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

  • n. A copy or photograph that has been reduced to an extremely small size for ease of transport and purposes of security.

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  • n. A photographic image that has been reduced in size to that of a dot (typically around 1mm in size and circular) in order to escape detection.

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

  • n. photograph reduced to the size of a dot (usually for purposes of security)


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  • Livescribe's smartpens write on a special kind of microdot paper that enables an infrared camera at the tip of the pen to track everything the user writes.

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  • And it was particularly odd when that role was assumed by the leaders of Singapore, a microdot of a city-state with a population of just five million.

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  • It turned out that there had been a big gathering of the Angels at the tree houses and someone had “lost” forty hits of purple microdot LSD.

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  • On the other hand, Merkin writes of a solitary journey of "microdot-ing" her past and present feelings to a succession of therapists over four decades in an attempt to come to a cohesive sense of self.

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  • Now, "you've got this microdot of blood on your finger, put it on a strip and the strip sucks it in," giving a reading in seconds.

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  • Philip Smith could take a set of blueprints all the way down to a microdot if he felt so inclined.


  • “You have found yourself a genuine, one hundred percent, twenty-four karat, first-water microdot,” Patsy said after examining the first slide.


  • A microdot tablet or square of the perforated LSD paper is placed in the user's mouth, chewed or swallowed.

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  • He hoped a new polymer microdot car identification system, which insurers were showing interest in, would reduce car theft and the market for stolen parts.

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  • The case contained a nanospring microdot computer drive.

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  • small tablet, small pill, a dose of LSD

    February 4, 2008

  • With thanks to sionnach for the suggestion.

    October 28, 2007