speck

noun
\ ˈspek How to pronounce speck (audio) \

Definition of speck

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small discoloration or spot especially from stain or decay
2 : a very small amount : bit
3 : something marked or marred with specks

speck

verb
specked; specking; specks

Definition of speck (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to produce specks on or in

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Other Words from speck

Noun

specked \ ˈspekt How to pronounce specked (audio) \ adjective

Examples of speck in a Sentence

Noun

There was not a speck of dust anywhere. Soon the balloon was only a speck in the sky. She writes without a speck of humor.

Verb

dirt that had specked the windows of the factory for ages
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Welcome to the Trump Campaign Store, a speck of an emporium tucked away on the lower level of the eponymous building.... Allan Ripp, WSJ, "At This Trump Store, You Can Shop Till the Polls Drop," 12 Apr. 2019 Applying one to several large spoonfuls of chilled rock shrimp yielded one dish, garnished with a few bits of Meyer lemon and specks of Aleppo chile; applying it to arctic char, pieces of orange, and cilantro yielded another. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Is Serving Raw Meat And Fish A Dinner Party Taboo?," 12 Apr. 2019 Those same energetic specks flood the ionosphere, sometimes disabling the stable layer off which high-frequency radio signals bounce. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Space weather: Havoc caused by the sun," 17 Feb. 2018 He is widely suspected of siphoning millions of dollars from secret deals in which the Maldives sold islands to foreign companies that will one day turn the coral specks into high-end tourist resorts. Jeffrey Gettleman And Suhasini Raj, New York Times, "As Maldives Crisis Deepens, President Blames the Other Guys," 6 Feb. 2018 The rocket is barely a speck in the sky now, with an arcing contrail and still-bright engine exhaust. Popular Mechanics, "55 Things to Do Before the World Ends," 19 Apr. 2018 This small speck on the map is the connecting hub for Marin county’s outer farmlands, and has quickly become a mini gourmand mecca. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Days On California's Russian River and Sonoma Coast," 16 Apr. 2018 The speck was just a pixel of light, but a pixel that hadn't appeared in any prior photos. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Amateur Astronomer Captures Very First Light of a Supernova for the First Time in History," 21 Feb. 2018 The fine amounts to a speck on Facebook’s finances. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "UK fines Facebook over data privacy scandal, EU seeks audit," 26 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Now, their territory has fewer than 1,000 residents and consists of about 7,300 acres, with roads wandering through woods specked with modest family homes. New York Times, "A Story of Survival Revived by the Cicadas’ Loud (and Crunchy) Return," 22 June 2018 For all its strengths, though, the series proves a bit of a slog, at times, as the wheels turn along the dusty, blood-specked road to wherever this maze leads. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Westworld' remains easy to admire, harder to like in new season," 19 Apr. 2018 To get into the spirit, order a ginger beer and rock shrimp fritters, fried balls of doughy goodness specked with bell pepper and spices that come steaming hot with a side of spicy mayo. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Best New Restaurant #10: River Bistro, Detroit," 12 Feb. 2018 Moonchild is specked with obvious glitter, which could be a deterrent for some. Devon Abelman, Allure, "This Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow Kit Alternative Is a Quarter of the Price," 15 Sep. 2017 The majority of it, however, was specked with red SALE signs, noting that the red, white, and blue a-line miniskirt was 40 percent off (from $80 to $53.40) and white sculpting mid-rise skinny jeans (from $89 to $36.60). Emily Jane Fox, vanityfair.com, "Fear and Loathing in Bedminster: On the Ground in the Quiet, Bucolic Town Where Donald Trump Is Toying with Blowing Up the World," 10 Aug. 2017 The majority of it, however, was specked with red SALE signs, noting that the red, white, and blue a-line miniskirt was 40 percent off (from $80 to $53.40) and white sculpting mid-rise skinny jeans (from $89 to $36.60). Emily Jane Fox, The Hive, "Fear and Loathing in Bedminster: On the Ground in the Quiet, Bucolic Town Where Donald Trump Is Toying with Blowing Up the World," 10 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of speck

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for speck

Noun

Middle English specke, from Old English specca

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speck

noun

English Language Learners Definition of speck

: a very small piece or spot
: a very small amount

speck

noun
\ ˈspek How to pronounce speck (audio) \

Kids Definition of speck

1 : a small spot or blemish
2 : a very small amount : bit a speck of dirt

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