Definitions and meaning of blot
From Middle English blot (“blot, spot, stain, blemish”). Perhaps from Old Norse blettr (“blot, stain”), or from Old French bloche (“clod of earth”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /blɒt/
- Rhymes: -ɒt
- (General American) IPA(key): /blɑt/
blot (plural blots)
- A blemish, spot or stain made by a coloured substance.
- c. 1595, William Shakespeare, Richard II, Act II, Scene 1,
- England, bound in with the triumphant sea
- Whose rocky shore beats back the envious siege
- Of watery Neptune, is now bound in with shame,
- With inky blots and rotten parchment bonds:
- 1850, Charles Dickens, David Copperfield, Chapter 17,
- Her utmost powers of expression (which were certainly not great in ink) were exhausted in the attempt to write what she felt on the subject of my journey. Four sides of incoherent and interjectional beginnings of sentences, that had no end, except blots, were inadequate to afford her any relief. But the blots were more expressive to me than the best composition; for they showed me that Peggotty had been crying all over the paper, and what could I have desired more?
- 1918, Siegfried Sassoon, “The Death-Bed” in The Old Huntsman and Other Poems, London: Heinemann, p. 95,
- […] He was blind; he could not see the stars
- Glinting among the wraiths of wandering cloud;
- Queer blots of colour, purple, scarlet, green,
- Flickered and faded in his drowning eyes.
- (by extension) A stain on someone's reputation or character; a disgrace.
- c. 1595, William Shakespeare, Richard II, Act V, Scene 3,
- Thy overflow of good converts to bad,
- And thy abundant goodness shall excuse
- This deadly blot in thy digressing son.
- 1611, King James Version of the Bible, Proverbs 9:7,
- He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.
- 1785, William Cowper, The Task (poem), London: J. Johnson, Book 2, p. 46,
- Thus man devotes his brother, and destroys;
- And worse than all, and most to be deplored
- As human nature’s broadest, foulest blot,
- Chains him, and tasks him, and exacts his sweat
- With stripes, that mercy with a bleeding heart
- Weeps when she sees inflicted on a beast.
- (biochemistry) A method of transferring proteins, DNA or RNA, onto a carrier.
- (backgammon) an exposed piece in backgammon.
blot (third-person singular simple present blots, present participle blotting, simple past and past participle blotted)
- (transitive) to cause a blot (on something) by spilling a coloured substance.
- (intransitive) to soak up or absorb liquid.
- This paper blots easily.
- (transitive) To dry (writing, etc.) with blotting paper.
- (transitive) To spot, stain, or bespatter, as with ink.
- (Can we date this quote by Gascoigne and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
- The briefe was writte and blotted all with gore.
- (transitive) To impair; to damage; to mar; to soil.
- (transitive) To stain with infamy; to disgrace.
- (Can we date this quote by Rowe and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
- Blot not thy innocence with guiltless blood.
- (transitive) To obliterate, as writing with ink; to cancel; to efface; generally with out.
- to blot out a word or a sentence
- (Can we date this quote by Dryden and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
- One act like this blots out a thousand crimes.
- (transitive) To obscure; to eclipse; to shadow.
- (Can we date this quote by Cowley and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
- He sung how earth blots the moon's gilded wane.
Borrowed from Middle Low German blōt (“bare”), from Proto-Germanic *blautaz (“void, emaciated, soft”), cognate with German bloß (“bare”) and Danish blød (“soft”).
blot (plural and definite singular attributive blotte)
- (dated) mere, very
- (slightly formal) only, merely
Borrowed Old Norse blót, from Proto-Germanic *blōtą.
- a sacrifice (especially a blood sacrifice by heathens)
See the etymology of the main entry.
- imperative of blotte
See the etymology of the main entry.
- imperative of blote
- neuter nominative of blo
- neuter accusative of blo
From Proto-Germanic *blōtą.
- a sacrifice, especially a blood sacrifice by heathens
- to spot or stain.
(source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)