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

Noncustomers can sign up to get a mobile hot spot device by mail that pairs with your phone. Doreen Christensen,, "Try T-Mobile on your phone and number for free," 29 Aug. 2019 City officials including police Chief Steve Conrad had praised the model, which in Louisville was trained on hot spot neighborhoods including Russell, Shawnee and Portland, as a proactive way of stopping crime. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Analysis: The Louisville budget saves pools and a library, but here's where it will hurt," 26 June 2019 The chain foresees eventually having 200,000 hot spot locations, said to Gurmeet Singh, 7-Eleven's executive vice president and chief digital information and marketing officer. Anne D'innocenzio,, "At Grant Park but really need a Slurpee? Done.," 24 June 2019 As these hot spots circle, the black hole’s immense gravitational forces twist space-time itself into something like a lens, one that flashes beacons of light across the cosmos like a galactic searchlight beam. Quanta Magazine, "Astronomers Creep Up to the Edge of the Milky Way’s Black Hole," 30 Oct. 2018 For months, the Sacramento Kings have been promoting their showpiece hotel and condominium tower next to Golden 1 Center arena as the hot spot downtown for people to stay and play. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "Sacramento Kings face $36 million in liens on marquee downtown hotel tower | The Sacramento Bee," 6 Mar. 2018 The rock legend stopped by Chicago hot spot Roscoe’s Tavern to catch All Stars 3 queens Aja and Milk perform. Patrick Crowley, Billboard, "Mick Jagger Stops by Chicago Gay Bar to See 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Stars Aja & Milk," 26 Feb. 2018 Police leading the new iterations of hot spot policing stress the importance of maintaining community trust. Jon Schuppe, NBC News, "To reverse murder rate, Baltimore embraces a controversial policing strategy," 19 Jan. 2018 Although completely blocked-in by neighboring Zambia, Tanzania, and Mozambique, undisturbed Malawi offers sprawling national parks paired with endless stretches of white-sand coastline, thanks to snorkeling hot spot Lake Malawi. Ian Centrone, Esquire, "The 13 Best Under-the-Radar Travel Destinations for 2018," 9 Jan. 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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