Definition of blind spot in US English:

blind spot


  • 1Anatomy
    The point of entry of the optic nerve on the retina, insensitive to light.

    • ‘Our retinal blind spots rarely cause any difficulty, but rarely is not the same as never.’
    • ‘The optic nerve, which transfers images from the eye to the brain, enters the eye through the optic disk, also known as the anatomic blind spot.’
    • ‘This hole in the retina creates a blind spot in the eye, a flaw that again would be avoidable with a priori design.’
    • ‘The nerve fibers that carry the signals from the eye's rods and cones (which sense light and color) lie on top of them, and have to plunge through a large hole in the retina to get to the brain, creating the blind spot.’
    • ‘Intriguingly, within the part of the cortical map that represents the region of visual field that can be seen by only one eye, nerve cells receive input from the region of retina immediately surrounding the blind spot.’
  • 2An area where a person's view is obstructed.

    ‘the angle rearview mirror eliminates blind spots on both sides of the car’
    • ‘And even rosary beads can obstruct your view of a pedestrian creating a blind spot.’
    • ‘A blind spot, not suspected by the patient, may be found by examining the visual fields.’
    • ‘Radar systems, sensors or cameras on both sides of a vehicle (they are here already: I drove a Toyota Corolla Verso a couple of weeks ago with them) can eliminate blind spots.’
    • ‘The technical definition of scotomization derives from the Greek skotos, darkness, but retinal blind spots are caused by its opposite, light.’
    • ‘This uses a digital camera monitoring system to spot vehicles which enter the blind spot and alert the driver by illuminating a red light beside the relevant side mirror.’
    • ‘PC Colin Owen, who interviewed bus driver Michael Clarke, said he had not seen Mrs Harrow due to a blind spot when leaving the traffic lights and didn't realise anything had happened until he heard a scream.’
    • ‘Trucks were also fitted with CCTV cameras, which allowed the driver to see the back of the vehicle and eliminated any blind spots.’
    • ‘In fact the horse has a blind spot straight in front of the forehead.’
    • ‘I like the tight and responsive handling on the Highlander, the enormous side-view mirrors that all but eliminate blind spots.’
    • ‘M203s eliminated the blind spots, preventing enemies from cowering in them.’
    • ‘I hit him at his blind spot, knowing the wood connected with bones.’
    • ‘To eliminate the blind spot associated with the B-pillars, they were curved inward away from the side windows and integrated into the front seat frames.’
    • ‘In 1997 Transport Canada introduced a regulation for school buses to have a more complex mirror system fitted to extend the driver's view of blind spots.’
    • ‘He thought he'd found a blind spot from the turrets and cracked his knuckles together before grabbing his ship's controls and preparing to shoot.’
    • ‘In some cases, these painful headaches are preceded or accompanied by a sensory warning sign, such as flashes of light, blind spots or tingling in your arm or leg.’
    • ‘Remember to anticipate other drivers and stay out of their blind spots.’
    • ‘I crept out into the traffic slowly, checking my mirrors and blind spots.’
    • ‘Degeneration of the macula causes blurred central vision or a blind spot in the center of your visual field.’
    • ‘In addition, there are hidden farm entrances, driveways, turnings and blind spots.’
    • ‘Topping it off, visibility is great all around with little in the way of blind spots, the side split mirrors are superb, and the Ram lights up inside and out like Christmas.’
    1. 2.1 An area in which a person lacks understanding or impartiality.
      ‘Ed had a blind spot where these ethical issues were concerned’
      • ‘The one blind spot in her unusually mature worldview was her mistress.’
      • ‘The realization that they all had blind spots and shame issues within their cultural and familial heritage was both comforting and disconcerting.’
      • ‘Each film attempts to ask the hard questions, to reveal blind spots and work towards some way of understanding what happened, exactly.’
      • ‘Complementary medicine has similar blind spots, and its need to defend its specific interventions undervalues what it has to teach about holism and healing.’
      • ‘By attacking idiosyncratically at a point the enemy selects in an attempt to avoid US operational advantages, and by exploiting our weaknesses or blind spots, the terrorist is capable of inflicting harm at will.’
      • ‘Ross indicates that, as progressive as Martin Luther King Jr. was in relation to the horrors of racism, he had blind spots regarding the role of women as leaders within the Civil Rights Movement.’
      • ‘I will briefly discuss each of their separate proposals, and then offer a composite view that, while lacking the subtlety of any of the separate accounts, will highlight some important insights and some important blind spots they share.’
      • ‘Such deliberately divisive treatment highlights the fact that China still has certain fundamental blind spots in its view of Taiwan and hence in the policies it adopts toward the nation.’
      • ‘The metaphor of Thinking Hats is meant to represent distinct cognitive orientations, each with its own focus, its territory of predilection, its strengths, weaknesses and blind spots.’
      • ‘Approaches that measure service performance only within the network core have large blind spots.’
      • ‘Our hope is to identify common interests as well as blind spots among a range of disciplines, in order to enrich the various practices represented, and to inspire new areas of research.’
      • ‘Finally, says Gianforte, blind spots over policy issues are common.’
      • ‘Isn't it time that this collective blind spot was removed?’
      • ‘Bok writes from the vantage point of Harvard, an institution with an enormous endowment, and his privileged position creates blind spots of the ‘let them eat cake’ variety.’
      • ‘Christopher's attempts to apply order, often when surrounded by elements of the world he doesn't entirely understand, show off his blind spots.’
      • ‘This blind spot, this stunning lack of historical perspective, robs much of the American Left of intellectual credibility.’
      • ‘A key to safe operations is to eliminate all potential blind spots - areas that are not seen or subject to examination and from which unforeseen problems might arise.’
      • ‘Exactly what happens after feminism acknowledges its own blind spots around these issues, embodied in the false opposition between the feminist and housewife, is still open to question.’
      • ‘Coaches can give crash courses to inexperienced executives or impart new skills to accomplished managers with blind spots in some areas, like a slowness in making decisions or a clumsy speaking style.’
      • ‘While on the topic of the blind spot represented by African issues in New World news media (American and Trinidadian both), my roommate Lauren has a great post on the problem.’
  • 3Telecommunications
    A point within the normal range of a transmitter where there is unusually weak reception.

    • ‘He finally told his phone company to deactivate his roaming service - but not everyone does that, because it means they are then unable to make or receive phone calls in coverage blind spots.’
    • ‘The volume of mobile phone traffic has increased and what operators are demanding is that there are no blind spots.’
    • ‘Its claims to ‘panoptic’ range notwithstanding, it has its blind spots.’
    • ‘With blanket coverage, users can easily move within the zone without losing their network connection, in-building blind spots excepted, of course.’
    • ‘Then take this box, and find a blind spot in the network and drop it there, leave it to connect to others, providing a grid of interconnectivity.’


blind spot

/ˈblaɪn(d) ˈˌspɑt//ˈblīn(d) ˈˌspät/