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dot

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noun \ˈdät\

Definition of dot

  1. 1 :  a small spot :  speck

  2. 2 :  a small round mark: such asa (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 ib :  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

  3. 3 :  a precise point especially in time arrived at six on the dot

  4. 4 :  a short click or buzz forming a letter or part of a letter (as in the Morse code)

  5. 5 :  a point used to separate components of an address on the Internet

Origin and Etymology of dot

Middle English *dot, from Old English dott head of a boil; akin to Old High German tutta nipple


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dot

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Definition of dot

dotted

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dotting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to mark with a dot

  3. 2 :  to intersperse with dots or objects scattered at random boats dotting the lake

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to make a dot

dotter

noun

Examples of dot in a Sentence

  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


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dot

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noun \ˈdȯt\

Definition of dot

  1. :  dowry 2

Origin and Etymology of dot

French, from Latin dot-, dos dowry


DOT

abbreviation

Definition of DOT

  1. Department of Transportation



DOT Defined for English Language Learners

dot

verb

Definition of dot for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


DOT Defined for Kids

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dot

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noun \ˈdät\

Definition of dot for Students

  1. 1 :  a small point, mark, or spot

  2. 2 :  a certain point in time noon on the dot

  3. 3 :  a short click forming a letter or part of a letter (as in Morse code)


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dot

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verb

Definition of dot for Students

dotted

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dotting

  1. :  to mark with or as if with small spots Dot your i's.


Medical Dictionary

dot

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noun \ˈdät\

Medical Definition of dot

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


Law Dictionary

DOT

abbreviation

Legal Definition of DOT

  1. Department of Transportation — see also the section



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