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

One osprey hot spot is the Pointe Mouillee State Game Area, a 4,000-acre wetlands area on Lake Erie in Monroe County. Michigan Wildlife Council, Detroit Free Press, "Osprey outlook brightens in Southeast Michigan thanks to resident lookouts," 10 July 2019 Their findings included where the biggest hot spots might be, which could be prioritized in a future fix. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Point Woronzof shrinking an average of 2 feet each year, UAA researchers and students find," 12 June 2019 The two hot spots are at Lower Crab Creek Road, which is closed, and Road 15 Southwest, according to the sheriff’s office. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Grant County residents flee fast-growing wildfire," 4 June 2019 The gang was also linked to the slaying of a sheriff’s deputy in 2008, when the neighborhood was known as a gang hot spot. Los Angeles Times, "LAPD officer confronted tagger and was fatally shot at taco stand," 28 July 2019 And as a younger workforce moves in, Dallas also is becoming more of a hot spot for tech workers. Dallas News, "Millennial magnet: Dallas outranks all in attracting young professionals," 19 July 2019 The six-time Grammy nominee and Windsor native is heading a bill at the downtown hot spot that includes DJ Mal-Ski and hip-hop pioneers Kool Moe Dee and Doug E. Fresh. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "The weekend: Crash Detroit brings street bands to town; Tamia headlines Beacon Park show," 17 July 2019 Ceramic tiles painted in a multitude of colorful patterns line each of the long steps at this selfie hot spot. Lori Rackl,, "The honeymoon’s not over: A return to Sicily uncovers new reasons to fall in love with this alluring island," 8 July 2019 The five-hour trip ended with a busy session at a hot spot for white trout, where the fish were small but eager to bite., "Veterans’ group, coastal guides team on fishing trip," 11 June 2019

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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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