on the dot

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv on the dot just as it should be "`Precisely, my lord,' he said"
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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.”

Idioms

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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Usage

In literature:

The water on that mile-square space developed white dots, which always vanished but never ceased.
"Talents, Incorporated" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Jack watched him until his white shirt became a speck, a dot, and finally vanished among the trees on the blue hill.
"Lorraine" by Robert W. Chambers
He speculates on the chance of her marrying without a dot.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
Far away, on Golden Bar, half a thousand wild geese floated, feeding; beyond, like snowflakes dotting the water, a few wild swans drifted.
"Blue-Bird Weather" by Robert W. Chambers
Rafts of fish, also dead, floating on the surface of the water dotted the edges of the marsh.
"The Black Phantom" by Leo Edward Miller
Rain is figured by a dot or semicircle filled with water and placed on the head.
"Chips From A German Workshop - Volume I" by Friedrich Max Müller
You see, across the plain, a long line of black dots, which are the wagons on the move.
"In Mesopotamia" by Martin Swayne
Then at a signal every one had to write down whether the number of dots on the upper card was larger, equal, or smaller.
"Psychology and Social Sanity" by Hugo Münsterberg
It was gratifying, however, to see painted on the map a number of little red dots, which mark the lifeboat stations.
"A Yacht Voyage Round England" by W.H.G. Kingston
Red specks dotted the blackness before my eyes for a few moments as I bounced on the hard stones.
"War and the Weird" by Forbes Phillips
Only one dot remained on the chart.
"Daughters of Doom" by Herbert B. Livingston
Dotted about on the lower hills were windmills, with long wooden arms, carrying the sails.
"The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I" by Herbert Brayley Collett
He climbed up the cliffs and found himself on a scrubby sort of soil dotted here and there with stunted trees.
"The Kangaroo Marines" by R. W. Campbell
I wish you could hear all the things Betty, Peggy, and little Dot did on the farm.
"Five Little Friends" by Sherred Willcox Adams
Bobby gazed with the keenest pleasure on the orderly rows of alternate copper and lead dots.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
There was the circle-dot-diamond symbol shining on the side of a case.
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton
The only decorations they ever wore were big dark polka dots on their vests.
"Bird Stories" by Edith M. Patch
Cut the corners on the dotted lines.
"Construction Work for Rural and Elementary Schools" by Virginia McGaw
The wheels pass along on the leveled ridge, making the dots, as shown in figure 2.
"The Peanut Plant" by B. W. Jones
The broken stridulations took on the coherence of intelligible dots and dashes.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
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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
The sheep were on the mountain side,
Dotting its breast like snow;
I heard the low of kine, descried
In meadows far below.
"In Kirkconnel Old Churchyard" by Alexander Anderson
And the night, with spark on spark,
Clad in dim attire,
Dots with Stars the haloed dark,--
As a priest around the Ark
Lights his lamps of fire.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part I" by Madison Julius Cawein
Of blooming bushes and of budding trees,
Of flaming flowers, dotting the grassy leas,
Of glowing pools and of the babbling rills,
That flash through azure mists, slumb'ring on folded hills.
"Echoes Of Spring" by Mathilde Blind
"Hans Breitmann gif a barty,--vhere is dot barty now?"
On every shelf where wit is stored to smooth the careworn brow
A health to stout Hans Breitmann! How long before we see
Another Hans as handsome,--as bright a man as he!
"Post-Prandial" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Alive in marble, she conceived in soul,
With barren eyes and mouth, the mother's loss;
The bolt from her abandoned heaven sped;
The snowy army rolling knoll on knoll
Beyond horizon, under no blest Cross:
By the vulture dotted and engarlanded.
"Napoleon" by George Meredith

In news:

"It's quiet out here," is the standard Dot-onian comment on the at-large City Council race this cycle.
Stare at the red dot on the girl's nose in the image below for 30 seconds 2.
Polka dot s by nature are a classic pattern, but it seems the dizzying dots take on varying identities each time they resurface in fashion.
Patterns of sunny polka dot s shine on two-year-old Alexis Gerczak as she plays at the Summit Avenue playground in Souderton on Wednesday morning.
Polka dots by nature are a classic pattern, but it seems the dizzying dots take on varying identities each time they resurface in fashion.
Salamanca, NY (WBEN) The Seneca Nation and the State DOT have agreed to begin work on the Southern Tier Expressway, I-86.
Mitt Romney stops at Lui-Lui Restaurant on Wednesday, Sept 5, 2012, in West Lebanon, N.H. Obama-Biden signs dot the back roads of Vermont, a state that has voted for a Democratic president since 1988.
This mile-long expanse of white-sand beach on Maui's west side — a few miles north of the old whaling town of Lahaina — is dotted with hotels and condominiums.
Spidery black dots on the Martian surface hint at an explosive geography.
Sprinkles of rain dotted the pavement at Townsend Park in Albany on Monday.
Succulents didn't appeal to her, perhaps because she recalls growing up on her parents' avocado ranch where ubiquitous jade plants dotted the property.
LAYTON — A majority "no" vote on two Layton propositions doesn't guarantee that the land in question will revert to its old agricultural status nor that one-third acre lots will soon dot the landscape.
Traffic has backed up on eastbound state Route 16 this afternoon because of an overturned motorhome, the state DOT reports.
For eyes, place two dots on the skeleton 's head with black paint.
Dot's Skipper leading way on the College Council at Williams.
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In science:

It is defined by the existence, in the scaling limit, of three non-intersecting, and connected paths S3 (dotted lines), one on the incipient cluster, the other two on the dual empty sites.
Conformal Fractal Geometry and Boundary Quantum Gravity
The dotted region shows the joint selection criteria on color and radial velocity.
Dynamics of the Globular Cluster System Associated with M49 (NGC4472): Cluster Orbital Properties and the Distribution of Dark Matter
This is the profile displayed on the figure 1 with A = 3.4 (full line) in perfect agreement to numerical simulations (dots).
Nonlinear supratransmission as a fundamental instability
The dotted line is the result of our numerical simulations on random graphs.
Exact calculation of the energy contributions to the T=0 random-field Ising model with metastable dynamics on the Bethe lattice
If D is a knot diagram, let V (D) be the free Q-vector space on the set of al l colourings of al l dottings of D .
Categorical Groups, Knots and Knotted Surfaces
If a block of π is a singleton then we put a black dot on the prime and a white dot on the unprime of the number.
Orthogonal Polynomials and Fluctuations of Random Matrices
Thus there are j black dots on primed numbers and j white dots on unprimed numbers; so the dot diagram is in Dj,0,n .
Orthogonal Polynomials and Fluctuations of Random Matrices
Thus on the designated block there are no black dots on primed numbers or white dots on unprimed numbers.
Orthogonal Polynomials and Fluctuations of Random Matrices
On the level of dot diagrams the maps φi all simply delete the points n + 1, (n + 1)′ and their dots except in the case k = 0 and i = 1.
Orthogonal Polynomials and Fluctuations of Random Matrices
Our results on the neutrino spectra from annihilations in the Earth are shown in fig. 2 as dotted lines.
Spectra of neutrinos from dark matter annihilations
For T << Ts the particle tends to be located all the time on x = 0, hence for T = 0.8 < Ts (the dot-dashed curve) the PDF has more weight on values px > 1/2.
A Random Walk to a Non-Ergodic Equilibrium Concept
Let {ti} denote dots on the time axis on which transition events between state + to state − or vice versa is made.
A Random Walk to a Non-Ergodic Equilibrium Concept
Figure 3, where dotted line means that βi continues on the other sheet.
Random partitions and instanton counting
It is defined by the existence, in the scaling limit, of three non-intersecting, and connected paths S3 (dotted lines), one on the incipient cluster, the other two on the dual empty sites.
Conformal Random Geometry
Thus the black dots appear on the k axis with unit density.
Random Matrices, the Ulam Problem, Directed Polymers & Growth Models, and Sequence Matching
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