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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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'The lifestyle in our areas has changed completely as majority of the residents of villages near the Naur, Chahari and Dotal nullahs (water channels) are suffering from kidney, skin and respiratory diseases due to odour and drinking contaminated water from the dug wells,' said Masoodur Rehman advocate, chairman public safety commission and resident of Dingi village.
El sistema dotal y de heredero unico, base de la red de relaciones entre individuos de distinto nivel social
In a letter to the procurators in Padua in 1499, regarding the judgement awarding her the restitution of rental income re-appropriated by Roberto prior to his death, Luisa made the following claim: 'Having over these past years loved my sons more than myself, and believing they would be grateful and faithful to me, I was reduced to giving them all my dotal possessions and goods'.
They explore legal and social norms and practices, including how betrothal contracts minimized the occurrence of broken promises to marry, the legal remedies and financial arrangements available to newlywed husbands who had received partial or no payment of the promised dowry, the legal distinction between dotal and nondotal assets and how they informed patrimonial strategies in which husbands were given broad control over wives' property, the requirements the husband had to satisfy (chiefly consummation) before he received payment of the dowry, and the use of legal proxies and assignment by the husband and his in-laws in managing and transferring rights to the interest-bearing unpaid portion of the Monte dowry in the Seven Percent Fund.
Water sources for irrigation (surface and underground) of the Attack district (Table 1) covered an area of 3000 ha including 14 perennial streams and nullahs (haro, soan, sill, naindna, dotal, raisi, ghambir, namal, soka, gandakas, saghar, ghanir, jhablat and kala pani), 15 small dams, 300 mini dams, 200 ponds and 500 lift irrigation schemes from nullahs on the surface water.
In: Anec dotal, Historical and Critical Commentaries on Genetics.