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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.
References in classic literature ?
He did it languidly, and, when he had finished, sat on the edge of the bed staring blankly before him.
Lord Westmere stroked his long white mustache with his bloodless hand and looked at Alexander blankly.
Archie and the Prince stared at one another rather blankly for a minute, then Archie answered with a twinkle of the eye that made Charlie explode again
The shoulders lay upon a low mound, and the head was turned back at an angle otherwise impossible, the expanded eyes staring blankly backward in a direction opposite to that of the feet.
Dear life and heart," said Marilla blankly, "what does this mean?
For a moment he gazed rather blankly at the brown- curled young lady who was embracing him.
Hamel stared at his companion, for a moment, blankly.
Seated on a chair against the window, with her arm on the windowsill she was looking blankly at the flowing river, swift with the backward-rushing tide, struggling to see still the sweet face in its unreproaching sadness, that seemed now from moment to moment to sink away and be hidden behind a form that thrust itself between, and made darkness.
Ames gets to the top first (not without some effort) then leans over to help the struggling Bordwin, hut the latter can't quite make it; he finally lets go, falls to the pavement, and after a moment gets up and walks away as Ames blankly looks on.
The drugs are supplied by the boy next door, the video-freak son of a retired Marine corps officer and his blankly depressive wife.
Felicity Kendal, staring blankly at the camera like a rabbit caught in the headlights, plays the love interest, the late Oliver Reed is a misunderstood hitman and Joanna Lumley is a pub landlady who sells Rea the gun.
She added: "I was shocked, but when I mentioned this to the head nurse, I was just stared at blankly.