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Dictionary Definition

mote n : (nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything [syn: atom, molecule, particle, corpuscle, speck]

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English

Etymology 1

Unknown

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Noun

  1. A small particle; a speck.
    "Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye." -Matthew 7:5.
  2. A tiny computer for remote sensing. Also known as smartdust.
Translations
A small particle; a speck

Verb

mote
  1. To embarrass or patronize either with or without malice, especially in a case of situational irony; short for demote
    "And as Elizabeth tripped Frank--causing him to drop his soda--Andrew, who was looking on happily, shouted, "Moted!""

Etymology 2

From Old English mOtan - to be allowed to

Verb

mote
  1. must
    "So mote it be!"

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Norwegian

Noun

  1. fashion

Spanish

Noun

  1. nickname
  2. fluff, pill
  3. pearl barley
  4. type of maize grain

Extensive Definition

A mote is a very small particle. See:
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