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blot1

[blot] /blɒt/
noun
1.
a spot or stain, especially of ink on paper.
2.
a blemish on a person's character or reputation:
He had been haunted by a blot on his past.
3.
Archaic. an erasure or obliteration, as in a writing.
verb (used with object), blotted, blotting.
4.
to spot, stain, soil, or the like.
5.
to darken; make dim; obscure or eclipse (usually followed by out):
We watched as the moon blotted out the sun.
6.
to dry with absorbent paper or the like:
to blot the wet pane.
7.
to remove with absorbent paper or the like.
verb (used without object), blotted, blotting.
8.
to make a blot; spread ink, dye, etc., in a stain:
The more slowly I write, the more this pen blots.
9.
to become blotted or stained:
This paper blots too easily.
10.
Chemistry. to transfer an array of separated components of a mixture to a chemically treated paper for analysis.
Verb phrases
11.
blot out,
  1. to make indistinguishable; obliterate:
    to blot out a name from the record.
  2. to wipe out completely; destroy:
    Whole cities were blotted out by bombs.
Origin of blot1
1275-1325
1275-1325; (noun) Middle English blotte, akin to Old Norse blettr blot, spot, stain; (v.) late Middle English blotten, derivative of the noun
Related forms
blotless, adjective
blottingly, adverb
blotty, adjective
unblotted, adjective
Synonyms
1. blotch, ink stain. 2. stain, taint, dishonor, disgrace, spot. 4. sully, disfigure. 5. obliterate, efface, erase, expunge. 7. absorb.
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Examples from the Web for blotting
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  • 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 Hall Caine
  • 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
  • You must find your own ink, pens, and blotting paper, but we provide this table and chair.

  • It is the blotting out of a life that has been a protest against wrong.

    Romola George Eliot
  • When brown, remove, drain on blotting paper and serve on a folded napkin.

British Dictionary definitions for blotting

blot1

/blɒt/
noun
1.
a stain or spot of ink, paint, dirt, etc
2.
something that spoils or detracts from the beauty or worth of something
3.
a blemish or stain on one's character or reputation
verb blots, blotting, blotted
4.
(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)
5.
(informal) blot one's copybook, to spoil one's reputation by making a mistake, offending against social customs, etc
6.
(intransitive) to stain or become stained or spotted
7.
(transitive) to cause a blemish in or on; disgrace
8.
to soak up (excess ink, etc) by using blotting paper or some other absorbent material
9.
(of blotting paper or some other absorbent material) to absorb (excess ink, etc)
10.
(transitive) often foll by out
  1. to darken or hide completely; obscure; obliterate
  2. to destroy; annihilate
Word Origin
C14: probably of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch bluysterblister

blot2

/blɒt/
noun
1.
(backgammon) a man exposed by being placed alone on a point and therefore able to be taken by the other player
2.
(archaic) a weak spot
Word Origin
C16: perhaps from Middle Dutch bloot poor
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Word Origin and History for blotting
n.

mid-15c., verbal noun from blot (v.). Blotting paper is recorded from 1510s.

blot

n.

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."

blot

v.

early 15c., "to make blots;" mid-15c. "to blot out, obliterate" (words), from blot (n.). Related: Blotted; blotting.

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blotting in Medicine

blot (blŏt)
n.
The Northern, Southern, or Western blot analyses.

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