Main definitions of bot in English

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noun

  • 1The larva of the botfly, which is an internal parasite of horses.

    • ‘If not removed, the eggs are eventually ingested as the horse nuzzles its legs and can cause problems, even death, if the horse isn't given a wormer that kills bots.’
    • ‘Traditionally, the most effective treatments for the control of horse bots have been applied at least 30 days after the first killing frost.’
    • ‘One exception is to be certain the horse is dewormed for bots each fall and spring.’
    1. 1.1The sheep nostril fly.
      • ‘The immature stage of the sheep bot fly is an internal parasite in the nasal cavities of the head of sheep.’
      • ‘The common sheep bot fly breeds in the nasal cavity and sinuses of sheep.’
      • ‘Adult sheep bot flies do not oviposit (eggs laid in the host by the adult female).’
      • ‘Adult sheep bot flies are hairy yellow-brown insects about the size of a bumble bee.’
      • ‘The larva of the sheep bot fly is a parasite that lives on mucous surfaces of the nasal passages and sinuses of sheep and goats.’
      • ‘Like other bot flies, adult sheep bot flies have incompletely formed mouthparts and do not feed.’
      • ‘The sheep bot fly produces live young and deposits them in the nostrils of sheep.’
  • 2Australian NZ informal A person who persistently borrows or cadges from others.

Origin

Early 16th century: probably of Low German origin.

Pronunciation:

bot

/bɒt/

Main definitions of bot in English

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bot2

noun

  • 1(chiefly in science fiction) a robot.

    ‘we have maintenance bots in there’
    • ‘‘In the popular imagination, robots are about the military, or bots sawing each other in half,’ lamented Douglas Repetto.’
    • ‘He left the room, leaving the smoldering training robot for the cleaner bot to pick up.’
    • ‘You'd never have another cavity, never have to worry about root canals, or even have to brush your teeth, as the bots would clean up the mess and let you wake up feeling and smelling fresh.’
    • ‘Surely at least one would involve a team of evil-fighting battle bots that, when prompted, would join together to create some kind of giant evil-fighting battle-bot.’
    • ‘He was thankful that they didn't have to deal with the security bots, as the combined might of the bots and security would probably have overwhelmed the small group.’
    • ‘The possibilities I've read about nanotechnology are amazing - good things, like tiny bots tracking your health, and bad things like those same things used to control and spy on people.’
    • ‘So it's a debate among scientists whether human-like bots are repulsive or if machines that mimic our mortal movements put us at ease.’
    • ‘Sometimes the attacks of these bots are relentless, but at other times the characters have time to stand around and talk for what seems like an eternity.’
    • ‘As we live in a world populated by more and more bots, we'll be developing increasingly more techniques for figuring out who's real and who isn't.’
    • ‘Robot operators - or jockeys - stand outside the BattleBox, using lap-size remote-control units to maneuver their bots.’
    • ‘People rush to junk their old bots and get a shiny new one.’
    • ‘Boston thinks the bots could also tackle challenging surface terrain on the red planet, including polar ice caps riddled with fissures.’
    • ‘There were also several trucks, and some bots that looked like automated forklifts.’
    • ‘I agree with most of those commenters, though, that the end of the conversation where Cameron first accuses the ‘bot’ of being a bot, and then claims to be one himself is handled with almost suspicious cleanliness.’
    • ‘Researchers say a swarm of bouncing, spherical bots the size of baseballs could hop across the red planet to search for life.’
    • ‘(Not all builders are bringing their bots, and not all bots are bringing their builders).’
    • ‘Over the last decade, Melhuish's team has produced a string of bots powered by sugar, rotten apples, or dead flies.’
    • ‘We've got a big expo coming up, and if you'd like to show off your bots, the Summer Robot Games & Expo in San Francisco is a great opportunity to do so.’
    • ‘Robots around the world fear the new bot, including Bender.’
    • ‘Tables stretched down each wall where bots of all sizes and shapes sat, were bolted, or trundled back and forth assembling cleaning and tearing down other bots.’
    1. 1.1Computing
      An autonomous program on a network (especially the Internet) which can interact with systems or users, especially one designed to behave like a player in some video games.
      [in combination] ‘a mailbot’
      • ‘Shopping bots, on the other hand, promise a ‘rewarding Internet experience.’’
      • ‘Perhaps an automated bot does it, the same way it scans for domain names and e-mail addresses.’
      • ‘This is not the fault of the blogger - even banning all robots will not help, since the spammers' bots ignore this preference setting.’
      • ‘A further step imbeds images into the address, which thwarts the most persistent bots.’
      • ‘Mindless bots, driven not to dominate but to sell, sign up for thousands of free email accounts every minute, sending millions of spam messages from them.’
      • ‘Customers in any industry could bounce questions off these bots, receive alerts about shipping, monitor inventory and order products.’
      • ‘Where that information comes from is unclear; the report's authors believe some of the bots are interfacing in real time with credit card company databases.’
      • ‘Of course, the ultimate evolution will be bots playing bots.’
      • ‘I can separate real readers and bots from each other; Googlebot is a common visitor, but I know real people read my web site too.’
      • ‘From the bots list, some nice ideas for tech support IM bots making use of domain specific bot identities.’
      • ‘The metaphor I'm happiest with is that the internal state of the bot is represented by a position (which may be discrete or smeared) in a dataspace.’
      • ‘The search engine bots would certainly have downloaded that meta-data and may have it stored in databases ready for somebody to just ask nicely.’
      • ‘In co-op play, online players team up against bots to accomplish missions.’
      • ‘Also, my friend had an interesting idea: Why not write a bot that will automatically register EVERY telephone number in the US in the Do Not Call Registry?’
      • ‘Keks has it set up so the possibility of vote rigging bots is zero and it also prevents daily voting by the same people.’
      • ‘Regrettably, the contest is limited to anglophone bots and humans.’
      • ‘I guess it's the spammers' day off work, so they get to run their automated mail bots to send things out.’
      • ‘Hence a spam bot could, and did, enter hundreds of unwanted spams in a matter of minutes into the comments of a largely unprotected weblog.’
      • ‘These will later be automatically data-mined by bots to compile the survey results.’
      • ‘In fact someone suggested to me it might actually be a bot inserting random bits of text.’

Origin

1960s: shortening of robot.

Pronunciation:

bot

/bɒt/