Meaning of DOT in English


dot 1

— dotlike , adj. — dotter , n.

/dot/ , n. , v. , dotted, dotting .


1. a small, roundish mark made with or as if with a pen.

2. a minute or small spot on a surface; speck: There were dots of soot on the window sill.

3. anything relatively small or specklike.

4. a small specimen, section, amount, or portion: a dot of butter.

5. a period, esp. as used when pronouncing an Internet address.

6. Music.

a. a point placed after a note or rest, to indicate that the duration of the note or rest is to be increased one half. A double dot further increases the duration by one half the value of the single dot.

b. a point placed under or over a note to indicate that it is to be played staccato.

7. Teleg. a signal of shorter duration than a dash, used in groups along with groups of dashes and spaces to represent letters, as in Morse code.

8. Print. an individual element in a halftone reproduction.

9. on the dot , Informal. precisely; exactly at the time specified: The guests arrived at eight o'clock on the dot.

10. the year dot , Brit. Informal. very long ago.


11. to mark with or as if with a dot or dots.

12. to stud or diversify with or as if with dots: Trees dot the landscape.

13. to form or cover with dots: He dotted a line across the page.

14. Cookery. to sprinkle with dabs of butter, margarine, or the like: Dot the filling with butter.


15. to make a dot or dots.

16. dot one's i's and cross one's t's , to be meticulous or precise, even to the smallest detail.

[ bef. 1000; perh. to be identified with OE dott head of a boil, though not attested in ME; cf. DOTTLE, dit, deriv. of OE dyttan to stop up (prob. deriv. of dott ); c. OHG tutta nipple ]

dot 2

— dotal /doht"l/ , adj.

/dot, dawt/ , n. Civil Law.

dowry (def. 1).

[ 1850-55; dotem, acc. of dos dowry, akin to dare to give ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .