blanket

A blanket is a large piece of material that keeps you warm when you're in bed or taking a nap on the couch. Many small children have a favorite blanket that provides not just warmth, but comfort.

There is the knitted blanket on your bed, and then there's the blanket of snow that covers your yard in January. Any heavy layer can be described this way: "After a windy day, there was suddenly a blanket of leaves outside." You can use it as a verb, too: "The fog descended and began to blanket the whole town." The Old French root is blanchet, "light wool or flannel cloth," from blanc, "white" or "white cloth."

Definitions of blanket
  1. noun
    bedding that keeps a person warm in bed
    synonyms: cover
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    afghan
    a blanket knitted or crocheted in strips or squares; sometimes used as a shawl
    electric blanket
    a blanket containing and electric heating element that can be controlled to the desired temperature by a rheostat
    Mackinaw blanket, mackinaw
    a thick plaid blanket formerly used in the northwestern United States
    manta
    a blanket that is used as a cloak or shawl
    security blanket
    a blanket (or toy) that a child carries around in order to reduce anxiety
    type of:
    bed clothing, bedclothes, bedding
    coverings that are used on a bed
  2. noun
    anything that covers
    “there was a blanket of snow”
    synonyms: mantle
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    type of:
    cover, covering, natural covering
    a natural object that covers or envelops
  3. noun
    a layer of lead surrounding the highly reactive core of a nuclear reactor
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    type of:
    bed, layer
    single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance
  4. verb
    cover as if with a blanket
    “snow blanketed the fields”
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    type of:
    cover
    provide with a covering or cause to be covered
  5. verb
    form a blanket-like cover (over)
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    type of:
    cover, spread over
    form a cover over
  6. adjective
    broad in scope or content
    blanket sanctions against human-rights violators”
    synonyms: across-the-board, all-embracing, all-encompassing, all-inclusive, broad, encompassing, extensive, panoptic, sweeping, wide
    comprehensive, overarching
    including all or everything
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