Pronunciation: (blang'kit),[key] —n. 1. a large, rectangular piece of soft fabric, often with bound edges, used esp. for warmth as a bed covering.
2. a similar piece of fabric used as a covering for a horse, dog, etc.
3. the chief garment traditionally worn by some American Indians.
4. any extended covering or layer: a blanket of snow. 5. Print. a. (in a press for offset printing) the rubber-covered cylinder to which an inked impression is transferred from the plate for transfer directly to the paper.
b. (in a press for letterpress printing) the resilient covering on the cylinder against which the paper is pressed in printing.
6. a thick roll or strip of material for thermal insulation.
7. born on the wrong side of the blanket, born out of wedlock.
—v.t. 1. to cover with or as with a blanket: wild flowers blanketing the hillside. 2. to obscure or obstruct; interfere with; overpower (usually fol. by out): An electrical storm blanketed out the radio program. 3. to toss (someone) in a blanket, as in fraternity hazing.
4. Naut.(of a vessel) to take wind from the sails of (another vessel) by passing closely to windward.
—adj. covering or intended to cover a large group or class of things, conditions, situations, etc.: a blanket proposal; a blanket indictment.