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.
Recent Examples on the Web The artillery spotter died in the first week of October 2021, a month during which Fort Bragg soldiers were losing their lives at the incredible rate of one every three days. Seth Harp, Rolling Stone, 4 Sep. 2022 This is issued when a severe thunderstorm is indicated by radar or a storm spotter reports it to the weather service. Joe Taschler, Journal Sentinel, 15 June 2022 This is issued when a severe thunderstorm is indicated by radar or a storm spotter reports it to the weather service. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 May 2022 Herbstreit hired Brown as his spotter for TV broadcasts, which was just one of the ways his friend would help Kirk navigate life in the spotlight. J. Brady Mccollough Staff Writer Follow, Los Angeles Times, 28 Aug. 2022 Police officers also responded to the 1300 block of East Oliver Street in East Baltimore for a shot spotter alert Friday afternoon. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 5 Aug. 2022 Bromsey rode in a pace car, climbed up the spotter's stand and had a meet-and-greet session with Buescher. Larry Lage, ajc, 9 Aug. 2022 Field-mowing crews had been urged to have a spotter watch for sparks and ignitions, Davis said., 27 July 2022 In the Loveville area of St. Mary’s County in Southern Maryland, a spotter reported to the Weather Service a total rainfall of 4.58 inches. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 10 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of spotter

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Sep 2022

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“Spotter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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