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1 a very small circular shape; "a row of points"; "draw lines between the dots" [syn: point]
2 the United States federal department that institutes and coordinates national transportation programs; created in 1966 [syn: Department of Transportation, Transportation]
3 the shorter of the two telegraphic signals used in Morse code [syn: dit]
4 street name for lysergic acid diethylamide [syn: acid, back breaker, battery-acid, dose, Elvis, loony toons, Lucy in the sky with diamonds, pane, superman, window pane, Zen]


1 scatter or intersperse like dots or studs; "Hills constellated with lights" [syn: stud, constellate]
2 distribute loosely; "He scattered gun powder under the wagon" [syn: scatter, sprinkle, dust, disperse]
3 make a dot or dots
4 mark with a dot; "dot your `i's" [also: dotting, dotted]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /dɒt/
  • Rhymes: -ɒt


  1. A small spot.
    a dot of colour
  2. a punctuation mark used to indicate the end of a sentence or an abbreviated part of a word; a full stop; a period.
  3. A symbol used for separating the fractional part of a decimal number from the whole part, for indicating multiplication or a scalar product, or for various other purposes.
  4. One of the two symbols used in Morse code.



small spot or mark
punctuation mark indicating end of sentence or an abbreviation; full stop; period
decimal point
morse code symbol


  1. To cover with small spots (of some liquid).
    His jacket was dotted with splashes of paint.
  2. To add a dot (the symbol) or dots to.
    Dot your is and cross your ts.



Latin dos


dot, feminine
  1. dowry, marriage portion

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Dot may mean:

See also

  • Dot matrix, a 2-dimensional array of dots used to generate characters, symbols and images
dot in German: Dot
dot in Esperanto: DOT
dot in Italian: DOT
dot in Dutch: DOT
dot in Russian: Дот (значения)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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