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Definition a tiny piece of anything
  • without a mote of protest
mote = a tiny bit
  • a mote in your eye
  • as many inaccuracies as there are motes in a sunbeam
    Miguel Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • A mote it is to trouble the mind's eye.
    Hamlet  --  William Shakespeare
  • Let him learn that every thing in nature, even motes and feathers, go by law and not by luck, and that what he sows he reaps.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Essays, First Series
  • And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
    Matthew 7:3 (KJV)
  • Outside, the sky had whited over with clouds, and shine spilled across the surfaces, sending motes before my eyes.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • motes = specks (tiny things)
  • I had the same room which Finny and I had shared during the summer, but across the hall, in the large suite where Leper Lepellier had dreamed his way through July and August amid sunshine and dust motes and windows through which the ivy had reached tentatively into the room, here Brinker Hadley had established his headquarters.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • motes = specks (tiny things)
  • Now Brinker, with his steady wit and ceaseless plans, Brinker had nothing to offer in place of Leper's dust motes and creeping ivy and snails.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • motes = specks (tiny things)
  • Dawn swept the last of the stars Of heaven's vault as if they were ash motes.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Help me to the sofa in the living room, where I watch the dust motes spin in the thin shafts of afternoon light.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • The lower level of the Institute was full of sunlight and pale dust motes.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • Everything will go forward so much mote pleasantly.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • DEMETRIUS A mote will turn the balance, which Pyramus, which Thisbe, is the better.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Sifting daylight dissolves the memory, turns it into dust motes floating in light.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • The sun was still high, and a beam cleared the rooftops to light the sill of the window and the dust motes floating in the air.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • I tried to convince myself that it was an odd trick of light, a mass of dust motes trapped in the setting sun.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Sunlight is streaming in through the thin plastic blinds, which have been drawn down over the windows, lighting up dust motes in the room.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • They were floating like dust motes everywhere I looked.
    Maureen Daly  --  Seventeenth Summer
  • Out here, motes danced lazily as summer flies in the running green light of the cracks in the walls.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty

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