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cot1

[kot] /kɒt/
noun
1.
a light portable bed, especially one of canvas on a folding frame.
2.
British. a child's crib.
3.
a light bedstead.
4.
Nautical. a hammocklike bed stiffened by a suspended frame.
Origin of cot1
1625-1635
1625-35; < Hindi khāṭ < Prakrit khaṭṭā < Sanskrit khaṭvā; akin to Tamil kattil bedstead

cot2

[kot] /kɒt/
noun
1.
a small house; cottage; hut.
2.
a small place of shelter.
3.
a sheath or protective covering, as for an injured finger or toe.
Origin
before 900; Middle English, Old English cot (neuter; cf. cote1); cognate with Old Norse kot hut; akin to cubby, cove1
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Examples from the Web for cots
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  • Such was the spot where the shepherds and shepherdesses of a hundred cots were now assembled.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • In a few minutes she made Marion lie down on one of the cots.

    Whispering Smith Frank H. Spearman
  • Suddenly she ran over to one of the cots and dropping there burst into tears.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
  • Here was a big room containing twenty cots, ten on each side.

    From Farm to Fortune Horatio Alger Jr.
  • Will and George sat down on the edge of their cots and laughed.

British Dictionary definitions for cots

cot1

/kɒt/
noun
1.
a child's boxlike bed, usually incorporating vertical bars
2.
a collapsible or portable bed
3.
a light bedstead
4.
(nautical) a hammock-like bed with a stiff frame
Word Origin
C17: from Hindi khāt bedstead, from Sanskrit khátvā, of Dravidian origin; related to Tamil kattil bedstead

cot2

/kɒt/
noun
1.
(literary or archaic) a small cottage
2.
Also called cote
  1. a small shelter, esp one for pigeons, sheep, etc
  2. (in combination): dovecot
3.
another name for fingerstall
Word Origin
Old English cot; related to Old Norse kot little hut, Middle Low German cot

cot3

/kɒt/
abbreviation
1.
cotangent

cot4

/kɒt/
verb cots, cotting, cotted
1.
(Midland English, dialect) to entangle or become entangled
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Word Origin and History for cots

cot

n.1

"small bed," 1630s, from Hindi khat "couch, hammock," from Sanskrit khatva, probably from a Dravidian source (cf. Tamil kattil "bedstead").

cot

n.2

"hut, cottage;" see cote.

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cots in Science
cot  
Abbreviation of cotangent
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