dot

Definitions

  • Five Dots
    Five Dots
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v dot mark with a dot "dot your `i's"
    • v dot make a dot or dots
    • v dot distribute loosely "He scattered gun powder under the wagon"
    • v dot scatter or intersperse like dots or studs "Hills constellated with lights"
    • n dot street name for lysergic acid diethylamide
    • n dot the shorter of the two telegraphic signals used in Morse code
    • n DoT the United States federal department that institutes and coordinates national transportation programs; created in 1966
    • n dot a very small circular shape "a row of points","draw lines between the dots"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Dot and The Lemons Dot and The Lemons
Production of dotted picture with screen Production of dotted picture with screen
Dotted Haw Dotted Haw
"DERE ISS SOMEDINGS IN DOT SEADT, ALRETTY YET!" "DERE ISS SOMEDINGS IN DOT SEADT, ALRETTY YET!"

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The dot that appears over the letter "i" is called a tittle
    • n Dot dŏt (Law) A marriage portion; dowry.
    • Dot A small point or spot, made with a pen or other pointed instrument; a speck, or small mark.
    • Dot Anything small and like a speck comparatively; a small portion or specimen; as, a dot of a child.
    • prop. n DoT dē"ō*tē` The United States Department of Transportation.The Department of Transportation promulgates standards for the strength of shipping containers, and this abgreviation is often seen on cardboard boxes.
    • v. i Dot To make dots or specks.
    • Dot To mark or diversify with small detached objects; as a landscape dotted with cottages.
    • Dot To mark with dots or small spots; as, to dot a line.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Giraffe's tongues are 22 inches long and black with pink dots.
    • n dot A point or minute spot on a surface; a small spot of different color, opacity, or material from that of the surface on which it is situated.
    • n dot Specifically — A small spot introduced in the variegation of cloth: as, polka dots in women's dress-fabrics.
    • n dot In writing and printing, a minute round spot serving— as a customary distinction, as the dot over the body of i and j and formerly of y, or
    • n dot as a special diacritic, as the dots of ä, ȧ, a, etc., in the notation of pronunciation used in this dictionary, or the vowel-signs or points in Hebrew and Arabic, or
    • n dot as a mark of punctuation, as the period, which consists of one dot, and the colon, which consists of two dots.
    • n dot In musical notation: 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:
    • n dot A point placed over or under a note, to indicate that the note is to be performed somewhat staccato (which see); but in old music, when several dots are placed over a long note, they indicate that it is to be subdivided into as many short notes:
    • n dot When placed in the spaces of a staff with a heavy or double bar, dots indicate the beginning or end of a repeat (which see).
    • n dot In embroidery, and in weaving imitating embroidery, a simple, small, round spot, especially when solid or opaque, on a thin and translucent ground. There are several kinds, distinguished chiefly by their size, as point de pois, point d'or, etc.
    • n dot In plastering: plural -Nails so driven into a wall that their heads are left projecting a certain distance, thus forming a gage to show how thick the plaster should be laid on.
    • n dot A patch of plaster put on to regulate the floating rule in making screeds and bays.
    • dot To mark with dots; make a dot or dots in or upon: as, to dot an i; to dot a surface.
    • dot To mark or diversify with small detached objects: as, a landscape dotted with cottages or clumps of trees.
    • dot To place so as to appear like dots.
    • dot To make dots or spots.
    • n dot In mod. civil law, dowry; property which the wife brings upon her marriage to the husband, the income of which is in his control for the expenses of the marital establishment, the principal remaining her separate property. It is either formally settled by a written instrument, or secured by expressing the marriage contract as under the dotal rule.
    • n dot In projective geometry, one of the system of n coplanar points which determine a polystigm.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The dot above an 'i' is called the tittle.
    • n Dot dot any small mark made with a pen or sharp point
    • v.t Dot to mark with dots: to diversify with objects
    • v.i Dot to form dots:—pr.p. dot′ting; pa.p. dot′ted
    • n Dot a marriage portion
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Quotations

  • Edmond Rostand
    Edmond Rostand
    “A kiss, when all is said, what is it? A rosy dot placed on the I in loving; Tis a secret told to the mouth instead of to the ear.”
  • Horace Walpole
    Horace%20Walpole
    “It was said of old Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, that she never puts dots over her I s, to save ink.”

Idioms

Connect the dots - When you connect the dots, you understand the connections and relationships.
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Dot all the i's and cross all the t's - If you dot all the i's and cross all the t's, you do something very carefully and thoroughly.
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On the dot - If someone says that they're leaving at seven on the dot, don't be late; they mean at exactly seven o'clock.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. dos, dotis, dowry. See Dower, and cf. Dote dowry
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. dotation-em—L. dotāre, to endow.

Usage

In literature:

At least, Dot liked it; and Peter must have had some fondness for it, too, for he slipped on when Dot was not there herself.
"Bird Stories" by Edith M. Patch
Dis isn't no blace for dot!
"Boy Scouts in the North Sea" by G. Harvey Ralphson
She saw the dot right enough, but would give no attention to the figure.
"Lola" by Henny Kindermann
The body was dotted with a host of minute specks of gold and silver.
"Edge of the Jungle" by William Beebe
He looked out across a wide circle of sward, dotted with hummocks of brown earth.
"Gold Out of Celebes" by Aylward Edward Dingle
I don't think dot was much play, do you, Jack?
"Camp-fire and Wigwam" by Edward Sylvester Ellis
He saw a number of moving black dots, three near the center of the stream and others at the farther shore.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
I want to live there an' I go to his camp on Gee Dot, but he chases me away, an' sometimes he gits mad.
"The Gold Girl" by James B. Hendryx
Sprinkle with sugar, salt and mace, and dot with butter.
"Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking" by Unknown
Use a short flash for dot and a long steady flash for dash.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
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In poetry:

Does he live on turnips, tea, or tripe?
Does he like his shawl to be marked with a stripe,
or a DOT,
The Akond of Swat?
"The Akond of Swat" by Edward Lear
Tim Turpin he was gravel-blind,
And ne'er had seen the skies:
For Nature, when his head was made,
Forgot to dot his eyes.
"Tim Turpin" by Thomas Hood
Meadows are dotted, far and wide,
With velvet stars that bring
A golden off'ring of delight,--
Flower-goslings of the spring.
"The Dandelion" by Jared Barhite
At evening when I go to bed
I see the stars shine overhead;
They are the little daisies white
That dot the meadow of the Night.
"Daisies" by Frank Dempster Sherman
A woman's tribute, 'tis a tiny dot,
A merest flower from a frail, small hand,
To lay among the many petaled wreaths
About thy form,—a tribute soon forgot.
"In Memoriam" by Alice Dunbar-Nelson
The far-off hills are dotted white with sheep,
And by the little footpath's rambling course
A tiny beck that murmurs in its sleep
Trickles beneath the gorse.
"Four Miles From Any Town" by David Gow

In news:

The red dot marks the location of the exposed mantle that scientists aboard the RSS James Cook will study.
There's plenty of open land between Wichita Falls and the Dallas area, and some of that land is dotted by cows and a few horses.
Gas station gastronomy dots the metro.
He came of age during an economic recession and the dot-com boom and bust.
These are dark dots on the surface of the Sun, and they're even visible from Earth without a telescope.
Announcing The Launch Of Germanium Transistors Dot Com.
Dot Timmerman feared the Christmas of 1999 might be her last.
Selling a barely used set of Ping i20 irons 5-Pw, blue dot, standard length and loft.
With 19 Goonies ready to sign on the dotted line in February, Enos needs to find a Super Goonie .
57 AM on the dot, doors opened.
It looks like three dots in a row.
While traveling through downtown Baltimore, it might be easy to miss the plazas and spaces that dot the city.
Sika notes that some DOTs and contractors record the grout -bag identification number on the daily grouting inspection reports.
DOT announces 2013 secondary road plan The N.C.
West Tisbury selectmen press DOT over guardrail and intersection.
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In science:

The dotted lines represent the short time behavior (Haff ’s law), and the dashed-dotted lines the theory of .
Asymptotic Energy Decay in Inelastic Fluids
Thus the second condition guarantees than L contains only points whose dot-product with αj is an integer multiple of kj , and a single step can change the dot product 0 or ±kj .
Random Walk in an Alcove of an Affine Weyl Group, and Non-Colliding Random Walks on an Interval
The continuous line cannot end in the dotted line, while the analysis carried out in (i) in the vicinity of αa 1 applies also along the dotted line, so that the 2p localized state exists there.
Localization of a random heteropolymer onto a surface
Also shown are the positions of the stellar main sequence (solid line), the giants (dotted line), and the Miras and semiregular variables (dashed and dotted box, respectively; after Hron & Kerschbaum 1994).
Planetary nebula or symbiotic Mira? Near infrared colours mark the difference
The JA -dependence of the magnetic fields where the jumps due to q = 1, 2 clusters take place (a) above the plateau (solid line: Ha1 , two dotted lines: Ha2 ) and (b) below the plateau (solid line: Hb1 , dotted line: Hb2 ).
Random Magnetism in $S=1/2$ Heisenberg Chains with Bond Alternation and Randomness on the Strong Bonds
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