dot

1
[dot]

noun

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

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

to make a dot or dots.

Idioms

    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 dot

1
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
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British Dictionary definitions for on the dot

dot

1

noun

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
music
  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

dot

2

noun

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 on the dot

dot

n.

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.

dot

v.

1740, from dot (n.). Related: Dotted; dotting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

on the dot in Medicine

dot

[dŏt]

n.

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

dot

[dŏt]

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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Idioms and Phrases with on the dot

on the dot

Exactly on time, as in We had to be there at eight on the dot. The dot in this idiom is the mark appearing on the face of a watch or clock indicating the time in question. It may come from the earlier to a dot, meaning “exactly” since the early 1700s but no longer heard today. [c. 1900] Also see on the button.

dot

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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