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 dits

Historical Examples of dits

  • 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.


    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

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 codesCompare dot 1 (def. 6)
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