- a spot or stain, especially of ink on paper.
- a blemish on a person's character or reputation: He had been haunted by a blot on his past.
- Archaic. an erasure or obliteration, as in a writing.
- to spot, stain, soil, or the like.
- to darken; make dim; obscure or eclipse (usually followed by out): We watched as the moon blotted out the sun.
- to dry with absorbent paper or the like: to blot the wet pane.
- to remove with absorbent paper or the like.
- to make a blot; spread ink, dye, etc., in a stain: The more slowly I write, the more this pen blots.
- to become blotted or stained: This paper blots too easily.
- Chemistry. to transfer an array of separated components of a mixture to a chemically treated paper for analysis.Compare gel, gel electrophoresis.
- blot out,
- to make indistinguishable; obliterate: to blot out a name from the record.
- to wipe out completely; destroy: Whole cities were blotted out by bombs.
Origin of blot1
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Examples from the Web for blotting
A dazzling light filled the church, blotting the altar from my eyes.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
There is a story about blotting out Amalek told in the name of the Hasidic master Zvi Elimelekh of Dinov (1783-1841).How To Take Purim Seriously
February 21, 2013
There was paper, there was ink and there was a pen with a new nib in it, and blotting paper!The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
He put the letter under the blotting paper, and called, "Yes, Gilbert!"Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
Honour demanded that she should be as firm as a rock in blotting Philip from her soul.The Manxman
Should I take to blotting and erasing, there is no knowing when my task would be over.In Direst Peril
David Christie Murray
A kind of pall had descended on the landscape, blotting out the sun.The Girl on the Boat
Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
- a stain or spot of ink, paint, dirt, etc
- something that spoils or detracts from the beauty or worth of something
- a blemish or stain on one's character or reputation
- (of ink, dye, etc) to form spots or blobs on (a material) or (of a person) to cause such spots or blobs to form on (a material)
- blot one's copybook informal to spoil one's reputation by making a mistake, offending against social customs, etc
- (intr) to stain or become stained or spotted
- (tr) to cause a blemish in or on; disgrace
- to soak up (excess ink, etc) by using blotting paper or some other absorbent material
- (of blotting paper or some other absorbent material) to absorb (excess ink, etc)
- (tr often foll by out)
- to darken or hide completely; obscure; obliterate
- to destroy; annihilate
- backgammon a man exposed by being placed alone on a point and therefore able to be taken by the other player
- archaic a weak spot
Word Origin and History for blotting
mid-15c., verbal noun from blot (v.). Blotting paper is recorded from 1510s.
late 14c., originally "blemish," perhaps from Old Norse blettr "blot, stain," or from Old French blot, variant of bloc "block," or blestre "blister, lump, clump of earth."
early 15c., "to make blots;" mid-15c. "to blot out, obliterate" (words), from blot (n.). Related: Blotted; blotting.
- The Northern, Southern, or Western blot analyses.