|1.||a stain or spot of ink, paint, dirt, etc|
|2.||something that spoils or detracts from the beauty or worth of something|
|3.||a blemish or stain on one's character or reputation|
|—vb (often foll by out) , blots, blotting, blotted|
|4.||(of ink, dye, etc) to form spots or blobs on (a material) or (of a person) to cause such spots or blobs to form on (a material)|
|5.||informal blot one's copybook to spoil one's reputation by making a mistake, offending against social customs, etc|
|6.||(intr) to stain or become stained or spotted|
|7.||(tr) to cause a blemish in or on; disgrace|
|8.||to soak up (excess ink, etc) by using blotting paper or some other absorbent material|
|9.||(of blotting paper or some other absorbent material) to absorb (excess ink, etc)|
|10.||a. to darken or hide completely; obscure; obliterate|
|b. to destroy; annihilate|
|[C14: probably of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch bluyster|
The Northern, Southern, or Western blot analyses.
a stain or reproach (Job 31:7; Prov. 9:7). To blot out sin is to forgive it (Ps. 51:1, 9; Isa. 44:22; Acts 3:19). Christ's blotting out the handwriting of ordinances was his fulfilling the law in our behalf (Col. 2:14).
Obliterate, wipe out of existence or memory, as in At least one Indian nation was blotted out as the pioneers moved west, or The trauma of the accident blotted out all her memory of recent events. This idiom, first recorded in 1516, uses the verb to blot in the sense of making something illegible by spotting or staining it with ink. The New Testament has it (Acts 3:19): "Repent ye ... that your sins may be blotted out."