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blank

(blank),
A solution consisting of all of the analytic components except the compound to be measured; this is used to establish a baseline of measurement intensity with which the compound of interest is compared.
[M.E. white, fr. O.Fr. blanc, fr. Germanic]

blank

a solution containing all of the reagents needed for analysis of a substance except the substance tested.

blank

Drug slang
noun A regional street term for any low quality substance of abuse.
 
Lab medicine
noun A negative control specimen used in immunoassays and quality assurance in many lab tests. Blanks are processed in tandem with the test serum or tissue, differing in that a primary antibody is not added in the first step; blanks assure a true negative result, allowing comparison of a possibly positive result with a known negative.
 
Vox populi-UK
verb To deliberately ignore someone, as in “Mark blanked Carole.”

blank

(blangk)
A solution consisting of all the analytic components except the compound to be measured; used to establish a baseline of measurement intensity with which the compound of interest is compared.
[M.E. white, fr. O.Fr. blanc, fr. Germanic]

Blank

If an individual has inherited same HLA antigen from both parents, the HLA typing is designated by the shared HLA antigen followed by a "blank"(—).
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Sofia Coppola tries in the beautiful blankness of this story of a young queen lost in translation.
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It is hardly surprising, then, that Brits like Robert Hamer and Seth Holt, directors who died prematurely and who left behind only the odd, glittering fragment, also possess the magic of blankness.
This blankness seems strangely like the tabula rasa, the yet unwritten page of poetry, and my suspicion is strengthened by Doty's insistence that "The poem wants the impossible" and that "the poem wants a name.
I always feel an acute sense of loss when I reach the last page of a book, blankness.
If anything, he understates the vacuity of current relativistic `nominalism', with its gaping blankness on both scientific discourse, a refinement of the common language which unequivocally makes truth-claims, and a pragmatic social discourse like jurisprudence, which has real-world consequences, as in the area of natural rights (both would have interested Langland because, like poetry, both were concerned with treuthe).
Gene discovers passionate, emotional heights along with loyalty and friendship; he discovers corresponding depths of insecurity and anxiety; the guilt and shame of betrayal; and the blankness of loss.