See also: BLOB




Etymology 1Edit

Possibly formed through mimesis, similarly to bleb and blubber.


blob ‎(plural blobs)

  1. A shapeless or amorphous mass; a vague shape or amount, especially of a liquid or semisolid substance; a clump, group or collection that lacks definite shape.
    • 1869: Norman Lockyer et al, Nature
      Only the outermost blob on either side in map 2 displays misalignment.
    • 1895: The Annual of the British School at Athens
      It was a colourful vase with red and white hoops on the lid, and red bands above and below the main frieze. These bands also carry a metope pattern in white of triple lines and blobs, which can just be distinguished on the photographs.
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room Chapter 1
      But there, on the very top, is a hollow full of water, with a sandy bottom; with a blob of jelly stuck to the side, and some mussels.
  2. In astronomy, a large cloud of gas. In particular, an extended Lyman-Alpha blob is a huge body of gas that may be the precursor to a galaxy.[1]
  3. (dialect) A bubble, a bleb.
  4. A small freshwater fish (Uranidea richardsoni); the miller's thumb.

See alsoEdit


blob ‎(third-person singular simple present blobs, present participle blobbing, simple past and past participle blobbed)

  1. (transitive) To drop in the form of a blob or blobs
    • 1917, Edgar Wallace, The Keepers of the King's Peace, Chapter 6, [2]
      Bones put the tiny crimson speck between his slides, blobbed a drop of oil on top, and focused the microscope.
    • 1957, "War of Nerves," Time, 7 October, 1957, [3]
      [] a cross has been burned during the night on Wechsler's lawn and a painted KKK blobbed across one wall of his home.
  2. (transitive) To drop a blob or blobs onto, cover with blobs.
    • 1941, Emily Carr, Klee Wyck, Chapter 20, [4]
      She was beating something in a pail, beating it with her hands; her arms were blobbed with pink froth to the elbows.
    • 1959, "The Big Appel," Time, 7 December, 1959, [5]
      Asked to do a mural in the coffee room of the Municipal Museum, Appel responded by blobbing all four walls and the ceiling with brilliant colors []
  3. (intransitive) To fall in the form of a blob or blobs.
    • 1964, A. S. Byatt, The Shadow of the Sun, Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1991, Chapter Three, p. 47,
      Caroline began to separate eggs, cracking them into unbelievably even halves, sliding the gold, round and elastic, from shell to shell, whilst the white hung, heavy, translucent, in thick sheets, and blobbed suddenly into her basin.
    • 2013, Marcus Berkmann, "Blood and gore of the real 'who dunnits'," Review of Silent Witnesses by Nigel McCrery, Daily Mail, 22 August, 2013, [6]
      [] whether the blood has splashed, or blobbed, or trickled, can reveal whether the victim was killed here or moved afterwards.

Etymology 2Edit


blob ‎(plural blobs)

  1. Alternative spelling of BLOB


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