Meaning of DOT in English

DOT

/ dɒt; NAmE dɑːt/ noun , verb

■ noun

1.

a small round mark, especially one that is printed :

There are dots above the letters i and j.

Text and graphics are printed at 300 dots per inch.

The helicopters appeared as two black dots on the horizon.

2.

( computing ) a symbol like a full stop / period used to separate parts of a domain name , a URL or an email address

IDIOMS

- on the dot

—more at year

■ verb ( -tt- ) [ vn ]

1.

to put a dot above or next to a letter or word :

Why do you never dot your i's?

2.

[ usually passive ] to spread things or people over an area; to be spread over an area :

The countryside was dotted with small villages.

Small villages dot the countryside.

There are lots of Italian restaurants dotted around London.

3.

dot A on / over B | dot B with A to put very small amounts of sth in a number of places on a surface :

Dot the cream all over your face.

Dot your face with the cream.

IDIOMS

- dot your i's and cross your t's

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SYNONYMS

dot

mark ♦ spot

These are all words for a small part on a surface that is a different colour from the rest.

dot

a small round mark on sth, especially one that is printed:

The letters 'i' and 'j' have dots over them.

The island is a small green dot on the map.

mark

a noticeable area of colour on the body of a person or animal:

The horse had a white mark on its head.

spot

a small round area that is a different colour or feels different from the surface it is on:

Which has spots, a leopard or a tiger?

PATTERNS AND COLLOCATIONS :

a dot / mark / spot on sth

with dots / marks / spots

a blue / black / red, etc. dot / mark / spot

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English dott head of a boil . The word is recorded only once in Old English , then not until the late 16th cent., when it is found in the sense a small lump or clot , perhaps influenced by Dutch dot a knot. The sense small mark or spot dates from the mid 17th cent.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.