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spot

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noun \ˈspät\

Simple Definition of spot

  • : a small area of a surface that is different from other areas

  • : a small amount of a substance that is on something

  • : a small mark or lump on your skin, on the surface of a plant, etc.

Full Definition of spot

  1. 1 :  a taint on character or reputation :  fault <the only spot on the family name>

  2. 2a :  a small area visibly different (as in color, finish, or material) from the surrounding areab (1) :  an area marred or marked (as by dirt) (2) :  a circumscribed surface lesion of disease (as measles) or decay <spots of rot> <rust spots on a leaf>c :  a conventionalized design used on playing cards to distinguish the suits and indicate values

  3. 3 :  an object having a specified number of spots or a specified numeral on its surface

  4. 4 :  a small quantity or amount :  bit

  5. 5a :  a particular place, area, or partb :  a small extent of space

  6. 6 plural usually spot :  a small croaker (Leiostomus xanthurus) of the Atlantic coast with a black spot behind the opercula

  7. 7a :  a particular position (as in an organization or a hierarchy)b :  a place or appearance on an entertainment program

  8. 8 :  spotlight

  9. 9 :  a position usually of difficulty or embarrassment

  10. 10 :  a brief announcement or advertisement broadcast between scheduled radio or television programs

  11. 11 :  a brief segment or report on a broadcast especially of news

on the spot
  1. 1 :  at once :  immediately

  2. 2 :  at the place of action

  3. 3a :  in a responsible or accountable positionb :  in a difficult or trying situation

Examples of spot

  1. The wood still has some rough spots.

  2. The chair's original paint is still visible in spots.

  3. He fell through a weak spot in the ice.

  4. The tablecloth had a couple of spots.

  5. There were mud spots on the back of his pants.

  6. rust spots on the metal

  7. I noticed some red spots on my arms.

  8. spots of rot on the leaf

  9. a teenager with spots on his face

  10. This looks like a good spot for a picnic.



Origin of spot

Middle English; akin to Middle Dutch spotte stain, speck, Old Norse spotti small piece


First Known Use: 13th century


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spot

verb

Simple Definition of spot

  • : to see or notice (someone or something that is difficult to see or find)

  • : to give (an opponent) a specified advantage at the beginning of a race, game, etc., in order to make a competition more even

  • : to lend (someone) a small amount of money

Full Definition of spot

spot·tedspot·ting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to stain the character or reputation of :  disgrace

  3. 2 :  to mark in or with a spot :  stain

  4. 3 :  to locate or identify by a spot

  5. 4a :  to single out :  identify; especially :  to note as a known criminal or a suspicious personb :  detect, notice <spot a mistake>c (1) :  to locate accurately <spot an enemy position> (2) :  to cause to strike accurately <spot the battery's fire>

  6. 5a :  to lie at intervals in or over :  studb :  to place at intervals or in a desired spot <spot field telephones>c :  to fix in or as if in the beam of a spotlightd :  to schedule in a particular spot or at a particular time

  7. 6 :  to remove a spot from

  8. 7 :  to allow as a handicap

  9. intransitive verb
  10. 1 :  to become stained or discolored in spots

  11. 2 :  to cause a spot

  12. 3 :  to act as a spotter; especially :  to locate targets

  13. 4 :  to experience abnormal and sporadic bleeding in small amounts from the uterus

spot·ta·ble play \ˈspä-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of spot

  1. She spotted a deer in the woods.

  2. The band's lead singer was recently spotted with a well-known actress.

  3. They spotted us five points, and we still lost.

  4. I'm a little short of cash. Can you spot me five bucks?

  5. The official spotted the ball at the 10-yard line.



14th Century

First Known Use of spot

14th century


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spot

adjective

Simple Definition of spot

  • finance : relating to goods or shares that are paid for and delivered immediately instead of at a future time

Full Definition of spot

  1. 1a :  being, originating, or done on the spot or in or for a particular spot <spot coverage of the news>b :  available for immediate delivery after sale <spot commodities>c (1) :  paid out upon delivery <spot cash> (2) :  involving immediate cash payment <a spot transaction>d (1) :  broadcast between scheduled programs <spot announcements> (2) :  originating in a local station for a national advertisere :  performing occasionally when needed <a spot starter>

  2. 2 :  made at random or restricted to a few places or instances <a spot check>; also :  selected at random or as a sample

Examples of spot

  1. the difference between futures and spot commodities

  2. the spot price of wheat



1881

First Known Use of spot

1881

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