- a small, roundish mark made with or as if with a pen.
- a minute or small spot on a surface; speck: There were dots of soot on the window sill.
- anything relatively small or specklike.
- a small specimen, section, amount, or portion: a dot of butter.
- a period, especially as used when pronouncing an Internet address.
- 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.
- Telegraphy. a signal of shorter duration than a dash, used in groups along with groups of dashes and spaces to represent letters, as in Morse code.
- Printing. an individual element in a halftone reproduction.
- to mark with or as if with a dot or dots.
- to stud or diversify with or as if with dots: Trees dot the landscape.
- to form or cover with dots: He dotted a line across the page.
- Cookery. to sprinkle with dabs of butter, margarine, or the like: Dot the filling with butter.
- to make a dot or dots.
- dot one's i's and cross one's t's, to be meticulous or precise, even to the smallest detail.
- on the dot, Informal. precisely; exactly at the time specified: The guests arrived at eight o'clock on the dot.
- the year dot, British Informal. very long ago.
Origin of dot1
- a small round mark made with or as with a pen, etc; spot; speck; point
- anything resembling a dot; a small amounta dot of paint
- the mark (˙) that appears above the main stem of the letters i, j
- 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
- maths logic
- the symbol (.) indicating multiplication or logical conjunction
- a decimal point
- the symbol (·) used, in combination with the symbol for dash (–), in the written representation of Morse and other telegraphic codesCompare dit
- the year dot informal as long ago as can be remembered
- on the dot at exactly the arranged time
- (tr) to mark or form with a dotto dot a letter; a dotted crotchet
- (tr) to scatter or intersperse (with dots or something resembling dots)bushes dotting the plain
- (intr) to make a dot or dots
- dot one's i's and cross one's t's to pay meticulous attention to detail
Word Origin for dot
- civil law a woman's dowry
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.
- A tiny round mark made by or as if by a pointed instrument; a spot.
- A symbol (·) indicating multiplication, as in 2 · 4 = 8. It is used to indicate the dot product of vectors, for example A · B.
- A period, as used as in URLs and e-mail addresses, to separate strings of words, as in www.hmco.com.
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