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[dit] /dɪt/
an echoic word, the referent of which is a click or brief tone interval, used to designate the dot of Morse code, International Morse code, etc.
Compare dah.
Origin of dit
First recorded in 1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The French dits and fabliaux teem with allusions to this custom.

  • In your way from a dinner to a ball, you stopped to exchange agreeable on dits.

    Coningsby Benjamin Disraeli
  • At bottom, four stanzas of Dutch verses, beginning “dits de vrees van alle man.”

    The Dance of Death Francis Douce
  • The subjects of these and of the large number of dits composed by other writers and anonymous are almost innumerable.

  • A decision to buy, sell, or "stand pat" is often based on the on dits of these printed slips.

    Frenzied Finance Thomas W. Lawson
  • Indeed, among the "on dits" which a traveller picks up, gambling is said to be the great vice of Russia.

  • Your knowledge of human nature should teach you how little truth is generally found in the floating on dits of social circles.

    Vashti Augusta J. Evans Wilson
  • Lady Dering has been absent on the Continent during the season, and is utterly ignorant of all the on dits of the day.

  • Although the visitation was unheralded by the customary flourish of trumpeting on dits, it was extremely successful.

    The Magnificent Montez Horace Wyndham
  • She is reading the fashionable daily paper, smiling as some on dits meet her eye.

    The Coquette's Victim Charlotte M. Braeme
British Dictionary definitions for dits


the short sound used, in combination with the long sound dah, in the spoken representation of Morse and other telegraphic codes Compare dot1 (sense 6)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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