marked with a dot or dots.
consisting or constructed of dots.
having objects scattered or placed in a random manner: a landscape dotted with small houses.

Origin of dotted

First recorded in 1765–75; dot1 + -ed3
Related formsun·dot·ted, adjective




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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.

verb (used with object), dot·ted, dot·ting.

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.

verb (used without object), dot·ted, dot·ting.

to make a dot or dots.

Origin of dot

before 1000; perhaps to be identified with Old English dott head of a boil, though not attested in Middle English; cf. dottle, dit, derivative of Old English dyttan to stop up (probably derivative of dott); cognate with Old High German tutta nipple
Related formsdot·like, adjectivedot·ter, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for dotted


Examples from the Web for dotted

Contemporary Examples of dotted

Historical Examples of dotted

  • When I got there the green was all dotted with them—it's the prettiest sight and sound in England.

    Echoes of the War

    J. M. Barrie

  • The country was open and dotted with the remains of vineyards.

  • The piece is bent up at the dotted lines and the seams are soldered.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats

    Raymond Francis Yates

  • Where the dotted lines come, there was written what cannot be printed.

    Things as They Are

    Amy Wilson-Carmichael

  • And, far out, dotted and sprinkled along the horizon, were sails.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for dotted



having dots, esp having a pattern of dots
  1. (of a note) increased to one and a half times its original time valueSee dot 1 (def. 4)
  2. (of a musical rhythm) characterized by dotted notesCompare double-dotted See also notes inégales




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
  1. the symbol (·) placed after a note or rest to increase its time value by half
  2. this symbol written above or below a note indicating that it must be played or sung staccato
maths logic
  1. the symbol (.) indicating multiplication or logical conjunction
  2. 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

verb dots, dotting or dotted

(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
Derived Formsdotter, noun

Word Origin for dot

Old English dott head of a boil; related to Old High German tutta nipple, Norwegian dott, Dutch dott lump




civil law a woman's dowry
Derived Formsdotal (ˈdəʊtəl), adjective

Word Origin for dot

C19: from French, from Latin dōs; related to dōtāre to endow, dāre to give
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Word Origin and History for dotted



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

dotted in Medicine




A tiny round mark made by or as if by a pointed instrument; a spot.
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dotted in Science



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
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Idioms and Phrases with dotted


In addition to the idiom beginning with dot

  • dot the i's and cross the t's

also see:

  • on the dot
  • sign on the dotted line
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