Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The smallest bit; iota.
  • transitive v. To write down briefly or hastily: jot down an address.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An iota; a point; a tittle; the smallest particle.
  • n. a brief and hurriedly written note
  • v. To write quickly.
  • v. To go quickly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An iota; a point; a tittle; the smallest particle. Cf. bit, n.
  • transitive v. To set down; to make a brief note of; -- usually followed by down.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To set down quickly and with few strokes in writing or sketching; make a brief note or memorandum of: usually with down.
  • To jog; jolt; bump; nudge.
  • Plump; downright.
  • n. An iota; a point; a tittle; the least quantity assignable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a slight but appreciable amount
  • v. write briefly or hurriedly; write a short note of
  • n. a brief (and hurriedly handwritten) note

Etymologies

Middle English jote, from Latin iōta, iota, from Greek, iota; see iota.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin iōta, from ἰῶτα (iōta). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Essentially, the iPhones were all Rickrolled in jot down time.

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • Instead you use WikiWords. (create hyperlinks by using CapitalLetters with no space! supported by tens of SME applications in jot's case eg crm, project management, sales pipeline, recruitment - then you can upload files and receive updates through RSS - very kewl): SocialText did a VC round the other week (SAP I think funded) and now Jotspot come out with a very kewl collaboration feature.

    Wikis are Red Hot

  • The word jot, or yod -- '-- is the name of the Hebrew letter I, the smallest letter in the Hebrew alphabet.

    Barnes New Testament Notes

  • The reason that SMT don’t give jot is because it is not their arses’ on the line at 2. 00am behind a derelict building with Billy burglar wanting to take their head off.

    Homo Electric « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • Zembla asked how Simon Singh should respond to the fact that there is a "jot" of evidence.

    The BCA's Reply

  • Jott.com's premise seems to be fairly simple: It helps you "jot" down your ideas and appointments, lists, reminders, etc.

    New Resource: Jott.com

  • These Covenanters found Christ in every particle of revealed truth, in every "jot," and in every "tittle" of the Word of God.

    Sketches of the Covenanters

  • To explain myself on this point, I will ask the reader to recall any one of Mr. Alma Tadema's pictures; it matters not a jot which is chosen.

    Modern Painting

  • We begin on the practical side here, and as to theory, we are rigidly limited to that which the question of the play requires, -- the practical question marks it out, -- we have just as much as is required for the solution of that, and not so much as a 'jot' more.

    The Philosophy of the Plays of Shakspere Unfolded

  • She dragged out her interview with the music-master, put questions wide of the point, insisted on lingering till he had arranged another hour for the postponed rehearsal; and, as she walked, as she talked, as she listened to Monsieur Boehmer’s ridiculous English, she strove in vain to recall jot or tittle of Oliver’s relations to foreign powers. —

    The Getting of Wisdom

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