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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Blanket \Blan"ket\, n. [F. blanchet, OF. also blanket, a woolen waistcoat or shirt, the blanket of a printing press; prop. white woolen stuff, dim. of blanc white; blanquette a kind of white pear, fr. blanc white. See Blank, a.] 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. [1913 Webster] 2. (Print.) A piece of rubber, felt, or woolen cloth, used in the tympan to make it soft and elastic. [1913 Webster] 3. A streak or layer of blubber in whales. [1913 Webster] Note: The use of blankets formerly as curtains in theaters explains the following figure of Shakespeare. --Nares. [1913 Webster] Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark To cry, "Hold, hold!" --Shak. [1913 Webster] Blanket sheet, a newspaper of folio size. A wet blanket, anything which damps, chills, dispirits, or discour?ges. [1913 Webster]