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Blank bar

  • (Law), a plea put in to oblige the plaintiff in an action of trespass to assign the certain place where the trespass was committed; called also common bar.
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Blank cartridge

  • a cartridge containing no ball.
Webster 1913

blank check

  • noun freedom to do as you see fit
    free hand.
    • many have doubts about giving him a free hand to attack
  • noun a check that has been signed but with the amount payable left blank
    blank check.
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blank cheque

  • noun a check that has been signed but with the amount payable left blank
    blank check.
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Blank deed

  • . See Deed.
  • a printed form containing the customary legal phraseology, with blank spaces for writing in names, dates, boundaries, etc.
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Blank door, ∨ Blank window

  • (Arch.), a depression in a wall of the size of a door or window, either for symmetrical effect, or for the more convenient insertion of a door or window at a future time, should it be needed.
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blank endorsement

  • noun an endorsement on commercial paper naming no payee and so payable to the bearer
    blank endorsement.
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Blank indorsement

  • (Law), an indorsement which omits the name of the person in whose favor it is made; it is usually made by simply writing the name of the indorser on the back of the bill.
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Blank line

  • (Print.), a vacant space of the breadth of a line, on a printed page; a line of quadrats.
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blank out

  • verb be unable to remember
    blank out; forget; block.
    • I'm drawing a blank
    • You are blocking the name of your first wife!
  • verb cut out, as for political reasons
    • several line in the report were blanked out
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blank shell

  • noun a cartridge containing an explosive charge but no bullet
    dummy; blank.
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blank space

  • noun a blank area
    place; space.
    • write your name in the space provided
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Blank tire

  • (Mech.), a tire without a flange.
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Blank tooling

  • . See Blind tooling, under Blind.
Webster 1913

Blank verse

  • noun unrhymed verse (usually in iambic pentameter)
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  • . See under Verse.
Webster 1913

Blank wall

  • a wall in which there is no opening; a dead wall.
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coin blank

  • noun a flat metal disk ready for stamping as a coin
    planchet.
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draw a blank

  • verb be unable to remember
    blank out; forget; block.
    • I'm drawing a blank
    • You are blocking the name of your first wife!
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endorsement in blank

  • noun an endorsement on commercial paper naming no payee and so payable to the bearer
    blank endorsement.
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File blank

  • a steel blank shaped and ground ready for cutting to form a file.
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In blank

  • with an essential portion to be supplied by another; as, to make out a check in blank.
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point-blank

  • adjective satellite characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion
    frank; straight-from-the-shoulder; outspoken; candid; plainspoken; blunt; free-spoken; forthright.
    • 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
  • adjective satellite close enough to go straight to the target
    • point-blank range
    • a point-blank shot
  • adverb in a direct and unequivocal manner
    • I asked him point-blank whether he wanted the job
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Point`-blank" noun
Etymology
F. point point + blanc white.
Definitions
  1. The white spot on a target, at which an arrow or other missile is aimed. Obs. Jonson.
  2. (Mil.) (a) With all small arms, the second point in which the natural line of sight, when horizontal, cuts the trajectory. (b) With artillery, the point where the projectile first strikes the horizontal plane on which the gun stands, the axis of the piece being horizontal.
Point`-blank" adjective
Definitions
  1. Directed in a line toward the object aimed at; aimed directly toward the mark.
  2. Hence, direct; plain; unqualified; -- said of language; as, a point-blank assertion.
Point`-blank" adverb
Definitions
  1. In a point-blank manner.
    To sin point-blank against God's word. Fuller.
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Point-blank range

  • the extent of the apparent right line of a ball discharged.
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Point-blank shot

  • the shot of a gun pointed directly toward the object to be hit.
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To indorse in blank

  • to write one's name on the back of a note or bill, leaving a blank to be filled by the holder.
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