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

Humidity is moderately high as temperatures peak in the upper 80s and possibly low 90s in the hottest spots. David Streit, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: The year’s longest day is a fine one, but unsettled weather follows," 21 June 2018 In the Middle East, celebrations were once again marred by prolonged conflict in hot spots such as Syria, Afghanistan, and the Gaza Strip. Wafaa Shurafa,, "Gaza residents pray near Israel, as Muslims mark major feast," 15 June 2018 More than 7,300 Special Operations troops are working around the world, many of them conducting shadow wars against terrorists in Yemen, Libya, Somalia and other hot spots. New York Times, "1 U.S. Soldier Is Killed and 4 Are Wounded in Somalia Firefight," 8 June 2018 The season finale was a surprisingly somber turn for a sitcom, and while not overtly political, still dabbled in hot spots and Trump tweets. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "'Roseanne' season finale recap: State of emergency," 22 May 2018 Wayne Hettinger was nowhere to be found in Louisville's disco hot spots back in the day. Jeffrey Lee Puckett, The Courier-Journal, "Disco is easy to mock, but let's be real: We'll all be dancing at Thunder Over Louisville," 17 Apr. 2018 The city’s new strategy will focus on mapping where falls occur using real-time hospital data and targeting fall prevention efforts in hot spots where there are high fall rates. Andrea K. Mcdaniels,, "Hospitalizations from falls 55 percent higher in Baltimore than rest of the state," 13 Apr. 2018 Point Blue has been expanding to other hot spots along the Pacific Flyway, including Alaska. Maria Finn, San Francisco Chronicle, "Don’t miss these great places to see California wildlife, from insects to whales," 28 Mar. 2018 The escalatory rhetoric, reminiscent of the Cold War, comes as the two nations currently face off in several volatile hot spots where the risk of miscalculation could result in direct conflict with unforeseeable consequences. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "Why Vladimir Putin's 'Invincible' Missile Claim Comes at a Bad Time," 3 Mar. 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

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

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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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