Nil vs Blank - What's the difference?

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Nil is a related term of blank.

As an initialism nil

is (nanotechnology) (nanoimprint lithography).

As a verb blank is





(en noun)
  • Nothing; zero.
  • * 1946 , (Bertrand Russell), History of Western Philosophy , I.19:
  • As to Aristotle's influence on him, we are left free to conjecture whatever seems to us most plausible. For my part, I should suppose it nil .


    (en determiner)
  • No, not any.
  • * 1982 , Gavin Lyall, Conduct of Major Maxim , Hodder & Stoughton Ltd:
  • But after two or three hours and nil results, you have to accept that the trail is cold and you can't justify that level of manpower.

    See also

    * null * nil desperandum




  • (archaic) White or pale; without colour.
  • * Milton
  • To the blank moon / Her office they prescribed.
  • Free from writing, printing, or marks; having an empty space to be filled in; as, blank paper; a blank check; a blank ballot.
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  • (figurative) Lacking characteristics which give variety; uniform.
  • a blank''' desert; a '''blank''' wall; '''blank unconsciousness
  • Absolute; downright; unmixed; sheer.
  • blank terror
  • Without expression.
  • Failing to understand the question, he gave me a blank stare.
  • Utterly confounded or discomfited.
  • * Milton
  • Adam astonied stood, and blank .
  • Empty; void; without result; fruitless.
  • a blank day
  • Devoid of thoughts, memory, or inspiration. (rfex)
  • Descendants


    (en noun)
  • A cartridge that is designed to simulate the noise and smoke of real gunfire without actually firing a projectile.
  • An empty space; a void, as on a paper, or in one's memory.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • I cannot write a paper full, I used to do; and yet I will not forgive a blank of half an inch from you.
  • * Hallam
  • From this time there ensues a long blank in the history of French legislation.
  • * George Eliot
  • I was ill. I can't tell how long — it was a blank .
  • A space to be filled in on a form or template.
  • A paper without marks or characters, or with space left for writing; a ballot, form, contract, etc. that has not yet been filled in.
  • * Palfrey
  • The freemen signified their approbation by an inscribed vote, and their dissent by a blank .
  • A lot by which nothing is gained; a ticket in a lottery on which no prize is indicated.
  • * Dryden
  • In Fortune's lottery lies / A heap of blanks , like this, for one small prize.
  • (archaic) A kind of base silver money, first coined in England by Henry V., and worth about 8 pence; also, a French coin of the seventeenth century, worth about 4 pence.
  • (Nares)
  • (engineering) A piece of metal prepared to be made into something by a further operation, as a coin, screw, nuts.
  • (dominoes) A piece or division of a piece, without spots; as, the double blank"; the six blank." In blank, with an essential portion to be supplied by another; as, to make out a check in blank.
  • The space character; the character resulting from pressing the space-bar on a keyboard.
  • The point aimed at in a target, marked with a white spot; hence, the object to which anything is directed.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Let me still remain / The true blank of thine eye.
  • Aim; shot; range.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I have stood within the blank of his displeasure / For my free speech.
  • (chemistry) A sample for a control experiment that does not contain any of the analyte of interest, in order to deliberately produce a non-detection to verify that a detection is distinguishable from it.
  • Synonyms

    * (sense, bullet that doesn't harm) blank cartridge, blank bullet


    (en verb)
  • To make void; to erase.
  • I blanked out my previous entry.
  • (slang) To ignore.
  • She blanked me for no reason.
  • To prevent from scoring, as in a sporting event.
  • The team was blanked .
  • To become blank.
  • Usage notes

    * Almost any sense of this can occur with (out). See (blank out).

    Derived terms

    * blank canvas * blank check * blank end * blankly * blankness * blank out * blank verse ----