Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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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]

Blind adjective [ 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
The precious treasure of his eyesight lost.
Shak.

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.

But hard be hardened, blind be blinded more,
That they may stumble on, and deeper fall.
Milton.

3. Undiscerning; undiscriminating; inconsiderate.

This plan is recommended neither to blind approbation nor to blind reprobation.
Jay.

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.
Milton.

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. "To blind 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.
South.

2. To deprive partially of vision; to make vision difficult for and painful to; to dazzle.

Her beauty all the rest did blind .
P. Fletcher.

3. To darken; to obscure to the eye or understanding; to conceal; to deceive.

Such darkness blinds the sky.
Dryden.

The state of the controversy between us he endeavored, with all his art, to blind and confound.
Stillingfleet.

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.

Blinder noun
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 , blindfelden , blindfellen ; Anglo-Saxon blind blind + probably fellan , fyllan , 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.
Dryden.

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.
Dryden.

Blindman's buff [ 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.
Stillingfleet.

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.
Shak.

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.
Pope

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.
Shak.

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 .
Wordsworth.

The sun blinked fair on pool and stream .
Sir W. Scott.

4. To turn slightly sour, as beer, mild, etc.

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.

Blink noun [ Middle English blink . See Blink , intransitive verb ]
1. A glimpse or glance.

This is the first blink that ever I had of him.
Bp. Hall.

2. Gleam; glimmer; sparkle. Sir W. Scott.

Not a blink of light was there.
Wordsworth.

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.

Blinkard noun [ Blind + - ard .]
1. One who blinks with, or as with, weak eyes.

Among the blind the one-eyed blinkard reigns.
Marvell.

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,
through blinkers of authority.
M. Green.

3. plural A kind of goggles, used to protect the eyes form glare, etc.

Blirt noun (Nautical) A gust of wind and rain. Ham. Nav. Encyc.

Bliss (blĭs) noun ; plural Blisses (blĭs"ĕz). [ Middle English blis , blisse , Anglo-Saxon blis , blīðs , 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
Full and perfect is.
Milton.

Syn. -- 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.

Blister noun [ Middle English ; akin to OD. bluyster , from the same root as blast , bladder , blow . 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.
Grainger.

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 .
Shak.

Blister transitive verb
1. To raise a blister or blisters upon.

My hands were blistered .
Franklin.

2. To give pain to, or to injure, as if by a blister.

This tyrant, whose sole name blisters our tongue.
Shak.

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 .

Blithe (blī&thlig;) adjective [ 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.
Prescott.

A daughter fair,
So buxom, blithe , and debonair.
Milton.

Blitheful (blī&thlig;"ful) adjective Gay; full of gayety; joyous.

Blithely adverb In a blithe manner.

Blitheness noun The state of being blithe. Chaucer.

Blithesome (-sŭm) adjective Cheery; gay; merry.

The blithesome sounds of wassail gay.
Sir W. Scott.

-- Blithe"some*ly , adverb -- Blithe"some*ness , noun

Blive (blīv) adverb [ A contraction of Belive .] Quickly; forthwith. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Blizzard (blĭz"zẽrd) noun [ 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.]