A blank is a type of cartridge for a firearm that contains gunpowder but no bullet or shot. When fired, the blank makes a flash and an explosive sound and cycles the firearm's action. Blanks are often used for simulation, training, for signaling, and Cowboy Mounted Shooting. Blank cartridges differ from dummy cartridges, which are used for training or function testing firearms; these contain no primer or gunpowder, and are inert.

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  1. A cartridge that is designed to simulate the noise and smoke of real gunfire without actually firing a projectile.
  2. An empty space; a void, as on a paper, or in one's memory.
  3. A space to be filled in on a form or template.
  4. A paper without marks or characters, or with space left for writing; a ballot, form, contract, etc. that has not yet been filled in.
  5. A lot by which nothing is gained; a ticket in a lottery on which no prize is indicated.
  6. A kind of base silver money, first coined in England by Henry V., and worth about 8 pence; also, a French coin of the seventeenth century, worth about 4 pence.
  7. A piece of metal prepared to be made into something by a further operation, as a coin, screw, nuts.
  8. A piece or division of a piece, without spots; as, the double blank"; the six blank." In blank, with an essential portion to be supplied by another; as, to make out a check in blank.
  9. The space character; the character resulting from pressing the space-bar on a keyboard.
  10. The point aimed at in a target, marked with a white spot; hence, the object to which anything is directed.
  11. Aim; shot; range.


  1. To make void; to erase.
    I blanked out my previous entry.
  2. To ignore.
    She blanked me for no reason.
  3. To prevent from scoring, as in a sporting event.
    The team was blanked.
  4. To become blank.


  1. White or pale; without colour.
  2. Free from writing, printing, or marks; having an empty space to be filled in; as, blank paper; a blank check; a blank ballot.
  3. Lacking characteristics which give variety; uniform.
    a blank desert; a blank wall; blank unconsciousness
  4. Absolute; downright; unmixed; sheer.
    blank terror
  5. Without expression.
    Failing to understand the question, he gave me a blank stare.
  6. Utterly confounded or discomfited.
  7. Empty; void; without result; fruitless.
    a blank day
  8. Devoid of thoughts, memory, or inspiration.

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