blank

(redirected from blankness)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Idioms.
Related to blankness: blank out

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.
References in periodicals archive ?
Their evident fullness has a sense of the 'too much' and their blankness seems a blanking out from some form of sensory or informational overload, or from a content which is accessible only through a type of paradoxical hiding of the unmanageable Real.
With light falling at an angle on this work, the shadow created on the wall behind is meant to represent the blankness that CP is left with at the end of each day when offices shut and people go home.
These men, apparently ready to give their lives, are eyeless, their white faces blended into blankness.
The blankness (of a painted-over building) invites that sort of thing," Fish said of the illicit tags.
Actually, it was pretty much a feeling of blankness, completion and at the same time I realised it was important to come down safely.
Also it "Assumes all shapes / yet retains a blankness / that eclipses the limits / of possibility.
Probably one of his purposes is to emphasize the blankness of the center, or the ironic fact that because of the absence of the center, the four fragments confined to the frame of a quartet are not really connected but rather "scattered" (103).
The holes in her father's jeans, her father's sandals, the hair on his toes, the all-around blankness of his feet, his voice, bouncing and metallic, distant and safe, the general quiet mess all there beyond her eyes.
Not just emptiness, not just blankness, but not even the existence of emptiness, not even the meaning of blankness, and no forever.
Sana's There was Someone, Lands of Amazing Secrets, A Message of Love, Unexpected Blankness and My Two Angels will never Leave are some of the interesting manifestations that adorn the walls of the gallery.
Whereas Denslow's zigzagging vitality embodied horizontal range, her squeezed verticality brings poppies teetering to crowd Baum's voyagers with a blankness that could kill.
But really, ``Marie Antoinette'' is simply a movie about the beauty that can be found in blankness.