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blind spot

1. An area that is not able to be seen, either due to its location outside of the field of vision, or due to some physical obstruction or a defect in one's vision. Often used to describe the areas around a car that cannot be seen with the rear-view or side mirrors. This car has a big blind spot on the right side, so remember to always turn your head to look before merging. Leslie always experiences blind spots when she starts to get a migraine. That security camera has a blind spot—and that's where we'll sneak in.
2. By extension, an aspect of one's life or a certain situation that one is ignorant of or that one does not understand fully. Jen has a real blind spot when it comes to her relationships with men trying to take advantage of her wealth.
See also: blind, spot

blind spot

Subject about which one is ignorant or biased. For example, The boss has a blind spot about Henry; he wouldn't fire him for anything, or Dad has a blind spot about opera; he can't see anything good about it. This term uses blind in the sense of "covered or hidden from sight." It has two literal meanings: an insensitive part of the retina and an area outside one's field of vision. The phrase has largely replaced blind side, which survives mainly in the verb to blindside, meaning "to hit someone on an unguarded side" and "to deal an unexpected blow." [Mid-1800s]
See also: blind, spot
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My only criticism is not checking the blind spot and dry steering moving the wheel while the car is stationary.
Paper: "Horizontally progressive mirror for blind spot detection in automobiles," H.
With our system, you actually get complete visibility with no blind spots.
This is encouraging, and consistent with our previous research in which mature drivers identified turning their head to see blind spots as a challenging aspect of driving.
The new Blind Spot Assist system is activated at speeds of 30 km/h or more and uses four short-range radar sensors.
The solution to this blind spot problem - sensors and cameras on vehicles - is available and affordable now, there is no good reason for delay.
Jones] didn't see the motorcycle in his blind spot and knocked the rider off.
FORD is making the blind spot visible thanks to advanced radar technology on its newly launched S-Max and Galaxy models.
The new S-MAX and Galaxy are Ford of Europe's first vehicles to feature the new Blind Spot Information System, which uses radar to warn drivers of vehicles in their blind spot area.
THICK structural supports either side of 4x4 windscreens create a blind spot and pose a major road safety hazard, a report revealed yesterday.
In the UK, the mirror will give additional vision to drivers of left-hand drive lorries from the Continent, filling in the blind spot between what the driver can see in mirrors and what he can see out of the window.
THE EUROPEAN Parliament's transport committee is pushing for a binding deadline of June 30, 2008, for retrofitting heavy lorries in operation since 2000 with blind spot mirrors.
There is already a rear view system available on most Nissans that eliminates the blind spot behind the lower rear of the vehicle when reversing.
wide near the vehicle, and illuminates a light near the appropriate door mirror when an object comes into the blind spot.
Perhaps some of the attraction to this striking, if rather straightforward, documentary hinges on the reputation--the sheer bravura--of the Austrian artist, actor, producer, and impresario Andre Heller, who conceived and directed Blind Spot with documentary filmmaker Othmar Schmiderer.