• WordNet 3.6
    • n mote (nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mote A body of persons who meet for discussion, esp. about the management of affairs; as, a folkmote .
    • Mote A meeting of persons for discussion; as, a wardmote in the city of London.
    • Mote A place of meeting for discussion.
    • n Mote A small particle, as of floating dust; anything proverbially small; a speck. "The little motes in the sun do ever stir, though there be no wind.""We are motes in the midst of generations."
    • v Mote See 1st Mot.
    • n Mote The flourish sounded on a horn by a huntsman. See Mot n., 3, and Mort.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mote A small particle, as of dust visible in a ray of sunlight; anything very small.
    • n mote A stain; a blemish.
    • n mote An imperfection in wool.
    • n mote The stalk of a plant.
    • n mote A match or squib with which, before the introduction of the safety-fuse, it was customary to ignite the charge in blasting.
    • mote May; might: chiefly in the subjunctive: as, so mote it be.
    • mote Must. See must.
    • mote An obsolete form of moot.
    • n mote An obsolete form of moat.
    • n mote Motion.
    • n mote In cotton-spinning, a piece of broken cotton-seed, cotton-leaf, etc.
    • n mote Boiled grains of maize, a dish much eaten in Peru and Bolivia.
    • mote To ride in a motor vehicle; engage in the sport of motoring.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mote mōt an archaism for might or must.
    • n Mote mōt a particle of dust: a speck: a stain or blemish: anything very small
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. mot, AS. mot,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. mot; Dut. mot.


In literature:

Up she rose, and walked full still, Evel mote shee spede therfore!
"Ballads of Robin Hood and other Outlaws" by Frank Sidgwick
Do you see any mote in my eye?
"Mr. Punch Awheel"
Men said that she could weave ropes of sand, and threads from the motes of the sunbeams.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume VI" by Various
My sixth in atom, not in mote.
"Harper's Young People, September 7, 1880" by Various
As for river water, ever yellow with clay, and thick as to motes, much of it is used in the country parts.
"Afloat on the Ohio" by Reuben Gold Thwaites
Tiny motes hovered even there, where the smallest of visible specks was a ten-man cruiser.
"Invasion" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
But the gaiety of the eager rays that charged the air with little gold motes, did not cheer him.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
And whenever he whistled in full tones, long drawn out, the motes in the sunbeams danced to his music.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
He touched a button; a three-foot sphere full of glistening motes appeared.
"Sjambak" by John Holbrook Vance
Response: So mote it be!
"Masonic Monitor of the Degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason" by George Thornburgh

In poetry:

Sometimes upon the inner sky
We catch a doubtful shine:
A mote or star? A flash in the eye
Or jewel of God's mine?
"Songs of the Spring Nights" by George MacDonald
Oh, leave me thus, a mote to dance
And shimmer here and there,
Where faded beams of old romance
Strike slantwise through the air!
"A Dream Of Romance" by Maurice Thompson
The swevens came up round Harold the Earl,
Like motes in the sunnes beam;
And over him stood the Weird Lady,
In her charmed castle over the sea,
Sang 'Lie thou still and dream.'
"The Weird Lady" by Charles Kingsley
Hope shines—as in a stable a wisp of straw.
Fear not the wasp drunk with his crazy flight!
Through some chink always, see, the moted light!
Propped on your hand, you dozed—But let me draw
"Hope Shines" by Paul Verlaine
But what if my eye have in it a beam
And therefore spy his mote?
Righteousness only, wisdom supreme
Can tell the sheep from the goat!
Not thus I dream a wise man's dream,
Not thus take Wrong by the throat!
"The Three Horses" by George MacDonald
Staggering Othuriel stands, he clears his eye
From dizzy motes to see his foeman die;
Reeling he sinks: The yell is in his ears
Of trampling squadrons; o'er his eye careers
A storm of faces, in a moment dim:
And all is blank and silent now to him.
"Second Tale: Othuriel: Canto I: The Burial" by Thomas Aird

In news:

Doors open at 6 p.m. Collier Ministries will present Gaither recording artist Gordon Mote of Brentwood, Tenn.
Services for Megan Mote are at 11 at Central Assembly of God in Haughton.
"A Mote of Dust Suspended in a Sunbeam".
Sometimes sharks cooperate, sometimes they don't: Scientists from the Mote Marine Laboratory often tag sharks, and sometimes it works as it's supposed to.
Scientists from the Mote Marine Laboratory often tag sharks, and sometimes it works as it's supposed to.
What should I have told my children before our city honored Staff Sgt Sky Mote last month.
Mote offers reward for lost $130,000 red tide robot.
George Motes Buick Pontiac GMC.
Researchers from the FWC and Mote Marine Laboratory use these samples to identify and track individual tarpon and learn about where they live, how far they travel, and how often they are recaptured .
Three Patagonian sea lion s are about to make a major splash at Mote Marine Aquarium.
Mote's patient, nicknamed Anakin, is receiving fluids, antibiotics and food at the sea-turtle hospital.
Three Patagonian sea lions are about to make a major splash at Mote Marine Aquarium.
Gordon Mote & Sherry Anne Lints.
Great time at the Gordon Mote and Sherry Anne Lints Concert at the Immanuel Baptist Church in New Hartford last night.
Marys' Jodi Mote selected as league's Coach of the Year.

In science:

Figure 5 demonstrates the comparison between data and Mote Carlo for the eµ events, which we find satisfactory.
Search for narrow resonances in the lepton final state at CMS