AskDefine | Define blindfolding

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  1. present participle of blindfold

Extensive Definition

A blindfold (from Middle English blindfellen) is a garment, usually of cloth, tied to one's head to cover the eyes to disable the wearer's sight. It can be worn when the eyes are in a closed state and thus prevents the wearer from opening them. Even with the eyes open (as permitted by many blindfolds, especially those made of cloth), the user cannot see.


Blindfolds can be used in various applications.
  • As a Sleep mask: They block out light when sleeping, especially during air travel, or for those who sleep during the day. It is believed that shutting out light allows the user to achieve a deeper level of sleep. They can also provide relief from claustrophobia for Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) patients.
  • In sexual play to increase anticipation, thrill and the use of the other senses, often in BDSM play. Being blindfolded forces the wearer to rely on the sense of touch, smell, taste and sound to experience his or per partner and this is widely perceived as a thrill-seeking and sensual experience during acts of love and foreplay.
  • A kidnapping victim, hostage, prisoner, etc. may be blindfolded to avoid identification of location(s) or people. (A common alternative to this usage is the use of a hood instead.)
  • Sometimes by guests who are not captured are still blindfolded or may consent to be blindfolded for the same reasons, as occurs in fiction when being led/driven to their respective hideouts.
  • Before sunglasses, they were worn as the primary facial cover for those who could not see. This usage, though uncommon, is still practised in modern times.


blindfolding in Dutch: Blinddoek
blindfolding in Japanese: アイマスク
blindfolding in Norwegian: Bind for øynene
blindfolding in Swedish: Ögonbindel
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