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· U+00B7, ·
MIDDLE DOT

[U+00B6]
Latin-1 Supplement ¸
[U+00B8]
U+22C5, ⋅
(LaTeX: \cdot)
DOT OPERATOR

[U+22C4]
Mathematical Operators
[U+22C6]
̇ U+0307, ̇
COMBINING DOT ABOVE
̆
[U+0306]
Combining Diacritical Marks ̈
[U+0308]
· U+0387, ·
GREEK ANO TELEIA
Ά
[U+0386]
Greek and Coptic Έ
[U+0388]
See also: [U+22C5 DOT OPERATOR], [U+2022 BULLET], [U+2027 HYPHENATION POINT], [U+30FB KATAKANA MIDDLE DOT], and [U+FF65 HALFWIDTH KATAKANA MIDDLE DOT]

Translingual[edit]

Description[edit]

A dot.

Symbol[edit]

·

  1. (mathematics) The product operator.
    7 · 8 = 56
  2. (in a few countries, such as the UK) A decimal point.
    3·14, £1,234·99
  3. (mathematics, vectors) The dot product operator.
    (1,2,5) · (3,4,−1) = 6
  4. (Gregg shorthand) the letter a
  5. (mathematics) Indicates what elements can vary.
    If we have f(x,y) we can analyze the properties of f(·,y) which is a function of x found by fixing a particular y.
  6. See for the middle dot used in Japanese katakana.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (decimal point): ., ,
  • (dot product):

Usage notes[edit]

  • (decimal point): Many Britons employ the American decimal point ⟨.⟩ owing to a general lack of support for the middot character on computers. It remains common in writing done by hand.
  • (Gregg shorthand, letter a): · (dot) is the shorthand form of a in Centennial, Series 90, DJS, Simplified, Anniversary, and Pre-Anniversary shorthand.

See also[edit]

Punctuation


Asturian[edit]

Diacritical mark[edit]

·

  1. A diacritical mark of the Latin script, called puntu inferior (dot below) in Asturian, and found on / and /.

Catalan[edit]

Diacritical mark[edit]

·

  1. A diacritical mark of the Latin script, called punt volat (“flown dot”) in Catalan, and found in the combination l·l to distinguish it from the digraph ll .

Chinese[edit]

Punctuation mark[edit]

·

  1. Separates first and last names in foreign proper names.
    巴拉克·奧巴馬 / 巴拉克·奥巴马  ―  Bālākè Àobāmǎ  ―  Barack Obama
  2. Separates the title of a literary work or collection from the title of a section.
    論語·子張 / 论语·子张  ―  "Lúnyǔ · Zǐzhāng"  ―  Analects, "Zizhang"
    青少年文庫·傲慢偏見 [MSC, trad.]
    青少年文库·傲慢偏见 [MSC, simp.]
    "Qīngshàonián Wénkù · Àomàn yǔ Piānjiàn" [Pinyin]
    Teenage Book Collection: Pride and Prejudice
  3. Separates the name of a fixed melody or format from the title of a poem or song.
    水調歌頭·明月幾時 [MSC, trad.]
    水调歌头·明月几时 [MSC, simp.]
    "Shuǐtiáo Gētóu · Míngyuè Jǐshí Yǒu" [Pinyin]
    "Mid-Autumn Festival Night" to the tune of "Shuidiao Getou"
  4. Separates items in a list in titles.
    ··  ―  "Tiān · Dì · Rén"  ―  Heaven, Earth, Man
  5. Separates the month from the day in events, commemorations, etc. named after dates, only used after January ( ()), November (一一 (yīyī)) and December (一二 (yī'èr)) when hanzi are used.
    ·事變 / ·事变  ―  yī-èrbā shìbiàn  ―  January 28 Incident
    9·11襲擊事件 / 9·11袭击事件  ―  9-11 xíjī shìjiàn  ―  9/11 attacks
    九一八事變 / 九一八事变  ―  jiǔ-yībā shìbiàn  ―  Mukden Incident (lit. September 18 Incident)

Usage notes[edit]

  • Rarely used in general. Is used similarly to the Japanese symbol .

Greek[edit]

Punctuation mark[edit]

· (U+0387)

  1. (grammar) The raised point (άνω τελεία (áno teleía)) or Greek ; (semicolon).

Usage notes[edit]

  • · is correctly represented by the Unicode character U+0387, which is positioned similarly to the top point of a colon (:) or semicolon (;)
  • For technical reasons, U+0387 reproduces in Wiktionary as the Latin middle dot (U+00B7).
    U+0387 (higher) = · vs · = U+00B7 (lower)

See also[edit]


Irish[edit]

Diacritical mark[edit]

̇

  1. A diacritical mark of the Latin script, called ponc séimhithe (lenition dot) in Irish, and found on /, Ċ/ċ, /, /, Ġ/ġ, /, /, / and /. (generally used only in Gaelic script; very rare in Latin script)

Latin[edit]

Punctuation mark[edit]

·

  1. Used to indicate a word boundary.