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bot

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[ bot ]
/ bɒt /
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noun
Digital Technology. a software program that can execute commands, reply to messages, or perform routine tasks, as online searches, either automatically or with minimal human intervention (often used in combination):a social media bot retweeting certain posts;a customer service chatbot to answer product questions.
Informal. a robot.
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Origin of bot

1
First recorded in 1985–90; def. 2 first recorded in 1965–70; shortening of robot

Other definitions for bot (2 of 5)

bot2

or bott

[ bot ]
/ bɒt /

noun
the larva of a botfly.

Origin of bot

2
First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English; akin to Dutch bot, Frisian dialect botten (plural); further origin unknown

Other definitions for bot (3 of 5)

bot3
[ bot ]
/ bɒt /

noun Australian Slang.
a person who cadges; scrounger.

Origin of bot

3
First recorded in 1915–20; perhaps shortening of botfly

Other definitions for bot (4 of 5)

bot.

abbreviation
botanical.
botanist.
botany.
bottle.

Other definitions for bot (5 of 5)

B.O.T.

abbreviation
Board of Trade.
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British Dictionary definitions for bot (1 of 5)

bot1

bott

/ (bɒt) /

noun
the larva of a botfly, which typically develops inside the body of a horse, sheep, or man
any similar larva
NZ informal a mild illness in humans
See also bots

Word Origin for bot

C15: probably from Low German; related to Dutch bot, of obscure origin

British Dictionary definitions for bot (2 of 5)

bot2
/ (bɒt) Australian informal /

verb
to scrounge or borrow
(intr often foll by on) to scrounge (from); impose (on)
noun
a scrounger
on the bot wanting to scroungehe's on the bot for a cigarette

Word Origin for bot

C20: perhaps from botfly, alluding to the creature's bite; see bite (sense 12)

British Dictionary definitions for bot (3 of 5)

bot3
/ (bɒt) /

noun
computing an autonomous computer program that performs time-consuming tasks, esp on the internet

Word Origin for bot

C20: from (ro) bot

British Dictionary definitions for bot (4 of 5)

BOT

abbreviation for
Board of Trade

British Dictionary definitions for bot (5 of 5)

bot.

abbreviation for
botanical
botany
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Medical definitions for bot

bot
[ bŏt ]

n.
The parasitic larva of a botfly.
bots A disease of mammals, especially cattle and horses, caused by infestation of the stomach or intestines with botfly larvae.
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Scientific definitions for bot

bot
[ bŏt ]

A software program that imitates the behavior of a human, as by querying search engines or participating in chatroom discussions.
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