mote


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mote 1

 (mōt)
n.
A very small particle; a speck: "Dust motes hung in a slant of sunlight" (Anne Tyler).

[Middle English mot, from Old English.]

mote 2

 (mōt)
aux.v. Archaic
May; might.

[Middle English moten, from Old English mōtan; see med- in Indo-European roots.]

mote

(məʊt)
n
a tiny speck
[Old English mot; compare Middle Dutch mot grit, Norwegian mutt speck]

mote

(məʊt)
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]

mote1

(moʊt)

n.
a small particle or speck, esp. of dust.
[before 1000; Middle English, Old English mot speck; akin to Frisian, Dutch mot grit, sawdust]

mote2

(moʊt)

v. pt. moste (mōst). Archaic.
may or might.
[before 900; Middle English mot(e), Old English mōt. See must1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mote - (nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anythingmote - (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

mote

noun speck, spot, grain, particle, fragment, atom, mite Dust motes swirled in the sunlight.
Translations

mote

[məʊt] Nátomo m, mota f
to see the mote in our neighbour's eye and not the beam in our ownver la paja en el ojo ajeno y no la viga en el propio

mote

n (old)Staubkorn nt, → Stäubchen nt; to see the mote in one’s neighbour’s eye (and not the beam in one’s own)den Splitter im Auge des anderen (und nicht den Balken im eigenen Auge) sehen
References in classic literature ?
It had never been a good eye to see with--had long had the mote in it of Lucifer's pride, Sardana--palus's luxury, and a mole's blindness--but it had dropped out and was gone.
Nay, I was just as jealous of my brother as before--just as much irritated by his small patronizing ways; for my pride, my diseased sensibility, were there as they had always been, and winced as inevitably under every offence as my eye winced from an intruding mote.
Father, I firmly do believe - I know - for Death, who comes for me From regions of the blest afar, Where there is nothing to deceive, Hath left his iron gate ajar, And rays of truth you cannot see Are flashing thro' Eternity -- I do believe that Eblis hath A snare in ev'ry human path - Else how, when in the holy grove I wandered of the idol, Love, Who daily scents his snowy wings With incense of burnt offerings From the most unpolluted things, Whose pleasant bowers are yet so riven Above with trelliced rays from Heaven No mote may shun - no tiniest fly The light'ning of his eagle eye - How was it that Ambition crept, Unseen, amid the revels there, Till growing bold, he laughed and leapt In the tangles of Love's very hair?
Who such a mote of brightness in the public eye, as Cute!
Perched on the rim of Michael's pannikin, this inconsiderable adventurer from out of the dark into the sun of life, a mere spark and mote between the darks, by a ruffing of his salmon-pink crest, a swift and enormous dilation of his bead-black pupils, and a raucous imperative cry, as of all the gods, in his throat, could make Michael give back and permit the fastidious selection of the choicest tidbits of his dish.
He was a beautiful boy, a lithe young god in breathing bronze, eyes wide apart, intelligent and daring, a bubble, a mote, a beautiful flash and sparkle of life.
A few months later we could read in the papers the accounts of the bogus 'Emigration Agencies' among the Sclavonian peasantry in the more re- mote provinces of Austria.
A flash expiring, a mote of fading sparkle, a dim-pulsing and dying organism--pouf
Yet anon it would rise again, a mere mote dancing in the dim gray distance, drifting towards a purple island, beneath a fading western sky, streaked with dead gold and cerise.
She realized that she herself was no more than a mote caught up in this tangled, nonunderstandable conflict of many motes.
I was walking in a meadow, the source of a small brook, when the sun at last, just before setting, after a cold, gray day, reached a clear stratum in the horizon, and the softest, brightest morning sunlight fell on the dry grass and on the stems of the trees in the opposite horizon and on the leaves of the shrub oaks on the hillside, while our shadows stretched long over the meadow east- ward, as if we were the only motes in its beams.
They'll bleat and baa, dona like goats, Gorge down black sheep, and strain at motes, Array their backs in fine black coats, Then seize their negroes by their throats, And choke, for heavenly union.