blot

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v blot make a spot or mark onto "The wine spotted the tablecloth"
    • v blot dry (ink) with blotting paper
    • n blot an act that brings discredit to the person who does it "he made a huge blot on his copybook"
    • n blot a blemish made by dirt "he had a smudge on his cheek"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Blot (Backgammon) A single man left on a point, exposed to be taken up.
    • Blot A spot on reputation; a stain; a disgrace; a reproach; a blemish. "This deadly blot in thy digressing son."
    • Blot A spot or stain, as of ink on paper; a blur. "Inky blots and rotten parchment bonds."
    • Blot A weak point; a failing; an exposed point or mark.
    • Blot (Backgammon) An exposure of a single man to be taken up.
    • Blot An obliteration of something written or printed; an erasure.
    • Blot To dry, as writing, with blotting paper.
    • Blot To impair; to damage; to mar; to soil. "It blots thy beauty, as frosts do bite the meads."
    • Blot To obliterate, as writing with ink; to cancel; to efface; -- generally with out; as, to blot out a word or a sentence. Often figuratively; as, to blot out offenses. "One act like this blots out a thousand crimes."
    • Blot To obscure; to eclipse; to shadow. "He sung how earth blots the moon's gilded wane."
    • Blot To spot, stain, or bespatter, as with ink. "The brief was writ and blotted all with gore."
    • Blot To stain with infamy; to disgrace. "Blot not thy innocence with guiltless blood."
    • v. i Blot To take a blot; as, this paper blots easily.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n blot A spot or stain, as of ink on paper; a blur; a disfiguring stain or mark: as, “one universal blot,”
    • n blot A scoring out; an erasure or obliteration, as in a writing.
    • n blot A spot upon character or reputation; a moral stain; a disgrace; a reproach; a blemish.
    • n blot Imputed disgrace or stain; defamation: as, to cast a blot upon one's character.
    • blot To spot, stain, or bespatter, as with ink, mud, or any discoloring matter.
    • blot Figuratively, to stain as with disgrace or infamy; tarnish; disgrace; disfigure.
    • blot 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.
    • blot 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.
    • blot To darken or obscure; eclipse.
    • blot To dry by means of blotting-paper or the like.
    • blot To obliterate something written.
    • blot To become blotted or stained: as, this paper blots easily.
    • n blot In backgammon: A single exposed piece which is liable to be forfeited or taken up.
    • n blot The exposure of a piece in this way.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Blot blot a spot or stain: an obliteration, as of something written: a stain in reputation
    • v.t Blot to spot or stain: to obliterate or destroy: to disgrace: to dry writing with blotting-paper:—pr.p. blot′ting; pa.p. blot′ted
    • n Blot blot a piece liable to be taken at backgammon: a weak place in anything.
    • n Blot and adj. Blot′tesque, a painting executed with heavy blot-like touches, a daub or (fig.) a vigorous descriptive sketch
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Quotations

  • Elizabeth Bowen
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    “Absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
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    “A blot in thy escutcheon to all futurity.”
  • James Stewart Alexander Simmons
    James Stewart Alexander Simmons
    “So do not think of helpful whores as aberrational blots; I could not love you half so well without my practice shots.”
  • J. M. Synge
    J. M. Synge
    “I'm a good scholar when it comes to reading but a blotting kind of writer when you give me a pen.”
  • Cyril Connolly
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    “Civilization is maintained by a very few people in a small number of places and we need only some bombs and a few prisons to blot it out altogether.”

Idioms

Blot your copybook - If you blot your copybook, you make a mistake or do something wrong that will negatively affect someone's opinion of you.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Dan. blot, bare, naked, Sw. blott, d. bloot, G. bloss, and perh. E. bloat,

Usage

In literature:

He carefully blotted it, and handed the result of his labours to Sir Hilary, who nodded approval as he read it.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
In the blotting-book, you said?
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
He was buried with great pomp, and before his grave was green, little Blot came to take his place, though she never filled it.
"Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag, Vol. 5" by Louisa M. Alcott
Carmena gave him a sip from her own and dragged him around until his head lay in the small blot of shade made by a cactus stem.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
He seemed to be blotted out suddenly in that very act.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
Already darkness had blotted out the lower reaches.
"'Smiles'" by Eliot H. Robinson
The stars were blotted out.
"Glory of Youth" by Temple Bailey
In the afternoon the snow ceased to fall, but the dusk came on early notwithstanding, for the sky was blotted over with driving clouds.
"John Splendid" by Neil Munro
Some had been crossed out or blotted by subsequent prints, but a few were perfect.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
As it is, he ends with a big, black, unmistakable blot.
"Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens" by G. K. Chesterton
A fog rose from the sea and gradually blotted out everything.
"The Choice of Life" by Georgette Leblanc
Instantly upon his startled vision impinged a blot of yellow color.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
The chessboard has been blotted out.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, April 1, 1914" by Various
He blots it out altogether from remembrance.
"Archibald Hughson" by W.H.G. Kingston
In the sky one moon blotted out a world of stars.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
Erasures, blots, interlineations always spoil the beauty of any letter.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
So, with many a blot and erasure, her loving belief that all was right must make itself evident.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 107, September, 1866" by Various
The girl's tear-blotted face, the tones of her voice, haunted him.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
I wish his face could be blotted from that world of memory in which the distant seems to grow clearer and the near to fade.
"Romola" by George Eliot
The four men in the control cabin could only sit and watch, waiting for the rendezvous which would blot them out.
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton
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In poetry:

"Heed those old stories?
New glowing glories
Blot out those lies, love!
Look in my eyes, love!
"Wedding Day" by Edith Nesbit
He is afar; the story old
Is blotted, worn, and dim;
With thee, O God, I can be bold—
I cannot pray to him.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
The Printer's is a happy lot:
Alone of all professions,
No fateful smudges ever blot
His earliest "impressions."
"The Happy Printer" by Henry Austin Dobson
No longer may their hapless lot
The mournful muse engage,
She wipes away the tears that blot
The melancholy page.
"Edwin and Eltruda, a Legendary Tale" by Helen Maria Williams
The hill pines were sighing,
O'ercast and chill was the day:
A mist in the valley lying
Blotted the pleasant May.
"The Hill Pines Were Sighing" by Robert Seymour Bridges
I am unworthy, love, to touch
Ground you have glorified.
Your estimation takes no blot;
I urge not honour's pride.
"Immortal Eve - IV" by Manmohan Ghose

In news:

Tick-Tock of Ford's Debut, The Blot of Nixon's Pardon.
The Taxation Ink-Blot Test, Twittering Cities, and Still Ticked at Tech.
Tick- Tock of Ford's Debut, The Blot of Nixon's Pardon.
The Earth's shadow will begin to blot out the moon at 1:32 am EST (10:32 pm PST).
EADS blamed a funding row with Germany for contributing to a 3 billion euro cash outflow so far this year, which put a blot on the Airbus parent's stronger-than-expected quarterly earnings on Thursday and hit its shares.
Eugene Littlefield is referring to the giant black clouds of soil that would blot out the sun and swallow the countryside.
The moon is too far from Earth and appears too small in the sky to blot out the sun completely.
Solar eclipses occur when the moon lines up with the sun in the sky, blotting out the solar disk from a viewer's perspective on Earth.
The theft was an isolated blot on his record and now his grandfather says the flamingos have become a good-natured symbol in Salisbury's life.
The ImageQuant™ LAS 500 is designed for the imaging of chemiluminescent Western blots, fluorescent proteins, DNA gel stains, and white-light imaging of colorimetric stains and markers.
For instance, the moon could itself pass in front of the star, blotting out a small fraction of starlight just before or just after the planet itself transits.
Nonisotopic Probing , Blotting, and Sequencing is an updated, expanded edition of the bestseller, Nonisotopic DNA Probe Techniques.
60 Minutes II report in 2004 that became such a blot on CBS News that it hastened his retirement as anchor of the.
Blot your tears with Plenty's gussied-up red velvet Twinkies.
Rinsed, blotted dry and sliced into small rectangles.
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In science:

As in the standard reduction pipelines, the median image is blotted back to the original CCD frame for residual cosmic ray/bad pixel detection.
The Sloan Lens ACS Survey. IX. Colors, Lensing and Stellar Masses of Early-type Galaxies
However, we also use the blotted median image to subtract a model of the astrophysical sources, leaving residuals which are dominated by the quadrantdependent errors in the pedestal removal.
The Sloan Lens ACS Survey. IX. Colors, Lensing and Stellar Masses of Early-type Galaxies
The paper reports several experiments using different techniques including northern blotting, yeast two hybrid and electrophoretic mobility shift assays.
ppiTrim: Constructing non-redundant and up-to-date interactomes
The first tool to measure gene expression in a sample of cells of a was introduced in 1975. A Southern blot – named for its inventor – is a multi-stage laboratory procedure which produces a pattern of bands representing the activity of a small set of pre-selected genes.
Quality assessment for short oligonucleotide microarray data
Clouds look like ships, and Rorschach blots seem like vignettes.
Lessons from a Restricted Turing Test
Blot in his series of papers [1–4] applied variational method to establish the existence of weak almost periodic solutions for systems in Em .
Existence theorem for weak quasiperiodic solutions of Lagrangian systems on Riemannian manifolds
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