AskDefine | Define blanket

Dictionary Definition

blanket 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, panoptic, wide]


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 nuclear reactor


1 cover as if with a blanket; "snow blanketed the fields"
2 form a blanket-like cover (over)

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A cloth, usually large, used for warmth or sleeping.
    The baby was cold, so his mother put a blanket over him.
  2. A layer of anything.
    The city woke under a thick blanket of fog.
  3. A thick rubber mat used in the offset printing process to transfer ink from the plate to the paper being printed.
    A press operator must carefully wash the blanket whenever changing a plate.''


layer of anything
  • Italian: coperta, coltre
  • Russian: покров (pokróv) , покрывало (pokryválo)


  1. In general; covering or encompassing everything.
    They sought to create a blanket solution for all situations.


  1. To cover.
    A fresh layer of snow blanketed the area.
  2. To traverse or complete thoroughly.
    The salesman blanketed the entire neighborhood.

Extensive Definition

Blankets may also be used on the ground for a picnic or other places where people want to sit in a grassy or muddy area without soiling their clothing. Discardable blankets have been designed for this purpose, although their inherent wastefulness is a chief concern of several environmental groups.

Use in firefighting

Specialized blankets may be used by firefighters to protect furnishings from water damage during firefighting. Firefighters often wear specialized variants of the fire blanket to protect themselves as well. The term can also be used to refer to air/liquid foam coverings sprayed on liquid fuel fires — a foam blanket.

Use in moving of household goods

Thick quilted and durable blankets are used as protective covers and cushioning when furnishings are moved.

Use in horse care

A warming coat for a horse is called a horse blanket, intended to prevent the development of a shaggy winter coat of hair. A small saddle blanket, protects the horse's skin from chafing by the pressure points of a saddle.
blanket in Aymara: Ahuayo
blanket in German: Decke (Textilie)
blanket in Spanish: Frazada
blanket in Esperanto: Litkovrilo
blanket in French: Couverture (literie)
blanket in Italian: Copriletto
blanket in Hebrew: שמיכה
blanket in Dutch: Deken (beddengoed)
blanket in Dutch Low Saxon: Dèken
blanket in Japanese: 毛布
blanket in Portuguese: Cobertor
blanket in Quechua: Qata
blanket in Russian: Одеяло
blanket in Sicilian: Frazzata
blanket in Simple English: Blanket
blanket in Serbian: Ћебе
blanket in Swedish: Filt (textil)
blanket in Chinese: 被子

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