Blank verse

Blank verse
Blank Blank, a. [OE. blank, blonc, blaunc, blaunche, fr. F. blanc, fem. blanche, fr. OHG. blanch shining, bright, white, G. blank; akin to E. blink, cf. also AS. blanc white. ?98. See {Blink}, and cf. 1st {Blanch}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of a white or pale color; without color. [1913 Webster]

To the blank moon Her office they prescribed. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Free from writing, printing, or marks; having an empty space to be filled in with some special writing; -- said of checks, official documents, etc.; as, blank paper; a blank check; a blank ballot. [1913 Webster]

3. Utterly confounded or discomfited. [1913 Webster]

Adam . . . astonied stood, and blank. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. Empty; void; without result; fruitless; as, a blank space; a blank day. [1913 Webster]

5. Lacking characteristics which give variety; as, a blank desert; a blank wall; destitute of interests, affections, hopes, etc.; as, to live a blank existence; destitute of sensations; as, blank unconsciousness. [1913 Webster]

6. Lacking animation and intelligence, or their associated characteristics, as expression of face, look, etc.; expressionless; vacant. ``Blank and horror-stricken faces.'' --C. Kingsley. [1913 Webster]

The blank . . . glance of a half returned consciousness. --G. Eliot. [1913 Webster]

7. Absolute; downright; unmixed; as, blank terror. [1913 Webster]

{Blank bar} (Law), a plea put in to oblige the plaintiff in an action of trespass to assign the certain place where the trespass was committed; -- called also {common bar}.

{Blank cartridge}, a cartridge containing no ball.

{Blank deed}. See {Deed}.

{Blank door}, or {Blank window} (Arch.), a depression in a wall of the size of a door or window, either for symmetrical effect, or for the more convenient insertion of a door or window at a future time, should it be needed.

{Blank indorsement} (Law), an indorsement which omits the name of the person in whose favor it is made; it is usually made by simply writing the name of the indorser on the back of the bill.

{Blank line} (Print.), a vacant space of the breadth of a line, on a printed page; a line of quadrats.

{Blank tire} (Mech.), a tire without a flange.

{Blank tooling}. See {Blind tooling}, under {Blind}.

{Blank verse}. See under {Verse}.

{Blank wall}, a wall in which there is no opening; a dead wall. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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(especially the heroic verse of five iambic feet)

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  • Blank verse — is a type of poetry, distinguished by having a regular meter, but no rhyme. In English, the meter most commonly used with blank verse has been iambic pentameter (like that which is used in Shakespearean plays). The first known use of blank verse… …   Wikipedia

  • Blank verse — Verse Verse, n. [OE. vers, AS. fers, L. versus a line in writing, and, in poetry, a verse, from vertere, versum, to turn, to turn round; akin to E. worth to become: cf. F. vers. See {Worth} to become, and cf. {Advertise}, {Averse}, {Controversy} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blank verse — n. unrhymed verse; esp., unrhymed verse having five iambic feet per line, as in Elizabethan drama: cf. FREE VERSE …   English World dictionary

  • Blank verse — (engl., spr. blänk wörs), der reimlose fünffüßige Jambus, das eigentliche dramatische Versmaß der Engländer, wie nach ihrem Vorgang auch der Deutschen. Er wurde in England zuerst von Surrey (gest. 1547) als Metrum für epische Dichtungen… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • blank verse — n [U] poetry that has a fixed ↑rhythm but does not ↑rhyme →↑free verse …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • blank verse — blank′ verse′ n. pro unrhymed verse • Etymology: 1580–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • blank verse — ► NOUN ▪ verse without rhyme …   English terms dictionary

  • blank verse — noun uncount a type of poetry that has a regular pattern of sounds but does not have lines that RHYME …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • blank verse — 1580s; the thing itself is attested in English poetry from mid 16c. and is classical in origin …   Etymology dictionary

  • blank verse — (izg. blȅnk vérs) m DEFINICIJA jez. knjiž. nevezan, slobodni stih, bez rime, osobito jampski pentametar u engleskoj drami i epu ETIMOLOGIJA engl …   Hrvatski jezični portal

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