Meaning of DOT in English

I. ˈdät noun

Etymology: Middle English * dot, from Old English dott head of a boil; akin to Old High German tutta nipple

Date: 1674

1. : a small spot : speck

2. : a small round mark: as


(1) : a small point made with a pointed instrument

a dot on the chart marked the ship's position

(2) : a small round mark used in orthography or punctuation

put a dot over the i

b. : a centered point used as a multiplication sign (as in 6 · 5 = 30)


(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 especially in time

arrived at six on the dot

4. : a short click or buzz forming a letter or part of a letter (as in the Morse code)

II. verb

( dot·ted ; dot·ting )

Date: circa 1740

transitive verb

1. : to mark with a dot

2. : to intersperse with dots or objects scattered at random

boats dotting the lake

intransitive verb

: to make a dot

• dot·ter noun

III. ˈdȯt noun

Etymology: French, from Latin dot-, dos dowry

Date: 1855

: dowry 2

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.