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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
blotting paper
▪ As an experience to blot out the horror of her discovery on Brynteg it had been blissfully successful.
▪ Then by dusk it appears as if snowstorms are blotting out the distant views.
▪ By the time I reached the small town of Pinedale the blue sky had been blotted out by ugly, sulphurous yellow.
▪ A little beyond, to judge from the windows of dead, a Union regiment had been blotted out.
▪ I blot out unwanted runs, bleeds and blocks with highly textured kitchen roll.
▪ Rolling clouds of black smoke blotted out the sky while brilliant sheaths of flame slithered out of every window.
▪ Ace could see it only because it was moving, blotting out more stars as it and the shuttle flew towards each other.
▪ It was the kind of blindness that blots out obstacles and leads to brave ventures.
▪ Mustn't blot my copybook by being late.
▪ The solid marker was impregnated on blotting paper and then coated with cellulose.
▪ Then have them put the blotting paper inside the cup, with the ink above the water.
▪ An hour passed while he ordered pages and laid damp stamps on blotting paper with tweezers.
▪ Follow-up Make indicator strips by cutting blotting paper or heavy construction paper into strips and dipping them in the cabbage water.
▪ These moistened globules should be dried on blotting paper and then put in a sealed bottle, and labelled 0/1.
▪ The contents were then discarded, the wells were washed with the wash buffer solution and blotted on a paper towel.
▪ But if Berowne had been writing and had blotted the paper at the desk, where was it now?
▪ A stage-a melee-heaving bodies-and then a huge hand filled the screen and blotted out everything for an instant.
▪ Any surface oil not absorbed after 10-15 minutes should be blotted off with a tissue.
▪ But the last 16 minutes blotted out all the blundering and turned this into an unforgettable classic.
▪ By the time I reached the small town of Pinedale the blue sky had been blotted out by ugly, sulphurous yellow.
▪ Covered the sky, blotted it right out.
▪ Kendall and his shadow blotted the tunnel ahead.
▪ Maybe I was blotting out my past, as provincials do, in my haste to get to where the action was.
▪ Would the daughter even remember her father with the perpetual presence of Hope to blot him out?
▪ The washing of the northern blots was carried out according to standard methods.
▪ Figure 5. Northern blot analysis of Oct-11 and Oct-2 expression in various mouse tissues and cell lines.
▪ Right: Victor Hugo, ink blot, about 1855.
▪ This ink blot, due to be exhibited, dates from Hugo's eighteen year-long political exile on the island of Jersey.
▪ I appeared twice like an ink blot on a folded sheet of paper: a passive, meaningless blur.
▪ ink blots
▪ All transformed cell lines were examined by Southern blot hybridisation.
▪ Clones displaying a preferential expression in early placenta after Southern blot analysis were selected and sequenced.
▪ He makes no blot who has no ink, Nor gathers honey who keeps no bees.
▪ I appeared twice like an ink blot on a folded sheet of paper: a passive, meaningless blur.
▪ Right: Victor Hugo, ink blot, about 1855.
▪ There has been only one report that has identified epoxide hydrolase in colonic carcinomas, by western blot analysis.
▪ This ink blot, due to be exhibited, dates from Hugo's eighteen year-long political exile on the island of Jersey.
▪ This man Otis is the one blot on the banner of southern California; he is the bar sinister on your escutcheon.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Blot \Blot\, v. i. To take a blot; as, this paper blots easily.


Blot \Blot\, n. [Cf. Icel. blettr, Dan. plet.]

  1. A spot or stain, as of ink on paper; a blur. ``Inky blots and rotten parchment bonds.''

  2. An obliteration of something written or printed; an erasure.

  3. A spot on reputation; a stain; a disgrace; a reproach; a blemish.

    This deadly blot in thy digressing son.


Blot \Blot\, n. [Cf. Dan. blot bare, naked, Sw. blott, d. bloot, G. bloss, and perh. E. bloat.]

  1. (Backgammon)

    1. An exposure of a single man to be taken up.

    2. A single man left on a point, exposed to be taken up.

      He is too great a master of his art to make a blot which may be so easily hit.

  2. A weak point; a failing; an exposed point or mark.


Blot \Blot\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Blotted; p. pr. & vb. n. Blotting.] [Cf. Dan. plette. See 3d Blot.]

  1. To spot, stain, or bespatter, as with ink.

    The brief was writ and blotted all with gore.

  2. To impair; to damage; to mar; to soil.

    It blots thy beauty, as frosts do bite the meads.

  3. To stain with infamy; to disgrace.

    Blot not thy innocence with guiltless blood.

  4. 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.

  5. To obscure; to eclipse; to shadow.

    He sung how earth blots the moon's gilded wane.

  6. To dry, as writing, with blotting paper.

    Syn: To obliterate; expunge; erase; efface; cancel; tarnish; disgrace; blur; sully; smear; smutch.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., originally "blemish," perhaps from Old Norse blettr "blot, stain," or from Old French blot, variant of bloc "block," or blestre "blister, lump, clump of earth."


early 15c., "to make blots;" mid-15c. "to blot out, obliterate" (words), from blot (n.). Related: Blotted; blotting.


n. 1 A blemish, spot or stain made by a coloured substance. 2 (context by extension English) A stain on someone's reputation or character; a disgrace. 3 (context biochemistry English) A method of transferring proteins, DNA or RNA, onto a carrier. 4 (context backgammon English) an exposed piece in backgammon. vb. 1 (context transitive English) to cause a blot (on something) by spilling a coloured substance. 2 (context intransitive English) to soak up or absorb liquid. 3 (context transitive English) To dry (writing, etc.) with blotting paper. 4 (context transitive English) To spot, stain, or bespatter, as with ink. 5 (context transitive English) To impair; to damage; to mar; to soil. 6 (context transitive English) To stain with infamy; to disgrace. 7 (context transitive English) To obliterate, as writing with ink; to cancel; to efface; generally with ''out''. 8 (context transitive English) To obscure; to eclipse; to shadow.

  1. n. 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]

  3. [also: blotting, blotted]

  1. v. dry (ink) with blotting paper

  2. make a spot or mark onto; "The wine spotted the tablecloth" [syn: spot, fleck, blob]

  3. [also: blotting, blotted]


Blot may refer to:

  • Blot (biology), method of transferring proteins, DNA, RNA or a protein onto a carrier.
  • In Germanic paganism and Germanic neopaganism, a blót is a sacrifice to the gods or other beings
    • Blot (album), an album by Einherjer, referring to the Germanic practice
  • The Blot, a 1921 silent film
  • Another name of a trick-taking card game Belot
  • Blot (Transformers), a character from the Transformers franchise
  • Phantom Blot, a character made by the Walt Disney Company
  • Ink blots, as used in the Rorschach test
Blot (biology)

A blot, in molecular biology and genetics, is a method of transferring proteins, DNA or RNA, onto a carrier (for example, a nitrocellulose PVDF or nylon membrane). In many instances, this is done after a gel electrophoresis, transferring the molecules from the gel onto the blotting membrane, and other times adding the samples directly onto the membrane. After the blotting, the transferred proteins, DNA or RNA are then visualized by colorant staining (for example, silver staining of proteins), autoradiographic visualization of radioactive labelled molecules (performed before the blot), or specific labelling of some proteins or nucleic acids. The latter is done with antibodies or hybridization probes that bind only to some molecules of the blot and have an enzyme joined to them. After proper washing, this enzymatic activity (and so, the molecules we search in the blot) is visualized by incubation with proper reactive, rendering either a colored deposit on the blot or a chemiluminiscent reaction which is registered by photographic film.


Blót ( Old Norse neuter) was a Norse pagan sacrifice to the Norse gods and the spirits of the land. The sacrifice often took the form of a sacramental meal or feast. Related religious practices were performed by other Germanic peoples, such as the pagan Anglo-Saxons. The blót element of horse sacrifice is found throughout Indo-European traditions, including the Indian, Celtic and Latin traditions.

Blot (album)

Blot is the fourth full-length album by the Norwegian black/ Viking metal band Einherjer. It was released on November 21, 2003, by Tabu Recordings.

Usage examples of "blot".

In all likelihood, the Autocrat had saved dozens of lives this day by blotting out the leaders in this pointless fight.

His blackened form made a blot as it passed the white marble front of the mausoleum where Josiah Bartram lay buried.

Aziza Begum and Zobeida, she was afraid, and the tears that she would not let Sabrina see fell and blotted the written words.

The screaming of women was a constant high note of terror in the murky air, now so besmudged by smoke as to blot out the sun.

Having blotted the last copy, Brassey rang for two clerks to witness the signatures.

I blotted my scrapes carefully and had replaced the antiseptic and the bandages by the time that Bucky got back with my robe.

It took me a long while to somewhat recover my composure and by then we were inside it as securely as Jonah in the belly of the whale and in almost as profound a darkness, for the close boughs of the evergreens blotted out the sky except when a lump of the snow with which they were lined fell on our heads like the dropping of a big, cold-blooded bird, and then a few scraps of red light from the fire we left behind us showed through the gap, bloodying the night-time clouds.

A dark place, a shadowed place, only a blot against the eternally nightened skies.

To dispel the illusion that so outmatched his own arts, the Black Dragon stooped forward to clutch at the spread cloak and the slouch hat that tilted from the top of the cloth blot.

They overlie and blot out all the little sounds of every-day life and usage.

Families against whom neither Thompson lawyer nor Bairam physician could recollect a progenitorial blot, either on the male or female side, were not numerous.

There was a table with writing paper and a bottle of Quink ink and blotting paper.

Nylan was blotting his forehead, and even Relyn had opened his jacket by the time a single rider cantered down the road from the ridge.

Also the baronet, whose ancestors were all honourable men and stainless women, found it hard to overlook a certain royal bar-sinister, which had originated the Luxmore earldom, together with a few other blots which had tarnished that scutcheon since.

The abolition of serfdom by Alexander II in 1861 blotted out the social evil that Dostoevsky had hated the most, and against which he had been willing to rebel at the risk of his life.