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iota

[ahy-oh-tuh] /aɪˈoʊ tə/
noun
1.
a very small quantity; jot; whit.
2.
the ninth letter of the Greek alphabet (I, ι).
3.
the vowel sound represented by this letter.
Origin of iota
1600-1610
1600-10; < Latin iōta < Greek iôta < Semitic; compare Hebrew yōdh yod
Synonyms
1. bit, particle, atom, grain, mite.
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  • Of business ability, Burton had never possessed one iota, and his private affairs were constantly mis-managed.

  • One would not detract an iota from the achievements of these gallant adventurers.

    Policing the Plains R.G. MacBeth
  • The revolutionist ought without cease to develop every iota of his energy; he must deepen and broaden it; but this demands time.

    Mother Maksim Gorky
  • There was not an iota of stinginess in his habitual economy.

    The Printer Boy. William M. Thayer
  • Then, after staggering and trembling, the iota came on an even keel.

    Danger! and Other Stories Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for iota

iota

/aɪˈəʊtə/
noun
1.
the ninth letter in the Greek alphabet (Ι, ι), a vowel or semivowel, transliterated as i or j
2.
(usually used with a negative) a very small amount; jot (esp in the phrase not one or an iota)
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek, of Semitic origin; see jot
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Word Origin and History for iota
n.

"very small amount," 1630s, figurative use of iota, ninth and smallest letter in the Greek alphabet. Modern use is after Matt. v:18 (see jot), but iota in classical Greek also was proverbially used of anything very small. The letter name is from Semitic (cf. Hebrew yodh).

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iota in Medicine

iota i·o·ta (ī-ō'tə)
n.

Symbol ι The ninth letter of the Greek alphabet.

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iota in Technology

language, specification
A specification language.
["The Iota Programming System", R. Nakajima er al, Springer 1983].
(1994-12-08)

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Idioms and Phrases with iota

iota

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