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blunt


  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Blunt  \Blunt\,  a.  [Cf.  Prov.  G.  bludde  a  dull  or  blunt  knife, 
  Dan.  blunde  to  sleep,  Sw  &  Icel.  blunda;  or  perh.  akin  to  E. 
  blind.] 
  1.  Having  a  thick  edge  or  point,  as  an  instrument;  dull;  not 
  sharp. 
 
  The  murderous  knife  was  dull  and  blunt.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  Dull  in  understanding;  slow  of  discernment;  stupid;  -- 
  opposed  to  {acute}. 
 
  His  wits  are  not  so  blunt.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  Abrupt  in  address;  plain;  unceremonious;  wanting  the  forms 
  of  civility;  rough  in  manners  or  speech.  ``Hiding  his 
  bitter  jests  in  blunt  behavior.''  ``A  plain,  blunt  man.'' 
  --Shak. 
 
  4.  Hard  to  impress  or  penetrate.  [R.] 
 
  I  find  my  heart  hardened  and  blunt  to  new 
  impressions.  --Pope. 
 
  Note:  Blunt  is  much  used  in  composition,  as  blunt-edged, 
  blunt-sighted,  blunt-spoken. 
 
  Syn:  Obtuse;  dull;  pointless;  curt;  short;  coarse;  rude; 
  brusque;  impolite;  uncivil. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Blunt  \Blunt\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Blunted};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Blunting}.] 
  1.  To  dull  the  edge  or  point  of  by  making  it  thicker;  to 
  make  blunt.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  repress  or  weaken,  as  any  appetite,  desire,  or  power  of 
  the  mind;  to  impair  the  force,  keenness,  or 
  susceptibility,  of  as  to  blunt  the  feelings. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Blunt  \Blunt\,  n. 
  1.  A  fencer's  foil.  [Obs.] 
 
  2.  A  short  needle  with  a  strong  point.  See  {Needle}. 
 
  3.  Money.  [Cant]  --Beaconsfield. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  blunt 
  adj  1:  having  a  broad  or  rounded  end  "thick  marks  made  by  a  blunt 
  pencil";  "a  blunt  instrument" 
  2:  used  of  a  knife  or  other  blade;  not  sharp;  "a  blunt 
  instrument" 
  3:  characterized  by  disconcerting  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"  [syn:  {candid},  {forthright}, 
  {frank},  {free-spoken},  {outspoken},  {plainspoken},  {point-blank}] 
  4:  devoid  of  any  qualifications  or  disguise  or  adornment;  "the 
  blunt  truth";  "the  crude  facts";  "facing  the  stark  reality 
  of  the  deadline"  [syn:  {crude(a)},  {stark(a)}] 
  v  1:  make  less  intense;  "blunted  emotions" 
  2:  make  numb  or  insensitive;  "The  shock  numbed  her  senses" 
  [syn:  {numb},  {benumb},  {dull}] 
  3:  make  dull  or  blunt,  as  of  sharp  edges  or  knives'  blades 
  [syn:  {dull}]  [ant:  {sharpen}] 
  4:  make  less  sharp;  "blunt  the  knives" 
  5:  make  less  lively,  intense,  or  vigorous;  impair  in  vigor, 
  force,  activity,  or  sensation;  "Terror  blunted  her 
  feelings";  "deaden  a  sound"  [syn:  {deaden}]  [ant:  {enliven}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Blunt,  SD  (city,  FIPS  6180) 
  Location:  44.51547  N,  99.98797  W 
  Population  (1990):  342  (172  housing  units) 
  Area:  1.3  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  57522 




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