noun (1)
\ ˈbät How to pronounce bot (audio) \
variants: or less commonly bott

Definition of bot

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: the larva of a botfly especially : one infesting the horse

Definition of bot (Entry 2 of 3)

1 botanical; botanist; botany
2 bottle
3 bottom
4 bought


noun (2)

Definition of bot (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : robot Bennett's referring to … a new police robot. It looks similar to the Albuquerque Bomb Squad robot next to it—both have cameras, an articulated arm, a mechanical gripper, and tank-like treads. But Benett's bot is different; it has brains.Popular Science
2a : a computer program that performs automatic repetitive tasks : agent sense 5 Several shopping "bots" will track down prices for on-line merchandise from a variety of vendors.— Sam Vincent Meddis especially : one designed to perform a malicious action These bot programs churn away all day and night, prodding at millions of random IP addresses looking for holes to crawl through. — Jennifer Tanaka
b : a computer that has been infected with a bot and can be used for malicious purposes as part of a network of infected computers These proxies then sent instructions to worker bots in set patterns, including templates for spam creation.— Jeff Hecht
3 : a computer program or character (as in a game) designed to mimic the actions of a person

First Known Use of bot

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1969, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bot

Noun (1)

Middle English; akin to Dutch leverbot liver fluke

Noun (2)

by shortening

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“Bot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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variants: also bott \ ˈbät How to pronounce bot (audio) \

Medical Definition of bot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the larva of a botfly especially : one infesting the horse

Medical Definition of bot (Entry 2 of 2)

1 botanical; botanist; botany
2 bottle

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