—dotlike, adj. —dotter, n./dot/, n., v., dotted, dotting.n.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.v.t.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.v.i.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]dot2—dotal /doht"l/, adj./dot, dawt/, n. Civil Law.dowry (def. 1).
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