- 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.
Origin of moteMiddle English ; from Old English mot, akin to Dutch sawdust, grit
Origin of moteMiddle 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
Origin of moteMiddle English mot, from Old English.
Origin of moteMiddle English moten, from Old English mōtan; see med- in Indo-European roots.
- Generally takes an infinitive without to.
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.
See moot (“a meeting”).
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).