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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
blind spot
▪ Critics accuse him of having a blind spot on issues of ethics.
▪ He knew if some one was standing in the blind spot directly behind him, he was in trouble.
▪ It is as though the panel has developed a blind spot which does not admit the possibility that the newcomer might win.
▪ It was the blind spot of the internationalist Left.
▪ Our persistent cultural blind spot on the effects of such exclusion is now proving to be very problematic.
▪ The trouble was, Tweed was thinking, Paula had a blind spot where Dalby was concerned.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Blind spot

Blind \Blind\, a. [AS.; akin to D., G., OS., Sw., & Dan. blind, Icel. blindr, Goth. blinds; of uncertain origin.]

  1. Destitute of the sense of seeing, either by natural defect or by deprivation; without sight.

    He that is strucken blind can not forget The precious treasure of his eyesight lost.

  2. Not having the faculty of discernment; destitute of intellectual light; unable or unwilling to understand or judge; as, authors are blind to their own defects.

    But hard be hardened, blind be blinded more, That they may stumble on, and deeper fall.

  3. Undiscerning; undiscriminating; inconsiderate.

    This plan is recommended neither to blind approbation nor to blind reprobation.

  4. Having such a state or condition as a thing would have to a person who is blind; not well marked or easily discernible; hidden; unseen; concealed; as, a blind path; a blind ditch.

  5. Involved; intricate; not easily followed or traced.

    The blind mazes of this tangled wood.

  6. Having no openings for light or passage; as, a blind wall; open only at one end; as, a blind alley; a blind gut.

  7. Unintelligible, or not easily intelligible; as, a blind passage in a book; illegible; as, blind writing.

  8. (Hort.) Abortive; failing to produce flowers or fruit; as, blind buds; blind flowers.

    Blind alley, an alley closed at one end; a cul-de-sac.

    Blind axle, an axle which turns but does not communicate motion.

    Blind beetle, one of the insects apt to fly against people, esp. at night.

    Blind cat (Zo["o]l.), a species of catfish ( Gronias nigrolabris), nearly destitute of eyes, living in caverns in Pennsylvania.

    Blind coal, coal that burns without flame; anthracite coal.

    Blind door, Blind window, an imitation of a door or window, without an opening for passage or light. See Blank door or Blank window, under Blank, a.

    Blind level (Mining), a level or drainage gallery which has a vertical shaft at each end, and acts as an inverted siphon.

    Blind nettle (Bot.), dead nettle. See Dead nettle, under Dead.

    Blind shell (Gunnery), a shell containing no charge, or one that does not explode.

    Blind side, the side which is most easily assailed; a weak or unguarded side; the side on which one is least able or disposed to see danger.

    Blind snake (Zo["o]l.), a small, harmless, burrowing snake, of the family Typhlopid[ae], with rudimentary eyes.

    Blind spot (Anat.), the point in the retina of the eye where the optic nerve enters, and which is insensible to light.

    Blind tooling, in bookbinding and leather work, the indented impression of heated tools, without gilding; -- called also blank tooling, and blind blocking.

    Blind wall, a wall without an opening; a blank wall.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
blind spot

1864, "spot within one's range of vision where yet one cannot see." Of flaws in the eye, from 1872; figurative sense in use by 1907.

blind spot

alt. 1 The place where the optic nerve attaches to the retina, and so where the retina cannot detect light. 2 In driving, the part of the road that cannot be seen in the rear-view mirror. 3 (context figuratively English) An inability to recognize a fact or think clearly about a certain topic, especially because of a prejudice. 4 A location where radio reception and/or transmission is significantly poorer than in surrounding locations. n. 1 The place where the optic nerve attaches to the retina, and so where the retina cannot detect light. 2 In driving, the part of the road that cannot be seen in the rear-view mirror. 3 (context figuratively English) An inability to recognize a fact or think clearly about a certain topic, especially because of a prejudice. 4 A location where radio reception and/or transmission is significantly poorer than in surrounding locations.

blind spot
  1. n. a subject about which you are ignorant or prejudiced and fail to exercise good judgment; "golf is one of his blind spots and he's proud of it"

  2. the point where the optic nerve enters the retina; not sensitive to light [syn: optic disc, optic disk]

Blind spot

Blind spot or Blindspot may refer to:

Blind Spot (1958 film)

Blind Spot is a 1958 British drama film directed by Peter Maxwell and starring Robert MacKenzie, Delphi Lawrence, Gordon Jackson, John Le Mesurier and Michael Caine in an early screen appearance.

Blind Spot (Beverly Hills, 90210)

"Blind Spot" is a 1994 episode of the American television series Beverly Hills, 90210. The episode follows two stories. In the first, series regular David Silver finds himself attracted to his blind piano teacher, causing a strain on his relationship with girlfriend Donna Martin. In the second, series regular Steve Sanders discovers that Mike Ryan, the president of his college fraternity, is gay and outs him to the rest of the fraternity. The 26th episode of season 4, "Blind Spot" originally aired on April 6, 1994.

Blind Spot (Homeland)

"Blind Spot" is the fifth episode of the first season of the psychological thriller TV series Homeland. It originally aired on Showtime on October 30, 2011.

The lone survivor of the al-Qaeda group that held Brody for eight years is captured. Saul and Carrie are to interrogate him, with Brody's help.

Blind spot (vehicle)

A blind spot in a vehicle is an area around the vehicle that cannot be directly observed by the driver while at the controls, under existing circumstances. Blind spots exist in a wide range of vehicles: cars, trucks, motorboats, sailboats. and aircraft. Other types of transport have no blind spots at all, such as bicycles, motorcycles and horses. Proper adjustment of mirrors and use of other technical solutions can eliminate or alleviate vehicle blind spots.

In transport, driver visibility is the maximum distance at which the driver of a vehicle can see and identify prominent objects around the vehicle. Visibility is primarily determined by weather conditions (see visibility) and by a vehicle's design. The parts of a vehicle that influence visibility include the windshield, the dashboard and the pillars. Good driver visibility is essential to safe road traffic.

Blind spots may occur in the front of the driver when the A-pillar (also called the windshield pillar), side-view mirror, and interior rear-view mirror block a driver's view of the road. Behind the driver, there are additional pillars, headrests, passengers, and cargo, that may reduce visibility.

Blind spot (vision)

A blind spot, scotoma, is an obscuration of the visual field. A particular blind spot known as the physiological blind spot, "blind point", or punctum caecum in medical literature, is the place in the visual field that corresponds to the lack of light-detecting photoreceptor cells on the optic disc of the retina where the optic nerve passes through the optic disc. Because there are no cells to detect light on the optic disc, the corresponding part of the field of vision is invisible. Some process in our brains interpolates the blind spot based on surrounding detail and information from the other eye, so we do not normally perceive the blind spot.

Although all vertebrates have this blind spot, cephalopod eyes, which are only superficially similar, do not. In them, the optic nerve approaches the receptors from behind, so it does not create a break in the retina.

The first documented observation of the phenomenon was in the 1660s by Edme Mariotte in France. At the time it was generally thought that the point at which the optic nerve entered the eye should actually be the most sensitive portion of the retina; however, Mariotte's discovery disproved this theory.

The blind spot is located about 12–15° temporally and 1.5° below the horizontal and is roughly 7.5° high and 5.5° wide.

Blind Spot (1947 film)

'' Blind Spot'' is a 1947 American mystery thriller film noir directed by Robert Gordon, and starring Chester Morris, Constance Dowling and Steven Geray.

Blind Spot (2012 film)

Blind Spot is a 2012 Luxembourgian crime film directed by Christophe Wagner. The film was selected as the Luxembourgian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards, but it was not nominated.

Blind Spot (1932 film)

Blind Spot is a 1932 British crime film directed by John Daumery and starring Percy Marmont, Muriel Angelus and Warwick Ward.It was made at Teddington Studios by the British subsidiary of Warner Brothers.

Blind Spot (2015 film)

Blind Spot is a 2015 Chinese suspense thriller film directed by Danny Pang. The film was released on October 23, 2015.

Blind Spot (EP)

Blind Spot is an EP by the English alternative rock band Lush. Released on 15 April 2016, by the band's Edamame record label, the EP contains the band's first new material since 1996, following their reunion in 2015. It was produced by Jim Abbiss and Ladytron member Daniel Hunt.

The music video for the EP's opening track, "Out of Control", was released on 19 February 2016. It was directed by Martin Masai Andersen and Kim Thue.