Pronunciation: (dot), [key]
n., v., dot•ted, dot•ting.

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. 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.
6. 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.
7. individual element in a halftone reproduction.
8. on the dot, Informal.precisely; exactly at the time specified: The guests arrived at eight o'clock on the dot.
9. the year dot, Brit. Informal.very long ago.

1. to mark with or as if with a dot or dots.
2. to stud or diversify with or as if with dots: Trees dot the landscape.
3. to form or cover with dots: He dotted a line across the page.
4. sprinkle with dabs of butter, margarine, or the like: Dot the filling with butter.

1. to make a dot or dots.
2. dot one's i's and cross one's t's, to be meticulous or precise, even to the smallest detail.


Pronunciation: (dot, dôt), [key]
n. Civ. Law.
dowry (def. 1).


Pronunciation: (dot), [key]
a female given name, form of Dorothea and Dorothy.


1. See Department of Transportation.
2. Dictionary of Occupational Titles.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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