dot

noun (1)
\ˈdät \

Definition of dot 

(Entry 1 of 4)

1 : a small spot : speck

2 : a small round mark: such 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

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

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

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

dot

verb
dotted; dotting

Definition of dot (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to mark with a dot

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

intransitive verb

: to make a dot

dot

noun (2)
\ˈdȯt \

Definition of dot (Entry 3 of 4)

Definition of DOT (Entry 4 of 4)

Department of Transportation

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Other Words from dot

Verb

dotter noun

Examples of dot in a Sentence

Verb

Don't forget to dot the i. Quaint cottages dot the countryside. The fields were dotted with wildflowers. Dot the cream all over your face.
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First Known Use of dot

Noun (1)

1674, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1740, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (2)

1855, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dot

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

French, from Latin dot-, dos dowry

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The first known use of dot was in 1674

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dot

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dot

: 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

noun
\ˈdät \

Kids Definition of dot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small point, mark, or spot

2 : a certain point in time noon on the dot

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

dot

verb
dotted; dotting

Kids Definition of dot (Entry 2 of 2)

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

dot

noun
\ˈdät \

Medical Definition of dot 

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

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