Polishing a pattern makes it shine, while roughing or dotting a surface darkens it.
Rock-fragments appeared, dotting the surface of ridges and coulees.
Then simultaneously they began the dotting and dashing again.
By March, these dotting foot-tracks thread the snow everywhere.
There were a few dotting sails that seemed as remote, as uncertain, and as unfriendly as sea birds.
Large, damp snowflakes were drifting down, dotting her red mittens.
Consequently he knew that he might be wrong in dotting the i's and crossing the t's of the scene which he had witnessed.
He saw, dotting the floor of the basin, the roofs of houses.
Far away to either side the tents reached, dotting the whole expanse of country.
Miss Winthrop seized the pencil and wrote her name, dotting the “i” and crossing the “t” with vicious jabs.
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.
Known 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.
1740, from dot (n.). Related: Dotted; dotting.
dot 1 (dŏt)
A tiny round mark made by or as if by a pointed instrument; a spot.