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
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Examples from the Web for dit

Historical Examples of dit

  • It is a mere on dit, but it would not be strange for Talleyrand to have predicted that issue.


    Joseph McCabe

  • "On ne dit plus god-dem, on dit speculation," said my informant.

    Four Years in France

    Henry Digby Beste

  • It don't make a dit of bifference how hard they pull, they're not in the race at all.

    Frank Merriwell at Yale

    Burt L. Standish

  • Not only is he of the British peerage, but he is also, on dit, a leader of the British metal industries.


    Sinclair Lewis

  • Contre l'expression du monde, il y avait Dieu autrefois, a dit quelqu'un.

British Dictionary definitions for dit



the short sound used, in combination with the long sound dah, in the spoken representation of Morse and other telegraphic codesCompare dot 1 (def. 6)
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