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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
blanket (noun)
1.
a) a large usually oblong piece of woven fabric used as a bed covering
b) a similar piece of fabric used as a body covering (as for an animal) - a horse blanket
2.
something that resembles a blanket - a blanket of fog a blanket of gloom
3.
a rubber or plastic sheet on the cylinder in an offset press that transfers the image to the surface being printed
blanket (verb)
transitive verb
1.
to cover with or as if with a blanket - new grass blankets the slope
2.
a) to cover so as to obscure, interrupt, suppress, or extinguish - blanket a fire with foam
b) to interrupt the smooth flow of wind to (as a downwind ship)
c) to apply or cause to apply to uniformly despite wide separation or diversity among the elements included - freight rates that blanket a region
d) to cause to be included - automatically blanketed into the insurance program
blanket (adjective)
1.
covering all members of a group or class - a blanket wage increase
2.
effective or applicable in all instances
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
blanket (adjective)
belonging or relating to the whole
SYNONIMS:
across-the-board, blanket, broad-brush, common, generic, global, overall, universal
RELATED WORDS:
all-embracing, broad, broad-gauge ( broad-gauged), broadscale, comprehensive, extensive, inclusionary, overarching, pervasive, sweeping, ubiquitous, wholesale, wide, widespread; aggregate, collective, complete, full, plenary; planetary, worldwide
NEAR ANTONYMS:
component, constituent; cross-sectional, divisional, fragmentary, partial; local, localized, regional, sectional
individual, particular
blanket (noun)
something that covers or conceals like a piece of cloth
SYNONIMS:
blanket, cope, cover, covering, coverture, cover-up, curtain, hood, mantle, mask, pall, penumbra, robe, shroud, veil, wraps
RELATED WORDS:
blind, concealer, screen, shield; fig leaf, Potemkin village, Trojan horse; camouflage, disguise, facade ( façade), face, mask, veneer; gloss, varnish
blanket (verb)
1.
to form a layer over
SYNONIMS:
blanket, carpet, coat, overlay, overlie, overspread, sheet
RELATED WORDS:
enclose ( inclose), enrobe, enshroud, enswathe, envelop, enwrap, mantle, shawl, shroud, swathe, wrap; cloak, clothe, curtain, veil; circle, encircle, encompass
blanket (verb)
2.
to keep secret or shut off from view
SYNONIMS:
belie, blanket, blot out, cloak, conceal, cover, curtain, disguise, enshroud, mask, obscure, occult, paper over, screen, shroud, suppress, veil
RELATED WORDS:
bury, camouflage, cover (up), smother; gild, gloss (over), varnish, whitewash; becloud, bedim, befog, block, cloud, darken, eclipse, obstruct, occlude, overcast, overshadow, shade
NEAR ANTONYMS:
bring out, present; clarify, illuminate; advertise, air, broadcast, get out, proclaim, publicize, publish, spread
bare, disclose, display, divulge, expose, reveal, show, uncloak, uncover, unmask, unveil
blanket (verb)
3.
to cause to cease burning
SYNONIMS:
blanket, douse ( dowse), put out, quench, snuff (out)
RELATED WORDS:
choke, smother, suffocate; blow out, rub out, snub (out), stamp (out), stub
fire, ignite, inflame ( enflame), kindle, light
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