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[ahy-oh-tuh] /aɪˈoʊ tə/
a very small quantity; jot; whit.
the ninth letter of the Greek alphabet (I, ι).
the vowel sound represented by this letter.
Origin of iota
1600-10; < Latin iōta < Greek iôta < Semitic; compare Hebrew yōdh yod
1. bit, particle, atom, grain, mite. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for iota
  • The film has some charm and a winning simplicity but not an iota of depth.
  • These people are so backward, and so full of hatred and bigotry, they do not deserve even one iota of our sympathy.
  • None of the comments here have even an iota of fault in them.
  • In my opinion none of those meals add an iota to living standards, unless there is no real food available.
  • But as far as science is concerned, there's not one iota of evidence to support these myths.
  • Banning speculators will not have one iota of impact on the market.
  • Interesting seeing how the senators have no iota what they were talking about.
  • It will not matter one iota whether it is theory or not, because nothing will be done about it.
  • Equal, also known as aspartame, also does not have an iota of sugar in it.
  • So much for the plot's human element-not one iota of romance.
British Dictionary definitions for iota


the ninth letter in the Greek alphabet (Ι, ι), a vowel or semivowel, transliterated as i or j
(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

"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)

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].

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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