from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Aimed straight at the mark or target without allowing for the drop in a projectile's course.
- adj. So close to a target that a weapon may be aimed directly at it: point-blank range.
- adj. Close enough so that missing the target is unlikely or impossible: a point-blank shot.
- adj. Straightforward; blunt: a point-blank accusation.
- adv. With a straight aim; directly: fired point-blank at the intruder.
- adv. Without hesitation, deliberation, or equivocation: answered point-blank.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. very close; not touching but not more than a few metres (yards).
- adj. the distance between a firearm and a target where a projectile in flight is expected to strike the centre of the target without adjusting the elevation of the firearm.
- adj. Disconcertingly straightforward or blunt.
- adv. In a direct manner, without hesitation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The white spot on a target, at which an arrow or other missile is aimed.
- n. With all small arms, the second point in which the natural line of sight, when horizontal, cuts the trajectory.
- n. With artillery, the point where the projectile first strikes the horizontal plane on which the gun stands, the axis of the piece being horizontal.
- adj. Directed in a line toward the object aimed at; aimed directly toward the mark.
- adj. Hence, direct; plain; unqualified; -- said of language.
- adv. In a point-blank manner.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A direct shot; a shot with direct aim; a point-blank shot.
- n. The second point (that is, that furthest from the piece) at which the line of sight intersects the trajectory of a. projectile.
- Directly; straight; without deviation or circumlocution.
- In gunnery, having a horizontal direction: as, a point-blank shot.
- Direct; plain; explicit; express: as, a pointblank denial.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. in a direct and unequivocal manner
- adj. characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion
- adj. close enough to go straight to the target
Perhaps from French point (de tir), (firing) point, or point (visé), (aiming) point (from Old French; see point) + French blanc, bullseye, target (from Old French, white; see blank).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)