1unable to see because of injury, disease, or a congenital condition:a blind man with a stickhe was blind in one eye (as plural noun the blind)guide dogs for the blind
(of an action, especially a test or experiment) done without being able to see or without having relevant information:a blind tasting of eight wines
Aeronautics (of flying) using instruments only:blind landings during foggy conditions
2lacking perception, awareness, or judgement:a blind acceptance of the status quoshe was blind to the realities of her position
not controlled by reason:they left in blind panic
not governed by purpose:a world of blind chance
3concealed or closed, in particular:
(of a corner or bend in a road) impossible to see round:two trucks collided on a blind curve in the road
(of a door or window) walled up:fresco paintings on the blind windows
closed at one end:a blind pipe
4 [with negative]British informal not the slightest (used in emphatic expressions):this declaration is not a blind bit of good to the workers
5(of a plant) without buds, eyes, or terminal flowers:planting too shallowly is the most common cause of bulbs coming up blind
without being able to see clearly:he was the first pilot in history to fly blindwines were tasted blind
without having all the relevant information; unprepared:he was going into the interview blind
(of a stake in poker or brag) put up by a player before the cards dealt are seen.
1a screen for a window, especially one on a roller or made of slats:she pulled down the blinds
British an awning over a shop window.
2 [in singular] something designed to conceal one’s real intentions:he phoned again from his own home: that was just a blind for his wife
North American a camouflaged shelter used for observing or hunting wildlife:a duck blind
3British informal, dated a heavy drinking bout:he’s off on a blind again
1cause (someone) to be unable to see, permanently or temporarily:the injury temporarily blinded himher eyes were blinded with scalding tears
2deprive (someone) of understanding, judgement, or perception:he was blinded by his faithsomehow Clare and I were blinded to the truth
(blind someone with) confuse or overawe someone with (something they do not understand):they try to blind you with science
3 [no object, with adverbial of direction]British informal, dated move very fast and dangerously:I could see the bombs blinding along above the roof tops
bake something blind
bake a pastry or flan case without a filling.
(as) blind as a bat
informal having very bad eyesight:she’s blind as a bat without glasses
informal extremely drunk.
there's none so blind as those who will not see
proverb there’s no point trying to reason with someone who does not want to listen to reason.
turn a blind eye
pretend not to notice:please, don’t turn a blind eye to what is happening
[said to be in allusion to Nelson, who lifted a telescope to his blind eye at the Battle of Copenhagen (1801), thus not seeing the signal to ‘discontinue the action’]
when the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into a ditch
proverb those people without knowledge or experience should not try to guide or advise others in a similar position:I didn’t know anything about fighting and neither did my students—it was the blind leading the blind