Definition of blot noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//blɒt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//blɑːt//
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  1. 1a spot or dirty mark on something, made by ink, etc. Synonymsmarkstain fingerprint streak speck blot smear spotThese are all words for a small area of dirt or another substance on a surface.mark a small area of dirt or other substance on the surface of something, especially one that spoils its appearance:The kids left dirty marks all over the kitchen floor.stain a dirty mark on something that is difficult to remove, especially one made by a liquid:blood stainsfingerprint a mark on a surface made by the pattern of lines on the end of a person’s finger, often used by the police to identify criminals:Her fingerprints were all over the gun.streak a long thin mark or line that is a different colour from the surface it is on:She had streaks of grey in her hair.speck a very small mark, spot or piece of a substance on something:There isn’t a speck of dust anywhere in the house.blot a spot or dirty mark left on something by a substance such as ink or paint being dropped on a surfacesmear a mark made by something such as oil or paint being spread or rubbed on a surfacespot a small dirty mark on something:There were grease spots all over the walls.Patterns a streak/​speck/​blot/​smear/​spot of something a greasy mark/​stain/​smear an ink mark/​stain/​blot/​spot a grease mark/​stain/​spot to leave a mark/​stain/​fingerprint/​streak/​speck/​blot/​smear There were ink blots all over the paper.
  2. 2blot (on something) something that spoils the opinion that other people have of you, or your happiness Her involvement in the fraud has left a serious blot on her character. There was just a tiny blot on his happiness.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: probably of Scandinavian origin and related to Old Norse blettr.Idioms
    a blot on the landscape
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    an object, especially an ugly building, that spoils the beauty of a place
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