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A very small particle; a speck: "Dust motes hung in a slant of sunlight" (Anne Tyler).
[Middle English mot, from Old English.]
a tiny speck
[Old English mot; compare Middle Dutch mot grit, Norwegian mutt speck]
vb, past moste (məʊst)
(takes an infinitive without to) archaic may or might
[Old English mōt, first person singular present tense of mōtan to be allowed]
a small particle or speck, esp. of dust.
[before 1000; Middle English, Old English mot speck; akin to Frisian, Dutch mot grit, sawdust]
v. pt. moste (mōst). Archaic.
may or might.
[before 900; Middle English mot(e), Old English mōt. See must1]
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|Noun||1.||mote - (nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything|
grain - a relatively small granular particle of a substance; "a grain of sand"; "a grain of sugar"
grinding - material resulting from the process of grinding; "vegetable grindings clogged the drain"
material, stuff - the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object; "coal is a hard black material"; "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread"
chylomicron - a microscopic particle of triglycerides produced in the intestines during digestion; in the bloodstream they release their fatty acids into the blood
flyspeck - a tiny dark speck made by the excrement of a fly
identification particle - a tiny particle of material that can be added to a product to indicate the source of manufacture