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mote1

[moht] /moʊt/
noun
1.
a small particle or speck, especially of dust.
2.
moit.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English, Old English mot speck; cognate with Dutch mot grit, sawdust, Norwegian mutt speck
Related forms
motey, adjective

mote2

[moht] /moʊt/
verb, past moste
[mohst] /moʊst/ (Show IPA).
Archaic.
1.
may or might.
Origin
before 900; Middle English mot(e), Old English mōt; cognate with German muss. See must1
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Examples from the web for mote
  • When a mote wakes up, the preamble will still be transmitting, signaling the listener to stay alert for an upcoming message.
  • Though a mote in the dustheap of society, he is no derelict.
  • Everyone you know is in that picture, on that tiny mote of light.
British Dictionary definitions for mote

mote1

/məʊt/
noun
1.
a tiny speck
Word Origin
Old English mot; compare Middle Dutch mot grit, Norwegian mutt speck

mote2

/məʊt/
verb (past) moste (məʊst)
1.
(takes an infinitive without to) (archaic) may or might
Word Origin
Old English mōt, first person singular present tense of mōtan to be allowed
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Word Origin and History for mote
n.

"particle of dust," Old English mot, of unknown origin; perhaps related to Dutch mot "dust from turf, sawdust, grit," Norwegian mutt "speck, mote, splinter, chip." Many references are to Matt. vii:3.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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mote in the Bible

(Gr. karphos, something dry, hence a particle of wood or chaff, etc.). A slight moral defect is likened to a mote (Matt. 7:3-5; Luke 6:41, 42).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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