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blot | dry |

As a noun blot

is a norse pagan ritual sacrifice, now performed by the followers of asatru.

As an acronym dry is





(en noun)
  • A blemish, spot or stain made by a coloured substance.
  • * Shakespeare
  • inky blots
  • (by extension) A stain on someone's reputation or character; a disgrace.
  • * Shakespeare
  • This deadly blot in thy digressing son.
  • (biochemistry) The Southern blot analysis (and derived Northern and Western) analytical techniques.
  • (backgammon) an exposed piece in backgammon.
  • Verb

  • to cause a blot (on something) by spilling a coloured substance.
  • to soak up or absorb liquid.
  • This paper blots easily.
  • To dry (writing, etc.) with blotting paper.
  • To spot, stain, or bespatter, as with ink.
  • * Gascoigne
  • The briefe was writte and blotted all with gore.
  • To impair; to damage; to mar; to soil.
  • * Shakespeare
  • It blots thy beauty, as frosts do bite the meads.
  • To stain with infamy; to disgrace.
  • * Rowe
  • Blot not thy innocence with guiltless blood.
  • To obliterate, as writing with ink; to cancel; to efface; generally with out .
  • to blot out a word or a sentence
  • * Dryden
  • One act like this blots out a thousand crimes.
  • To obscure; to eclipse; to shadow.
  • * Cowley
  • He sung how earth blots the moon's gilded wane.

    Derived terms

    * blotting paper * blot out


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    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) drye, drie, dri, drige, dryge, . See also (l), (l), (l).

    Alternative forms

    * (l) (obsolete)


  • Free from liquid or moisture.
  • * Addison
  • The weather, we agreed, was too dry for the season.
  • * Prescott
  • Not a dry eye was to be seen in the assembly.
  • (chemistry) Free of water in any state; anhydrous.
  • Thirsty; needing drink.
  • * (William Shakespeare)
  • Give the dry fool drink.
  • (of an alcoholic beverage) Lacking sugar or low in sugar; not sweet.
  • Maintaining temperance; void or abstinent from alcoholic beverages.
  • (of a person or joke) Subtly humorous, yet without mirth.
  • * (Washington Irving)
  • He was rather a dry , shrewd kind of body.
  • (of a scientist or his laboratory) Not working with chemical or biological matter, but, rather, doing computations.
  • (masonry) Built without mortar; dry-stone.
  • *
  • (of animals) Not giving milk.
  • Lacking interest or amusement; barren; unembellished.
  • * (Alexander Pope)
  • These epistles will become less dry , more susceptible of ornament.
  • (fine arts) Exhibiting a sharp, frigid preciseness of execution, or lacking delicate contours and soft transitions of colour.
  • Synonyms
    * (free from liquid or moisture) arid, parched
    * (free from liquid or moisture) wet * (abstinent from alcohol) wet * wet
    Derived terms
    * bone dry * dry as a bone * dry as a dead dingo’s donger * dry cough * dry hole * dry ice * drily * dry run * dryly * dryness * dry spell * drywall * dry weight * like watching paint dry

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl)


  • To lose moisture.
  • The clothes dried on the line.
  • To remove moisture from.
  • Devin dried her eyes with a handkerchief.
  • (ambitransitive, figurative) To cease or cause to cease.
  • Their sources of income dried up.
    The stream of chatter dried up.
    Derived terms
    * drier * dryer * dry out * dry up * nondrying
    See also
    * desiccant * desiccate * desiccation