noun \ˈdät\

Definition of DOT

:  a small spot :  speck
:  a small round mark: as
a (1) :  a small point made with a pointed instrument <a dot on the chart marked the ship's position>
(2) :  a small round mark used in orthography or punctuation <put a dot over the i>
b :  a centered point used as a multiplication sign (as in 6 · 5 = 30)
c (1) :  a point after a note or rest in music indicating augmentation of the time value by one half
(2) :  a point over or under a note indicating that it is to be played staccato
:  a precise point especially in time <arrived at six on the dot>
:  a short click or buzz forming a letter or part of a letter (as in the Morse code)
:  a point used to separate components of an address on the Internet

Origin of DOT

Middle English *dot, from Old English dott head of a boil; akin to Old High German tutta nipple
First Known Use: 1674



: to mark (something) with a dot

: to appear at many different places on the surface of (something)

: to put a small amount of something on different parts of (a surface)


Full Definition of DOT

transitive verb
:  to mark with a dot
:  to intersperse with dots or objects scattered at random <boats dotting the lake>
intransitive verb
:  to make a dot
dot·ter noun

Examples of DOT

  1. Don't forget to dot the i.
  2. Quaint cottages dot the countryside.
  3. The fields were dotted with wildflowers.
  4. Dot the cream all over your face.

First Known Use of DOT

circa 1740


noun \ˈdt\

Definition of DOT

:  dowry 2

Origin of DOT

French, from Latin dot-, dos dowry
First Known Use: 1855



Definition of DOT

Department of Transportation


noun \ˈdät\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of DOT

:  a small spot or speck—see maurer's dots, schuffner's dots


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