\ ˈbläb \

Definition of blob 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a small drop or lump of something viscid or thick

b : a daub or spot of color

2 : something shapeless


blobbed; blobbing

Definition of blob (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to mark with blobs : splotch

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Examples of blob in a Sentence


That blue blob in the corner of the map is the lake we're headed for. flicked a blob of jelly on the toast and began to spread it around

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Cooked poorly, eggplant can have all the beauty and flavor of a mushy amorphous blob of gray goo. Nick Kindelsperger,, "Fascinating fried eggplant at Xiao Mei Xing," 9 July 2018 WhatsApp and Signal store their messages in encrypted databases on the device, so an initial dump of the phone would have only provided a cryptographic blob. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "FBI recovers WhatsApp, Signal data stored on Michael Cohen’s BlackBerry," 15 June 2018 It’s not shaped like one, really—just a nebulous faint blob of darkness with some visible stars. Shannon Stirone, WIRED, "Space Photos of the Week: The Case of the Missing Dark Matter," 7 Apr. 2018 Clouds are just giant floating blobs in the atmosphere. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "This strange shadow was seen in Maryland and Pennsylvania on Saturday," 20 June 2018 Nearby is part of a car’s water pump fused with metal blobs that used to be wheel rims. Kevin Fagan,, "Wine Country artists find new life, inspiration in the wreckage of studios," 9 July 2018 Or just an apple-munching lady outside with her black cat, that strange blob of a creature, paw up, in the dark green shade of the lower left. Sidney Lawrence, WSJ, "A Muse Embedded in Mystery," 22 June 2018 But that hazy blob is Orion Nebula, also known as M42, which births some of the Milky Way’s newest lights. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Take a Breathtaking Trip Through the Orion Nebula in NASA’s New Video," 15 Jan. 2018 That’s thanks to a blob of drier air leaking into Central Florida, which is partly a result of Hurricane Chris mucking with the atmosphere, said National Weather Service forecaster Scott Kelly. Kevin Spear,, "Orlando could sizzle this week with hottest weather of the year," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Although seaweed is normal, seaweed blobs this thick are not. Jacob Sweet, miamiherald, "Lots of sun, and brown slimy seaweed, in the forecast for South Florida beaches," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of blob


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for blob


Middle English (Scots)

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English Language Learners Definition of blob

: a usually small amount of something thick and wet

: something that does not have a regular shape


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Kids Definition of blob

: a small lump or drop of something thick a blob of paint

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