noun (1)
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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


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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


noun (2)
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Definition of dot (Entry 3 of 4)

Definition of DOT (Entry 4 of 4)

Department of Transportation

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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.

First Known Use of dot

Noun (1)

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1740, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (2)

1822, 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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“Dot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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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)


dotted; dotting

Kids Definition of dot (Entry 2 of 2)

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


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Medical Definition of dot

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



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