Blot definition

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An association of disgrace with one's character or reputation.
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Blot means to dry, soak up or remove.

An example of to blot is to wipe up tipped over milk with a paper towel.

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The definition of a blot is a spot or stain, whether physical or on a person's character.

An example of a blot is an ink stain on a shirt.

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A spot or a stain caused by a discoloring substance.

A blot of paint.

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The Northern, Southern, or Western blot analyses.
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To soak up or dry with absorbent material. Often used with up .

Blotted the spill with a napkin; used a rag to blot up the paint.

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To spot or stain, as with a discoloring substance.

Grass stains blotted the knees of his pants.

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To bring moral disgrace to.

An incident that blotted the senator's reputation.

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To make obscure or invisible; hide. Often used with out .

Clouds blotting out the moon.

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To render invisible or unreadable by marking; obliterate. Often used with out .

Blotted out the names with a pen.

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To remove or block from personal memory or public remembrance. Often used with out .
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To spill or spread in a spot or stain.
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To become blotted, soaked up, or absorbed.
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(games) An exposed piece in backgammon.
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(archaic) A weak point.
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A spot or stain, esp. of ink.
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A moral stain; disgrace.
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To make blots on; spot, stain, or blur.
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To stain (a reputation); disgrace.
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To erase or get rid of.

Memories blotted from one's mind.

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To dry by soaking up the wet liquid, as with blotting paper.
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To make blots.
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To become blotted.
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To be absorbent.
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(backgammon) An exposed piece, liable to capture.
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(archaic) A weak point; fault; failing.
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A laboratory technique, such as a Southern blot analysis, that involves electrophoretically separating proteins or nucleic acids and transferring them to a membrane.
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The membrane onto which these proteins or nucleic acids have been transferred.
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(by extension) A stain on someone's reputation or character; a disgrace.
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(biochemistry) The Southern blot analysis (derived Northern and Western) analytical techniques.
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(backgammon) An exposed piece in backgammon.
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To cause a blot (on something) by spilling a coloured substance.
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(intransitive) To soak up or absorb liquid.

This paper blots easily.

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To dry (writing, etc.) with blotting paper.
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To spot, stain, or bespatter, as with ink.
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To impair; to damage; to mar; to soil.
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To stain with infamy; to disgrace.
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To obliterate, as writing with ink; to cancel; to efface; generally with out.

To blot out a word or a sentence.

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To obscure; to eclipse; to shadow.
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Anything that spoils or mars, esp. by providing an unpleasant contrast.

That shack is a blot on the landscape.

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blot out
  • to darken or hide entirely; obscure
  • to kill or destroy
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
blot
Plural:
blots

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of blot

  • Possibly from Low German blat naked, unprotected

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Originally "blemish," perhaps from Old Norse blettr, or from Old French bloche (“clod of earth”)

    From Wiktionary