bots

[ bots ]
/ bɒts /
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noun (used with a plural verb) Veterinary Pathology.

a disease affecting various mammals, especially horses, caused by the attachment of the parasitic larvae of botflies to the stomach of the host.

Origin of bots

1780–90; plural of bot2; see -s3

Definition for bots (2 of 4)

bot

1
[ bot ]
/ bɒt /

noun

a device or piece of software 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): intelligent infobots; shopping bots that help consumers find the best prices.

Origin of bot

1
1985–90; shortening of robot

Definition for bots (3 of 4)

bot

2

or bott

[ bot ]
/ bɒt /

noun

the larva of a botfly.

Origin of bot

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

Definition for bots (4 of 4)

bot

3
[ bot ]
/ bɒt /

noun Australian Slang.

a person who cadges; scrounger.

Origin of bot

3
First recorded in 1915–20; perhaps shortening of botfly
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British Dictionary definitions for bots (1 of 5)

bots

/ (bɒts) /

noun

(functioning as singular) a digestive disease of horses and some other animals caused by the presence of botfly larvae in the stomach

British Dictionary definitions for bots (2 of 5)

BOT

abbreviation for

Board of Trade

British Dictionary definitions for bots (3 of 5)

bot

1

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 bots (4 of 5)

bot

2
/ (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 bots (5 of 5)

bot

3
/ (bɒt) /

noun

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

Word Origin for bot

C20: from (ro) bot
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Medicine definitions for bots

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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Science definitions for bots

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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