- a point placed after a note or rest, to indicate that the duration of the note or rest is to be increased one half. A double dot further increases the duration by one half the value of the single dot.
- a point placed under or over a note to indicate that it is to be played staccato.
verb (used with object), dot·ted, dot·ting.
verb (used without object), dot·ted, dot·ting.
Origin of dot1
noun Civil Law.
Origin of dot2
Related Words for dotdroplet, fleck, speck, dab, sprinkle, stud, pepper, tittle, jot, mote, particle, point, spot, period, grain, atom, circle, mite, iota, pinpoint
Examples from the Web for dot
Contemporary Examples of dot
Griffin mined the portfolios of four artists to create the vast collection of images that dot the book.A YA Novel About a Warhol Girl With Banksy Talent
August 14, 2014
That question is being raised again in light of previously unseen chat logs uncovered by Motherboard and the Daily Dot.How an FBI Informant Orchestrated LulzSec’s Hacking Spree
June 6, 2014
Then after 9/11 and the Dot Com Crash, the money for a lot of the tech consulting she was doing in New York City dried up.Inside the Cult of CrossFit
May 30, 2014
A circle with a dot may be “3” on the keypad, while an arrow could be “9.”How to Use Your Lunch Hour for Better Productivity, Without Ever Taking a Bite
April 23, 2014
To send suggestions for future editions, email david (dot) sessions (at) thedailybeast (dot) com.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, March 1, 2013
March 1, 2014
Historical Examples of dot
If ever she was suited to a dot, it was jest then 'n' there.The Village Watch-Tower
(AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
“I didn't said dot I vould be a goot sby, Dick,” responded Fritz.The Dare Boys of 1776
Stephen Angus Cox
It was almost forty minutes to the dot when Hilary's head emerged from the cleft.Slaves of Mercury
A dot on the desert expanded into a pit, a tower, and some small buildings.The Big Tomorrow
Lo, at last, there was a dot on the clouds, And—at last and at last— —God—the sky was filled with armies.War is Kind
- the symbol (·) placed after a note or rest to increase its time value by half
- this symbol written above or below a note indicating that it must be played or sung staccato
- the symbol (.) indicating multiplication or logical conjunction
- a decimal point
verb dots, dotting or dotted
Word Origin for dot
Word Origin for dot
Old English dott "speck, head of a boil," perhaps related to Norwegian dot "lump, small knot," Dutch dot "knot, small bunch, wisp," Old High German tutta "nipple;" ultimate origin unclear.
Known from a single source c.1000; the word reappeared with modern meaning "mark" c.1530; not common until 18c. Morse telegraph sense is from 1838. On the dot "punctual" is 1909, in reference to a clock dial face. Dot-matrix first attested 1975.
1740, from dot (n.). Related: Dotted; dotting.
In addition to the idiom beginning with dot
- dot the i's and cross the t's
- on the dot
- sign on the dotted line