American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A spot or blot; a splotch.
- n. A discoloration on the skin; a blemish.
- n. Any of several plant diseases caused by fungi and resulting in brown or black dead areas on leaves or fruit.
- v. To mark or become marked with blotches.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pustule upon the skin.
- n. A spot of any kind, especially a large irregular spot or blot; hence, anything likened to a mere spot or blot, as a poor painting; a daub.
- n. A disease of dogs.
- To mark with blotches; blot, spot, or blur.
- n. In botany, a disease of fruit or leaves, which cause the formation of spots, usually black in color.
- n. An uneven patch of color or discoloration.
- n. An irregularly shaped spot.
- v. transitive To mark with blotches.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A blot or spot, as of color or of ink; especially a large or irregular spot. Also Fig..
- n. (Med.) A large pustule, or a coarse eruption.
- v. mark with spots or blotches of different color or shades of color as if stained
- n. an irregularly shaped spot
- Probably blend of blot1 and botch. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Her designer should have known that it was a bad choice for a dress to be seen on television and from a distance, though, because from a distance you can't see the subtle gradient that the red -- black creates ... it just looks like a big red blotch, which is why I thought it was ugly.”
“The blossoms, mostly white and pinks, are little round tufts that drop petals any time the wind blows, so walking through a 'blotch' can feel like walking through a slow-motion snowstorm when the wind kicks up.”
“Over on the side there, where there's a kind of blotch, is the twins; they must be fighting.”
“Guston consistently seeks out the least degree of form that distinguishes a meaningless blotch of paint from something that reads as a definable object.”
“It is a blotch on the canvas of the English rugby club scene.”
“The stencils appear in strange spots, nearly a "Kilroy was here" anarchist blotch on the old city.”
“But the rendering technique is more suited to the idea of these wine paintings; the relic motif, referencing used coasters and Rorschach's ink blotch tests.”
“I am trying to take us to one of the state parks, a big green blotch on my map.”
“On the night of March 24, 1993, astronomers Eugene and Carolyn Shoemaker and David Levy were searching the skies when they noted an oddly shaped blotch near Jupiter.”
“A number of the Twomblys in the show came from the artist's own collection, including his 1975 work, "Pan," featuring the words "Pan" and "Panic" hovering between a wine-colored blotch and a collaged image of Swiss chard, perhaps a stand-in for a forest.”
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