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blank sb. (etymol. meaning is ‘something white’)
1. white spot in the centre of a target; fig. anything aimed at, range of such aim Wint. II. iii. 5 “out of the blank And level of my brain,” Troil. III. iii. 232, Ham. IV. i. 42 “As level as the cannon to his blank” . . ., Lr. I. i. 161, Oth. III. iv. 127 “stood within the blank of his displeasure.”
2. lottery ticket which does not gain a prize Cor. V. ii. 10 “lots to blanks” (=all the world to nothing).
3. blank paper Sonn. lxxvii. 10; esp.=“blank charter” (R2 I. iv. 48), document given to the agents of the crown in Richard II's reign to fill up as they pleased R2 II. i. 251.
4. void Tw.N. II. iv. 112 “what's her history?—A blank.”
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