hot spot


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
3 : an area of political, military, or civil unrest usually considered dangerous global hot spots
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.

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Criminal violence began soaring in 2008 after the government engaged the military and federal police in efforts to rein in powerful drug gangs that were taking control of hot spots around the country. Anthony Harrup, WSJ, "Mexico’s Murder Rate Hits Highest Level in Decades," 30 July 2018 The hot spots of 2019 will likely be familiar to many: Developments in North Korea, China, and the Middle East will continue to dominate, and most likely, consume US policy. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The 7 biggest foreign news stories to watch in 2019, from Brexit to North Korea," 24 Dec. 2018 Leméac Leméac has been a mainstay in the posh Outremont neighborhood since 2001, and its corner location on Laurier and Durocher streets makes its grand patio a hot spot in summer and through fall. Karin Eldor, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Brunches in Montreal," 6 Aug. 2018 The usual hot spot should be Death Valley, California, with readings in the 120 to 125 degree range. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Days of torrential rain lead to Texas' worst flooding since Hurricane Harvey," 21 June 2018 The hot spot partially melts an area under the Pacific Plate, sending magma to the ocean floor. Audrey Mcavoy, Fox News, "Hawaii has 5 other active volcanoes in addition to Kilauea," 31 May 2018 Corso Como Was there any hotter spot this fashion week than 10 Corso Como, Carla Sozzani’s first stateside fashion, design, and art concept store? Elise Taylor, Vogue, "From Goop Lab to One Kings Lane: 8 New Design Destinations to Know," 7 Nov. 2018 Opened only last year, the Lower East Side hot spot has already become a local standby, and the upstairs lounges are crowded with creatives in various attitudes of hip—an unlikely setting for a sexagenarian Swiss in business attire. Ian Volner, WSJ, "Swiss Architecture Firm Herzog & De Meuron Celebrates 40 Years," 4 Nov. 2018 The fire is 100% contained and about 75 firefighters and heavy vehicles are patrolling the burn area for hot spots in case winds kick up during the day, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. Javier Panzar,, "Griffith Observatory to remain closed through Friday after brush fire scorches parkland," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of hot spot

1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of hot spot

: 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

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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 site in genetic material (as DNA or a chromosome) having a high frequency of mutation or recombination

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