- 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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- Backgammon. an exposed piece liable to be taken or forfeited.
- Archaic. an exposed or weak point, as in an argument or course of action.
Origin of blot2
Examples from the Web for blot
Like Amalek, the Biblical evil-doer whose name we are enjoined to “blot out.”How Do We Deal with the Baseless Hatred at the Western Wall?
Emily L. Hauser
July 12, 2013
But we must remember not only to not forget, but to blot out the enemy—not mercifully, but through genocide.How To Take Purim Seriously
February 21, 2013
Think of its twisted outline as a Rorschach blot for a society—maybe a civilization.A Disaster's Silver Lining
April 30, 2010
The speech did irreparable damage to Powell's reputation, and he has since called it "a blot on his record."A Video History of U.N. Outbursts
The Daily Beast Video
September 22, 2009
Shakespeare should never have used this incident; it is a blot on his conception.The Man Shakespeare
That was, in fact, the only blot on his father's honour—a foul and grave blot it was.Night and Morning, Complete
Blot out the memory of this world, and what would heaven or hell be to us?The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Neither did the blot with which the birth of my grandfather was menaced affect me much.Wilfrid Cumbermede
All falsehood must be a blot as well as a sin, an injury as well as a deception.Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
- 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 blot
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.