flying spot


Definition of flying spot

: a spot of light moved over a surface (such as one bearing printing or an image) so that light reflected from or transmitted by different parts of the surface is translated into electrical signals for transmission (as in television or computers)

First Known Use of flying spot

1933, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About flying spot

Time Traveler for flying spot

Time Traveler

The first known use of flying spot was in 1933

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near flying spot

flying spider

flying spot

flying squad

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for flying spot

Cite this Entry

“Flying spot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!