- 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
Related Words for dottingdroplet, fleck, speck, dab, sprinkle, stud, pepper, tittle, jot, mote, particle, point, spot, period, grain, atom, circle, mite, iota, pinpoint
Examples from the Web for dotting
Historical Examples of dotting
Rock-fragments appeared, dotting the surface of ridges and coulees.Prairie Flowers
James B. Hendryx
A smile covered her face, dotting her cheeks with two tiny dimples.The Loyalist
James Francis Barrett
Before them, dotting the hillside, were the much-coveted tents.My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field
Charles Carleton Coffin
It cannot be achieved by dotting India with Swadeshi stores.The Wheel of Fortune
By March, these dotting foot-tracks thread the snow everywhere.The Story of the Trapper
A. C. Laut
- 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