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She stared at him as if to pierce the blankness of his gaze.

The commander watched them, on his face the blankness of unwillingness to believe.

But Thorvald was staring back at him with the blankness of non-recognition.

But suddenly he realized that there was a blankness about it all.

It went off, and Turnbull's mind spiraled into blankness before he could react.

Gradually a cloud of blankness grew—a cloud, like some smoke that hung about them.

He missed Phineas beyond all his conception of the blankness of bereavement.

And for the cold silence and blankness surrounding him Richard was grateful.

Had not the blankness of the fog brought him help this very morning?

I stood there blank, but not unaware in my blankness of how history repeats itself.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., "white, pale, colorless," from Old French blanc "white, shining," from Frankish *blank "white, gleaming," or some other West Germanic source (cf. Old Norse blakkr, Old English blanca "white horse;" Old High German blanc, blanch; German blank "shining, bright"), from Proto-Germanic *blangkaz "to shine, dazzle," extended form of PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)).

Meaning "having empty spaces" evolved c.1400. Sense of "void of expression" (a blank look) is from 1550s. Spanish blanco, Italian bianco are said to be from Germanic. Related: Blankly, blankness.

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