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Blat \Blat\, v. i. To cry, as a calf or sheep; to bleat; to make a senseless noise; to talk inconsiderately. [Low]


Blat \Blat\, v. t. To utter inconsiderately. [Low]

If I have anything on my mind, I have to blat it right out.
--W. D. Howells.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1846, U.S. colloquial, imitative. Related: Blatted; blatting. As a noun from 1904.


Etymology 1 vb. 1 To cry, as a calf or sheep; to bleat. 2 To make a senseless noise. 3 To talk inconsiderately. 4 To produce an overrich or overblown sound on a brass instrument such as a trumpet, trombone, or tub

  1. Etymology 2

    n. connections; relationships; one's social or business network (qualifier: in Russian or Soviet society).

  1. v. cry plaintively; "The lambs were bleating" [syn: bleat, blate, baa]

  2. [also: blatting, blatted]


Blat or BLAT may refer to:

  • Blat (term), a form of corruption in Russia and the Soviet Union
  • Blat (Romania), a term denoting a fixed match in Romanian football
  • Blat, Lebanon, a village in Mount Lebanon Governorate, Lebanon
  • Blat, Syria, a village in Homs Governorate, Syria
  • BLAT (bioinformatics), BLAST-like alignment tool for assembling genome
  • Caio Blat (born 1980), Brazilian actor
  • Blat (software), a Windows (32 & 64 bit) command line utility that sends eMail using SMTP or post to usenet using NNTP
Blat (favors)

In Russian culture, blat is the system of informal agreements, exchanges of services, connections, Party contacts, or black market deals to achieve results or get ahead. The system of blat can be seen as an example of social networks with some similarities to networking (especially 'good ol' boy' networks) in the United States, old boy networks in the United Kingdom and the former British Empire, or guanxi in China. Accordingly, blatnoy means a man who obtains a job or gets into a university using connections, or sometimes bribes. In the Soviet republics, blatnye were very much in demand as it was difficult to gain a post or enroll in some prestigious majors in universities without proper connections.

BLAT (bioinformatics)

BLAT ( BLAST-like alignment tool) is a pairwise sequence alignment algorithm that was developed by Jim Kent at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) in the early 2000s to assist in the assembly and annotation of the human genome. It was designed primarily to decrease the time needed to align millions of mouse genomic reads and expressed sequence tags against the human genome sequence. The alignment tools of the time were not capable of performing these operations in a manner that would allow a regular update of the human genome assembly. Compared to pre-existing tools, BLAT was ~500 times faster with performing mRNA/ DNA alignments and ~50 times faster with protein/protein alignments.

Usage examples of "blat".

Petra bleated like a goat, and they heard a distant answering blat from the night.

Now, because he was lost in the urgency of her embrace, the blat of a horn startled him so badly he jumped.

The wind was moaning in the aerials and whirling the sand outside pretty briskly when they finally heard a long blat from seaward, and Mr.

You, Slooshasill, nothing but Talons servant, do nothing, blat, blat, blat.

She turns to face the expanse of red-and-gold carpet that stretches to the doorway as trumpets blat and the doors swing open to admit the deputation of lobsters.

A shout rose from the guard on watch, followed by the call of the horn, three blats, signifying that an enemy approached.

The television set in the living room and the radio in the kitchen were both on, blatting away, and the family was having a row in the dining room, halfway between them.

Added to the blatting of the dory horns and the shocking boom-boom of shotguns, it made sound enough, in the three-walled confines of the tote road anyhow, to wake the dead.

He leaned the spear against a tree to put a horn to his lips-it was the genuine article, formerly gracing the head of a cow-and blew one long blast and three short ones, a blatting huuuu noise not like any sound metal had ever made.

The car went forward nose-first into the crack and lodged on the pipe, unmuffled engine blatting stridently.

There was no answer at firstjust this tremendous, roaring voice blatting out the strangely regular sounds.

The camel blatted again, but turned and started slowly down the hill towards the trail.

Occasionally a voice blatted out a command the watchers could not understand, and one or more entered one of the buildings that capped the avenue.

An approving blat greeted his final guess, and the Tursiops flicked the mullet toward Hacker, who felt suddenly ravenous.

A horn blatted weakly, nearby, and after a pause sounded again with more strength.