- The definition of a mote is a speck or a very small piece of something.
An example of a mote is a particle of dirt.
mote definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English mot, akin to Dutch sawdust, grit
Origin: Middle English moten ; from Old English motan, akin to German müssen: basic sense “it is permitted”; must (OE moste) is the past tense of this verb
mote definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle English mot, from Old English.
Origin: Middle English moten, from Old English mōtan; see med- in Indo-European roots.
mote - Computer Definition
From Old English mot, and akin to Middle Dutch and Fris meaning sand or grit. 1. A speck of dust or other tiny particle. 2. In telecommunications, a wireless sensor so tiny as to compare to a speck of dust. About the size of a grain of sand, a mote comprises sensors, a processor, a bidirectional antenna, and a power supply.Also known as smart dust, future applications for motes are many.The military is developing motes that can be spread from the air to gather and transmit information about enemy troop movements. Civil engineers intend to embed motes in concrete to monitor and report on the condition of bridges and roadways. Spread around a warehouse housing weapons, financial records, or other sensitive materials, motes can be used to sense and report security violations.The ZigBee Alliance is involved in the development of standards for mote mesh networking. See also ZigBee and ZigBee Alliance.
(reMOTE) A wireless receiver/transmitter that is typically combined with a sensor of some type to create a remote sensor. Some motes are designed to be incredibly small so that they can be deployed by the hundreds or even thousands for various applications (see smart dust).