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blot 1

 (blŏt)
n.
1. A spot or a stain caused by a discoloring substance: a blot of paint.
2. An association of disgrace with one's character or reputation. See Synonyms at stain.
3.
a. A laboratory technique, such as a Southern blot analysis, that involves electrophoretically separating proteins or nucleic acids and transferring them to a membrane.
b. The membrane onto which these proteins or nucleic acids have been transferred.
v. blot·ted, blot·ting, blots
v.tr.
1. 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.
2.
a. To make obscure or invisible; hide. Often used with out: clouds blotting out the moon.
b. To render invisible or unreadable by marking; obliterate. Often used with out: blotted out the names with a pen.
c. To remove or block from personal memory or public remembrance. Often used with out: "His death in the hour of victory blotted out his failings and left a heroic memory" (N.A.M. Rodger).
3. To spot or stain, as with a discoloring substance: Grass stains blotted the knees of his pants.
4. To bring moral disgrace to: an incident that blotted the senator's reputation.
v.intr.
1. To spill or spread in a spot or stain.
2. To become blotted, soaked up, or absorbed.

[Middle English.]

blot 2

 (blŏt)
n.
1. Games An exposed piece in backgammon.
2. Archaic A weak point.

[Possibly from Low German blat, naked, unprotected.]

blot

(blɒt)
n
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
vb, blots, blotting or 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. blot one's copybook informal to spoil one's reputation by making a mistake, offending against social customs, etc
6. (intr) to stain or become stained or spotted
7. (tr) 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.
a. to darken or hide completely; obscure; obliterate
b. to destroy; annihilate
[C14: probably of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch bluyster blister]

blot

(blɒt)
n
1. (Games, other than specified) 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
[C16: perhaps from Middle Dutch bloot poor]

blot1

(blɒt)

n., v. blot•ted, blot•ting. n.
1. a spot or stain, esp. of ink or chemicals on paper.
2. a blemish on a person's character or reputation.
v.t.
3. to spot, stain, or soil; sully.
4. to dry with absorbent paper or the like: to blot the wet pane.
5. to remove with absorbent paper or the like.
v.i.
6. to make a blot; spread ink, dye, etc., in a stain.
7. to become blotted or stained.
8. to transfer components of a mixture to a chemically treated paper for analysis.
9. blot out,
a. to make indistinguishable; obscure.
b. to destroy completely; obliterate; wipe out.
[1275–1325; Middle English blotte, akin to Old Norse blettr blot, spot, stain]

blot2

(blɒt)

n.
1. an exposed backgammon piece liable to be taken or forfeited.
2. Archaic. an exposed or weak point.
[1590–1600]

blot


Past participle: blotted
Gerund: blotting

Imperative
blot
blot
Present
I blot
you blot
he/she/it blots
we blot
you blot
they blot
Preterite
I blotted
you blotted
he/she/it blotted
we blotted
you blotted
they blotted
Present Continuous
I am blotting
you are blotting
he/she/it is blotting
we are blotting
you are blotting
they are blotting
Present Perfect
I have blotted
you have blotted
he/she/it has blotted
we have blotted
you have blotted
they have blotted
Past Continuous
I was blotting
you were blotting
he/she/it was blotting
we were blotting
you were blotting
they were blotting
Past Perfect
I had blotted
you had blotted
he/she/it had blotted
we had blotted
you had blotted
they had blotted
Future
I will blot
you will blot
he/she/it will blot
we will blot
you will blot
they will blot
Future Perfect
I will have blotted
you will have blotted
he/she/it will have blotted
we will have blotted
you will have blotted
they will have blotted
Future Continuous
I will be blotting
you will be blotting
he/she/it will be blotting
we will be blotting
you will be blotting
they will be blotting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been blotting
you have been blotting
he/she/it has been blotting
we have been blotting
you have been blotting
they have been blotting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been blotting
you will have been blotting
he/she/it will have been blotting
we will have been blotting
you will have been blotting
they will have been blotting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been blotting
you had been blotting
he/she/it had been blotting
we had been blotting
you had been blotting
they had been blotting
Conditional
I would blot
you would blot
he/she/it would blot
we would blot
you would blot
they would blot
Past Conditional
I would have blotted
you would have blotted
he/she/it would have blotted
we would have blotted
you would have blotted
they would have blotted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blot - a blemish made by dirtblot - a blemish made by dirt; "he had a smudge on his cheek"
blemish, mar, defect - a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body); "a facial blemish"
blotch, splodge, splotch - an irregularly shaped spot
fingermark, fingerprint - a smudge made by a (dirty) finger
inkblot - a blot made with ink
2.blot - an act that brings discredit to the person who does it; "he made a huge blot on his copybook"
error, fault, mistake - a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention; "he made a bad mistake"; "she was quick to point out my errors"; "I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults"
Verb1.blot - dry (ink) with blotting paper
imbibe, soak up, sop up, suck up, absorb, suck, take up, take in, draw - take in, also metaphorically; "The sponge absorbs water well"; "She drew strength from the minister's words"
2.blot - make a spot or mark ontoblot - make a spot or mark onto; "The wine spotted the tablecloth"
stain - produce or leave stains; "Red wine stains the table cloth"
change surface - undergo or cause to undergo a change in the surface
splotch - blotch or spot
maculate, tarnish, defile, sully, stain - make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically; "The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air"; "Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man"
bespeckle, speckle - mark with small spots; "speckle the wall with tiny yellow spots"
bespatter, spatter - spot, splash, or soil; "The baby spattered the bib with food"

blot

noun
1. disgrace, spot, fault, stain, scar, defect, flaw, taint, blemish, demerit, smirch, blot on your escutcheon a blot on the reputation of the architectural profession
verb
1. soak up, take up, absorb, draw up, dry up, mop up, suck up, sop up blot any excess oils with a tissue
2. stain, mark, spot, spoil, disgrace, tarnish, disfigure, sully, smirch Only one memorable slip-up has blotted his career.
blot something out
1. obliterate, hide, shadow, disguise, obscure, blur, eclipse, block out, efface, obfuscate The victim's face was blotted out by a camera blur.
2. erase, cancel, eradicate, excise, obliterate, efface, expunge He is blotting certain memories out.

blot

noun
1. A discolored mark made by smearing:
2. A mark of discredit or disgrace:
Archaic: attaint.
Idiom: a blot on one's escutcheon.
verb
To remove or invalidate by or as if by running a line through or wiping clean.Also used with out:
annul, cancel, cross (off or out), delete, efface, erase, expunge, obliterate, rub (out), scratch (out), strike (out), undo, wipe (out), x (out).
Law: vacate.
phrasal verb
blot out
Translations
بُقْعَةٌوَصْمَةٌ، شائِبَةٌيُجَفِّفُ، يُنَشِّفُيُلَطِّخُ، يُلَوِّثُ
kaňkapokaňkatskvrnavysát
klatpletpletteskamplettørre
bepacázleitatpacaszégyenfolt
bletta, óhreinkabletturòerra
aptaškytikas nors bjaurauskas nors nemalonausnuspaustisugeriamasis popierius
aptraipītnosusinātnotraipīttraipstrūkums
machuľa
çirkin şeykurulamaklekelekelemekmürekkep damlatmak

blot

[blɒt]
A. N [of ink] → borrón m, mancha f (fig) (on reputation etc) → tacha f, mancha f
the chimney is a blot on the landscapela chimenea afea el paisaje
a blot on the family escutcheonuna mancha en el honor de la familia
B. VT
1. (= spot) (with ink) → manchar (fig) [+ reputation] → desacreditar
to blot one's copybook (Brit) → manchar su reputación
2. (= dry) (with blotter) [+ ink, writing] → secar
C. VI [pen] → echar borrones; [ink] → correrse
blot out VT + ADV
1. (lit) [+ words] → borrar
2. (fig) [mist, fog] [+ view] → tapar, ocultar; [+ memories] → borrar
blot up VT + ADV [+ ink] → secar

blot

[ˈblɒt]
n
(= mark) → tache f
(= shame) → tache f
to be a blot on [+ reputation] → tacher
to be a blot on the landscape → gâcher le paysage
vt
(= dry) [+ face, skin] → sécher; [+ ink, writing] → passer un buvard sur
to blot one's copy book → ternir sa réputation
blot out
vt
[+ memories] → effacer
[+ view, sun, sky] → cacher, masquer

blot

n
(of ink)(Tinten)klecks m
(fig, on honour, reputation) → Fleck m (→ on auf +dat); a blot on his careerein schwarzer Fleck in seiner Karriere; a blot on the landscapeein Schandfleck min der Landschaft
vt
(= make ink spots on)beklecksen; to blot one’s copybook (fig)sich unmöglich machen; (with sb) → es sich (dat)verderben
(= dry) ink, pageablöschen; skin, face etcabtupfen

blot

[blɒt]
1. nmacchia
to be a blot on the landscape → rovinare il paesaggio
2. vt
a. (spot with ink) → macchiare d'inchiostro
to blot one's copy book (fig) → farla grossa
b. (dry, ink, writing) → asciugare
blot out vt + adv (memories, words) → cancellare; (view, sun) → nascondere, offuscare; (nation, city) → annientare

blot

(blot) noun
1. a spot or stain (often of ink). an exercise book full of blots.
2. something ugly. a blot on the landscape.
verbpast tense, past participle ˈblotted
1. to spot or stain, especially with ink. I blotted this sheet of paper in three places when my nib broke.
2. to dry with blotting-paper. Blot your signature before you fold the paper.
ˈblotter noun
a pad or sheet of blotting-paper.
ˈblotting-paper noun
soft paper used for drying up ink.
blot one's copybook
to make a bad mistake. He has really blotted his copybook by being late for the interview.
blot out
to hide from sight. The rain blotted out the view.

blot

n blot m, tipo de prueba médica muy precisa; Western (Southern, etc.) — Western (Southern, etc.) blot; vt (pret & pp blotted; ger blotting) secar por presión con material absorbente
References in classic literature ?
Behold ambition on his brow, And on his nose, a blot.
It did not seem to them that anything that could hap- pen in the future could blot out the wonder and beauty of the thing that had happened.
On every side the captured were flying before their relentless persecutors, while the armed columns of the Christian king stood fast in an apathy which has never been explained, and which has left an immovable blot on the otherwise fair escutcheon of their leader.
The great difference is, that the table and chair cannot feel, and the man can; for even a legal enactment that he shall be "taken, reputed, adjudged in law, to be a chattel personal," cannot blot out his soul, with its own private little world of memories, hopes, loves, fears, and desires.
I paused, and stood over that cowering lad a whole minute in awful silence; then, in a voice deep, measured, charged with doom, I began, and rose by dramatically graded stages to my colossal climax, which I delivered in as sublime and noble a way as ever I did such a thing in my life: "Go back and tell the king that at that hour I will smother the whole world in the dead blackness of midnight; I will blot out the sun, and he shall never shine again; the fruits of the earth shall rot for lack of light and warmth, and the peoples of the earth shall famish and die, to the last man
Jane went back into the kitchen to the inexorable tasks that death has no power, even for a day, to blot from existence.
With the exception of this little blot, Emma found that his visit hitherto had given her friend only good ideas of him.
Little girl, a memory without blot or contamination must be an exquisite treasure--an inexhaustible source of pure refreshment: is it not?
I flatter myself there is no such thing as a blot, or a careless entry in it, from the first page to the last.
Deep would have been the blot upon his escutcheon if his chocolate had been ignobly waited on by only three men; he must have died of two.
You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of an underdone potato.
This chap (why you must have come down in the night and been peeping into the inkstand, to get this blot upon your eyebrow, you old rascal