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’
    • ‘The sky was white, a stark, blinding white that pooled down on grass and made it look pale - icy, almost.’
    • ‘They never came to her as a trance or a blinding flash of light, only in nightmares and dreams.’
    • ‘It had stopped snowing, the sun was out, and the glare off of all the clean white snow was downright blinding.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There was a blinding flash of white light as the blade struck home.’
    • ‘I'd lost my hat, the sun was blinding, we were both thirsty and trying not to think about it.’
    • ‘The brightness that suddenly filled my vision was blinding.’
    • ‘Suddenly a light pierced through and she shielded her eyes from the sudden blinding glow.’
    • ‘The sun was blinding as it reflected off the sheer surface of the hill.’
    • ‘The cold darkness was suddenly lit brightly by a blinding flash of light.’
    • ‘A deafening explosion and blinding flash filled the night sky.’
    • ‘All of a sudden a blinding amber glow shone at him from all sides, it's orange tint warming him as he descended.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Suddenly a blinding spark of lightning filled the sky and a huge roar of thunder filled the sky.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He suddenly missed the hellish heat and the blinding sun of Orlando.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their cursed digital cameras flared out those blinding blue and green lights throughout the concert.’
    dazzling, blazing, strong, extremely bright, harsh
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    1. 1.1 Temporarily obstructing the vision.
      ‘blinding rain’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The walls and floor were so white, looking at them for more than a few seconds was almost blinding.’
      • ‘In the blinding glare of its detonation, everything seemed miraculously clear.’
      • ‘Once I was able to peer beyond the blinding sheen the songs presented themselves.’
      • ‘A swirling wind and blinding rain destroyed the quality of play.’
      • ‘Conditions on Australia's east coast were vastly improved yesterday from the blinding rain that greeted the 57 starters a day earlier.’
      • ‘With more than a mile to go, Nicole saw the headlights of a car coming towards her out of the blinding rain.’
      • ‘Skiing through it is like being caught in a sudden, blinding blizzard.’
      • ‘Sideways, blinding rain mixed with seawater blew in sheets, toppling roadside signs for hotels and gas stations.’
      • ‘Covering my eyes from the blinding rain, I shivered and bent down looking for the sign.’
      • ‘As teenagers though, the beach suddenly and wonderfully enlarges, like the first blinding moments of the nascent universe.’
      • ‘In a blinding rain storm, Cole arrives at the warehouse to witness Vincenzo berate his son.’
      • ‘Just as the man turned, another blinding explosion rocked Lans' world.’
      • ‘Suddenly, the field turned a blinding white, and vanished, leaving nothing there.’
      • ‘Sideways, blinding rain blew in sheets, toppling roadside signs for hotels and gas stations.’
      • ‘But the lights can be too bright and the scarlet red special offer signs are, at times, almost blinding.’
      • ‘Folks elsewhere are dealing with snow, blinding rain, even flooding.’
      • ‘He had a bright red mohawk, which was almost blinding to look at.’
      • ‘We raced almost everyday over the bright blinding green hills with scattered trees here and there.’
      • ‘With the windscreen wipers going at full speed, I peer through the blinding rain at a kaleidoscope of neon lights.’
    2. 1.2 (especially of pain) very intense.
      ‘I've got a blinding headache’
      • ‘There was a shocking, blinding ache in my arm but I ignored it, dashing to Vik's side.’
      • ‘It was blinding hot yesterday, so witness me burnt, and then today it absolutely lashed it down.’
      • ‘A hand went up and blinding pain in my nose made me stop.’
      • ‘The colors are blinding, the fast cuts almost nauseating.’
      • ‘Ted faced the assembly, a deep pain in his chest, blinding headache behind his eyes, and a choking bitter lump in his throat.’
      • ‘‘Find me something else to take that will get rid of the blinding pain, and I'll happily stop taking it,’ she said sharply.’
      • ‘My love for you is true and fills my mind and heart with a blinding passion that simply overwhelms me.’
      • ‘Another blinding wave of pain made Darius cringe.’
      • ‘The same blinding agony from the last bout of memories surfaces, only this time the pain is worse, and seems to last for hours.’
      • ‘Shaking his head softly, to get rid of the excess water, he winced as it throbbed with a blinding ache.’
      • ‘Next, the level of serotonin plummets causing the blood vessels to dilate and creating blinding, throbbing headaches.’
      • ‘A blinding pain burns in my left shoulder, and I yell in pain.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Their eyes meet for one blinding, uniting moment, and he sees her finally, not reflected, not invisible, but her, at last and only, her.’
      • ‘She stayed standing, though her leg throbbed with blinding pain.’
      • ‘And with that said her hands began to move, carefully applying pressure at particular points to help ease the blinding pain.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Then suddenly he felt a blinding hit at the base of his skull, which sent him back into a black abyss.’
      • ‘All she could feel was the searing, blinding pain in her belly.’
      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.’
    • ‘Hayden took another blinding catch in the gully to send Craig White on his way for 13 and give McGrath his third wicket.’
    • ‘Their third album's so polished it's blinding, full of great, great tunes and cleverly worked production.’
    • ‘Best Mate is not a horse who draws gasps of astonishment with an exuberant leap or a sudden blinding burst.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘Kay Kay is simply blinding as the quick-tempered power hungry sibling [those searing eyes] and leaves an impact.’
    • ‘For a while all that Alaina could see was blinding blue and purple spots that clouded her vision from taking in her surroundings.’
    • ‘On the road to Damascus St Paul was struck by a sudden and blinding conversion of faith.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘OK, you've come up with some blinding TV ideas, but are they any good?’
    • ‘He doesn't have blinding speed, but it's obvious from his punt returns that he has a good burst.’
    • ‘It was yet a young storm, and had not released its initial onslaught of blinding lightning, crashing thunder or pouring rain.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Stardust drove through the rain at a blinding speed, the rain pelting off Kristine's face, stinging her cheeks.’
    • ‘Suddenly he dashed directly at her at a blinding speed.’
    • ‘He had such blinding speed that no ball was truly out of reach.’
    • ‘Henderson earned his corn with a blinding save from Terriers dangerman Chris Brandon as City clung precariously to their lead.’
    perceptible, perceivable, visible, noticeable, appreciable, discernible, detectable, observable, tangible, recognizable, notable, unmistakable, transparent, indisputable, self-evident, incontrovertible, incontestable, undeniable
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noun

mass noun
  • 1The 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.’
    • ‘Blinding with 3mm to dust local stone may be necessary to produce a surface suitable for horses and ordinary cycles.’
    • ‘There are potentially significant issues with respect to blinding of the surfaces of permeable pavements with fine material.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 workshop storeroom floors have a 75mm slab made of lime, hemp and sand mixed with water above a gravel blinding.’
      • ‘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 gravel blinding further helps to blend the revetment into its surroundings.’

Pronunciation

blinding

/ˈblʌɪndɪŋ/