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blank

1. a plate or plug used to seal an aperture
2. a piece of material prepared for stamping, punching, forging, etc
3. Archery the white spot in the centre of a target

blank

[blaŋk]
(analytical chemistry)
In a chemical analysis, the measured value that is obtained in the absence of a specified component of a sample and that reflects contamination from sources external to the component; it is deducted from the value obtained when the test is performed with the specified component present. Also known as analytical blank.
(design engineering)
(electronics)
To cut off the electron beam of a television picture tube, camera tube, or cathode-ray oscilloscope tube during the process of retrace by applying a rectangular pulse voltage to the grid or cathode during each retrace interval. Also known as beam blank.
(engineering)
The result of the final cutting operation on a natural crystal.
(metallurgy)
A semifinished piece of metal to be stamped or forged into a tool or implement.
A semifinished, pressed, compacted mass of powdered metal.
Metal sheet prepared for a forming operation.
(ordnance)
Ammunition which contains no projectile but which does contain a charge of low explosive, such as black powder, to produce a noise.
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The official said, 'More than 90 percent of bank customers do not know that blank cheques cannot be used as evidence against them in a court case.
The official explained that customers have the right to refuse issuing blank cheques to banks, and that if they are required to do so, they should request for a loan from another bank instead.
At the first, second or mostly third default of payment, the bank would take legal action with the blank cheque and sometimes without serving notice to the loan defaulter.
I prefer to play for a 'Blanco' (white-shirted) team than to accept a blank cheque," Van Nistelrooy declared.
Mr Cameron said: "There has never been a blank cheque for HS2, but I'm passionately in favour of this project and I think we need to respond to the criticisms that have been made.
The move would do away with the need for requesting a blank cheque for payment in the Gulf state.
It simply goes against common sense to hand over a blank cheque to someone," notes Rupert Connor, senior consultant at Acuma Independent Financial Advice.
Of course now that they have new procedures, I understand it's easier to get the money than it used to be - a consequence perhaps of MPs demanding massive pay rises if they weren't given almost blank cheque expenses.
He admits that energy prices are set to rise yet again, but his beloved blank cheque wind power policy could so easily be cut down to size if the ROCs (consumer-funded subsidies) and the scandalous 'market rates for community 'sweeteners'' were removed altogether, so that electricity costs less.
WHEN Julie Perry signed a blank cheque and handed it to her twin brother's careworker, she felt safe in the knowledge that it would be put to good use.
This would have been met by Cofton, but now council taxpayers will be asked to sign a blank cheque.
ISLAMABAD, 07 April , 2009 (Balochistan Times) -- Pakistan on Tuesday once again made it clear to US that no blank cheque has been given to them to carry out drone attacks urging without mutual cooperation war against terrorism is simply unachievable.