dot: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (dot), [key]
— n., v., dot•ted, dot•ting.
  1. a small, roundish mark made with or as if with a pen.
  2. a minute or small spot on a surface; speck: There were dots of soot on the window sill.
  3. anything relatively small or specklike.
  4. a small specimen, section, amount, or portion: a dot of butter.
    1. 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.
    2. a point placed under or over a note to indicate that it is to be played staccato.
  5. 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.
  6. an individual element in a halftone reproduction.
  7. precisely; exactly at the time specified: The guests arrived at eight o'clock on the dot.
  8. very long ago.
  1. to mark with or as if with a dot or dots.
  2. to stud or diversify with or as if with dots: Trees dot the landscape.
  3. to form or cover with dots: He dotted a line across the page.
  4. to sprinkle with dabs of butter, margarine, or the like: Dot the filling with butter.
  1. to make a dot or dots.
  2. to be meticulous or precise, even to the smallest detail.


Pronunciation: (dot, dôt), [key]
— n. Civ. Law.
  1. dowry (def. 1).


Pronunciation: (dot), [key]
— n.
  1. a female given name, form ofand


Pronunciation: [key]
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  2. Dictionary of Occupational Titles.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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  • dot (Thesaurus)