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(networking, chat, World-Wide Web)
(From "robot") Any type of autonomous software that operates as an agent for a user or a program or simulates a human activity. On the Internet, the most popular bots are programs (called spiders or crawlers) used for searching. They access web sites, retrieve documents and follow all the hyperlinks in them; then they generate catalogs that are accessed by search engines.

A chatbot converses with humans (or other bots). A shopbot searches the Web to find the best price for a product. Other bots (such as OpenSesame) observe a user's patterns in navigating a website and customises the site for that user.

Knowbots collect specific information from websites.


(1) See robot and chatbot.

(2) (roBOT) A search engine program that indexes the Web. See spider.

(3) (roBOT) A program on the Internet that performs a repetitive function such as posting a message on blogs, newsgroups and social networks or searching for information. Bots reside in the background waiting to respond to certain conditions. The term bot is used for myriad "intelligent agents" that continuously or periodically perform some function. It is estimated that as much as 60% of Web traffic comes from bots and not humans. See social bot, spambot, chatbot, agent and trolling.

(4) (BOT) (Beginning Of Tape) The status of a tape file when it is first mounted in the drive. See BOF.

(5) (BOT) (Bulk-Only Transport) The early USB protocol for external storage drives. See UASP.
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"And with due respect, Mr Mayor, what's the old saying about power and corruption?" Cllr Bott sat stony-faced as he watched events unfold, frequently interrupting during the Conservative councillors' testimonies.
He also swore by testimony that he had tried to contact Councillor Bott several times following the election to discuss the arrangements with him, only to hear him criticising the Conservative party in a TV interview.
Bott was also alleged to have ordered a handyman at the home to go to the 94-year-old's room, posing as a policeman, in a bid to scare her following claims that the pensioner had misbehaved.
"Speedway is and always has been for families - it is safe, exciting and still relatively cheap", Bott said.
"The one thing I do worry about is whether people outside the community truly understand the opportunities in this area," Bott said.
According to Forbes data, Sally Bott had joined BP in 2005 as an executive vice president responsible for global human resources, and previously worked with Marsh and McLennan as managing director and as head of global human resources at Marsh Inc.
I thought he was going to win but it was still a fantastic performance on only his second start." said Bott.
Bott said: "Adrian was been nominated because the Northumberland and Durham Hockey Umpires Association have been proactive in trying to recognise what he has done on a voluntary basis for over 20 years.
A celebration of the mathematical legacy of Raoul Bott.
When UK manufacturer Bott, consolidated its operation into a single facility in Bude, Cornwall, it needed to extend the existing office accommodation.
DOMINIC Bott, the caddie who helped Kenneth Ferrie achieve the biggest triumph in the history of North-East golf, has accepted an offer to work with Graeme Storm.