[dot] n [(assumed) ME, fr. OE dott head of a boil; akin to OHG tutta nipple] (1674) 1: a small spot: speck
2. a (1): a small point made with a pointed instrument "a ~ on the chart marked the ship's position" (2): a small round mark used in orthography or punctuation "put a ~ over the i" b: a centered point used as a multiplication sign c (1): a point after a note or rest in music indicating augmentation of the time value by one half (2): a point over or under a note indicating that it is to be played staccato
3: a precise point esp. in time "arrived at six on the ~"
4: a short click or buzz forming a letter or part of a letter (as in the Morse code)
dot vb dot.ted ; dot.ting vt (ca. 1740) 1: to mark with a dot
2: to intersperse with dots or objects scattered at random "boats dotting the lake" ~ vi: to make a dot -- dot.ter n dot n [F, fr. L dot-, dos dowry] (1855): dowry