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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
dot
I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
dotted line
dotted line (=line made up of a series of dots)
▪ Sign your name on the dotted line.
polka dot
▪ a white scarf with red polka dots
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
little
▪ Usually it was over something tiny: a little dot on his finger or an imaginary bug upon the floor.
▪ That means its print head can squirt 1, 440, 000 little dots of ink on each square inch of paper.
small
▪ Light areas have small dots and darker areas or shadows have larger dots.
▪ Very small dots are combined in various patterns to give combinations of these colours.
▪ On removing the paper from the board, an outline is produced as a series of small dots.
▪ I smile easily as they go as small as photographic dots.
▪ He had a strip of bandage tied around his head, a small dot of blood showing romantically above the right eye.
▪ Shows up as small white dots on areas of solid colour.
tiny
▪ The characters are formed from tiny dots of ink poked on to the paper.
▪ Earth and its satellites were dead ahead, a tiny shining dot almost indistinguishable from all the other shining dots.
▪ The male is usually a marigold-orange, whilst the female is usually a lively yellow overlaid with tiny orange dots.
▪ It was made up of tiny dots.
■ VERB
connect
▪ Still, something deep inside prevented me from connecting all the dots.
▪ The O. J. Simpson civil trial resumes Monday, and with it, the defense strategy of connect the dots.
▪ This is the city connected by dots.
▪ It will be up to jurors in the deliberation room to decide just how to connect the dots.
▪ So it would take more years of dogged detective work by a handful of investigators to connect the dots.
▪ No problem, she thought. Connect the dots.
▪ So basically Angela just connects the dots.
▪ Still others were in their small groups connecting the dots on a picture to show a boy riding on a tractor.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
sign on the dotted line
▪ But how many of these companies forget about you once you've signed on the dotted line.
▪ However, before signing on the dotted line, you should think carefully about the risks and the costs.
▪ It all seemed easy - they sign on the dotted line and Balbinder would be virtually taken out of their hands.
▪ The lucky 10, 000 have signed on the dotted line.
▪ You may want another approach to get people to sign on the dotted line.
the year dot
▪ The two bungalows in question, though, had been standing from the year dot.
▪ Traditionally, scientists have been involved in war since the year dot.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ His fabric prints include lots of roses, hearts, and dots.
▪ The plane was just a dot in the sky.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A dot is placed in the appropriate column opposite each criterion and the dots are joined up by a line.
▪ Each dot is made of many tiny tubes - much too small to see without a microscope.
▪ So basically Angela just connects the dots.
▪ The children were dots on the sand, well ahead of him now, getting smaller all the time.
▪ The O. J. Simpson civil trial resumes Monday, and with it, the defense strategy of connect the dots.
▪ The reverse occurred on restoration of the dot key and depression of the dash key.
▪ This is the city connected by dots.
II.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
about
▪ Here and there in the grounds I could see people dotted about.
▪ I was dotting about behind the wicket.
around
▪ Some 200 restaurants and retail concessions will be dotted around the Expo site.
▪ Low couches and upholstered cushions were dotted around the floor.
▪ In reality it's just verglas with fist sized lumps of ice dotted around on the wall.
▪ Route finding in the forest is made easier if you follow a series of numbered posts dotted around.
■ NOUN
landscape
▪ Impermanence reigns in Atlanta, where white tents dot the landscape like so many mushrooms on the forest floor.
▪ In the distance, live oaks dotted the landscape, as shaggy and dark and hunched as buffalo.
▪ On the horizon, several dozen long greenhouses dot the landscape.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
the year dot
▪ The two bungalows in question, though, had been standing from the year dot.
▪ Traditionally, scientists have been involved in war since the year dot.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
Dot the apples with butter cut into small pieces.
▪ Chalet-style homes dot the forested hillside.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Along the roadsides, spring wildflowers dot the shoulders like stars in sparse constellations.
▪ Computer screens displaying bulletin boards dot the college.
▪ From my door stretched blue-green fields dotted with trees and the colored saris of women going to work.
▪ It was dotted with old stone-built houses and cottages.
▪ Moose and bear prints dotted the sand bars and bald eagles glared down at us from river-side perches.
▪ The ganja farms increased in rapid frequency, with hastily erected tents dotting the hillsides.
▪ There was, however, the matter of the gold brooch dotted with gemstones.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
DOT

DoT \DoT\, DOT \DOT\, DOT \D.O.T.\(d[=e]"[=o]*t[=e]`), prop. n. The United States Department of Transportation. [acronym]

Note: The Department of Transportation promulgates standards for the strength of shipping containers, and this abgreviation is often seen on cardboard boxes.

DOT

DoT \DoT\, DOT \DOT\, DOT \D.O.T.\(d[=e]"[=o]*t[=e]`), prop. n. The United States Department of Transportation. [acronym]

Note: The Department of Transportation promulgates standards for the strength of shipping containers, and this abgreviation is often seen on cardboard boxes.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
dot

Old English dott "speck, head of a boil," perhaps related to Norwegian dot "lump, small knot," Dutch dot "knot, small bunch, wisp," Old High German tutta "nipple;" ultimate origin unclear.\n

\nKnown from a single source c.1000; the word reappeared with modern meaning "mark" c.1530; not common until 18c. Morse telegraph sense is from 1838. On the dot "punctual" is 1909, in reference to a clock dial face. Dot-matrix first attested 1975.

dot

1740, from dot (n.). Related: Dotted; dotting.

Wiktionary
dot

Etymology 1 n. 1 A small spot. 2 (context grammar English) A punctuation mark used to indicate the end of a sentence or an abbreviation part of a word; a full stop; a period. 3 A diacritical mark comprised of a small opaque circle above or below any of various letters of the Latin script. Examples include: Ȧ, Ạ, Ḅ, Ḃ, Ċ, etc. 4 (context mathematics English) 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. 5 One of the two symbols used in Morse code. 6 (context obsolete English) A lump or clot. 7 Anything small and like a speck comparatively; a small portion or specimen. 8 (context cricket informal English) A dot ball. prep. dot product of the previous vector and the following vector. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To cover with small spots (of some liquid). 2 (context transitive English) To add a dot (the symbol) or dots to. 3 To mark by means of dots or small spots. 4 To mark or diversify with small detached objects. Etymology 2

alt. (context US Louisiana English) A dowry. n. (context US Louisiana English) A dowry.

WordNet
dot
  1. n. 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]

  5. [also: dotting, dotted]

dot
  1. v. 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"

  5. [also: dotting, dotted]

Gazetteer
Wikipedia
Dot (diacritic)

When used as a diacritic mark, the term dot is usually reserved for the Interpunct ( · ), or to the glyphs 'combining dot above' ( ◌̇ ) and 'combining dot below' ( ◌̣ ) which may be combined with some letters of the extended Latin alphabets in use in Central European languages and Vietnamese.

DOT (graph description language)

DOT is a plain text graph description language. It is a simple way of describing graphs that both humans and computer programs can use. DOT graphs are typically files that end with the .gv (or .dot) extension. The .gv extension is preferred in cases where there could be confusion with the .dot file extension used by early (pre-2007) versions of Microsoft Word.

Various programs can process DOT files. Some, like OmniGraffle, dot, neato, twopi, circo, fdp, and sfdp, will read a DOT file and render it in graphical form. Others, like gvpr, gc, acyclic, ccomps, sccmap, and tred, will read a DOT file and perform calculations on the represented graph. Finally, others, like lefty, dotty, and grappa, provide an interactive interface. There exists also a GVedit tool which combines a text editor with noninteractive image viewer. Most programs are part of the Graphviz package or use it internally.

Dot

Dot, DoT or DOT may refer to:

Dot (song)

"Dot" is a song by the American punk rock band All, written by singer Scott Reynolds and released as a single and music video from the band's 1992 album Percolater. The single also includes the song "Can't Say", written by bassist Karl Alvarez and drummer Bill Stevenson, and a cover version of " A Boy Named Sue", a 1969 song written by Shel Silverstein and made famous by Johnny Cash.

Dot (mango)

The 'Dot' mango is a mango cultivar that originated in South Florida. The cultivar has limited to no commercial plantings but is sold as nursery stock for home use in Florida.

Dot (film)

'Dot ' is a 2010 British animated short film created by Aardman Animations. It is a spot for the Nokia N8.

Dot (command)

In a Unix shell, the full stop called the dot command (.) is a command that evaluates commands in a computer file in the current execution context. In C Shell, a similar functionality is provided as the source command, and this name is seen in "extended" POSIX shells as well.

The dot command is not to be confused with a dot file, which is a dot-prefixed hidden file or hidden directory. Nor is it to be confused with the ./scriptfile notation for running commands, which is simply a relative path pointing to the current directory (notated in Unix as a '.' character, and typically outside of the Path variable).

Usage examples of "dot".

The tented arch is formed by the angle made when the curving ridge above the dot abuts upon the ridge immediately under and to the left of the dot.

It possesses an acrid, biting taste, somewhat like that of the Peppermint, which resides in the glandular dots sprinkled about its surface, and which is lost in drying.

Dot hastily returned to the Kangaroo, and all the Native Companions came daintily, and made graceful adieus to them both.

As I looked from the albergo I could see a gradation of colours, from the purple red to the deepest of sea blue, rising like an immense tent from the dark green of the trees and the fields, here and there dotted with little white houses, with their red roofs, while in front the Luzzara Tower rose majestically in the twilight.

I quickly transferred aliquots of blood to three different vacutainers, then removed the needle from the syringe, all the while concealing the dot of red on my wrist where the needle had hit me.

Most of them had been happy to just sign on the dotted line, content to move to a life of ambitionless ease.

He swung the big amphibian toward the speeding dot of the pursuit ship.

The pursuit ships were only faint dots in the sky, the bombers far in the distance, when a huge amphibian showed in the clear mountain air.

Alan, who was sending the dotted line scurrying back and forth across the azimuth display.

Behind her back, the tincture-squaddies dotted across the billard table attempted to look as much like inanimate tin soldiers as possible, considering they were all dressed in kilts.

Templar disliked Bittle enough to seize a convenient opportunity of dotting the millionaire one with a hefty bit of bronze.

Chuck peered at the tiny image, which continued to shrink obstinately until all he could see was a roundish, blobby, over-exposed dot with shadows for eyes and curves for nose and mouth.

Zeyad and Ali are only two of a budding community of Iraqi bloggers, many electronically dispatching from the Internet cafes that now dot block after Baghdad block - the very existence of which would have been unthinkable under Saddam.

He focused on the dot, and the dot became a huge, obese aquatic creature, a creature whose blubbery hide, tusks, and skin suited it for this frozen hell, who probably thought the weather a pleasant spring freshet.

Petroglyphs are quite numerous, and one small bowlder to the left of and next to the kiva is covered with cups, dots, and carvings.