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 windowsill.
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.
Cooking. to sprinkle with dabs of butter, margarine, or the like: Dot the filling with butter.
to make a dot or dots.
Idioms about dot
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.
- dotlike, adjective
- dotter, noun
Other definitions for dot (2 of 4)
- do·tal [doht-l], /ˈdoʊt l/, adjective
Other definitions for DOT (4 of 4)
damage over time: (in a video game) an attack that results in light or moderate damage when it is dealt, but that wounds or weakens the receiving character, who continues to lose health in small increments for a specified period of time, or until healed by a spell, potion, etc.
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How to use dot in a sentence
None of the results come from “one sensor reported this”—it’s all about connecting the dots.
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The physiologists were flashing dots on a screen while recording disappointingly weak responses from a neuron in the visual cortex of an anesthetized cat, when a slide jammed on its way into the projector.
Spread the mixture evenly over the prepared sheet and dot with butter.This sheet-pan cornbread dressing has even more of the crispy, crunchy bits we love | Ann Maloney | November 11, 2020 | Washington Post
A person with intellectual disabilities may not always connect the dots so neatly.He Has a Developmental Disability and Needs a Caretaker. The State Suggested Diapers Instead. | by Amy Silverman for Arizona Daily Star | November 6, 2020 | ProPublica
Ain Kawa is known as a Christian district, with Ziggurat-style churches dotting the horizon.Fighting Back With Faith: Inside the Yezidis’ Iraqi Temple | Michael Luongo | August 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He looked up at the sentry towers dotting the campus as the bus entered Kirkland.Should Juvenile Criminals Be Sentenced Like Adults? | Clark Merrefield | November 26, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Stars dotting the room at the tables for their films received steady queues of greeters.
It was sad to see the poor dupes dotting the New York City subway stations this week.
From here, stretching for miles, could be seen the white tents of the Federal encampment dotting the Culpeper tablelands.Manasses (Bull Run) National Battlefield Park-Virginia | Francis F. Wilshin
Further on we see the little white houses dotting the hillsides, as if they grew out of the same.From the Thames to the Tiber | J. Wardle
One winter Johnny left off crossing the "t's" and dotting the "i's" and saved nine barrels of ink.The Marvelous Exploits of Paul Bunyan | W. B. Laughead
Motion quite disagreeable; and I made strange work at dotting i's and crossing t's.Kathay: A Cruise in the China Seas | W. Hastings Macaulay
The petals, slightly greenish at the base, have a dotting of crimson on their rosy-white ground.The Woodlands Orchids | Frederick Boyle
British Dictionary definitions for dot (1 of 2)
a small round mark made with or as with a pen, etc; spot; speck; point
anything resembling a dot; a small amount: a 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
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 codes: Compare 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 dot: to 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
- dotter, noun
British Dictionary definitions for dot (2 of 2)
civil law a woman's dowry
- dotal (ˈdəʊtəl), adjective
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Scientific definitions for dot
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.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with dot
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
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