Origin of blot

1
1275–1325; (noun) Middle English blotte, akin to Old Norse blettr blot, spot, stain; (v.) late Middle English blotten, derivative of the noun
Related formsblot·less, adjectiveblot·ting·ly, adverbblot·ty, adjectiveun·blot·ted, adjective

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blot

2
[blot]

noun

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 blot

2
1590–1600; < Low German blat, akin to bloot bare, exposed, unprotected; cognate with Dutch bloot, German bloss bare
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blot

1

noun

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

verb blots, blotting or blotted

(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)
  1. to darken or hide completely; obscure; obliterate
  2. to destroy; annihilate

Word Origin for blot

C14: probably of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch bluyster blister

blot

2

noun

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 for blot

C16: perhaps from Middle Dutch bloot poor
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Word Origin and History for 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."

v.

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

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blot in Medicine

blot

[blŏt]

n.

The Northern, Southern, or Western blot analyses.
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