from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A spot or a stain caused by a discoloring substance: a blot of paint.
- n. A stain on one's character or reputation; a disgrace. See Synonyms at stain.
- n. The Northern, Southern, or Western blot analyses.
- transitive v. To spot or stain, as with a discoloring substance.
- transitive v. To bring moral disgrace to.
- transitive v. To obliterate (writing, for example).
- transitive v. To make obscure; hide: clouds blotting out the moon.
- transitive v. To destroy utterly; annihilate: War blotted out their traditional way of life.
- transitive v. To soak up or dry with absorbent material.
- intransitive v. To spill or spread in a spot or stain.
- intransitive v. To become blotted, soaked up, or absorbed.
- n. Games An exposed piece in backgammon.
- n. Archaic A weak point.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A blemish, spot or stain made by a coloured substance.
- n. A stain on someone's reputation or character; a disgrace.
- n. The Southern blot analysis (and derived Northern and Western) analytical techniques.
- n. an exposed piece in backgammon.
- v. to cause a blot (on something) by spilling a coloured substance.
- v. to soak up, or absorb liquid.
- v. to hide, obscure or obliterate something.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To spot, stain, or bespatter, as with ink.
- transitive v. To impair; to damage; to mar; to soil.
- transitive v. To stain with infamy; to disgrace.
- transitive v. To obliterate, as writing with ink; to cancel; to efface; -- generally with out. Often figuratively.
- transitive v. To obscure; to eclipse; to shadow.
- transitive v. To dry, as writing, with blotting paper.
- intransitive v. To take a blot.
- n. A spot or stain, as of ink on paper; a blur.
- n. An obliteration of something written or printed; an erasure.
- n. A spot on reputation; a stain; a disgrace; a reproach; a blemish.
- n. An exposure of a single man to be taken up.
- n. A single man left on a point, exposed to be taken up.
- n. A weak point; a failing; an exposed point or mark.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A spot or stain, as of ink on paper; a blur; a disfiguring stain or mark: as, “one universal blot,”
- n. A scoring out; an erasure or obliteration, as in a writing.
- n. A spot upon character or reputation; a moral stain; a disgrace; a reproach; a blemish.
- n. Imputed disgrace or stain; defamation: as, to cast a blot upon one's character.
- To spot, stain, or bespatter, as with ink, mud, or any discoloring matter.
- Figuratively, to stain as with disgrace or infamy; tarnish; disgrace; disfigure.
- To obliterate so as to render invisible or not distinguishable, as writing or letters with ink: generally with out: as, to blot out a word or a sentence.
- Hence To efface; cause to be unseen or forgotten; destroy; annihilate: followed by out: as, to blot out a crime, or the remembrance of anything.
- To darken or obscure; eclipse.
- To dry by means of blotting-paper or the like.
- To obliterate something written.
- To become blotted or stained: as, this paper blots easily.
- n. In backgammon: A single exposed piece which is liable to be forfeited or taken up.
- n. The exposure of a piece in this way.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. dry (ink) with blotting paper
- n. a blemish made by dirt
- v. make a spot or mark onto
- n. an act that brings discredit to the person who does it
A regular salt blot from the farm store is about $6 and the Deer Cane was $7.99.
Fortunately my younger brother was able to remove this blot from the family escutcheon by joining the Canadian Army in 1941.
It will be a relief to the whole legal profession that at last what the Master of the Rolls called a blot on our jurisprudence has been removed.
The distance was great, but something familiar in the lines of the figure -- when he presently got near enough to see that the blot was a pony and rider -- made his blood leap with eager anticipation; and he spoke sharply to Patches, sending him forward at a brisk lope.
Two pleaded guilty, and the third was convicted after trial, in a case that The Republican newspaper of Springfield described as a "blot on the whole city."
As the first African American person to attain the highest office in the United States, President Obama cannot afford to have ANYBODY with a smudge on their record (never mind a "blot").
At the hearing, the governor called the convictions a "blot" on the record of an accomplished artist for "something he may or may not have done."
If that seems a harsh conclusion, consider the one public "blot" we already know about concerning Gen. McChrystal's war record.
You have said you regret the "blot" on your record caused by your parroting spurious intelligence at the U.N. to justify war on Iraq.
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