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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Blind, Blynd, adj. Also: blinde, blynde. [ME. blind(e, blynd(e, OE. blind, ON. blind-r.]

1. Destitute of sight; unable to see. a1400 Leg. S. vii. 401.
He that gert blynd men clerly se
c1420 Wynt. viii. 5879.
Blynd off bathe his eene fell he
1456 Hay I. 195/24.
Blynd men, def men, dum men
c1460 Consail Wys Man 194.
Man but resone is ver na blind
1503 Acts II. 242/2.
Crukit folk, blind folk
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xc. 33.
Ane blynde man is led furth be ane uther
1572 Peebles B. Rec. 343.
The counsale … ordanis ane blynd man to be suttit

b. Used absol. in sing. or plural. Also blind born. c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxxxii. 53.
For cry of cruikit, blind, and lame
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 3877.
To the blynde borne he gaif the sycht
1558 Q. Kennedy Tractive 151.
Quhen the blynde ledis the blynd
a1585 Maitl. Q. lxxv. ii.
I am lyik the blind that blamis the licht

c. Used allusively with personal names. c1500 Crying ane Play 10.
I am the nakit blynd Hary That lang has bene in the fary Farleis to fynd
c1500-c1512 Dunb. vi. 12.
Nescimus quando vel qua sorte Na blind Allane wait of the mone
1546 Lynd. Trag. Card. 396.
I vnderstude no science spirituall No more than did blynd Alane of the mone
1570 Sat. P. xxii. 59.
I traist in God that anis sall cum the day, 'Pluk at the Craw' quhen barnis sall with this bird, Or blind Hary with hir to sport and play

2. fig Lacking discernment; ignorant, foolish. 1375 Barb. i. 91.
A, blynd folk full off all foly
c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 1671.
Throw a blynd fulische desyre
c1420 Wynt. v. 5470.
Ingland, That blynd in hethynes wes lyand
Ib. vii. 938.
Lyk a blynd wyld hethynes
c1420 Ratis R. 711.
A gret delyt is blynd alway
a1500 Bernardus 93.
Wrang iugment … and sentence blynde
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xlvi. 99.
Blind ignorance me gaif sic hardines
Ib. lxxxiv. 3.
The blind discretioun … off woman-kynd
1513 Doug. i. vi. 76.
For blind cw[v]atyce of gold
Ib. ii. iv. 82.
Intil our blynd fury
1549 Compl. 140/18.
Thair is nocht ane mayr ignorant and ane mair blynd thyng
a1570-86 Maitl. F. lxxxix. 27.
So sall affectioun not be blind

3. Of natural features: Not patent to the sight; covered, hidden.Occurring early in place-names, as Blyndewelle (c 1200), Blindsyke (c 1350). 1446 Reg. Episc. Aberd. I. 245.
Strekand vp til a blind furde
1513 Doug. i. iii. 87.
The scharp rolkis blynd
Ib. viii. 74.
Orion Amang blynd bankis cachit us onon
Ib. iii. v. 87; etc.
On blynd stanis … hyrslit we
1534 Bamff Chart. 65.
Ane blind well heid anent the entries of ane burn
1563 Echt. Forbes Chart. 98.
To the blind watter ee of Bragacht quhair the watter discendis under the eird
a1570-86 Maitl. F. clxxvii. 29.
Chanellis, craggis, beddis, & bankis blind

4. Obscure, dark; without opening; closed up. 1513 Doug. iii. iii. 98.
Gan[e] we ar Amang the blynd wallis waverand far
1531 Bell. Boece I. 254.
Five auld bukis … war brocht to us … ; but thay wer sa blind, we micht nocht reid ilk tent wourd
c 1520 Myln Dunkeld. Episcop. in Parker Gloss. Arch. I. 57.
Construxit usque secundos arcus, vulgariter le blyndstorys
1567 Edinb. Test. I *. 43 b.
My wyfe … to haf the erd hous with the blind ȝaird
1614 Chron. Perth 15.
The bow of the brige … being eveill biggit … and but ony blind pend
c1650 Spalding I. 36.
Tua books … resembling claspit bookis, callit blynd bookis
1635 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 88.
The … counsall expresslie discharges … any blind bowattis to be cariet throw the toune heirafter

5. Blind sail = Blind n.1 1540 Acta Conc. & Sess. MS. XIV. 152.
Ane blind sale worth xxx s. grett

6. Executed without full knowledge. c1650 Spalding II. 317.
Follouit efter this ane band, devysit be the Estaitis, commounlie callit the blind band, whiche everie honest welthie man within Edinburgh, or cuming to Edinburgb, wes vrgit to subscrive
These persones, presentaris of this blynd band
1637 Rutherford Lett. (1671) 124.
It is no bairns market nor a blinde block, we know well what we get and what we give

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