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dot 1

a. A tiny round mark made by or as if by a pointed instrument; a spot.
b. Such a mark used in orthography, as above an i.
c. 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.
2. A tiny amount.
3. 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.
4. Mathematics
a. A decimal point.
b. A symbol (·) indicating multiplication, as in 2 · 4 = 8.
5. Music A mark after a note indicating an increase in time value by half.
6. Computers A period, as used as in URLs and email addresses, to separate strings of words, as in
v. dot·ted, dot·ting, dots
1. To mark with a dot.
2. To form or make with dots.
3. To cover with or as if with dots: "Campfires, like red, peculiar blossoms, dotted the night" (Stephen Crane).
To make a dot.
dot (one's) i's
To be thorough or painstaking in attending to details.
on/at the dot
Exactly at the appointed time; punctual or punctually: arrived at nine o'clock on the dot.

[Middle English *dot, from Old English dott, head of a boil.]

dot′ter n.

dot 2

 (dŏt, dō)
A woman's marriage portion; a dowry.

[French, from Latin dōs, dōt-, dowry; see dō- in Indo-European roots.]

do′tal (dōt′l) adj.


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1. having dots, esp having a pattern of dots
2. (Music, other) music
a. (of a note) increased to one and a half times its original time value. See dot14
b. (of a musical rhythm) characterized by dotted notes. Compare double-dotted See also notes inégales
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.dotted - having a pattern of dots
patterned - having patterns (especially colorful patterns)
2.dotted - having gaps or spaces; "sign on the dotted line"
broken - not continuous in space, time, or sequence or varying abruptly; "broken lines of defense"; "a broken cable transmission"; "broken sleep"; "tear off the stub above the broken line"; "a broken note"; "broken sobs"
ذو نُقاطمُنَقَّط، مليء بالنُّقاط
deplóttur, doppótturpunkta-


[ˈdɒtɪd] adj
(= scattered) dotted with → parsemé(e) de
to be dotted with sth → être parsemé(e) de qch
to be dotted around sth [+ place, house] → être éparpillé(e) dans qch
(= spotted) [fabric] → à poisdotted line n
ligne f pointillée
to sign on the dotted line (lit)signer sur les pointillés, signer sur la ligne pointillée (fig)donner son consentement


(dot) noun
a small, round mark. She marked the paper with a dot.
ˈdotted adjective
1. consisting of dots. a dotted line.
2. having dots. dotted material.
References in classic literature ?
Bernard and the Dent du Midi on the other, pretty Vevay in the valley, and Lausanne upon the hill beyond, a cloudless blue sky overhead, and the bluer lake below, dotted with the picturesque boats that look like white-winged gulls.
To the north stretched the limpid, and, as it appeared from that dizzy height, the narrow sheet of the "holy lake," indented with numberless bays, embellished by fantastic headlands, and dotted with countless islands.
A slight look of comical disappointment passed between them as they gazed upon the sterile flat, dotted with unsightly excrescences that stood equally for cabins or mounds of stone and gravel.
Where the old land surveyor had put down woods, lakes, and rivers, they marked out the cleared spaces, and dotted the villages and towns, and calculated the progressively increasing value of the territory, as if there were yet a prospect of its ultimately forming a princedom for themselves.
The Narwhale has a very picturesque, leopard-like look, being of a milk-white ground color, dotted with round and oblong spots of black.