Definition of blinding in English:

blinding

adjective

  • 1(of light) very bright and likely to dazzle or cause temporary blindness:

    ‘the sunlight outside was blinding’
    figurative ‘a blinding flash of inspiration’
    • ‘There was a blinding flash of white light as the blade struck home.’
    • ‘A sudden blinding, flashing, light filled the room, and I had to squeeze my eyes shut momentarily in order to shield my eyes.’
    • ‘As soon as Pearl, Ben and I walk in, we are met by loud rap and blinding, colorful lights coming from the ceiling.’
    • ‘They never came to her as a trance or a blinding flash of light, only in nightmares and dreams.’
    • ‘Their cursed digital cameras flared out those blinding blue and green lights throughout the concert.’
    • ‘All of a sudden a blinding amber glow shone at him from all sides, it's orange tint warming him as he descended.’
    • ‘I'd lost my hat, the sun was blinding, we were both thirsty and trying not to think about it.’
    • ‘She tried to squeeze her eyes closed, the light blinding to the sight, as she rolled over onto her side, to try and return to sleeping.’
    • ‘Suddenly a light pierced through and she shielded her eyes from the sudden blinding glow.’
    • ‘He opened his blue-green eyes and looked into the most blinding light he had ever seen.’
    • ‘The fluorescent lighting in the room was nearly blinding and my head hurt like hell.’
    • ‘The brightness that suddenly filled my vision was blinding.’
    • ‘It had stopped snowing, the sun was out, and the glare off of all the clean white snow was downright blinding.’
    • ‘He suddenly missed the hellish heat and the blinding sun of Orlando.’
    • ‘The sun was blinding as it reflected off the sheer surface of the hill.’
    • ‘The sky was white, a stark, blinding white that pooled down on grass and made it look pale - icy, almost.’
    • ‘Suddenly a blinding spark of lightning filled the sky and a huge roar of thunder filled the sky.’
    • ‘The cold darkness was suddenly lit brightly by a blinding flash of light.’
    • ‘A deafening explosion and blinding flash filled the night sky.’
    • ‘Photographers following Diana and Dodi claimed they saw a blinding flash of light as Diana's car entered the underpass where it went out of control.’
    dazzling, blinding, blazing, strong, extremely bright, harsh
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    1. 1.1 Temporarily obstructing the vision:
      ‘blinding rain’
      • ‘The walls and floor were so white, looking at them for more than a few seconds was almost blinding.’
      • ‘Sideways, blinding rain blew in sheets, toppling roadside signs for hotels and gas stations.’
      • ‘A swirling wind and blinding rain destroyed the quality of play.’
      • ‘With the windscreen wipers going at full speed, I peer through the blinding rain at a kaleidoscope of neon lights.’
      • ‘Skiing through it is like being caught in a sudden, blinding blizzard.’
      • ‘Folks elsewhere are dealing with snow, blinding rain, even flooding.’
      • ‘Conditions on Australia's east coast were vastly improved yesterday from the blinding rain that greeted the 57 starters a day earlier.’
      • ‘In a blinding rain storm, Cole arrives at the warehouse to witness Vincenzo berate his son.’
      • ‘Sideways, blinding rain mixed with seawater blew in sheets, toppling roadside signs for hotels and gas stations.’
      • ‘He had a bright red mohawk, which was almost blinding to look at.’
      • ‘But the lights can be too bright and the scarlet red special offer signs are, at times, almost blinding.’
      • ‘In the blinding glare of its detonation, everything seemed miraculously clear.’
      • ‘As teenagers though, the beach suddenly and wonderfully enlarges, like the first blinding moments of the nascent universe.’
      • ‘With more than a mile to go, Nicole saw the headlights of a car coming towards her out of the blinding rain.’
      • ‘Just as the man turned, another blinding explosion rocked Lans' world.’
      • ‘Covering my eyes from the blinding rain, I shivered and bent down looking for the sign.’
      • ‘We raced almost everyday over the bright blinding green hills with scattered trees here and there.’
      • ‘Suddenly, the field turned a blinding white, and vanished, leaving nothing there.’
      • ‘Another time, my body was pelted by dime-sized hail as I ran through blinding rain in an attempt to squeak out one last mile.’
      • ‘Once I was able to peer beyond the blinding sheen the songs presented themselves.’
    2. 1.2 (especially of pain) very intense:
      ‘I've got a blinding headache’
      • ‘Never in Queensland's political history has one bottle of wine caused such a blinding headache.’
      • ‘A swollen jaw and blinding pain made worse by gentle breezes on the cheek indicate a trip to the dentist is necessary.’
      • ‘A hand went up and blinding pain in my nose made me stop.’
      • ‘The colors are blinding, the fast cuts almost nauseating.’
      • ‘Their eyes meet for one blinding, uniting moment, and he sees her finally, not reflected, not invisible, but her, at last and only, her.’
      • ‘Ted faced the assembly, a deep pain in his chest, blinding headache behind his eyes, and a choking bitter lump in his throat.’
      • ‘She stayed standing, though her leg throbbed with blinding pain.’
      • ‘My love for you is true and fills my mind and heart with a blinding passion that simply overwhelms me.’
      • ‘There was a shocking, blinding ache in my arm but I ignored it, dashing to Vik's side.’
      • ‘Next, the level of serotonin plummets causing the blood vessels to dilate and creating blinding, throbbing headaches.’
      • ‘It was blinding hot yesterday, so witness me burnt, and then today it absolutely lashed it down.’
      • ‘Suddenly all of her senses were screaming warning, but it was too late to react as a blinding pain shot from the crown of her cranium to the soles of her feet.’
      • ‘All she could feel was the searing, blinding pain in her belly.’
      • ‘And with that said her hands began to move, carefully applying pressure at particular points to help ease the blinding pain.’
      • ‘‘Find me something else to take that will get rid of the blinding pain, and I'll happily stop taking it,’ she said sharply.’
      • ‘Shaking his head softly, to get rid of the excess water, he winced as it throbbed with a blinding ache.’
      • ‘The same blinding agony from the last bout of memories surfaces, only this time the pain is worse, and seems to last for hours.’
      • ‘Another blinding wave of pain made Darius cringe.’
      • ‘Then suddenly he felt a blinding hit at the base of his skull, which sent him back into a black abyss.’
      • ‘A blinding pain burns in my left shoulder, and I yell in pain.’
      clear, plain, plain to see, crystal clear, evident, apparent, manifest, patent, conspicuous, pronounced, transparent, clear-cut, palpable, prominent, marked, decided, salient, striking, distinct, bold, noticeable, perceptible, perceivable, visible, discernible, detectable, observable, tangible, recognizable
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  • 2British informal (of an action) remarkably skilful and exciting:

    ‘he denied Norwich victory with two blinding saves’
    • ‘A first-half spectator, he made three blinding saves in the second-half that kept his side in the contest as Addingham struggled to raise their game and cohesion.’
    • ‘He had such blinding speed that no ball was truly out of reach.’
    • ‘He doesn't have blinding speed, but it's obvious from his punt returns that he has a good burst.’
    • ‘Their third album's so polished it's blinding, full of great, great tunes and cleverly worked production.’
    • ‘Hayden took another blinding catch in the gully to send Craig White on his way for 13 and give McGrath his third wicket.’
    • ‘For a while all that Alaina could see was blinding blue and purple spots that clouded her vision from taking in her surroundings.’
    • ‘Best Mate is not a horse who draws gasps of astonishment with an exuberant leap or a sudden blinding burst.’
    • ‘Stardust drove through the rain at a blinding speed, the rain pelting off Kristine's face, stinging her cheeks.’
    • ‘To have near on 4000 people singing every word and your families and mates watching you is blinding… gonna be hard to top it, should have called it a day then really!’
    • ‘With trainer John Dunlop and jockey Pat Eddery in such blinding form, it would be unwise to overlook their joint claims with Silver Grey Lady in the Arena Racing Oaks Trial.’
    • ‘Henderson earned his corn with a blinding save from Terriers dangerman Chris Brandon as City clung precariously to their lead.’
    • ‘Some days he is blinding, and destroys top class defences, but other times he is the quietest player on the pitch and would be better off staying at home.’
    • ‘OK, you've come up with some blinding TV ideas, but are they any good?’
    • ‘Kay Kay is simply blinding as the quick-tempered power hungry sibling [those searing eyes] and leaves an impact.’
    • ‘An outstanding fielder, he has taken some blinding catches at point and in the covers for Border, and has been responsible for a number of run-outs with direct throws.’
    • ‘Suddenly he dashed directly at her at a blinding speed.’
    • ‘It was yet a young storm, and had not released its initial onslaught of blinding lightning, crashing thunder or pouring rain.’
    • ‘A good save from Wilkshire was the appetiser for a blinding effort to deny League One's top scorer Leroy Lita from adding to his six-goal tally.’
    • ‘We change our tastes and opinions with the same blinding speed that TV can make you famous or the press turn on idols they once loved.’
    • ‘On the road to Damascus St Paul was struck by a sudden and blinding conversion of faith.’
    perceptible, perceivable, visible, noticeable, appreciable, discernible, detectable, observable, tangible, recognizable, notable, unmistakable, transparent, indisputable, self-evident, incontrovertible, incontestable, undeniable
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noun

  • 1[mass noun] The process of covering a newly made road with grit to fill cracks.

    • ‘Formation appears to have deteriorated after rain and was not properly cleared out after blinding.’
    • ‘The latest technical development of Kirchner is the paver-integrated Gritter, which places the chipping for blinding of the road directly behind the paving screed in one process and improves the quality of the road significantly.’
    • ‘It requires no blinding with stone or dust, but can be if desired.’
    • ‘There are potentially significant issues with respect to blinding of the surfaces of permeable pavements with fine material.’
    • ‘Blinding with 3mm to dust local stone may be necessary to produce a surface suitable for horses and ordinary cycles.’
    1. 1.1 Grit used to cover a newly made road.
    2. 1.2 A thin bed of concrete laid down over an area before the main mass of concrete is put in place.
      • ‘The invert of the 4100 Level was graded with a gravel blinding layer (Roktek).’
      • ‘If a reduced fines sub-base layer is specified, this must be covered with either a geotextile filter membrane and/or a suitable clean gravel blinding layer, to avoid fine particles entering the sub-base layer.’
      • ‘The workshop storeroom floors have a 75mm slab made of lime, hemp and sand mixed with water above a gravel blinding.’
      • ‘The gravel blinding further helps to blend the revetment into its surroundings.’

Pronunciation:

blinding

/ˈblʌɪndɪŋ/