hot spot

variants: or less commonly hotspot \ ˈhät-​ˌspät How to pronounce hotspot (audio) \
plural hot spots also hotspots

Definition of hot spot

1 : a place of more than usual interest, activity, or popularity birding hot spots
2 : a place in the upper mantle of the earth at which hot magma from the lower mantle upwells to melt through the crust usually in the interior of a tectonic plate to form a volcanic feature also : a place in the crust overlying a hot spot
3a : an area of political, military, or civil unrest usually considered dangerous global hot spots
b : a place or area (such as a city or region of a country) where there is an elevated prevalence or increased transmission risk of a disease The city became a COVID-19 hot spot.
4 : a place where a wireless Internet connection is available
5 : an inflamed patch of moist infected skin on a domestic animal and especially a dog

Examples of hot spot in a Sentence

The new restaurant is the latest hot spot in town. This part of the country is a hot spot of rebel activity.
Recent Examples on the Web Michigan was an early hot spot for the virus, but saw a decrease in cases into the summer. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "COVID-19 outbreak complicates contact tracing, remains vital to slowing coronavirus spread," 17 Nov. 2020 For the fall, the school district provided the family with a laptop and an internet hot spot. USA Today, "'That's what we do': These kids, teachers are making school work during COVID. Here's how.," 15 Nov. 2020 Officials in New York City, an early hot spot in the pandemic, said this past week that the nation’s largest school system could close if the rate at which coronavirus tests came back positive hit 3 percent. Hannah Knowles, Washington Post, "Worsening coronavirus crisis pushes leaders to take new measures," 15 Nov. 2020 The Scoop shale play in Oklahoma, one of the areas where Gulfport bought assets, moved from being an exploration hot spot a few years ago to an area of little relevance after its geology proved too challenging. David Wethe,, "Gulfport Files for Bankruptcy After M&A Spree, Price Crash," 14 Nov. 2020 It was considered an early hot spot of the nation’s coronavirus outbreak, home to the second case in California and the seventh overall in the United States. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, "Santa Clara County sues San Jose church for coronavirus violations," 2 Nov. 2020 Life Care, in suburban Seattle, was the nation’s first Covid-19 hot spot in February, a place that gave a first glimpse at how the virus could tear through homes. New York Times, "‘A Slow Killer’: Nursing Home Residents Wither in Isolation Forced by the Virus," 30 Oct. 2020 About 16% of the hospitalizations were in El Paso County, the state’s worst COVID-19 hot spot. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Airport testing, legislative outbreak, voter intimidation: News from around our 50 states," 30 Oct. 2020 At Elkton, an early hot spot in Ohio where nine prisoners died of Covid-19 and more than 900 got sick beginning in March, the warden denied 866 out of 867 requests for compassionate release between March 1 and May 31. NBC News, "Thousands of sick federal prisoners sought release as Covid-19 spread. Nearly all were denied.," 7 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of hot spot

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

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23 Nov 2020

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“Hot spot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hot spot

informal : a very popular or active place
: a place where there is much danger or fighting
: a place (such as an area in a restaurant or hotel) where it is possible to make a wireless connection to the Internet

hot spot

variants: also hotspot \ ˈhät-​ˌspät How to pronounce hotspot (audio) \

Medical Definition of hot spot

1 : a patch of painful moist inflamed skin on a domestic animal and especially a dog that starts as a response to a skin irritant (as an allergen or an insect or tick bite), that is rapidly worsened by scratching, chewing, or licking the affected area, and that may become seriously infected if not promptly cleaned and medicated
2 : a place or area (as a city or region of a country) where there is an elevated prevalence or an increased transmission risk of a disease (as cholera, diabetes, or malaria)
3 : a site in genetic material (as DNA or a chromosome) having a high frequency of mutation or recombination

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