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cot

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[ kot ]
/ kɒt /
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noun

a light portable bed, especially one of canvas on a folding frame.
British. a child's crib.
a light bedstead.
Nautical. a hammocklike bed stiffened by a suspended frame.

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Origin of cot

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1625–35; <Hindi khāṭ<Prakrit khaṭṭā<Sanskrit khaṭvā; akin to Tamil kattil bedstead

Definition for cot (2 of 3)

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[ kot ]
/ kɒt /

noun

a small house; cottage; hut.
a small place of shelter.
a sheath or protective covering, as for an injured finger or toe.

Origin of cot

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before 900; Middle English, Old English cot (neuter; cf. cote1); cognate with Old Norse kot hut; akin to cubby, cove1

Definition for cot (3 of 3)

cot

abbreviation Trigonometry.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH cot

caught, court, cot
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British Dictionary definitions for cot (1 of 4)

cot1
/ (kɒt) /

noun

a child's boxlike bed, usually incorporating vertical bars
a collapsible or portable bed
a light bedstead
nautical a hammock-like bed with a stiff frame

Word Origin for cot

C17: from Hindi khāt bedstead, from Sanskrit khátvā, of Dravidian origin; related to Tamil kattil bedstead

British Dictionary definitions for cot (2 of 4)

cot2
/ (kɒt) /

noun

literary, or archaic a small cottage
Also called: cote
  1. a small shelter, esp one for pigeons, sheep, etc
  2. (in combination)dovecot
another name for fingerstall

Word Origin for cot

Old English cot; related to Old Norse kot little hut, Middle Low German cot

British Dictionary definitions for cot (3 of 4)

cot3
/ (kɒt) /

abbreviation for

cotangent

British Dictionary definitions for cot (4 of 4)

cot4
/ (kɒt) /

verb cots, cotting or cotted

Midland English dialect to entangle or become entangled
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Scientific definitions for cot

cot

Abbreviation of cotangent
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