speck

noun
\ˈspek \

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 \ 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

The universe is a swirling cosmic cocktail of galaxies made up of specks of dust, and Alex Dimitrov and Dorothea Lasky are alive and writing poetry in it. Rachel Syme, New York Times, "How the Astro Poets Lit Up the Internet," 11 Jan. 2018 Sometimes there are just specks which, at night, dot the blackness like stars. New York Times, "Moments Large and Small in a Memorable Olympics," 25 Feb. 2018 The Spaniard had taken the first step on his path of overseeing footballing dominance, proving to each of his voters and the Madridistas that predecessor Lorenzo Sanz's reign was now simply a speck of history. SI.com, "Why Florentino Perez's Mistakes Over a Decade Ago Could Spell the End of Cristiano Ronaldo in Madrid," 29 Jan. 2018 From the rim of Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater, the elephants below look like specks of dust. Priscilla Eakeley, Town & Country, "The Town & Country Grand Tour," 5 Oct. 2016 For decades, an obscure speck of an island—measuring less than one-third of one square mile—was the site of the brutalization of thousands of convicts and political prisoners amidst a luxurious British colonial settlement. Neelima Vallangi, Smithsonian, "India’s Abandoned Island of Colonial Horror," 8 May 2018 Lots of coastal cities in Florida depict themselves as fishing villages, but few have the bona fides of Cortez, a speck of a town on the Gulf Coast. Bonnie Gross, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Explore Florida's Manatee County: Tiny Cortez on Florida's Gulf Coast is big on seafood," 6 May 2018 Eight years ago, Donna Weese, 57, moved from the Santa Cruz area to Shingletown, a speck in rural northeastern California where rent for her one-bedroom cabin will soon climb to $850 a month. Phil Willon, latimes.com, "With recession in the rear view, a more upbeat California looks to choose a new governor," 19 Apr. 2018 The prosciutto, speck, bresaola and ham are all outstanding, and there are vegan and vegetarian sandwiches, too. Kendall Hamersly, miamiherald, "Casa Tua opens a food hall at Brickell City Centre. It’s great but (spoiler!) not cheap," 24 Jan. 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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More Definitions for speck

speck

noun

English Language Learners Definition of speck

: a very small piece or spot

: a very small amount

speck

noun
\ˈspek \

Kids Definition of speck

1 : a small spot or blemish

2 : a very small amount : bit a speck of dirt

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