spot·​ter | \ ˈspä-tər How to pronounce spotter (audio) \

Definition of spotter

1 : one that makes or applies a spot (as for identification)
2 : one that looks or keeps watch: such as
a : one that locates enemy targets
b : a civilian who watches for approaching airplanes
c : a person who assists another during exercise (as to prevent injury)
3 : one that removes spots
4 : one that places something on or in a desired spot

Examples of spotter in a Sentence

When you lift weights, you should always have a spotter.

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On expeditions, Skomal works with a ship captain and spotter pilot. Neil Swidey,, "We’re afraid of sharks. But maybe we’re not afraid enough.," 9 July 2019 According to the spotter pilots, there are more bluefin around. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Bluefin catch a San Diego record for full-day boat," 13 June 2019 In the years before 9/11, the Theme Building’s restaurant and rooftop observation deck were popular with plane-spotters and many others. Christopher Reynolds,, "Is LAX's Theme Building coming back to life as part of an on-airport hotel?," 12 June 2019 In the video, captured by veteran plane spotter Peter Lewis, the first three planes are flying in tight formation, nose to tail, while the fourth plane trails a bit. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Four Air Force Transports Thread Through a Valley," 23 May 2019 Participants typically swim around 19 miles per day and use a kayaker as a spotter. CBS News, "Search continues for North Carolina swimmer missing in Hudson River," 15 June 2019 But getting a seven-seat luxurymobile through a rock garden requires professional spotters—several of them. Matthew Scott, Outside Online, "The New Defender Will Not Be Like the Old One," 7 June 2019 In theory, a spotter at the rope’s base helped ease the climber’s ascent. Mike Kerrigan, WSJ, "Kids Don’t Learn the Ropes These Days," 9 Sep. 2018 The gun, as General Dynamics revealed to Breaking Defense, is tied to a shot-spotter that will automatically point the gun to the source of incoming gunshots. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "One of These 3 Tanks Will Replace the U.S. Army’s M2 Bradley," 10 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of spotter

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of spotter

: someone who looks for a particular type of person or thing
: a person who watches and helps someone who is exercising in order to help prevent injuries

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