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 weather service has alerted members of its storm spotter network that they will likely be needed this afternoon into the evening across southern Wisconsin. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Severe storms forecast for much of Wisconsin, including Milwaukee area, during afternoon, evening," 26 June 2020 Jones’ floatie toy is 357 feet long, notes our ship spotter, Andrew Frankl of Hungarian radio. Scott Ostler,, "Is Jerry Jones double-parked off Sausalito? This and other sports thoughts," 13 June 2020 The 19-year-old spent the 18-day German invasion of Poland in a spotter plane, guiding tanks and infantry to their targets far below. Andrew Curry, National Geographic, "‘All those burning cities made me a pacifist. And I’ve only become more of one as the years have gone by.’," 6 May 2020 Mask-spotters are anxiously watching to see if Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany will evolve in a similar fashion. Beth Teitell,, "An exotic mask-wearing species walks among us," 22 May 2020 Two spotters leaped forward to catch him, but Daniel righted himself, regaining his balance. John Brant, Popular Mechanics, "At the Bionic Olympics, Engineers and Athletes Make Miracles," 27 Apr. 2020 Despite the stay-at-home restrictions in place across Oregon, Herbert had two spotters — his brothers, Mitchell and Patrick — who are living at home with him and just so happen to be capable of running routes and catching passes. Ken Belson, New York Times, "Justin Herbert, Homegrown Football Hero, Looks to Relocate," 21 Apr. 2020 Tram-spotters nowadays will catch a few outside the former East Berlin. Washington Post, "In Berlin, quirky reminders linger from East-West divide," 4 Nov. 2019 According to the blog, aircraft spotter Toshihiko Shimizu spotted a F-117A stealth fighter over Star Wars Canyon. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "A Rare F-117A Stealth Fighter Flies Over 'Star Wars Canyon'," 19 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of spotter

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 Jun 2020

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“Spotter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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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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