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Webster 1913 Edition


Blanket

Blan′ket

,
Noun.
[F.
blanchet
, OF. also
blanket
, a woolen waistcoat or shirt, the blanket of a printing press; prop. white woolen stuff, dim. of
blanc
white;
blanquette
a kind of white pear, fr.
blanc
white. See
Blank
,
Adj.
]
1.
A heavy, loosely woven fabric, usually of wool, and having a nap, used in bed clothing; also, a similar fabric used as a robe; or any fabric used as a cover for a horse.
2.
(Print.)
A piece of rubber, felt, or woolen cloth, used in the tympan to make it soft and elastic.
3.
A streak or layer of blubber in whales.
☞ The use of blankets formerly as curtains in theaters explains the following figure of Shakespeare.
Nares.
Nor heaven peep through the
blanket
of the dark
To cry, “Hold, hold!”
Shakespeare
Blanket sheet
,
a newspaper of folio size.
A wet blanket
,
anything which damps, chills, dispirits, or discour[GREEK]ges.

Blan′ket

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Blanketed
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Blanketing
.]
1.
To cover with a blanket.
I’ll . . .
blanket
my loins.
Shakespeare
2.
To toss in a blanket by way of punishment.
We'll have our men
blanket
'em i' the hall.
B. Jonson.
3.
To take the wind out of the sails of (another vessel) by sailing to windward of her.
Blanket cattle
.
See
Belted cattle
, under
Belted
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Blanket

BLANK'ET

, n.
1.
A cover for a bed, made of coarse wool loosely woven, and used for securing against cold. Blankets are used also by soldiers,and seamen, for covering.
2.
A kind of pear, sometimes written after the French, blanquet.
3.
Among printers, woolen cloth or white baize, to lay between the tympans.

BLANK'ET

,
Verb.
T.
To toss in a blanket by way of punishment; an ancient custom. The Emperor Otho used to sally forth in dark nights, and if he found a drunken man, he administered the discipline of the blanket.
1.
To cover with a blanket.

Definition 2023


blanket

blanket

English

A cat on a blanket on a chair.

Noun

blanket (plural blankets)

  1. A heavy, loosely woven fabric, usually large and woollen, used for warmth while sleeping or resting.
    The baby was cold, so his mother put a blanket over him.
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room Chapter 1
      The little boys in the front bedroom had thrown off their blankets and lay under the sheets.
  2. A layer of anything.
    The city woke under a thick blanket of fog.
  3. A thick rubber mat used in the offset printing process to transfer ink from the plate to the paper being printed.
    A press operator must carefully wash the blanket whenever changing a plate.
  4. A streak or layer of blubber in whales.

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Adjective

blanket (not comparable)

  1. In general; covering or encompassing everything.
    They sought to create a blanket solution for all situations.
    a blanket ban

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Verb

blanket (third-person singular simple present blankets, present participle blanketing, simple past and past participle blanketed)

  1. (transitive) To cover with, or as if with, a blanket.
    • Shakespeare
      I'll [] blanket my loins.
    A fresh layer of snow blanketed the area.
  2. (transitive) To traverse or complete thoroughly.
    The salesman blanketed the entire neighborhood.
  3. To toss in a blanket by way of punishment.
    • Ben Jonson
      We'll have our men blanket 'em i' the hall.
  4. To take the wind out of the sails of (another vessel) by sailing to windward of her.

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Danish

Noun

blanket

  1. form (document)