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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

Noun 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 The problem is that the present can only be made out as a vague blob because the nation still does not have enough tests to sample people or laboratories to process the tests. Anne Saker,, "Coronavirus in Ohio: We've done the infection math for you, and it doesn't look good," 16 Mar. 2020 Who wants to bring home a green blob in a black pot? Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Got the winter blues? Cheer up with these colorful winter-blooming plants for your garden," 10 Jan. 2020 Changes in the heated blob of water working underneath the MJO’s atmospheric gyrations are hard to track. John Fialka, Scientific American, "A Climate Fluctuation That Could Improve Forecasts Remains a Mystery," 31 Mar. 2020 The blob of cold water south of Madagascar was doing the opposite. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "How a team of scientists studying drought helped build the world’s leading famine prediction model," 15 Apr. 2020 Ye tells Popular Mechanics that this blob is likely just bits of dust, ice, and rock which have spun off of the comet. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Comets Are Breaking Apart in Our Cosmic Backyard, and Astronomers Are Stoked," 8 Apr. 2020 Some buoys are also equipped to track the subsurface ocean temperatures of the blob. John Fialka, Scientific American, "A Climate Fluctuation That Could Improve Forecasts Remains a Mystery," 31 Mar. 2020 But as Voyager 2 discovered, that protection doesn’t stop it from discharging gassy cannonballs into space. That colossal, vaporous blob was something called a plasmoid. Robin George Andrews, New York Times, "Uranus Ejected a Giant Plasma Bubble During Voyager 2’s Visit," 27 Mar. 2020 This unruly blob of a fly hatched in the Adirondacks decades ago and has been catching trout ever since. Morgan Lyle, Field & Stream, "7 Great Trout Flies You Can Tie Using Wild-Game Fur and Feathers," 31 Jan. 2020 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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The first known use of blob was in the 15th century

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17 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Blob.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of blob

somewhat informal
: 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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