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Dictionary Definition

blot

Noun

1 a blemish made by dirt; "he had a smudge on his cheek" [syn: smudge, spot, daub, smear, smirch, slur]
2 an act that brings discredit to the person who does it; "he made a huge blot on his copybook" [syn: smear, smirch, spot, stain]

Verb

1 dry (ink) with blotting paper
2 make a spot or mark onto; "The wine spotted the tablecloth" [syn: spot, fleck, blob] [also: blotting, blotted]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

Originally "blemish," perhaps from Old Norse blettr, or from Old French bloche "clod of earth."

Pronunciation

Noun

blot
  1. a blemish, spot or stain made by a coloured substance
  2. In the context of "by extension": a stain on someone's reputation or character; a disgrace
  3. the Southern blot analysis (and derived Northern and Western) analytical techniques
  4. (games) an exposed piece in backgammon

Translations

  • French: tache (1), (ink) pâté (1), souillure (2)
  • German: Fleck (1), Schandfleck (2)

Verb

to blot (transitive or intransitive)
  1. to cause a blot (on something) by spilling a coloured substance
  2. to soak up, or absorb liquid
  3. to hide, obscure or obliterate something

Translations

  • French: tacher (1), entacher (une réputation) (2)
  • German: beflecken (1), kleckern (1), ablöschen (3)

Derived terms

Old English

Etymology

From blōtan.

Pronunciation

IPA: /blo:t/

Noun

(ġe)blōt n blot
  1. a sacrifice, especially a human sacrifice by heathens
    He ealle ða cuman to blote gedyde: he gave all the strangers as a sacrifice. (Alfred's Orosius)

Extensive Definition

A blot can refer to several different things. See also Rorschach inkblot test.
  • B.L.O.T. stands for the Basic Love Of Things - a live electronica and visuals acts based out of New Delhi and Bangalore. BLOT has been around since 2007 and has been playing in clubs, events, festivals and experimental gigs. They have also been featured in print and TV media as one of the new faces of the Indian Electronica scene. A collective comprising electronic music producers, VJs, DJs, artists, photographers and designers, BLOT is the independent work initiative of Quicksand - a multidisciplinary design studio in India. You can see more on BLOT on www.blot.in and the facebook group 'BLOT'. BLOT is presently working on their first DVD release and a touring performance AV.
blot in French: Blot
blot in Swedish: Blot

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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