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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In each destination, travelers will find hot spots for vegan meals and also get lessons in vegan cooking. Phil Marty,, "Adventures in vegan eating, a Canadian bucket list and more," 13 July 2018 On a recent morning run to several of Farah’s hot spots for a scouting expedition, a limit of trout, all measuring from 18 to 22 inches long, was landed by the guide and two anglers in about two hours. Ralph Winingham, San Antonio Express-News, "Croaker season lights up speckled trout action at Baffin Bay," 28 June 2018 Located in the upscale Galleria area, Willie G's has been Houston's hottest spot for fresh shucked Gulf Oysters, delectable seafood and fantastic drinks. Houston Chronicle, "Willie G’s Seafood," 27 June 2018 Bayview officers have recently held barbecues at hot spots for violence while working with community groups and organizations like the YMCA and the Department of Public Health to get more young people into activities and off the streets. Evan Sernoffsky,, "In Bayview, a police effort to build trust as captain reaches out to black community," 15 June 2018 Outside environmental experts, however, say dust wipe samples are a sound investigative tool to identify potential hot spots for remediation. Barbara Laker,, "School District cleans Olney Elementary after 10.7 million asbestos fibers found," 8 June 2018 Head a few blocks north or south of the popular hot spots for a little more room to actually snap a photo. Don't expect to find a perfect empty corner, but less trafficked one-way streets are a start. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to See Manhattanhenge 2018," 28 May 2018 Peoria leaders have spent decades unraveling the conundrum of revitalizing its downtown, an area more than 10 miles south of the city's current hot spot for housing and commercial growth. Laura Gómez, azcentral, "Are officials erasing history or sparking rebirth in Old Town Peoria?," 18 May 2018 Other hot spots for lightning include the southern and central U.S., the northern coast of Australia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Columbia, Sumatra, Malaysia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Brian K Sullivan,, "Indian Monsoon Hurls Almost 37,000 Lightning Bolts," 26 Apr. 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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