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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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Sarah Atherton said: "I have made it clear that I won't back a blank cheque for the M4 relief road if I'm elected, and I'm calling on other candidates to do the same.
A senior official at the apex bank said that it is illegal to obtain blank cheques as guarantees to secure loans or credit cards issued by financial institutions.
But, revealingly, there is no mention of giving blank cheques or underwriting construction risk of offshore wind power or solar power, or energy efficiency.
What we can''t do is go on simply signing over a blank cheque to private landlords.
COUNCIL taxpayers in the Vale of Glamorgan could be faced with having to sign a "blank cheque" to bring the drainage system on a housing estate up to standard, a residents' leader has warned.
"We cannot and we will not give a blank cheque to Pakistan," said Obama, adding: "extremists are a cancer that is killing Pakistan from within"
He said carmakers could not expect a "blank cheque" from the taxpayer, after Jaguar-Land Rover requested loan guarantees to help the business stay afloat during the credit crunch.
As part of their demonstration, a supporter dressed as Gordon Brown handed over a 'blank cheque' to a banker.
Mega-rich City hoped to sign the former Manchester United striker from Real Madrid, with their Arab owners reportedly ready to offer a blank cheque for him.
Huskins also noted that the meeting of conservative Anglicans in Egypt has called for provinces to "assent in advance to a new covenant" and have warned that "if provinces do not do so they will be declared to have chosen to 'walk apart,' that is, separated themselves from the Anglican Communion by this 'inaction.'" This, he said, would be like writing a blank cheque.
Each was given a separate floor to design and free creative reign was, somewhat astonishingly, matched with a blank cheque. Another six were engaged to design the hotel's communal areas such as the foyer, restaurant and car park.
'It was that they were very unhappy about what happened with the war and they want to be sure that if they support Labour they are not giving a blank cheque for it to happen again.'