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dot Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a very small circular shape
    • a row of points
    • draw lines between the dots
  2. noun the United States federal department that institutes and coordinates national transportation programs; created in 1966
    Department of Transportation; Transportation.
  3. noun the shorter of the two telegraphic signals used in Morse code
  4. noun street name for lysergic acid diethylamide
    Elvis; Zen; dose; battery-acid; back breaker; window pane; pane; Lucy in the sky with diamonds; acid; loony toons; superman.
  5. verb scatter or intersperse like dots or studs
    constellate; stud.
    • Hills constellated with lights
  6. verb distribute loosely
    dust; sprinkle; scatter; disperse.
    • He scattered gun powder under the wagon
  7. verb make a dot or dots
  8. verb mark with a dot
    • dot your `i's

Dot noun
F., fr. L. dos, dotis, dowry. See Dower, and cf. Dote dowry.
  1. (Law) A marriage portion; dowry. Louisiana
Dot noun
Cf. AS. dott small spot, speck; of uncertain origin.
  1. A small point or spot, made with a pen or other pointed instrument; a speck, or small mark.
  2. Anything small and like a speck comparatively; a small portion or specimen; as, a dot of a child.
Dot transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Dotted; present participle & verbal noun Dotting
  1. To mark with dots or small spots; as, to dot a line.
  2. To mark or diversify with small detached objects; as, a landscape dotted with cottages.
Dot intransitive verb
  1. To make dots or specks.

Webster 1913

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