What does the word mote mean?

Usage examples for mote

  1. Foreign policy as a political issue was pressed temporarily into the background by the sudden demand of the railroad brotherhoods for shorter hours and mote pay, threatening a nation- wide strike if their plea was unheeded. – The United States Since The Civil War by Charles Ramsdell Lingley
  2. This is the love that removes mountains, that makes enemies friends, and takes the beam from our own eye, so that we may see the mote in our brother's eye, and enable us to help each other on the way. – Memoirs of Mrs. Rebecca Steward by T. G. Steward
  3. Not a mote in the beam, not an herb on the mountain, not a pebble on the shore, not a seed far- blown into the wilderness, but contributed to the lore that sought in all the true principle of life, the Beautiful, the Joyous, the Immortal. – Zanoni by Edward Bulwer Lytton