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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 for motes
  • These deep-space motes are so small, however, that even advanced microscopes have trouble finding them in the aerogel.
  • At a time when technologies no larger than dust motes are reshaping the planet, this strange wrecking yard is morbidly compelling.
  • The air smelled caustic and snowed flurrying motes of ash.
  • As the goop which helps hold dust motes together to make bigger conglomerates.
  • The air sent a flurry of dust motes skittering up the stairwell: my magic indoor snowflakes.
  • Wispy motes of dust and hair the size of small heads bumped around in the corners.
  • Recently a mobile corrosion sensor technology integrated to a wireless network platform, called motes, has been developed.
British Dictionary definitions for motes

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 motes
mote
"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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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motes 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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