re·​spot (ˌ)rē-ˈspät How to pronounce respot (audio)
variants or re-spot
respotted or re-spotted; respotting or re-spotting

transitive verb

: to spot (something or someone) again
especially : to move or return (something) to an appropriate or designated location
(American football) The clock stops at the end of incomplete pass plays, when a player goes out of bounds, or when a penalty is called. The clock starts again when the ball is re-spotted by an official. Anne Floyd
(snooker) … due to the even score the black [ball] had to be respotted. Lithgow (Australia) Mercury
… handles the calls if the bowling balls get stuck or pins need to be respotted, etc. Bill Ryan
Parker served as the ship's flight deck officer, a position that had to be filled by an aviator. His responsibilities included spotting and respotting planes for take off and landing, and managing the flight deck. Gregory Orear

Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of respot was in 1849

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Cite this Entry

“Respot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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