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blot

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[blot]
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.
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verb (used with object), blot·ted, blot·ting.
  1. to spot, stain, soil, or the like.
  2. to darken; make dim; obscure or eclipse (usually followed by out): We watched as the moon blotted out the sun.
  3. to dry with absorbent paper or the like: to blot the wet pane.
  4. to remove with absorbent paper or the like.
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verb (used without object), blot·ted, blot·ting.
  1. to make a blot; spread ink, dye, etc., in a stain: The more slowly I write, the more this pen blots.
  2. to become blotted or stained: This paper blots too easily.
  3. Chemistry. to transfer an array of separated components of a mixture to a chemically treated paper for analysis.Compare gel, gel electrophoresis.
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Verb Phrases
  1. 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.
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Origin of blot

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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

Synonyms for blot

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Related Words for blotting

blemish, blotch, smudge, speck, odium, onus, disgrace, slur, smear, brand, blur, spot, defect, taint, fault, stigma, stain, patch, discoloration, sully

Examples from the Web for blotting

Contemporary Examples of blotting

Historical Examples of blotting

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for blotting

blot

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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
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verb blots, blotting or blotted
  1. (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)
  2. blot one's copybook informal to spoil one's reputation by making a mistake, offending against social customs, etc
  3. (intr) to stain or become stained or spotted
  4. (tr) to cause a blemish in or on; disgrace
  5. to soak up (excess ink, etc) by using blotting paper or some other absorbent material
  6. (of blotting paper or some other absorbent material) to absorb (excess ink, etc)
  7. (tr often foll by out)
    1. to darken or hide completely; obscure; obliterate
    2. to destroy; annihilate
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Word Origin for blot

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

blot

2
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
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Word Origin for blot

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.

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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."

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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.
  1. The Northern, Southern, or Western blot analyses.
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