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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Video streaming is limited at 480p resolution, and unlike the limited data plans, there’s no mobile hot spot option. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Verizon discounts prepaid unlimited plan to $65 when you set up autopay," 6 Nov. 2018 While at breakfast at Los Angeles hot spot Joans On Third, a fan sat next to the lovebirds and got the inside scoop. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Reportedly Told a Fan That They Are, In Fact, Married," 18 Oct. 2018 The two restaurants—one poolside—are led by Chef Casey Lane, formerly of Venice hot spot Tasting Kitchen, while the bar program is designed by the team behind bi-coastal speakeasy Employees Only. Rachel Marlowe, Vogue, "3 Newly Renovated Historic Hotels Celebrate L.A.’s Eclectic Past," 21 Aug. 2018 When debris is moved, a hot spot is exposed to oxygen, which causes a fire. Staff,, "Comment here on court and crime stories for Monday, Jan. 22, 2018," 22 Jan. 2018 While hot spots like Iceland and Thailand may have blown up your Instagram feed in 2017, this year will be all about discovering the world’s newest up-and-coming destinations—and trust us, there are plenty of incredible contenders. Ian Centrone, Esquire, "The 13 Best Under-the-Radar Travel Destinations for 2018," 9 Jan. 2018 When planning a trip to Greece, look just north of tourist hot spots Mykonos and Santorini to the more remote destination of Skopelos. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Your Getaway Guide to Skopelos Island, Where "Mamma Mia" Was Filmed," 9 Oct. 2018 Photo: Courtesy of BWArchitects Yet these are not hot spots where the food is an afterthought. Gabe Ulla, WSJ, "London Restaurant Cora Pearl Is a Welcoming Hideaway in Covent Garden," 5 Oct. 2018 And the sheer sight of an oyster shucker gives you a visual hint at the deliciousness to come at this River Oaks hot spot. Diana Oates, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Restaurants in Houston," 1 Oct. 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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