blob

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v blob make a spot or mark onto "The wine spotted the tablecloth"
    • n blob an indistinct shapeless form
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Blob (Zoöl) A small fresh-water fish (Uranidea Richardsoni); the miller's thumb.
    • Blob Something blunt and round; a small drop or lump of something viscid or thick; a drop; a bubble; a blister.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n blob A small globe of liquid; a dewdrop; a blister; a bubble; a small lump, splotch, or daub.
    • n blob The bag of a honey-bee.
    • n blob The under lip.
    • n blob A cottoid fish, Uranidea richardsoni, a kind of miller's-thumb.
    • n blob In cricket, no score; zero; a duck's-egg (which see).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Blob blob a drop of liquid: anything soft and round, like a gooseberry: a round spot.
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Quotations

  • Robert Redford
    Robert Redford
    “People have been so busy relating to how I look, it's a miracle I didn't become a self-conscious blob of protoplasm.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Bleb
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Imit.

Usage

In literature:

A small blob of light floated near the center of the view.
"This World Must Die!" by Horace Brown Fyfe
Some people have invented what I think very ugly names for this showy plant, such as horse-blob, water-blob.
"Country Walks of a Naturalist with His Children" by W. Houghton
She can put white icing over 'em an' little blobs of red sugar for holly berries, you know, with citron leaves.
"The Torch Bearer" by I. T. Thurston
Each blob represented something which had returned a radar echo.
"Pushbutton War" by Joseph P. Martino
Behind us the French coast was a looming mass, then a thick blob, finally a thin blur hardly perceptible to strained eyes.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
The violet blob of Atla-Hi on the screen got even brighter in the next few moments.
"The Night of the Long Knives" by Fritz Reuter Leiber
The three sunlets of flame merged together and dripped yellow blobs of light into the darkness.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
The other half, Blake now saw, had retreated to cluster in wild panic about the remaining blob of jelly.
"Zehru of Xollar" by Hal K. Wells
What are all these nauseating-looking blobs of lard lying about here, anyway?
"The Raid on the Termites" by Paul Ernst
Upon the underside of one of its sleeves there is a big ink blob.
"Sundry Accounts" by Irvin S. Cobb
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In poetry:

Great smears of soap were here and there--
Her startled vision met
With blobs of lather everywhere,
And everything was wet!
"The Ballad Of The Taylor Pup" by Eugene Field
The canellas burn their soffioni,
The blobs let through the deans,
The young manchet feels his podleys
And wonders what's to pay.
"Falcons" by Raymond Queneau
Dead ring fer me ole conk, she sez it is.
More like a blob of putty on 'is phiz,
I think. But 'e's a fair 'ard case, all right.
I'll swear I thort 'e wunk at me last night!
"The Kid " by C J Dennis
Blasting the malachites beneath the rudder,
The seething sea spews pearly blobs of foam.
The shore sails nearer as we move from under
The ship's smooth, towering shape and make for home.
"A Farewell" by Ivan Bunin

In news:

Ken Price's Fantastic, Idiosyncratic Blobs.
The pretty colors formed unappealing blobs, and they lined up in stripes that made the knitter 's head hurt and her eyes bleed.
The market itself may break up the big banks — ungainly blobs with chronically low shareholder returns.
She will always be naked after blobs of sticky napalm melted through her clothes and layers of skin like jellied lava.
Attack of the Blob, er, Blog OC Weekly 's staff news blog Navel Gazing gazes back at 2009.
With its lunatic genre freak-outs and intimidating quantity, Indian cinema is as difficult to nail down as a blob of mercury, but you'd never know it from the rare imported samples.
If an animal acts crazy or looks like a blob, say so in the name.
450-million-year-old 'blob' was about 7 feet long and 3.5 feet wide.
There he stood - gleaming in the sunlight - all decked out in his Sunday best - with a white blob sticking out of his left nostril.
Slime Mold Proves to Be a Brainy Blob.
Slimy blobs find home in rivers, thanks to warm, dry summer.
Slimy blobs are showing up in the Wapsipinicon (wahp-sih-PIHN'-ih-kahn) River in northeastern Iowa and other spots in the upper Midwest and Canada.
The covert campaign targeting street art began about seven months ago, with blobs of paint that appeared overnight, obscuring murals and wheat-pasted art on walls in Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan.
"The contrast of white whale-shark spots on darker skin is well suited to a machine vision technique known as 'blob extraction,' which measures the locations and dimensions of pixel groups of a single color," Arzoumanian explains.
Some can change instantly into a flared-skirt dancer or a bouncing blob with luminous, blinking color patches.
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In science:

This picture has been also called the links-nodes-blobs model with dead-ends .
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets
The other elements of the spanning cluster, dead-ends and blobs, could be generalized, too.
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets
Here blobs, which are multiple connected to the rest of the spanning cluster, are such that in order to break a spanning cluster, several seed spins are needed to flip simultaneously instead of a single one.
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets
This ob ject, which they named N83B-1, turned out to be a member of the so-called high-excitation blobs (HEBs) in the Magellanic Clouds.
HST study of the LMC compact star forming region N83B
At the distance of the Magellanic Clouds this corresponds to sizes of more than 50 pc for normal H ii regions and 1 to 3 pc for the blobs.
HST study of the LMC compact star forming region N83B
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