge. 3.
[ Confer French blindes
, p...., from German blende
, from blenden
to blind, from blind
blind.] (Mil.) A blindage. See Blindage . 4. A halting place.
[ Obsolete] Dryden.
Blind reader A post-office clerk whose duty is to decipher obscure addresses.
Blind, Blinde noun See Blende .
Blindage noun [ Confer French blindage .] (Mil.) A cover or protection for an advanced trench or approach, formed of fascines and earth supported by a framework.
1. One who, or that which, blinds. 2. (Saddlery) One of the leather screens on a bridle, to hinder a horse from seeing objects at the side; a blinker.
Blindfish noun A small fish ( Amblyopsis spelæus ) destitute of eyes, found in the waters of the Mammoth Cave, in Kentucky. Related fishes from other caves take the same name.
Blindfold transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Blindfolded
; present participle & verbal noun Blindfolding
.] [ Middle English blindfolden
; Anglo-Saxon blind
blind + probably fellan
, to fell, strike down.] To cover the eyes of, as with a bandage; to hinder from seeing.
And when they had blindfolded him, they struck him on the face.
Luke xxii. 64.
Blindfold adjective Having the eyes covered; blinded; having the mental eye darkened. Hence: Heedless; reckless; as, blindfold zeal; blindfold fury.
Fate's blindfold reign the atheist loudly owns.
Blinding adjective Making blind or as if blind; depriving of sight or of understanding; obscuring; as, blinding tears; blinding snow.
Blinding noun A thin coating of sand and fine gravel over a newly paved road. See Blind , transitive verb , 4.
Blindly adverb Without sight, discernment, or understanding; without thought, investigation, knowledge, or purpose of one's own.
By his imperious mistress blindly led.
[ See Buff
a buffet.] A play in which one person is blindfolded, and tries to catch some one of the company and tell who it is.
Surely he fancies I play at blindman's buff with him, for he thinks I never have my eyes open.
Blindman's holiday The time between daylight and candle light. [ Humorous]
Blindness noun State or condition of being blind, literally or figuratively. Darwin. Color blindness
, inability to distinguish certain color. See Daltonism .
Blindstory noun (Architecture) The triforium as opposed to the clearstory.
Blindworm noun (Zoology) A small, burrowing, snakelike, limbless lizard ( Anguis fragilis ), with minute eyes, popularly believed to be blind; the slowworm; -- formerly a name for the adder.
Newts and blindworms do no wrong.
Blink intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Blinked
; present participle & verbal noun Blinking
.] [ Middle English blenken
; akin to dan. blinke
, Swedish blinka
, German blinken
to shine, glance, wink, twinkle, D. blinken to shine; and probably to Dutch blikken
to glance, twinkle, German blicken
to look, glance, Anglo-Saxon blī can
to shine, English bleak
. √98. See Bleak
; confer 1st Blench
.] 1. To wink; to twinkle with, or as with, the eye.
One eye was blinking , and one leg was lame. 2. To see with the eyes half shut, or indistinctly and with frequent winking, as a person with weak eyes.
Show me thy chink, to blink through with mine eyne. 3. To shine, esp. with intermittent light; to twinkle; to flicker; to glimmer, as a lamp.
The dew was falling fast, the stars began to blink .
The sun blinked fair on pool and stream . 4. To turn slightly sour, as beer, mild, etc.
Sir W. Scott.
Blink transitive verb
1. To shut out of sight; to avoid, or purposely evade; to shirk; as, to blink the question. 2. To trick; to deceive. [ Scot.] Jamieson.
[ Middle English blink
. See Blink
, intransitive verb
] 1. A glimpse or glance.
This is the first blink that ever I had of him. 2. Gleam; glimmer; sparkle. Sir W. Scott.
Not a blink of light was there. 3. (Nautical) The dazzling whiteness about the horizon caused by the reflection of light from fields of ice at sea; ice blink. 4. plural
[ Confer Blencher
.] (Sporting) Boughs cast where deer are to pass, to turn or check them.
[ Prov. Eng.]
Blink beer Beer kept unbroached until it is sharp. Crabb.
Blink-eyed adjective Habitually winking. Marlowe.
+ - ard
.] 1. One who blinks with, or as with, weak eyes.
Among the blind the one-eyed blinkard reigns. 2. That which twinkles or glances, as a dim star, which appears and disappears. Hakewill.
Blinker noun 1. One who, or that which, blinks. 2. A blinder for horses; a flap of leather on a horse's bridle to prevent him from seeing objects as his side hence, whatever obstructs sight or discernment.
Nor bigots who but one way see, 3. plural A kind of goggles, used to protect the eyes form glare, etc.
through blinkers of authority.
Blirt noun (Nautical) A gust of wind and rain. Ham. Nav. Encyc.
; plural Blisses
(blĭs"ĕz). [ Middle English blis
, Anglo-Saxon blis
, from blīðe
blithe. See Blithe
.] Orig., blithesomeness; gladness; now, the highest degree of happiness; blessedness; exalted felicity; heavenly joy.
An then at last our bliss Syn.
Full and perfect is.
-- Blessedness; felicity; beatitude; happiness; joy; enjoyment. See Happiness
Blissful adjective Full of, characterized by, or causing, joy and felicity; happy in the highest degree. " Blissful solitude." Milton. -- Bliss"ful*ly , adverb -- Bliss"ful*ness , noun
Blissless adjective Destitute of bliss. Sir P. Sidney.
Blissom intransitive verb [ For blithesome : but confer also Icelandic bl...sma of a goat at heat.] To be lustful; to be lascivious. [ Obsolete]
Blissom adjective Lascivious; also, in heat; -- said of ewes.
[ Middle English ; akin to OD. bluyster
, from the same root as blast
. See Blow
to eject wind.] 1. A vesicle of the skin, containing watery matter or serum, whether occasioned by a burn or other injury, or by a vesicatory; a collection of serous fluid causing a bladderlike elevation of the cuticle.
And painful blisters swelled my tender hands. 2. Any elevation made by the separation of the film or skin, as on plants; or by the swelling of the substance at the surface, as on steel. 3. A vesicatory; a plaster of Spanish flies, or other matter, applied to raise a blister. Dunglison. Blister beetle
, a beetle used to raise blisters, esp. the Lytta (or Cantharis) vesicatoria , called Cantharis or Spanish fly by druggists. See Cantharis .
-- Blister fly
, a blister beetle.
-- Blister plaster
, a plaster designed to raise a blister; -- usually made of Spanish flies.
-- Blister steel
, crude steel formed from wrought iron by cementation; - - so called because of its blistered surface. Called also blistered steel .
-- Blood blister
. See under Blood .
Blister intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Blistered
; present participle & verbal noun Blistering
.] To be affected with a blister or blisters; to have a blister form on.
Let my tongue blister .
Blister transitive verb 1. To raise a blister or blisters upon.
My hands were blistered . 2. To give pain to, or to injure, as if by a blister.
This tyrant, whose sole name blisters our tongue.
Blistery adjective Full of blisters. Hooker.
Blite (blīt) noun [ Latin blitum , Greek bli`ton .] (Botany) A genus of herbs ( Blitum >) with a fleshy calyx. Blitum capitatum is the strawberry blite .
[ Anglo-Saxon blīðe
blithe, kind; akin to Goth. bleiþs
kind, Icelandic blīðr
mild, gentle, Dan. & Swedish blid
gentle, Dutch blijd
blithe, Old High German blīdi
kind, blithe.] Gay; merry; sprightly; joyous; glad; cheerful; as, a blithe spirit.
The blithe sounds of festal music.
A daughter fair,
So buxom, blithe , and debonair.
Blitheful (blī&thlig;"ful) adjective Gay; full of gayety; joyous.
Blithely adverb In a blithe manner.
Blitheness noun The state of being blithe. Chaucer.
(-sŭm) adjective Cheery; gay; merry.
The blithesome sounds of wassail gay.
Sir W. Scott.
[ A contraction of Belive
.] Quickly; forthwith.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
[ Confer Blaze
to flash. Formerly, in local use, a rattling volley; confer "to blaze
away" to fire away.] A gale of piercingly cold wind, usually accompanied with fine and blinding snow; a furious blast.
[ U. S.]