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

Some of the hot spots: Hunting Park in North Philadelphia, Point Breeze in South Philadelphia, and Cobbs Creek in West Philadelphia, all with lots of rowhouses. Frank Kummer,, "Weather warning: These Philadelphia neighborhoods get the hottest in a heat wave," 29 June 2018 The fire was 40 percent contained at just after 5 p.m., and Bennett said the fire's forward momentum was stopped and that crews would be on scene taking care of hot spots through the evening. Claire Morgan, sacbee, "Firefighters knock down 30-acre grass fire near Rancho Cordova," 29 June 2018 One of the area's most anticipated summer hot spots is facing another delay that could push back the grand opening of Rocklin's 5.5-acre Quarry Park Adventures until the end of the summer at the earliest, according to a city staff report. Jacob Mcadams, Houston Chronicle, "Cleveland City Council approves feeding program at library," 24 June 2018 According to research from real estate firm CBRE highlighted in the Tech Council's 2018 Tech Specs report, Kansas City gained more than 11,300 last year, putting it ahead of hot spots such as Austin, Texas; Nashville; Denver; and San Diego. Allison Kite, kansascity, "Despite gains in tech, Kansas City and Missouri face severe workforce shortage | The Kansas City Star," 25 May 2018 Paco Garcia and his restaurant, Con Huevos, a 25-seat café that's become one of Louisville's hottest spots, are ideally situated for the collision of celebrations. The Si Staff,, "When the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo Collide, Make This Brunch," 3 May 2018 Vegas is right up there on the list of culinary hot spots. Las Vegas, Bon Appetit, "Heading to Vegas? Here’s Our List of Eats for Every Kind of Budget," 30 Apr. 2018 In a statement, McMaster praised the National Security Council's strategic roles in addressing a number of international hot spots, including North Korea, China, Iran, Russia and Afghanistan. Jonathan Lemire, Fox News, "White House praises McMaster on his last day," 7 Apr. 2018 In a statement, McMaster praised the National Security Council’s strategic roles in addressing a number of international hot spots, including North Korea, China, Iran, Russia and Afghanistan. Washington Post, "White House praises McMaster on his last day," 6 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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