1 [moht]
a small particle or speck, especially of dust.

before 1000; Middle English, Old English mot speck; cognate with Dutch mot grit, sawdust, Norwegian mutt speck

motey, adjective Unabridged


2 [moht]
verb, past moste [mohst] . Archaic.
may or might.

before 900; Middle English mot(e), Old English mōt; cognate with German muss. See must1 Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
mote1 (məʊt)
a tiny speck
[Old English mot; compare Middle Dutch mot grit, Norwegian mutt speck]

mote2 (məʊt)
vb , past moste
archaic (takes an infinitive without to) may or might
[Old English mōt, first person singular present tense of mōtan to be allowed]

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Word Origin & History

"particle of dust," O.E. mot, of unknown origin; perhaps related to Du. mot "dust from turf, sawdust, grit." Many references are to Matt. vii.3.
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Bible Dictionary

Mote definition

(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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Example sentences
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.
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