spotter

noun
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

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 According to a post from beauty-spotter Trendmood1, Météorites are about to get even more out of this world — get ready for a summer 2018 collection that includes a rainbow version of the classic highlighter. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Guerlain's New Meteorites Highlighting Powder Pearls Look Like Rainbow Dippin' Dots," 10 Apr. 2018 And according to The Times, the Red Devils manager has identified the Hoops starlet as a possible solution, with the Old Trafford talent spotters watching on as the 20-year-old's outfit booked their final spot against Motherwell next month. SI.com, "Jose Mourinho 'Sends Scouts to Old Firm Derby' Admit Continued Interest in Young Celtic Star," 16 Apr. 2018 The group moves quickly to the beach, only a few meters away; in an impressive feat of choreography, more than 100 bushmen and spotters unload the craft as reporters and passers-by look on. Washington Post, "In a corner of Spain, a struggle to stop drug smuggling," 3 Apr. 2018 Since the climber is losing the extra protection of the rope, climbing gyms compensate with a padded gym floor or crash pads, which are sometimes moved by a spotter depending on how far the climber moves. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "Why You Should Try Bouldering Like Brie Larson," 7 Jan. 2019 In practice, however, the spotter swung the rope wildly, like a CrossFitter jacked on Mountain Dew. Mike Kerrigan, WSJ, "Kids Don’t Learn the Ropes These Days," 9 Sep. 2018 That’s a little bit tougher when everybody can put two spotters and take care of everybody with a man free in the back, and then rush four and sometimes get to the quarterback and sometimes not. Susan Miller Degnan, miamiherald, "Miami Hurricanes star predicts next starting quarterback | Miami Herald," 1 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of spotter

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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spotter

noun

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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