1. A heavy, loosely woven fabric, usually of wool, and having a nap, used in bed clothing; also, a similar fabric used as a robe; or any fabric used as a cover for a horse.
2. Print. A piece of rubber, felt, or woolen cloth, used in the tympan to make it soft and elastic.
3. A streak or layer of blubber in whales.
Note: ☞ The use of blankets formerly as curtains in theaters explains the following figure of Shakespeare.
Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark
To cry, “Hold, hold!” --Shak.
Blanket sheet, a newspaper of folio size.
A wet blanket, anything which damps, chills, dispirits, or discour░ges.
Blan·ket, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Blanketed; p. pr. & vb. n. Blanketing.]
1. To cover with a blanket.
I'll . . . blanket my loins. --Shak.
2. To toss in a blanket by way of punishment.
We'll have our men blanket 'em i' the hall. --B. Jonson.
3. To take the wind out of the sails of (another vessel) by sailing to windward of her.
Blanket cattle. See Belted cattle, under Belted.
adj : broad in scope or content; "across-the-board pay increases";
"an all-embracing definition"; "blanket sanctions
against human-rights violators"; "an invention with
broad applications"; "a panoptic study of Soviet
nationality"- T.G.Winner; "granted him wide powers"
[syn: across-the-board, all-embracing, all-encompassing,
all-inclusive, blanket(a), broad, encompassing,
n 1: bedding that keeps a person warm in bed; "he pulled the
covers over his head and went to sleep" [syn: cover]
2: anything that covers; "there was a blanket of snow" [syn: mantle]
3: a layer of lead surrounding the highly reactive core of a
v 1: cover as if with a blanket; "snow blanketed the fields"
2: form a blanket-like cover (over)