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

  • n. A tiny round mark made by or as if by a pointed instrument; a spot.
  • n. Such a mark used in orthography, as above an i.
  • n. The basic unit of composition for an image produced by a device that prints text or graphics on paper: a resolution of 900 dots per inch.
  • n. A tiny amount.
  • n. In Morse and similar codes, the short sound or signal used in combination with the dash and silent intervals to represent letters, numbers, or punctuation.
  • n. Mathematics A decimal point.
  • n. Mathematics A symbol (·) indicating multiplication, as in 2 · 4 = 8.
  • n. Music A mark after a note indicating an increase in time value by half.
  • n. Computer Science A period, as used as in URLs and e-mail addresses, to separate strings of words, as in
  • transitive v. To mark with a dot.
  • transitive v. To form or make with dots.
  • transitive v. To cover with or as if with dots: "Campfires, like red, peculiar blossoms, dotted the night” ( Stephen Crane).
  • intransitive v. To make a dot.
  • idiom on Exactly at the appointed time; punctual or punctually: arrived at nine o'clock on the dot.
  • n. A woman's marriage portion; a dowry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small spot.
  • n. A punctuation mark used to indicate the end of a sentence or an abbreviated part of a word; a full stop; a period.
  • n. A diacritical mark comprised of a dot above or below any of various letters of the Latin script. Examples include: Ȧ, Ạ, Ḅ, Ḃ, Ċ, etc.
  • n. A symbol used for separating the fractional part of a decimal number from the whole part, for indicating multiplication or a scalar product, or for various other purposes.
  • n. One of the two symbols used in Morse code.
  • n. A lump or clot.
  • v. To cover with small spots (of some liquid).
  • v. To add a dot (the symbol) or dots to.
  • prep. Dot product of the previous vector and the following vector.
  • n. A dowry.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A marriage portion; dowry.
  • n. A small point or spot, made with a pen or other pointed instrument; a speck, or small mark.
  • n. Anything small and like a speck comparatively; a small portion or specimen.
  • intransitive v. To make dots or specks.
  • transitive v. To mark with dots or small spots.
  • transitive v. To mark or diversify with small detached objects; as, a landscape dotted with cottages.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To mark with dots; make a dot or dots in or upon: as, to dot an i; to dot a surface.
  • To mark or diversify with small detached objects: as, a landscape dotted with cottages or clumps of trees.
  • To place so as to appear like dots.
  • To make dots or spots.
  • n. 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. Specifically — A small spot introduced in the variegation of cloth: as, polka dots in women's dress-fabrics.
  • n. 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. 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. as a mark of punctuation, as the period, which consists of one dot, and the colon, which consists of two dots.
  • n. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. A patch of plaster put on to regulate the floating rule in making screeds and bays.
  • n. 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.
  • n.
  • n. In projective geometry, one of the system of n coplanar points which determine a polystigm.

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

  • n. a very small circular shape
  • n. the United States federal department that institutes and coordinates national transportation programs; created in 1966
  • v. mark with a dot
  • v. make a dot or dots
  • v. distribute loosely
  • n. street name for lysergic acid diethylamide
  • v. scatter or intersperse like dots or studs
  • n. the shorter of the two telegraphic signals used in Morse code


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

Middle English *dot, from Old English dott, head of a boil.
French, from Latin dōs, dōt-, dowry; see dō- in Indo-European roots.

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From Old English dott.

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From French dot.


  • Use it all the time for quick notes. dot: To be honest, I find that those fine editors and notepads presented here lately, with all the nice features each of them got, but that don't allow clickable (and working) URLs and email addresses, are outdated in the age of the Internet. radiobob: @dot My notepad. exe replacement of choice has been Metapad.

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  • : D well, life works in mysterious ways haha. just yesterday i was wishing for some sort of opportunity to get closer to the vj dancers, since i've attended a total of um, 2 practices and most don't even know my name. and today i found out that one of the dancers can't perform for the sajc dance concert on 22 july so i have to learn her part, in a total of 1 1/2 weeks muahaha how the tables have turned, when i spent 3 weeks coaching amanda and shujing to take over my part in the tjc syf dance. and now i have to spend practically every break practicing = maths screwed muahaha. it probably won't go through in the end but anyway i'll just learn in just in case. kinda glad it happened, was tired of sitting around on my butt and eating and not having any physical activity (chop chilli chop * dot dot* during pe does NOT count haha) miss tkgs dance so bad now haha. melcircus at 8: 19 p.m.


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  • (I am also fluent in dot-net, but that particular box is a LAMP setup and doesn't use Microsoft web technologies.)

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  • Ionu i agree but as i have seen the red dot is usually enough as some people think they are guns not tasers and quite often they will not take a chance and give up (maybe we should all get laser pens)! on March 5, 2009 at 10: 25 am | Reply Merlin

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  • Each dot is a gene, and the number of links between the dots depends on the similarity of expression patterns of the different genes.


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  • I prefer mine dotted.

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