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  6  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Blind  \Blind\,  a.  [AS.;  akin  to  D.,  G.,  OS.,  Sw.,  &  Dan.  blind, 
  Icel.  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}  (Zo["o]l.),  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},  a. 
 
  {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}  (Bot.),  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}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  small  harmless,  burrowing  snake, 
  of  the  family  {Typhlopid[ae]},  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Blind  \Blind\,  Blinde  \Blinde\,  n. 
  See  {Blende}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Blind  \Blind\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Blinded};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Blind  \Blind\,  n. 
  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.  [Cf.  F.  blindes,  p?.,  fr  G.  blende,  fr  blenden  to  blind, 
  fr  blind  blind.]  (Mil.)  A  blindage.  See  {Blindage}. 
 
  4.  A  halting  place  [Obs.]  --Dryden. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  blind 
  adj  1:  unable  to  see  [syn:  {unsighted}]  [ant:  {sighted}] 
  2:  unable  or  unwilling  to  perceive  or  understand;  "blind  to  a 
  lover's  faults";  "blind  to  the  consequences  of  their 
  actions" 
  3:  not  based  on  reason  on  evidence;  "blind  hatred"; 
  "unreasonable  expectations"  [syn:  {unreasoning},  {unreasonable}] 
  4:  without  preparation  or  forethought  or  knowledge;  "a  blind 
  attempt";  "a  blind  purchase" 
  5:  not  easily  seen  or  noticed;  "blind  stitching"  [syn:  {undetectable}] 
  6:  closed  at  one  end  "a  blind  alley" 
  7:  slang  for  `drunk'  [syn:  {besotted},  {blind  drunk},  {blotto}, 
  {crocked},  {fuddled},  {loaded},  {pissed},  {pixilated},  {plastered}, 
  {potty},  {slopped},  {sloshed},  {smashed},  {soaked},  {soused}, 
  {sozzled},  {squiffy},  {stiff},  {tiddly},  {tiddley},  {tight}, 
  {tipsy},  {wet}] 
  n  1:  people  who  have  severe  visual  impairments;  "he  spent  hours 
  reading  to  the  blind" 
  2:  a  hiding  place  sometimes  used  by  hunters  (especially  duck 
  hunters);  "he  waited  impatiently  in  the  blind" 
  3:  something  that  keeps  things  out  or  hinders  sight;  "they  had 
  just  moved  in  and  had  not  put  up  blinds  yet"  [syn:  {screen}] 
  4:  something  intended  to  misrepresent  the  true  nature  of  an 
  activity;  "he  wasn't  sick--it  was  just  a  subterfuge";  "the 
  holding  company  was  just  a  blind"  [syn:  {subterfuge}] 
  v  1:  render  unable  to  see 
  2:  make  blind  by  putting  the  eyes  out  "The  criminals  were 
  punished  and  blinded"  [syn:  {excecate}] 
  3:  make  dim  by  comparison  or  conceal  [syn:  {dim}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Blind 
  Blind  beggars  are  frequently  mentioned  (Matt.  9:27;  12:22; 
  20:30;  John  5:3).  The  blind  are  to  be  treated  with  compassion 
  (Lev.  19:14;  Deut.  27:18).  Blindness  was  sometimes  a  punishment 
  for  disobedience  (1  Sam.  11:2;  Jer.  39:7),  sometimes  the  effect 
  of  old  age  (Gen.  27:1;  1  Kings  14:4;  1  Sam.  4:15).  Conquerors 
  sometimes  blinded  their  captives  (2  Kings  25:7;  1  Sam.  11:2). 
  Blindness  denotes  ignorance  as  to  spiritual  things  (Isa.  6:10; 
  42:18,  19;  Matt.  15:14;  Eph.  4:18).  The  opening  of  the  eyes  of 
  the  blind  is  peculiar  to  the  Messiah  (Isa.  29:18).  Elymas  was 
  smitten  with  blindness  at  Paul's  word  (Acts  13:11). 
 




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