mi·​cro·​dot ˈmī-krə-ˌdät How to pronounce microdot (audio)
: a photographic reproduction of printed matter reduced to the size of a dot for ease or security of transmittal

Examples of microdot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the end of February, Monzo had 71.2 million pounds ($90.2 million) of customer deposits, a microdot next to Lloyds’s 400 billion pound balance sheet. Washington Post, 26 June 2019 Reality Winner, the intelligence contractor who leaked to The Intercept and was quickly caught in June 2017 thanks to microdot printing, was sentenced to 63 months in prison on Thursday. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, 23 Aug. 2018 Computer security experts say there's also a visible trail on everything printed nowadays, that color printers leave microdots. CBS News, 7 June 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of microdot was in 1946

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“Microdot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microdot. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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