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

This cooling cinder called Earth, spinning in the darkness at the back of beyond, is a minor speck of residue from the Big Bang, which lasted less than a billionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second 13.8 billion years ago. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: Apollo 11’s achievement still dazzles," 18 July 2019 There is not a speck of conventional wheat flour nor hint of sugar on the premises. Michael Klein, https://www.inquirer.com, "At Philly’s new keto-friendly bakery Dessertcrazy, there’s no wheat flour or sugar to be found. Here’s how they do it.," 4 June 2019 Thump one of the declining stems over white paper and look for nearly microscopic specks to start moving. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "How to care for amaryllis bulbs," 26 July 2019 Her pupils, normally tiny specks, had become black holes that threatened to swallow anyone in their gravitational sway. Barry Pearce, chicagotribune.com, "2019 Algren Awards: Grand Prize Winner: Chez Whatever," 20 July 2019 The menu includes ratatouille with poached eggs and speck, deviled eggs with pork belly rillettes, and avocado toast with six-minute egg. Hadley Tomicki, latimes.com, "Tacos 1986 opens in DTLA; Goat Mafia drops in on Echo Park," 24 June 2019 The tiny specks that appeared on the screen turned out to be a swarm of ladybugs, or what's known as a ladybug bloom. Tainaya Nash, House Beautiful, "An 80-Mile-Wide Swarm of Ladybugs Have Taken Over the SoCal Sky," 7 June 2019 Above the crowd, a disco ball scattered little specks of light. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Union Los Angeles and Nordstrom Celebrate Their Collaboration With a Lower East Side Block Party," 11 July 2019 When dissolved in liquid, the sugar revealed an infestation: dozens of tiny reddish specks. Scott Dance, Washington Post, "University of Maryland-led survey finds honeybee losses highest in 13 years this winter," 20 June 2019

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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