- A tiny piece of a substance; a speck: the tiniest mote of dustMore example sentences
- A beam of light had broken through the canopy and caught the motes of dust and tiny midges floating around in the golden light.
- But a Leonid meteor is tiny, a supersonic mote of dust.
- Tiny water droplets are borne on the air like dust motes, sparkling in the glare from the banks of fluorescent lights in the canopy above the petrol pumps.
a mote in someone's eye
- A minor fault in a person observed by someone who ignores a greater fault in themselves: before the Minister takes the mote out of Europe’s eye, should not he take the beam out of his own?[with biblical allusion to Matt. 7:3]More example sentences
- So East had a mote in his eye and was fortunate that his partner did not notice it.
- I despise how easily these extremists strive to pluck the mote out of someone else's eye while leaving the well-rooted tree that's in their own.
- But if he noticed the beam in the eye of the other, he could not see the mote in his own.
Old English mot, related to Dutch mot 'dust, sawdust'.