Meaning of blot

blot

Pronunciation: (blot), [key]
— n., v., blot•ted, blot•ting.
—n.
  1. a spot or stain, esp. of ink on paper.
  2. a blemish on a person's character or reputation: He had been haunted by a blot on his past.
  3. an erasure or obliteration, as in a writing.
—v.t.
  1. to spot, stain, soil, or the like.
  2. to darken; make dim; obscure or eclipse (usually fol. by out): We watched as the moon blotted out the sun.
  3. to dry with absorbent paper or the like: to blot the wet pane.
  4. to remove with absorbent paper or the like.
—v.i.
  1. to make a blot; spread ink, dye, etc., in a stain: The more slowly I write, the more this pen blots.
  2. to become blotted or stained: This paper blots too easily.
  3. to transfer an array of separated components of a mixture to a chemically treated paper for analysis. Cf. gel, gel electrophoresis.
  4. to blot out a name from the record.
    1. to make indistinguishable; obliterate:to blot out a name from the record.
    2. to wipe out completely; destroy:Whole cities were blotted out by bombs.

blot

Pronunciation: (blot), [key]
— n.
  1. an exposed piece liable to be taken or forfeited.
  2. an exposed or weak point, as in an argument or course of action.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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