Something that's blank is empty or undecorated. A blank canvas hasn't been drawn or painted on yet — it's clean and unmarked.

A blank computer screen has no information on it, and a blank look on someone's face is completely free of any expression, revealing nothing. If your mind goes blank during a job interview, you are left without any thoughts for a moment. When blank is a noun, it means "a line to be filled in" or "an empty space." In the 1500s, a blank was the empty, white center of a target, from the French word blanc, or "white."

Definitions of blank
  1. adjective
    (of a surface) not written or printed on
    blank pages”
    “fill in the blank spaces”
    synonyms: clean, white
    holding or containing nothing
  2. noun
    a blank gap or missing part
    synonyms: lacuna
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    type of:
    crack, gap
    a narrow opening
  3. noun
    a blank character used to separate successive words in writing or printing
    synonyms: space
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    type of:
    character, grapheme, graphic symbol
    a written symbol that is used to represent speech
  4. noun
    a piece of material ready to be made into something
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    type of:
    flat solid, sheet
    a flat artifact that is thin relative to its length and width
  5. adjective
    void of expression
    “a blank stare”
    synonyms: vacuous
    incommunicative, uncommunicative
    not inclined to talk or give information or express opinions
  6. noun
    a cartridge containing an explosive charge but no bullet
    synonyms: blank shell, dummy
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    ammunition consisting of a cylindrical casing containing an explosive charge and a bullet; fired from a rifle or handgun
  7. adjective
    not charged with a bullet
    “a blank cartridge”
    (of weapons) not charged with ammunition
  8. verb
    keep the opposing (baseball) team from winning
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    type of:
    keep, prevent
    stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state
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