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1. A small spot; speck
2. A small round mark: as a (1); a small point made with a pointed instrument (2); a small round mark used in orthography or punctuation; a centered point used as a multiplication sign (as in 6 y 5 = 30) c (1); a point after a note or rest in music indicating augmentation of the time value by one half (2); a point over or under a note indicating that it is to be played staccato
3. A precise point especially in time
4. The shorter of the two telegraphic signals used in Morse code; SYN. dit.
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1. In the UNIX, MS-DOS, OS/2, and other operating systems, the character that separates a filename from an extension as in TEXT.DOC (pronounced “text-dot-doc”).
2. In computer graphics and printing, a small spot combined with others in a matrix of rows and columns to form a character or a graphic element in a drawing or design. The dots forming an image on the screen are called pixels. The resolution of a display or printing device is often expressed in dots per inch (dpi). Dots are not the same as spots, which are groups of dots used in the halftoning process. See also pixel, resolution (definition 1). Compare spot.
3. In an Internet address, the character that separates the different parts of the domain name, such as the entity name from the domain. See also domain (definition 3), domain name.
1. To make a dot or dots.
2. To mark with a dot.
3. To scatter or intersperse like dots or studs; SYN. stud, constellate.