mote

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See also: motė, möte, and mõte

English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English mot, from Old English mot (grain of sand).

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Noun[edit]

mote (plural motes)

  1. A small particle; a speck.
  2. A tiny computer for remote sensing. Also known as smartdust.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English moten, from Old English mōtan (to be allowed, be able to, have the opportunity to, be compelled to, may, must), from Proto-Germanic *mōtaną (to be able to, have to, be delegated), from Proto-Indo-European *med- (to acquire, possess, be in charge of). Cognate with Dutch moeten (to have to, must), German müssen (to have to, must), Danish måtte (might, may), Ancient Greek μέδω (médō, to prevail, dominate, rule over). Related to empty.

Verb[edit]

mote

  1. (now archaic) May or might. [from 9th c.]
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, VI.7:
      he […] kept aloofe for dread to be descryde, / Untill fit time and place he mote espy, / Where he mote worke him scath and villeny.
  2. (obsolete) Must. [9th-17th c.]
  3. (now archaic) Forming subjunctive expressions of wish: may. [from 9th c.]
    • 1980, Erica Jong, Fanny:
      ‘I shall not take Vengeance into my own Hands. The Goddess will do what She will.’ ‘So mote it be,’ said the Grandmaster.
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  • Generally takes an infinitive without to.

Etymology 3[edit]

See moot (a meeting).

Noun[edit]

mote (plural motes)

  1. (obsolete) A meeting for discussion.
    a wardmote in the city of London
  2. (obsolete) A body of persons who meet for discussion, especially about the management of affairs.
    a folkmote
  3. (obsolete) A place of meeting for discussion.
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Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

mote

  1. plural form of mota

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Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

mote

  1. rōmaji reading of もて

Latin[edit]

Participle[edit]

mōte

  1. vocative masculine singular of mōtus

Norwegian[edit]

Noun[edit]

mote m

  1. fashion

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From French or Provençal mot (saying).

Noun[edit]

mote m (plural motes)

  1. nickname
  2. motto (heraldry)

Etymology 2[edit]

From Quechua mut'i

Noun[edit]

mote m (plural motes)

  1. (South America) hulled cereal, especially pearl barley and hominy
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Volapük[edit]

Noun[edit]

mote

  1. dative singular of mot